1. A list of X things you most appreciate about him or her.
2. A gift certificate for X things to do together that doesn't cost money. Give this some forethought and match with what you love to do and what they love to do. You can create the gift certificates on the computer or buy preprinted ones at an office supply store.
3. Ask each member of your family and friends to think about something they hold most dear and cherish most about living. Ask them to create X number on a list and send it to this person for their birthday. You can give them an album to place all of them.
4. Gift certificate for X favors and privileges that he or she may exchange for services later. Such as cooking a special meal, teaching them to cook a family recipe, cleaning out the garage or car, a picnic in the Spring, or a foot massage. The more creative the better the gift.
5. A list of the X things you wish someone had told you when you were that age. They can be the simplest of things like not to change a flat while close to the road, don't pour bleach directly on clothes, or don't lick a frozen pole. Go ahead, I know you can do better than this.
6. Write a brief memorable, even funny story for each one of their years. For expectant fathers or mothers memories, record the funny moments of pregnancy.
7. Create a special album with one picture from each of their birthdays.
8. Write about your hopes and dreams for them as you see them on this particular birthday. This especially well for young children. Accumulate them over the years and what how they change as you both get older. If they are too young now, save them for later.
9. Share your wisdom of what to do when life serves lemons besides making lemonade. For their 18th birthday it can be about the 18 best coping skills you ever learned.
10. Start a family journal dedicated to them. Pass the journal around before the birthday or on their birthday and allow each family member to write an inspirational message or a memorable moment. Use the same journal year after year to build on these.
If the family member is away at war and can't be home for their birthday, create a journal with some of these items, make a copy, and mail it to them. Tell him or her that the original will be waiting for them when they return. If your son, daughter, is away for any reason you can use any of these ten things to a creative, memorable birthdays. These work whether you are on a tight budget or the richest person in the world. Honestly, when you learn to give from the heart you are the richest person in the world anyway.
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When you know thats some ones birthday is coming up you always think what you should give that person right?
Well i think even if you say ``happy birthday`` or ``i love you`` that still makes a difference !
So dont waist your money tell that person how much you care about them!
free stuff from restaurants on your birthday !
I am holding my 21st in October and i need to know what i can give my guests to take away home with them something like a memrobelia or something, which is not too expensive
I agree with Simran, I love your thought. Be Honest with the person, especially when it is a lonely birthday
When you know that someones birthday is coming up you should think what you want to buy them but it is really not important to give gifts every time it's someone's birthday day. What matters is how much you love them and how much you care for them. For example even saying "I love you" or "I really care about you" is a gift so why spend money or go on the computer. It should be something coming from your heart!
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