Gifts for a dad's 70th birthday

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Gifts for a dad's 70th birthday
Celebrate dad's 70th birthday with cake and a thoughtful gift. (birthday cake image by tuetano from Fotolia.com)

Gifts are often as fun to give as they are to receive. If your budget is substantial, classic cars, exotic trips and high-end electronics may be the ideal choice for your dad's 70th birthday. If your budget is more constrained, but you still want to give a meaningful gift worthy of your father's 70 years, consider some opportunities for documenting your dad's life or something that will make his life easier into the future.

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Autobiography

At 70 years old, your father has lived a long life. His history, the history of your family and the history of the culture he's lived through, from his perspective, will vanish unless you record it. Let your father know how important he is, to you and the rest of the world, by persuading him to record his autobiography. This process can encourage reflection and time spent with children and grandchildren, becoming a gift in itself. Alternatively, you can hire freelance ghost writers, or even competent college students, at nominal rates to help compile your father's story. Once written, print your father's story and have it professionally bound. You, he and others will have a record of his life for years to come.

Home Movie/Video DVD

Compile a home movie video of your dad's life. After 70 years, the highlights of your father's many experiences may have been captured on film over the decades. Compiling and presenting this footage can be an excellent way to celebrate his 70th year. There are several options for desktop video editing software, and many desktop video editors charge reasonable rates if mastering the software's learning curve seems too overwhelming. Combine digitised photos, videos and even home movies into a montage celebrating your dad's life. Set silent images and movies to music. Include present-day clips of well-wishers congratulating your dad on his big day. Play your video during your dad's birthday celebration, and give out copies of the DVD to friends and family to take home.

Life Story Scrapbook

Assemble a scrapbook documenting your dad's life. If video editing and autobiographical records seem too daunting, help your dad reflect on the people, places and things that have made up his 70 years with a scrapbook of still images and memorabilia. Although images from various eras of his life may already be bound into a photo album, assembling a select few of these images chronologically in a scrapbook can be a thoughtful way of honouring him. Be sure to write captions and titles for each era, milestone and special event, and include memorabilia, such as letters, cards, tickets and announcements.

Household Help

House and yard work are rarely fun, no matter your age, but at 70 years old, these tedious tasks can be especially taxing. Relieve your dad of some or all of these cumbersome chores by hiring a trustworthy and competent gardener or housekeeper to mow the lawn, trim hedges, shovel snow or keep the house clean on a weekly or monthly basis. Giving your dad a break from these tiresome duties is a gift he can appreciate all year long.

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