With each passing year, there are more and more chances to give a gift that will withstand the test of time.
Unfortunately, over thinking the gift giving can leave you feeling as if you have to settle for those mundane, traditional fares.
Right under your nose are the gifts no one else ever thought to give.
The Years of Life Everyone has a birthday.
With the advent and popularity of the Internet and scanners, more and more documents are being scanned onto the Internet for public display.
These include old newspaper articles.
When searching for birthday ideas, try searching for the name of the birthday boy or girl and print off all the old newspaper clipping with their name.
Some will even have pictures.
These photos can be added to a photo album and presented as a time line of the life of the person celebrating the birthday.
The Tree of Life Another great gift, thanks to the Internet, is a tree of life.
The tree can be researched with the help of a few family members.
Free software is available for download on the Internet that will compile names, addresses, marital status, birthdays and more into a family tree.
The tree can be printed off as a literal tree or as a report complete with a family timeline to give as a gift.
When birthday ideas leave you feeling sullen, try thinking about how the birthday girl or boy got where they are today.
There are memories waiting to be clipped and trees in need of a little pruning and each will be the most unique gift one could ever give.
Life is all about memories and while other higher priced gifts may offer a thrill a minute fun for a small amount of time, gifts created from great memories are the ones that stand the test of that time.