So you still don't know
what to buy for that special occasion. Maybe it's your
honey's 40th birthday or your 25th anniversary. Here is
a sure fire hit.
It takes a few weeks or maybe even a few months of
planning ahead, but the results will be no less than
magical if you can pull it off. What I am speaking of is
a "This Is Your Life" kind of gift. You will need to
secretly obtain as many addresses and phone numbers of
past and present friends, school mates, coworkers and
family. Sneaking through stashes of old letters and
address books is one way to obtain the contacts. A
better and perhaps less obtrusive way is to recruit a
close friend or relative of the honoree to help you with
Either in a phone call or
letter ask the people you contact if they would please
contribute something memorable toward the upcoming
special occasion. It could be old photographs, a story,
something from a scrapbook or just a note of
congratulations. Also, ask them to pass the word along
to anyone who may have known the person you will be
secrecy you will need to have all the correspondence
mailed to you at a location where it will not be seen by
you-know-who. Have it mailed to your work address or
maybe your coconspirator will agree to receive the mail.
People are notorious about being procrastinators so it
will probably be necessary to remind them a week or two
before the event to get the information to you, pronto.
Once you have received all the interesting tidbits you
will have to decide how to present them. You can do them
in the world-famous "This Is Your Life" format with
secret guests and a big production. What is more
realistic would be providing a scrapbook filled with all
the mementos and cards of congratulations. It you want
something more dramatic like the "TIYL" format without
all the work, you can read the letters and notes one by
one, building up the suspense by not saying the
contributor's name until the end. A nice photo album or
scrapbook could be given so the honoree can put in all
the pieces themselves.
If you know someone who is hard to shop for, this may
just be the perfect gift for that momentous milestone in
his or her life.
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