She appreciated the gift, but it wasn’t the “BEST GIFT EVER” reaction I hoped for.
Handmade gifts are the ultimate expression of love, right? How did I get this so wrong?
Maybe ‘terrible’ is a bit harsh, but I couldn’t deny the truth - this gift didn’t resonate with her.
I could do better. I had to do better.
So what makes a great gift?
I searched inward and found a clue in what I had always desired - an heirloom handed down, parent to child, while sharing a story connecting me to the people that mattered most.
Heirlooms are cherished because they represent an intimate story of human connection.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the patience or the multiple generations of storytelling.
But I am a software engineer geek with a jewelry-making hobby and something to prove.
The Original Gift
Countless hours and a few failed attempts later, I completed my rendition of an heirloom - a digital locket that unlocked a letter and our favorite photos through a mobile app.
Moment of truth. Would she love it?
I didn’t get that “BEST GIFT EVER” reaction I hoped for.
Instead, I shared in a moment of human connection, a spark to a great story.
This power to connect is greater than my story. It deserves its own voice and to be shared with the world.
That's how Mementum started.
I hope Mementum brings you countless moments of joy, and sparks stories of connection with the people that matter in your life.
Founder of Mementum