This is the unexpected holiday gift parents will love for years to come

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Finding the perfect gift to give to your parents is difficult. You want to give them something they will actually use but also something that is meaningful and shows you have put some real thought into it. Luckily, we have found the perfect present that checks off both of those boxes: digitizing old home videos and photos.

If your family has boxes and boxes of old tapes, films and photographs just sitting in your basement or hall closet, bring them into the 21st century by converting them into a digital form! Whether you want to access your old media through the cloud or something like a flash drive, it's possible. And what is a more thoughtful and nostalgia-inducing gift than family memorabilia that will be able to be shared with generations to come?

Photo Credit: LegacyBox

While there are a few ways to actually digitize your photos, one of the easiest, most hands-off way is through a photo service like LegacyBox (that is 60 percent off right now!). To get started, all you need to do is select how many items you want to digitize, order your box straight to your home, then load it up with your analog media and use the pre-paid UPS shipping label to send it straight back to LegacyBox.

According to their website, the LegacyBox "team of professionals will digitize every item, by hand, with personalized updates provided at each step of the digitizing process." And once they are done, you will get your original items back along with your new digitalize preserved copies ready to share -- plus, kits start at just $60!

If you are interested in a more hands-on approach, you can also bring home photo and slide scanners to do it yourself! Shop a few of our favorite options below:

Shop: KODAK SCANZA Digital Film & Slide Scanner, $159.98

Shop: Epson - Perfection V19 Flatbed Color Image Scanner, $69.99

Shop: VuPoint Wand Scanner and Dock, $110