Thinking about a birthday gift with real meaning? Consider theUltimate Birthday Book from the New York Times Store.
When I think of my father, it’s impossible not to think about the NY Times. He and his beloved paper are never far from each other. Sunday mornings of my childhood evoke the twin smells of coffee and fresh bagels and the sight of him reading in bed. Even when he travels, he cannot do without the news. Scoping out the nearest location to get his beloved paper in cities and remote villages around the world evolved into a family travel game for us. This is my dad – a reader and a writer who is rarely found without ink on his fingers.
Which is why I knew exactly who to get the book for, when the New York Times Store offered me the chance to review their Ultimate Birthday Book – for a gifts for him story.
My dad is turning 88 this year. His personalized leatherbound book includes the front page of the New york Times newspaper from every single year since he was born. It’s a treasure filled timeline of history. He described it as the “journal he always meant to keep, but never got around to”
In addition to the front pages are some sections on the significant news of each decade and personal pages. to record and preserve your own news, if you choose to add clippings and notes.
What makes it special, especially in my dad’s case, is how many memories each front page brings back. Just reading over the headlines and stories from each year brought back a flood of memories for my father. Reading them is like entering a time machine, transporting him to another frame of mind. He’s able to recall where, and who he was, with each year’s entry.
I suspected this gift would be a home run for my dad , who is not the easiest person to gift. I was right. When I gave it to him, we had to persuade him to put it down and come to dinner.
The book is shipped in a beautiful box and comes with a magnifying glass to read the news, a commemorative coin and a certificate of authenticity. It’s a perfect and thoughtful way to celebrate milestone birthdays and events and a delightful treat for the newshound in your life.
It’s probably the best gift I’ve ever found for my dad!
You can purchase this very special birthday gift at the New York Times Store.