I will turn 40 years old in less than a year. Most days I’m good with it – really good with it. As in excited, can’t wait for this next decade and all of the confidence and peace that all who have gone before me swear comes with this age.
But then there are days when I’m not okay and not because of the number. After all, Aaliyah said that “Age ain’t nothing but a number” right? And she was right (or maybe it was Timbaland or Missy Elliot or whoever wrote the song) – but either way I am fully on board with this sentiment.
So it’s not about the number, it’s all about ME. And being completely, wholly, authentically me and whether I have reached this place or not.
These two books – in their own unique way – have spoken to that anxiety. So if you know someone coming of age (it doesn’t have to be 40), I think these books make great gifts:
I was having a conversation with a teammate a few weeks ago who found himself wanting to purchase a birthday gift for his wife who really didn’t want one. Once I got over being flattered that he had actually visited my blog to come up with ideas, my mind started turning.
No gift – sacrilege! (Well not really, but it’s my blog so I can say that.)
So if you’re in this position (as we all will be at some point), here are my personal go-to gifts for people who never want gifts:
I’m a huge fan of books as gifts – perhaps because I am a bibliophile and can never resist. But what I love about the gift of books is that first, knowledge is power and gifting it is never a waste, but second (and most important) there is always a book to match someone’s interest. Photography, travel, fashion, art, etc. – there’s always a great book on it.
A MEMORY (In Photo Form)
In this day of digital, printed pictures can actually be really special. So if you have someone who doesn’t really want or need anything, find a great photo that epitomizes the best of your relationship (maybe a candid from a first date or a high school photo that you both had forgotten about). Get it printed (it’s super cheap) and put it in a frame. If you’re not that formal, you can always put it a card. #herestomakingmorememories
I’m big on gifts of experience although I rarely highlight them on the blog…. mostly because they are so personal. But they are also incredibly memorable. So plan a dinner that the kids help with for mom’s birthday or schedule that hot air balloon ride that he’s been talking about for years. Maybe you do a movie marathon. The best part is that price shouldn’t be a factor.
….And don’t forget to buy a card (that’s non-negotiable).