10 Free Gift Ideas For A Birthday
By: Catherine Franz
All of us know that the greatest gifts in life don't cost
money. They do take time to think and create. Whether you
are looking for ideas for a 21st birthday, 16th, 3rd, or
65th, these ideas will help you create some memorable
moments and affect lives. Substitute the X for the birthday
number. You can even be creative and use these same ideas
for expectant mothers.
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
8. Write about your hopes and dreams for them as you see
them on this particular birthday. This is especially well for
young children. Accumulate them over the years and record 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 make creative, memorable birthdays. These
would 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.
(c) Copyright, Catherine Franz. All rights reserved.
About the Author: Catherine Franz is a writer and author of over 1800
published articles and several books on various business
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