We are combining a family reunion with a celebration of my aunt's 100th birthday. Each family member is challenged to come up with a small gift of 100 of some item, such as 100 buttons, 100 pennies, etc. Since all of the above ideas have been taken, I'm looking for something unique that I can present. Any ideas?
By Alan S.
100 saftey pins, a poem consisting of 100 words(would be more meaniful if you could write it), 100 petals from silk flowers or real ones if you prefer. A note pad of 100 sheets of paper. I'm sure there are other little things a person can think of. I just don't have time right now to sit here and think.
Another thought, 100 safety pins, you could link them together to make a necklace to loop over her head at the party.
100 family photos in an album, 100 postcards from places she has been, 100 stamps, 100 "gift certificates" for things you will do for her(grocery shopping, house cleaning, out for lunch, whatever would be useful to her).
It may be a bit of a challenge but get her a small MP3 player (won't have to be a large capacity) and put the top song of every year since her birth. If she likes country do country, if she likes gospel do gospel, etc.
We just had a 100th birthday celebration in February (and, unfortunately, she passed away and we buried her last Monday . . . ). I make cards. So I used my paper punches (I have several different designs and sizes) and made 100 paper flowers to decorate the outside and inside of her card. All of the flowers were layered, so I probably punched about 250-300 flowers. I then glued the various layers together before attaching to the card. On the front of the card I printed, "One flower for each year" and on the inside I printed "Happy 100th Birthday, (name)!" They specified that they did not want gifts, and the card was well-received.
I hope you find the perfect gift, and that the celebration is enjoyed by all! Enjoy your time together.
100 cards each with a different inspirational quote, or jokes, or tips etc depending on the 100 year olds personality. They can be bound and flipped to read one a day etc.
A book with 100 jokes (you might have to make this yourself, lots to be found on the internet as far as jokes go). 100 paperclips, rubber bands, colored pens or crayons (especially if she is a position to have visiting young children that could be entertained with these),100 of some candy that she is fond of like peppermints or Werther's originals, A handmade necklace of 100 beads. 100 beautiful shells or polished rocks in a decorative glass container, if she might be interested in such things. If these are supposed to be a bit humorous, you could go with 100 suckers (she could treat the kids at the reunion), 100 chocolate coins, bag of 100 of a favorite nut, 100 birthday candles (if they are not already going on a cake), 100 wooden matches.
A fresh bouquet of 100 of her most favorite bouquet type flower such as 100 carnations or 100 roses. The smell alone would be so heavenly. :-)
Kids do this all the time to celebrate the 100th day of school and learn math skills. Here are a bunch of ideas
and if you search online for "100 day of school items" (or activities) you should be able to come up with a bunch more. 100 xs and os (hugs and kisses) would be a sweet gesture.
100 adjectives that describe her?
100 pictures of things that bring her to mind?
Marbles, candy kisses, ping pong balls, pick-up sticks?
How about 100 pencils, 100 peppermint sticks, 100 stamps etc. Find out what s/he enjoys doing and play off that. Good luck.
How about 100 hours of your time to spend recording her life via a camera and just asking her questions, finding out her history as she saw it. 100 years will surely have a lot of memories to pass on. Bless her and her dear family to take all this time to make this so special! Don't forget to notify the White House, they will send her a special card!
I'm with Deeli. Go with fresh flowers for a special lady. If she has nowhere to put them after the party, donate them to a nursing home. If she lives in a nursing home, take them there so they can liven up the entire place! I can't imagine the stories she could tell!
Hi, please be sure to give your aunt birthday wishes from your TF family! While you're contacting the White House, you might also consider your local newspaper and/or television or radio station. (I'd contact all three.) They may want to do a story. As for the 100 items, if they don't have to be actual, physical objects. How about 100 kisses or hugs, or both? For something tangible and practical. 100 sheets of stationery to go with the 100 stamps?
How about 100 old postage stamps, the commemorative kind which are issue each year to commemorate something, like the year a state entered the union, a person, an event, etc. You could get one for each year of her life since she was born. Old, canceled stamps are usually available in bulk for low prices. Also; 100 coins, 100 homemade cookies, 100 personal notes or letters from family & friends, & 100 photos of family & friends.
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