5 Memory Lane Gift Ideas For Baby Boomers
Many Baby Boomers are decluttering and downsizing after years of excess ownership. As the holidays approach, it can be overwhelming to decide on a meaningful gift to give a Baby Boomer. These days, I think that perhaps we should take a cue from the millennial generation who seem to be geared towards minimalism, spending less on possessions, and more on experiences such as wellness, dining, and other activities. With that in mind, I set out to find some affordable, memory lane gifts that Boomers might enjoy receiving.
Nostalgia for the good ol’ days is something we tend to think of a lot around the holidays. Reminiscing on our past holiday celebrations allows us to think of a happier time as children when gifts from Santa would appear under the tree, and time would slow down with a focus on family.
Here are some suggestions for Memory Lane Gift Ideas for Baby Boomers:
- Experiences don’t have to cost a lot. The busier we get, the less time we have to spend together. Plan a nostalgic activity together that your loved one will always remember. For example, make a favorite holiday recipe and watch a beloved classic movie together.
- I recently ran across some book titles that intrigued me and would make an ideal gift for a loved one. The first book is The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories By Vickey Kall. This book Is packed with Christmas recollections from the past such as holiday decorations and toys. Remember bubble lights, tinsel, and aluminum trees anyone? The toy list with accompanying photos will make you long for those classic toys such as Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, and Erector Sets. Some other books I peeked at were A Midcentury Christmas: Holiday Fads, Fancies, and Fun from 1945 to 1970 By: Sarah Archer and A Very Vintage Christmas: Holiday Collecting, Decorating, and Celebrating By: Bob Richter. Boomers will love the trip down memory lane when they enjoy recalling their past Christmas holidays.
- Create a personalized book or calendar on a site that specializes in custom-made photo gifts such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Costco. Personalize the item of your choice with old photos, recipes, stories and memories to make the pages unique, special, and meaningful.
- Studies show that music is a powerful medium that offers therapeutic qualities. Make a personalized playlist of favorite oldies but goodies.
- Take advantage of all the holiday decorations, lights, and music by planning a special day or night in the city with your favorite Baby Boomer. Check out the decorated store-fronts and take a photo with Santa Claus. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy all the festivities of the season.
We live in a time when we aren't connecting in person enough. Instead of purchasing more items that quite frankly, most of us don’t need, why not focus on gifts that link us to each other as well as our nostalgic memories of Christmases past?
Written By: Susan O'Leary
Kensington Gardens Estate Living Retirement Community
Published on Dec 1, 2017.