This past Monday was my cousin Nav’s birthday and trying to think of a gift proved to be a challenge. What could I get a 28 year old that he doesn’t already have and is environmentally friendly?
I took this opportunity to start to think about what birthdays actually represent. Birthdays are a celebration of life, a milestone, another year gone by. This made me think of all the great memories our family has shared over the past years. So with this in mind, I decided to make a photo slideshow to showcase all of these great memories. I gathered up cute and fun (some embarrassing) photos from our childhood and played the slideshow at his party. The slideshow was a hit and brought back some great memories! I also gave him a DVD copy of the presentation so he can watch his fun-filled celebration whenever he wants to.
Purchasing gifts can be a challenge when you want to keep the environment in mind, but it takes only a little bit of thought to come up with an eco-friendly gift that’s creative and personal. Some of the best gifts that I’ve received have been homemade gifts. People greatly appreciate a unique gift, which shows that you’ve put a lot of thought into it.
Here are some other birthday gift ideas I’ve used in the past:
- home-cooked meal
- baked goods basket
- coffee date
- rollerblading lessons
- coupon book filled with redeemable vouchers reading “Good for 3 hours of time spent with me”
- Family tree with photos
- draped my mom’s old saree over a canvas to make a great piece of art
- gave my little nieces my old children’s books, which were still in great condition
- personalized calendar
- orgaznied a surprise green birthday party
- a day trip around the city
- donated money to a charity on behalf of someone
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