Buying gifts for the most important people in our lives such as parents, spouses, or best friends isn’t always easy. There is only a finite number of personalized merchandise in the market, and sometimes, tangible objects, no matter how expensive or “personal,” can’t fully express how one feels about these individuals.
Thankfully, there’s VoiceQuilt. Launched in 2006, VoiceQuilt is a unique service that allows people to compile personal recordings into a collage of voices that can be embedded in a nifty keepsake box. Imagine getting a music box that plays when a person opens it, but instead of tunes, they get to hear heartfelt messages from friends and family.
How it Works
The service works by providing customers with a unique toll-free number that they can give out to the loved ones of the recipient. Individuals will simply have to call in and record their message which can be in the form of a tribute, a toast, or a simple voicemail. Users can access these recordings through the VoiceQuilt Message Center wherein they can listen and select the ones to be included in the VoiceQuilt playlist. Once the playlist is complete, users can select a keepsake that plays and preserves the recordings. Their selection includes a variety of keepsake items, such as VoiceQuilt boxes, CDs, and flash drives. Individuals who are in a rush will be pleased to know that the recordings can also be downloaded as mp3s, or shared via Facebook.
There’s a VoiceQuilt for Every Occasion
The beauty of a VoiceQuilt lies in its versatility. Whether one is celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, a graduation, or attending a family gathering, VocieQuilt keepsakes can be tailor-fitted for just about any occasion or event. Is someone going through a difficult time in their life? A VoiceQuilt filled with kind messages can be a good source of hope.
According to VoiceQuilt founder Hope Flammer, “A VoiceQuilt helps the recipient understand how they’ve touched the lives around them… It is a wonderful excuse for a family or group to express their appreciation — to toast a loved one in honor of a happy event (birthday, anniversary, Father’s Day, etc.) or to cheer that loved one on during a difficult time (get well and end of life).”
Dealing with individuals with stage fright? A VoiceQuilt may be just the solution for them to deliver the perfect toast, since it allows them to practice and re-record their messages. Flammer furthered that, “By the same token, recorded voice messages really allow the recipient to hear and process those words.”
More than Just a Gift
Needless to say, a VoiceQuilt is so much more than simple token displayed around the house. It can serve as a box of preserved memories, as well as a beacon of encouragement. Flammer states that she couldn’t count the number of emails sent to her by gift recipients, who have VoiceQuilts with the voices of loved ones who passed away. “They thank me because they still have Mom or Dad’s voice, telling them that they love them….even though Mom or Dad is no longer living.” Flammer said.
When asked about the unique and heartwarming quality of a VoiceQuilt, Flammer mentioned that, “Voice conveys emotion, personality and presence in ways that photos and the printed word cannot. It’s like an individual’s finger print. I like to think that the sum of the voices is greater than the individual parts. There’s something about hearing all those toasts and favorite memories — one after the other – that is surprisingly powerful.”
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Francesca is a freelance writer and the founder of CredibleCopywriting.net. She has written for several organizations, including Internet startups, advertising agencies, and real estate companies, just to name a few. She has helped individuals and entities put their names and messages out there by producing quality works in the form of articles, web content, video scripts, and more. Touch base with her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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