Mom and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary is coming up (actually we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of their wedding DAY, not 50 FULL years of married bliss - BIG family discussion over this, but I digress). The whole family is going to Hawaii for a week to hang out at my brother’s time-share condo (EEK!).
Use of the condo is my brother’s “gift” to mom and dad, although I think this is sorta cheap, considering he’s already paying for the time-share in the first place, and he and his entire family will be right there using it too. Frankly, I can tell you that mom and dad would much rather have their own hotel room than share a two-bdr condo with five other people - and I would too!
Originally I wanted to get all their old friends to write funny little stories about each of my parents when they were younger, etc., and put it all together in an album for them, but my dad absolutely would not cooperate in getting me the names and addresses of their old friends out of my mother’s address book (he hemmed and hawed about this for two months before telling me he “couldn’t get the addresses”). Thanks dad for the timely response…
Then I thought about making them a web page of photos of their life together, but my mother was wholly unimpressed with the idea of having their own web page.
Since I just found out the other day that my bro is not going to purchase any kind of gift together with me, I’m kinda stuck. I need to come up with a terrific gift by Jan. 5 and about all I can spare is $200.
The biggest problem here is, my parents have just about every thing they could ever possibly need, and the financial security to buy any thing they could ever possibly want. I had thought a generator would be a terrific gift for them (one of the few things they don’t have), but I can’t afford this on my own.
I started thinking of the 50 aspect, decided to make it a theme, fifty of this and fifty of that - little small things that can travel to Hawaii and back:
$50 gift cert. for dad at Barnes & Noble
$50 gift cert. for mom at Michael’s
50 Hershey’s kisses for dad (loves chocolate)
50 Jordan Almonds for mom
50-song CD of classical music for dad
Big bunch of 50 tropical flowers for mom (once we get to Kauai) - or -
50 flower bulbs for mom (can these travel to HI and back?)
Any clever ideas will be VERY much appreciated!