Friends of mine have solved that problem with a unique one time gift that can be the precursor for dozens of follow up gifts for succeeding future years. The idea is rather unique and certainly one that could be worth considering.
My aforementioned friends, Bill and Debbie are the parents of an adult 25 year old son whose very significant other had recently become a mother. I guess that makes her a truly significant other and official mother of Bill and Deb’s new granddaughter.
The healthy little newly born girl had already been embellished with a raft, no make that a cruise ship full of essentials and nonessentials from the other side of the significant other’s immediate family - actually her parents.
What to do thought poor D and B ? Not that this was a competition, but grandparents are in fact quite competitive when it comes to shared grandchildren.
To their credit, they came up with an idea that might be considered far out by some but brilliant by others, including the parents of the significant other mother.
B&D had read a service that for newborns that could play a significant role in the future health of the significant other mother’s child, who was also their son’s daughter as well as their very own and only granddaughter. Now, that’s significant.
Here’s the gift. The baby’s umbilical cord was scooped up as directed by advance notice to and by the delivery team at Lee Memorial Hospital.
The cord was then carefully packed in a special refrigerated container and immediately expedited to an address in California. That address was the laboratory of a cryonic preservation firm that promised to encapsulate the umbilical cord in a special container then emerged in a solution of liquid nitrogen and frozen to a level appropriate for long term storage. It was then placed in a temperature controlled storage vault where it would stay entombed and well preserved like a Swanson frozen turkey dinner until a need for the cells came up.
The idea is to utilize the stem cells from the frozen cord blood popsicle if or when a need for a replacement organ or body part is required by the child at some point of its life. In the absence of suitable donors, the blood cells from the frozen cord could then be used to generate new part through stem cell cloning and or the use of 3D printing technology.
Is that wild or what? It’s either the wackiest or wisest gift grandparents could conceive.
If it is a good idea, it solves the problem of what to get your kids the following years too. It seems that once you pay the introductory fee of somewhere between $2,000 and $5,000 for the initial flash freezing, you will have an ongoing monthly fee to keep the freezer running. That could add up to an extra couple thou a year. Apparently there are some labs that wave those annual storage costs.
I was surprised to find there are dozens of companies currently in the business. You can find them on the web if you think you might be interested. If you have the bucks and have faith in the process, it could be a great gift that keeps on giving as long as you do too.
This thing has given me an idea. Why shouldn’t I get my piece of the action. I did a few rudimentary calculations and found that I could purchase a great Samsung freezer for about a thousand bucks. I see no reason why I couldn’t cram a thousand or so little umbilicals in the unit. At a discounted rate of $1,000 per cord, I could clear a cool million annually.
I could probably make more that way than by writing . I could also go the franchise route and make millions more. Hmmm, would you like to buy a franchise?