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10 beautiful Christmas memorial ornaments and gifts

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After the death of a loved one, finding ways to include their memory over the festive period may be a helpful way of coping with grief and their absence. You might choose to raise a glass to them at Christmas dinner, keep their favorite traditions alive, or choose a special remembrance ornament to remind you that they are still in your heart.

Whether you’re buying a token of remembrance for yourself or for someone you know who is grieving, these 10 decorations and memorial gift ideas could inspire a fitting tribute to someone special.

1. A Christmas tree decoration or snowglobe in someone’s memory

Christmas bauble in woman's hands via Unsplash

Personalized baubles are a great way to incorporate a memorial into your Christmas decorations. You can buy custom designed baubles, or DIY clear baubles to insert your own photographs or message. A beautiful snow globe is also a thoughtful Christmas gift and way for someone to include personalized memories of them and their loved one. Amazon sells plastic globes which allow you to simply slip in a favorite photo.

2. Memorial jewelry

Beautiful heart-shaped locket via Unsplash

There are many lovely memorial necklaces to buy with messages such as: “I’ll hold you in my heart until I hold you in heaven”. Perhaps you would prefer to have your loved one’s name engraved on a bracelet, or keep a sentimental photograph of you both inside a locket. There are many memorial jewelry options with different designs and messages.

3. Beautiful cremains-into-glass keepsakes

an ornamental glass touchstone made with cremains ash inside

Spirit Pieces infuses cremation ashes into hightly decorative glass touchstones, or ‘soul stones’, which you can keep close at hand to hold and remember a loved one by. These can be made to order in multiples of three or five, and could be ideal to gift a family and friends who are missing a loved one at Christmas.

Spirit Pieces also curates the work of a host of American artists and craftspeople who make beautiful bespoke glass memorial art and jewelery, from sparkling paperweights to delicate and colorful glass flowers from cremains ash. There are loads of creative ideas for cremation ashes to choose from.

4. Dedicate a bench in your loved one’s name

Elderly couple sitting on a bench by the seafront

A bench with a personalized plaque or inscription is a wonderful memorial gift in remembrance of someone. Memorialbenches.com is a website with a wide range of benches varying in styles and prices.

Whether it be along their favourite coastal path or in a backyard, it is an lovely way to remember them - and you can go back to it time after time. If they loved the arts, The National Theatre in Washington DC has offers seat dedications which include a beautiful brass commemorative seat plate in someone’s name.

5. A special candle

Special Christmas candles via Unsplash

Candles are a traditional way to remember and reflect on someone’s life as well as make Christmas more magical. It makes sense to bring them together with a special, personalized Christmas candle. A memorial candle can sit alongside your other Christmas decorations, but will be a glowing reminder of your loved one.

6. A huggable t-shirt cushion

Brown cushion on blue couch via Unsplash

This is a DIY craft project which uses a loved one’s old clothes to make a decorative and comforting cushion, or quilt. If you’re making a cushion or quilt for someone else who has lost a loved one, make sure you get permission to use the clothing before starting. There are a number of ways to sew a cushion cover, Woman’s Weekly has a step-by-step guide which can assist you when making a range of different covers.

7. Make your own memorial wreath

Christmas wreath via Unsplash

These funeral wreaths may inspire you to create a Christmas wreath that reminds you of your loved one. You could even incorporate family photographs, or keep it simple by using tree leaves, holly bush and fruit. A wreath is a craft project that could make a wonderful memorial Christmas gift or decoration for your home.

8. Make a playlist of your loved one’s favorite songs

Two girls listening to music through earphones via Unsplash

If your loved one was a fan of a particular genre or artist, a playlist of their favourite songs is a wonderful way to add to the atmosphere and to remember your loved one. Their playlist could include Christmas carols, rock songs, country music or classical music, either way it’s a thoughtful gift to share with someone who is missing a loved one this holiday season.

9. Donate to a charity of their choice

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There are a number of non-profits and bereavement organizations that would appreciate a donation, big or small, in name of your loved one. Perhaps your loved one was a strong advocate for a particular good cause or hospice where you could volunteer some time in their memory.

10. Photo memories

Old man feeling loved with picture frame via Bigstock

A picture frame with a sentimental photograph could be the perfect memorial gift at Christmas for someone you know. There are many different styles and messages available on memorial photo frames to buy. Why not get the paintbrushes out and personalize a frame yourself? This craft blog lists 14 ways to creatively customize a photo frame to gift someone.