6. Use your talents. Whether your talent is in art, music, writing, knitting, or baking—you can turn it into a gift. 7. Mix it up with a mix tape. We can’t officially call them mix tapes anymore, but the idea is the same. Make a CD or MP3 playlist for the year he was born, an era he’s fond of, or for special songs you’ve shared together. For a young niece, nephew or grandchild who you don’t get to see often, make a recording of you reading his or her favorite books.