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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Turning 65 can create many conflicting emotions. It is the official age to retire and the future is full of unknowns. That is why 65th birthday gifts created out of retro candy is a great gift. The recipient can forget about all the unknowns and travel back in time when life was simpler. Nostalgic candy is more than a tangible gift - it is a gift of precious memories. Some long forgotten memories no longer came to mind until a little piece of candy opened a door to the past.

Retro candy makes it easy to create a unique gift. There is a large selection of already made birthday baskets. People who want something more personal can make their own. Of course, every basket will start with an assortment of retro candy, but after that people are limited only by their own imagination. Consider some of the many creative ideas that take a baby boomer back to a different place and time.

Add some personal framed photos to the basket, of people from the past that share the same memories. Wax lips, candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars were all fun candy back in the good old days. Almost every baby boomer will have a story to tell about things they did with family and friends. In those days, young girls did not wear hot red lipstick, boys did not smoke real cigars and neither smoked real cigarettes. When parents allowed kids to do those taboo actions with candy, they stood a foot taller and walked with a swagger.

Tuck a variety of old classic movies in with the 65th birthday gifts. When baby boomers were young, drive-in movies were the place to go. They are nearly extinct today, but a combination of retro candy and classic movies guarantee to trigger a flood of memories. While seniors may tell some of their stories from the drive-in movie days, one can bet there are just as many that they will never tell. Tamales, Bit-O-Honey, Chick-O-Stick and Laffy Taffy were some of the favorite candies at the time.

Personal letters recalling a memory from family and friends tucked in with retro candy makes a phenomenal 65th birthday gift. Little girls would get together and wear candy necklaces as if they were queens before finally breaking down and eating them. A group of boys would show off how tough they were with Atomic Fireballs. Include every kind of candy that each letter triggers. It will bring back memories of precious friendships and nostalgic courtships.

Candies from the past are as diverse as the memories. Other candies for a retro gift basket include Pixy Sticks, Turkish Taffy, Mary Janes, Wax Bottles, Candy Buttons, Boston Bakes Beans and Now and Laters, Sugar Daddy Pops, Red Hots, Cinnamon Toothpicks, Lemonheads, Licorice Pipes, Fruit Striped Gum and Slow Pokes. One of the exotic candies of the past was the scrumptious Cherry Mash. Whether people create their own 65th birthday gifts or purchase already made baskets, retro candy will bring back yesterdays memories.

by: Woodstock Candy


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