Post # 1
My DH’s grandfather is turning 100. The man is amazing. He has memories of his father coming home from WWI, he escaped Germany in 1939 on the cusp of WWII, and is the only member of his family to do so (he is Jewish). He lived a long and healthy life, in spite of his family’s demise, and in spite of Hitler, as he says.
The man is turning 100, so he’s at the point where items don’t mean much to him, but I don’t feel as though I could show up for his birthday empty handed. What do you think would be something to honor him, that he could enjoy? (Other than a card, or baking for him, which I totally intend to do.)
I’m at a loss here, and Darling Husband is absolutely of no help. So now I turn to you, Hive. What would you get for a centennial?
Post # 3
Could you collect pictures of him throughout his life and make a scrapbook? Or maybe do some kind of video montage of his life events and have his family/close friends all say a few words about him? I bet he’d really love something sentimental like either of those.
Post # 4
How about a newspaper from the day he was born?
Or could you find out if there’s a particular cause or activity he feels strongly about and make a donation to a related charity in his name?
I’m sure it would be equally appreciated if you contribute to the celebration in some way rather than giving a gift. I went to a 100th birthday party this weekend, and of the 100+ guests, almost no one brought gifts. A lot of people stood up and said a few words about what the guest of honor meant to them or did some type of little performance (playing violin, singing a song, reading a favorite poem).
Post # 5
How about a digital picture frame? Or, you could get people to email you with a message for him (a memory with him, a funny store, a quote…whatever they like). You could compile these messages into a book for him and present it to him. That way, it is a gift from everyone.
Post # 6
Thanks! These are all great ideas. I especially love the newspaper from his birthdate 100 years ago. The picture montage is an amazing idea, but it might be difficult to drum up in a week. He is the keeper of most of those photographs, and I wouldn’t know how to approach the Holocaust years, so I’d tread lightly, if at all on those. But donating to the Holocaust museum here in Washington, DC in his name is a great idea as well.
If anyone else has ideas, I’d be all for hearing them too.
Post # 7
love the newspaper idea – otherwise if you have enough time, ask family/friends to record a 20second video saying i love you or happy birthday and splice it all together. as his 100yrs there should be quite a few generations to include
Post # 8
A bottle of 100 year old scotch?