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:
It’s always great to receive something unexpected and this gift offers the perfect surprise. If you are planning to send a card (birthday or otherwise), consider adding a little untraditional twist because although I love to get a card with a cash or a check, I’m not opposed to jewelry!
You can pick up a simple (and flat) piece of jewelry on its own card from a local store – try Lou Lou or even Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. So just grab your greeting card and simply tape the jewelry card to the inside of the greeting card so that it doesn’t shake in the mail.
It’s simple and relatively inexpensive. Just don’t forget to add a little extra postage (just to be safe).
And frankly everyone should be – not because it’s a political catch phrase – but because equal rights are so important to global development. Today is the Women’s March on Washington and even though I am a resident of the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) corridor I will miss it (today’s my birthday and I have some family plans).
So if you’re like me and will miss it due to obligations or travel issues, I encourage you to “Wing It”.
I fell in love with the Wing this past fall when I came across a few articles discussing a members-driven, Manhattan-based multi-purpose space for women who needed a place to transition from engagement-to-engagement without having to inconveniently run home (be it across town or across the river to New Jersey).
The Wing also hosts inspiring events and activities for the community.
So imagine my excitement when they opened up a store and it is exactly what I would have expected from such a cool place. The items are thoughtfully curated, inspiring, and a little irreverent.
So if your favorite feminist is longing to show that she and all women (and girls) can do it, consider a gift from the Wing.
If your best girl is planning a big wedding, gift her a new Clarisonic. Countless sites (especially the comment sections) recommend that brides start getting facials early – months before the wedding – to get a little help with that perfect bridal glow.
So by gifting her a Clarisonic, you’re giving her a daily facial and investing in her bridal beauty.
The Clarisonic Site. The home of Clarisonic – allows you to choose from all of their facial devices including the Mia, SMART profile, and Plus. Brushes are also available on the site and so are gift sets.
QVC(Shopping Network). QVC offers an entire collection of Clarisonic products including some funky gift sets in great patterns. In addition, the prices are often slashed by about 10 percent due to ongoing sales (every little bit counts).
Retailers. Local retailers like Sephora and Ulta both offer Clarisonic offerings – typically in it’s own section of the store. This is helpful if you’re running short on time and don’t have it to waste on shipping.
I almost didn’t list this one here because it’s more what I would call a “hybrid” box. While fitness is a part, it also includes beauty and fashion items from companies like Dermalogica. But I have to admit I like the concept – “look good, feel good.”
At $49.99 this shipment comes every three months. You can also buy a year-long subscription for someone at $179.99. In addition, all of the products are full-sized, which can be a benefit (or a curse – but re-gifiting a gift is always an option.)
A pure fitness subscription site that offers fitness gear, snacks, and supplements. This is a monthly shipment site that allows you a “subscription payment plan” – a monthly plan for $49.99 (that can be cancelled at any time), a quarterly plan for $141.00 (saves almost $10 over three months), and a yearly plan for $540 (that saves the subscriber about $60 over that timeframe).
A new discovery for me, FitBox is the most expensive subscription out of the three sites profiled, sending two workout garments each month for $59.99. It does offer the opportunity build complete workout outfits and the added benefit of being able to cancel the subscription at any time. They also have an app.
You can craft a gift and make it even more special…
Years ago when I was in my friend’s wedding a few of the bridesmaids came together to build her an awesome basket of goodies to get her ready for married life. That gift inspired this blog. Pull together a gift of travel accessories that will get your bride ready for the honeymoon.
It’s supposed to be the happiest time of your life but somehow things like late shipments, unexpected out-of-town guests, and last minute seating changes are threatening to steal your joy.
As your bridesmaids, we completely get it, but know that in the midst of your nuptial-induced stress, you’re stressing us too.
So, if you’ve been that bride, take the time to take care of your girls. As a bridesmaid gift get them personalized robes (that they can keep and use after the wedding) and arrange for massages (you know they need them after dealing with wedding drama for the past 6 months or so).
Caution – this gift isn’t the cheapest, but hearken back to my “Rules for Bridesmaid Gifts” and make the gift commensurate with the type of bride you’ve been.
If you haven’t already noticed I love gifts that have utility. Event spaces are typically drafty so the wrap will come in handy and as already said, any good bridesmaid is going to touch up her lipstick during the wedding, so give her a place to stash it.
These gifts are especially great because they can be used post-wedding.