To know that such a protective presence exists in our lives is itself a blessing. Many a times grandparents are people's best friends and knowing that they are still around gives peace to their heart. So here are a few things that you can do for your grandma for her 80th birthday.
Good Old Days
Set a theme that takes your mother or grandmother and all her friends back to the heppest era of their yesteryear. Make them dress up like the way they used to back then, requesting all her friends to do the same. You could also try to dress up like one of the most desired and admired actresses or singers, so as to join in, in all the festivities.
You may even visit an orphanage and let your mom or grandma spend a few hours talking to the children. Take treats along for them and perhaps she can cut her birthday cake among them. The kids would absolutely love the gesture and will remember the day forever.
Ask her to pen down all her wishes in a bucket list and help her set out on achieving them. If she has been wanting to make amends and improve relationships with somebody, now is the time to do it.
Let her meet her other children, grandchildren and who knows if she's lucky enough, may be even her great-grandchildren! Invite old crushes and classmates whom she hasn't met for decades. If not now then when will she ever do the things that her heart always desired and craved for.
Request her to make a journal of all her visits, how you both felt and the things you experienced during your journeys. If you are lucky enough, may be a friend would like to join you on this trip. If you think this idea is farfetched, you'd be surprised to know how many other 80 year old's have tried it and loved every minute of it.
Which Year Is It Again?
Take a note of the time that your mom or grandma always reminisces about and attempt to gift her something special from that era. You could make a yearlong calendar that extends to her 81st birthday, wherein each page would show her favorite actors or a photo of a theater she used to visit earlier, or group photographs from her high school or college.
You may add photos of her wedding day, or her first-born, her day of graduation. These options are enough to fill 12 pages for making a memorable calendar.
No matter what you do for her or gift her, rest assured and relax, because she will love you no matter what. Even small gifts like a card or flowers are sometimes all that takes to make someone feel special. May be all she'll need is that you be there with her for her special day or let's just call it a landmark in her life.