My sister has a special birthday this year – she’ll be 50. We are really hoping that the pandemic will be sufficiently over for us to have some proper celebrations to mark the big day. A landmark birthday like a 50th calls for a special gift, something a bit different, something thoughtful, something to reflect on the years. So hunt has been on for the perfect present to help my sister celebrate and commemorate her big day. So when Historic Newspapers got in touch I was really interested to try out a copy of their unique 50th birthday gift with my sister’s big birthday in mind.
Ordering is simple, you just need to have your recipient’s details to hand. You’ll need their name and date of birth. Then you need to consider a personal message. Don’t worry if you are short on inspiration for this sort of message – they even have an option for message ideas. You can pick one out or amend it as you like, or if the creative juices are flowing you can create your own message. Pick out your cover: g
The newspaper book is designed to portray the recipient’s lifetime through newspaper headlines of the day, year by year. If for example, they were born on 3rd July 1973, this will be the first front page to appear at the start of the book. After that, it’ll be 3rd July 1974, then ‘75, ‘76 and so on, all the way through until the present day, making this birthday newspaper book a story of the individual’s entire life. I think it works really well with it being a tabloid newspaper, the Daily Mirror, because you get the news headlines, but also some gossip or celebrity news too. There are pictures too, which not every newspaper at the time used. If you prefer a broadsheet though, you can order a book with pages of The Telegraph instead.
As you can see the book looks very smart and makes a great gift. I know my sister will enjoy looking through and reliving the years of her life. It’s amazing to look back at the early 1970s as in many ways, but in others nothing has changed. Some of the celebrities have stood the test of time and others I’ve never heard their names before. It’s a really interesting look back at things as they were. It’s good to move through to the years I remember more clearly too from the 1980s and beyond.
If you are looking for a gift for a landmark birthday, I’d seriously consider purchasing a birthday newspaper book. It’s a thoughtful gift, which makes it easy to look back on the years of a life. It looks so attractive too in its special gift box. If I was given a book like this I know I’d be looking back at it for years to come.