I will admit it is very difficult to come up with a gift for someone turning 80! They most likely have everything they want or need. Such is the case with my father in law. So after searching Pinterest for a while, I took a couple ideas and combined them in to the perfect gift.
80 index cards with 80 special memories that he (my father-in-law) helped make throughout his lifetime.
My husband has 3 siblings so each family was give the task of completing 20 index cards. One card for each memory they wanted to share. That was only 20 cards per family.
If we had to do it again, I probably would have asked extended family and friends for memories, but this worked out fine. It was not difficult to come up with the memories.
I painted this box to put them in, something as a special keepsake.
I collected all the index cards and tied them with a piece of yarn and put them in the box.
During his Birthday Celebration we present him with the box.
We had him read several of the index cards out loud, which of course sparked chatter and laughter from all of us. It was a great way to make my father-in-law feel special and thank him for all the great memories he has made for the family.