Given the current state of our economy, a gift’s worth is based less and less on its monetary value. Instead of simply going to the mall to pick out the latest craze as a gift, we all have reason to get more creative. And doesn’t that end up being more meaningful anyway? I know that in my own experience, stopping for a moment to consider cost ultimately causes me to consider the overall worth of the gift I am giving. If I am splurging on something for a loved one, is it truly worth it? Or will it be forgotten halfway through 2009?

One company I’m loving right now is Heritage Makers, which we were made aware of by Diva Lynn Ott. Heritage Makers helps you publish your own memories in several forms: books, cards, prints and calendars. All you need is an internet connection to create your own projects in your personal password-protected publishing and creative center. Consider it your own remote studio. Heritage Makers has existing templates available, or you can create your own. Take the “Storybook” project, for instance: with treasured photographs and your own words you can put together a hardbound, professional album to preserve favorite memories.

Prices for the projects range from $2.95 for the smallest greeting cards to $129.95 for the largest storybooks. Visit Heritage Makers online to get started!