The United States had its foundations built by immigrants. The country has an outstanding track record of welcoming with open arms, people from every corner of the world. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 700,000 immigrants per year pledge their allegiance to the country and become citizens. It is a life-changing event and one which brings much emotion and a new-found sense of responsibility. Celebrate the beginning of life as a new citizen with a special gift which emanates pride and love of the country.
A Piece of America
Many immigrants come to the United States in search of the American Dream. Start their citizenship off with a deed of land in any or all of the states in the U.S. Buy a deed to one square inch of land. The deed is a novel way for the new citizen to own a real piece of their new country. The deed arrives either framed or on a personalized plaque. Present the new citizen with the certificate and a property listing which shows exactly where his land parcel lies. Even though he will never live on the land, he will still take pride in its ownership.
Americans fly the flag with pride. The red in the flag symbolizes courage, white represents purity and blue stands for perseverance. Its stripes represents the original 13 colonies of the U.S. and the stars are a symbol of the 50 states that make up the country. Welcome new citizens with a flag to fly at their residence. It will serve as a symbol of their pride in the country that recently adopted them.
Keepsake Coin Collection
In 1999, the U.S. Mint began releasing a series of commemorative coins in honor of each of the country's 50 states. Over the next 10 years, the coins were produced over a ten week span and released to the public -- never to be produced again. Each coin has a design representing every state on the back -- while the front carries the image of George Washington. A 50-state coin collection represents the land on which a new citizen now calls home.
Naturalization Ceremony Photo
The naturalization ceremony is one of the prospective citizen's proudest moments. It represents the end to her journey as an immigrant and the beginning of her life as a citizen of the United States of America. Take a photograph of her at the naturalization ceremony as she takes the oath. Today's digital technology allows fast, easy and inexpensive printing at local pharmacies. Frame the photo and present it to her the very same day.