Gift ideas and conversation starters

Giving a loved one the opportunity to tell their family story is a unique and cherished gift. Here are some suggestions of family stories you could be protecting for that next special occasion.

Wedding Anniversay

Tell me about when you first met your husband/wife/partner? What was your first impression of them?

What is your favourite memory from your wedding day?

What are your secrets to a happy marriage/partnership?

Milestone Birthday

What moments in New Zealand’s history have influenced your life?

What were the turning points in your life?

Tell me about your favourite childhood memory.

What were you like as a child/young person? How have you changed?

What advice would you like to pass onto your grandchildren?

Retirement

Tell me about your first job.

What was your career highlight?

What was your funniest work moment?

Father's Day/Mother's Day

How did you feel when you found out you were going to be a parent?  How did life change when you became a parent?

What was your relationship like with your parents? How does it differ from the relationship you have with your children?

Family get together

What is your favourite story about your family?

What are your family traditions?

Who are the black sheep in the family? What did they do?

Birth of grandchild

What advice would you like to pass onto your grandchildren?

What did you learn from your grandparents?

What was my mum/dad like as a child? What is your favourite story about them?

Reunions

When and how did we meet?

What were our first impressions of each other?

Sometimes, we don’t need a reason to give a loved one the opportunity to tell their family story.  It might be that we just want to say thanks.

Other conversation ideas

The best stories come from the heart. Every family has heaps of memorable stories that are suitable for collecting and protecting. We know that sometimes it is not easy thinking up stories your family wants to protect. If you don’t know where to start, take a look at some of these ideas to get you thinking about the story your family could be protecting.

Growing up
Where did you grow up? What was it like being a child there?

Tell me about your favourite childhood memory.

What were you like as a child/young person? How have you changed?

Tell me about your OE?

NZ historical events
What do you remember about the Springbok Tour?  How did you feel about this?

What are your memories of the war? How did it affect you/your family?

When New Zealand went nuclear free, how did you feel about this decision?

What moments in New Zealand’s history have influenced your life?

School/education/Jobs
What was school like for you? What were you like at school?

Tell me about the teacher who influenced your life.

What were your favourite subjects at school? What did you like about them?

Who were your best friends at school/university? Are you still friends with them?

Tell me about your first job.What did you spend your first pay packet on?

Moving to New Zealand
Tell me the story of how your family came to live in New Zealand.

What was your first impression of New Zealand? What did you do to settle into life here?

How did you preserve your culture/traditions/language when you moved to New Zealand?

Life lessons to pass on
What advice would you like to pass onto your grandchildren?

What did you learn from your grandparents?

 

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