Perfect Birthday Presents for Grandparents – Remembering the Good Old Days

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Nostalgia is a brilliant present, especially for the grandparent who already has everything. Books and CDs celebrating bygone eras; a photo album containing rescued shots from the family’s history – if it raises a memory it’ll certainly raise a smile.

January birthdays can be difficult. Coming so soon after Christmas, they can suffer from being tacked onto the tail end of the festive season: or they can be the perfect excuse to lift another glass and create an evening of warmth and laughter to banish the drawn-in nights and the miserable weather.

Why not combine a nostalgic gift with an unusual party – and bring a night from a long-departed time to life? Unusual dinner party sets themed on popular past times make a great gift. Period invitations; costume suggestions for the guests; a menu themed on the era; even a CD of music to complete the atmosphere – they’ll all combine to create a party guests will remember for months to come.

For the theatrically inclined, a murder mystery dinner party set is the ideal excuse to wheel out some inspired histrionics! Normally available in sets that cater for an even number of guests (6-8 is the usual number), murder mystery dinner parties present a fait accompli over the course of your courses, with each attendee playing the part of a character in the action. With a CD and booklet to help you play out each course, plus individual character notes for everyone taking a role, they’re perfect for amateur drama enthusiasts, lovers of murder mysteries and crime novels – and anyone who just likes a good old party.

The grandparent’s house often becomes the emotional centre of family life: it’s where the grandchildren form some of their happiest memories; and it can also be the place in which the parents get to relax. Celebrate the uniqueness of the grandparent’s home with a My House History portfolio – a boxed geographical and social history of the building, incorporating 150 years’ worth of OS mapping surveys, plus aerial photographs. The information is presented in an unbound portfolio box, which allows for further investigation and the introduction of extra documents.

Dates are just as important as locations. Family histories are made up of significant events: births, deaths, marriages and relocations. Give a gift of important dates with a newspaper present – an original newspaper from the day of Grandma or Granddad’s birth. You’ll find a range of different options from most companies providing nostalgia gifts of this type: the basic package normally contains an actual newspaper from the date, or a replica depending on age, with a certificate of authenticity and a presentation binder.

Newspapers aren’t the only sources of information about important dates. Contact British Pathe to find out how to order DVDs showcasing newsreels from your special date. Their “Year to Remember” series contains news footage from the 1950s through to the 1980s.