Paper and envelopes
A middle-age to elderly person can have so many memories that many of them are forgotten, until they’re brought up somehow. And bringing them up can become a gift. You get to remind the person of fun times, heartwarming occasions, and occasions when you were together. So, if you know someone who is having a birthday or other celebration, memories can be the most fabulous gift that person receives. Get friends and family together, via paper and envelopes, to give a special person the ultimate gift: memories.
Over the years, a person experiences births, deaths, excitement, sadness, and so much more. But for the party, think of all of those good times, silly times, and unusual times, and present them to the person as a gift. When each person writes down a memory, and you give them to the birthday guy or gal as a gift, you give one of the nicest gifts ever.
How you create the memory envelopes is up to you. Each person can use a piece of paper and envelope that he already has, or you can send out the paper and envelopes, and they’ll all match. However, if you make matching envelopes, you’ll need to distinguish each one, or the person won’t be able to reread a particular memory without having to look through each envelope.
It will be awkward to give a stack of envelopes where some are business-size, others are smaller, and still others are card-type envelopes. Instead, ask each person to use a particular size of envelope; the color and such can be different.
One way to distinguish the envelopes is to give each one a number sticker. Another is to ask each person to decorate the envelope, by using markers, colored tape, or stickers. The person can write a memory down on paper, put it in the envelope, and seal it without wetting it.
Since relatives and friends are probably scattered, send a letter, email, or other group request. Besides asking them to use particular envelopes, or to write down the chosen memories, it’s fun to decide to add elements to the note paper. For example, if the memory involves a bicycle, the writer can put a bike sticker on the paper. Instead of stickers the writer can draw, scribble, or write sideline notes. When you’ve collected all of the envelopes tie them shut with a nice ribbon.
The recipient of the envelope memory gift doesn’t really have to be up in years. He or she can be a child, a man, a woman – anyone. Whoever receives the stack of memories will certainly receive a gift that keeps on giving.