Celebrating an 80th birthday is a monumental occasion; as such, if you choose to give a gag gift, it should be personal and well thought out, giving your loved one a hearty chuckle resonant with memories, knowing and love. You should only give a gag gift if the person is known to be a good sport and is not sensitive about her age. The following are a few personalized ideas for the octogenarian in your life.
"Older Than You" Collage Gag Gift
Create a collage of common items that are older than your loved one. Items such as dirt, model toy wheels, a light bulb, or matches (to symbolize fire) are cheap and readily available. Take the time to turn these items into a true work of art by placing them in a shadow box, Mason jar, or organizing them on canvas. Present it to your loved one, and show him that age is relative.
"Old Fogey" Book Gag Gift
Record several humorous, old-fashioned phrases that your loved one often says, either by keeping a journal of your conversations with him for a month or so, or by calling family and friends and having them each contribute a saying or phrase. If this is a collaborative effort, also have each person cite a time when they remember your loved one using the saying. Match each saying to pictures that relate to it, and have them bound into a book at your local print shop.
80 Wacky Songs Gag Gift
Download a collection of 80 funny, silly, or downright wacky songs -- one either written or recorded each year of your loved one's life. Create a CD, complete with cover, and hand them out to your loved one, and everyone else, at her party. It will be fun to listen to the styles of music change through the decades, as well as listen to timeless themes like love, friends, and having a good time. Best of all, each of your loved one's party guests will leave with a fun memento of a very special day.
"Retro" Candy Gag Gift
Many of the candies that we enjoy today were around at least 80 years ago. Use the Web to find a picture of the original packaging, and re-create it using a color printer or your own artistic skills. Form the picture into a sturdy package, or paste it on a box or bag. Fill the "retro" package with the candy of choice, and present it to your loved one.
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