What could you include in a This is Your Life book?
13 things you could include in a "This is your life" book?
Anything you like relating to the person whose birthday it is, but here are some ideas.....
If this sounds like a lot of work, well, you're right. And I'll tell you, it is SO worth it. We did such a book for my Mum for her 70th. (The secrecy was amazing - she had absolutely no idea what we were doing...) We had people send letters, cards, photos, memories, etc etc going right back to Mum's old class mates. We dug through old family photos, spoke to her old school friends, made contact with folk we hadn't spoken to for ages.
We thought about how she liked to spend her time, her sport, her love of nature and gardening, travel and being social. We looked at her charity work, her days as a teacher, even when she went to training college. It was quite a research project!
Find your first few contacts - they'll soon provide more
Rummage through old family photos, address books... We called up a couple of people with no idea how they were in Mum's old address book, only to find they were at school with Mum. Talk to all family members - do they know anyone else you could talk to?