Might I make a suggestion? If you find one of your birth parents and a reunion is planned I have an idea for a gift.
When I met my birthmother for the first time at Newark Airport in 1986, I gave her thirty-six red roses; one for each of the thirty-six years of the life she had given me. This is not the gift idea.
During the time of my search I began putting together a scrapbook. The book included pictures of years she had missed, news articles of some of the accomplishments in my life and a letter about me, why I searched and that I was happy I located her. Photos I was able to share came from age 11 until present as at that time I had no photos of me prior to age 11; I received some only after she passed away. The photos I used was from old Boys Town Times and Boys Town Yearbooks. The news articles also were from the Times, Omaha World Herald, my college newspaper and New York City newspapers. She would be able to see and read of my life from age 11 until 36 when I met her for the first time.
I also made the same book during this time in the event I searched for and found my birthfather.
As I left her suite at the end of our first day together, I gave her “my book” so that she could view/read it privately after I left.
When I met her the next morning she greeted me with tears, a hug and a thank you. Despite how our relationship ended twelve years later, I believe that book is something she treasured for the rest of her life.
She passed away in October 2001.