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).
Transparency time. I’m a nerd. I’ve been a nerd, I’m still a nerd. I’m a book reading, glasses wearing, teacher’s pet style nerd. I would like to be cool and sexy and hip – but alas as Lady Gaga says, “I was born this way,” and by this way, I mean NERD.
But this blog gives me the opportunity to do something awesome and that’s combine two non-human loves of my life – giving great gifts and finding awesome books. Hence this new addition to my blog.
Here are the books I’m loving and ready to wrap as gifts:
In other words, what about your friends…. cue the TLC 90s hit song.
I’m a single girl and I try not to forget about my girlfriends on Valentine’s Day (single or not). Because when it comes down to it, to paraphrase Charlotte from Sex and the City, girlfriends are often your soulmates.
“Maybe we can be each other’s soul mates. And then we can let men be just these great, nice guys to have fun with.” ~Charlotte, Sex & the City
If you ever suffered through the high school homeroom delivery of Valentine’s Day Grams and Carnations, then you know that it’s often your girlfriends who come to the rescue. So when it comes to “Galentine’s Day” I’m giving your permission to keep it “high school” and don’t leave your girls hanging!
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.
I’m a proud sorority girl and wearer of pearls – and I’m definitely not the only one. I was having some fun on Pinterest and came across a set of pearls that featured a central blue stone. After a little bit of investigation I found the site that sells them.
Gratia Pearl, the aforementioned site, is a veritable treasure chest of uniquely classical pieces that make great gifts for any woman who has pledged herself to sorority life (or just loves pearls).
The site features gifts for each sorority in the National Pan-Hellenic Council (or Divine 9) and also offers gifts for ladies who just like pretty pearls.
So the next time you’re looking for charms for your favorite Greek, check out Gratia Pearl.
After the holidays the new year hits so fast. One of the things that I do to get prepared is develop mypersonal gift list.
I sit down and list out my friends and family members and their birthdays and anniversaries. I also include other memorable occasions like my sorority anniversary (which I share with my undergraduate line sisters) and even graduations if I have the date.
Writing it down helps me get gift ready early so I don’t miss the opportunity to share an important occasion. So I’ve formatted my list and made it available for you.