One of the most creative ideas to pursue to make your friend or love one's next birthday (or a milestone birthday) memorable is to create a birthday tribute for them to help celebrate their special day. Base your tribute style on the person you're creating it for taking into consideration your relationship to him. Enlist other family and friends to participate in creating your birthday tribute.
You don't have to be a professional filmmaker to create a video birthday tribute. You also don't need to spend a great deal of money on professional equipment/software. A consumer camera and a freeware editing program like MovieMaker can get the job done. If you want a slightly more professional end product, a semi-professional camera with a 3CCD lens is a option to consider, as well as an editing program like Adobe Premiere (or Final Cut Pro for a MAC).
A collection of poems, artwork and even essays on what the person means to you can become a cherished keepsake, especially as part of a birthday tribute for a mom, dad or grandparent. Likewise, a birthday tribute themed scrapbook can include items that hold special memories for you and the recipient.
A tribute performance is another splendid way to express your love and warm wishes to the birthday boy or girl. Your performance can be a series of skits performed by family members that reenact past moments shared together, perhaps of a sentimental or humorous nature. A musical birthday tribute where you put on a concert at home or rented venue, singing/performing a series of songs, is sure to delight is another option to consider. Alternatively, a production of his favorite play could be the perfect way to both entertain him and wish him well on his birthday.