Would someone on your gift list like to start writing down their own history or help someone else get started on their history? Then how about putting together everything they need to get started?
It could be as simple as a journal or a three-ring binder and paper along with a list of questions and a pen or pencil. Or it could be high-tech. I found software that will help you write your history. Another approach would be a digital recorder in place of the journal.
There are a bunch of sources for questions or journaling prompts. I’ve gathered a few of them below to get you started.