This is your life book - things you could include in a This is Your Life Book
This is especially well worth the effort for a big birthday, such as a 60th, or a 70th etc. Leave it much later, and those closest to your loved ones (i.e. their friends & relatives in the same age group or older) may have died along with their memories & thoughts.
Old people carry many memories with them, so it's nice to have some of them written down and passed on through the generations. It gives everyone a feeling of belonging, connecting with the past, & continuity. In a fast changing world, these can be very comforting things to feel & have.
After all, when those really BIG birthdays come around, you want to have something pretty special to give those you love. One idea as friends & family get older is a "This is your Life" book. Give them a book of memories to enjoy for years to come.
You can buy a photo album where you stick everything in or create a photobook online. The advantage of creating a photobook online is that you can usually buy extra copies to give to relatives and friends who would like a copy.
I made my parents a photobook to celebrate their wedding anniversary with Photobox - it was very easy. (It needed to be, if I was going to do it!). They have lots of different sizes to choose from and you can get themed ones as well. You can also create photobooks through Snapfish or The Book of Everyone. And of course there's a range of Your life photo books from Amazon have lots of photo albums to choose from for all sorts of different occasions and big birthdays, including albums for different decades such as 18, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70.
This Is Your Life Memory Book
You can also buy photo albums & similar books, including 100 year diaries, from Boots. The advantage of buying a photo album and physically putting in photos, letters, sayings or whatever you want to include is that you can have some spare pages for the recipient to add their own items, and even continue the book after they have received it.
We created one of these for my mother's 70th birthday. We left a number of pages blank and she is still adding to them. She often looks through her book, so it was well worth the time it took to create.
Ten years plus on, we are all still looking through the book we made her, and it is giving us all a lot of pleasure, and bringing back lots of memories. And Mum is still adding to it, bless her!
We chose to use a simple photo album and didn't go for the red book idea, but this was just a personal choice. It is actually quite hard to find a Red Book as such, so I personally wouldn't get too caught up in having the Red book this is your life - Mum was just as thrilled with her own photo book which wasn't red at all! What thrilled her was the thought and preparation that had gone into it and the fact we'd put so much effort into it and that it was a story of her life.