Reader dear, I need your help! I have two dear friends (both female) with 40th birthdays coming up, and I haven't a clue what to give them to mark the occasion. Any ideas?? What do you treasure from your 30th/40th? What have you bought for others? The first birthday is at the end of this month, so I need some ideas fast!! So far none of my ideas have gone the distance for various reasons, what do you think of these:
Idea 1: A significantly-named rose or other plant
Friend 1 is moving soon, so probably could do without the hassles of having to dig things up and take them with her because they are meaningful. Friend 2 has busy small people and a garden more devoted to pet rabbit and football than prize specimens, and also hopes to move soon!
Idea 2: Nice vase or other objet
A bit same old, same old potentially, plus like most of us I'm sure they have masses already. But maybe something particularly lovely is still a possibility...
Idea 3: Jewellery
I saw a few nice things on the H.Samuel website for friend 1, but wonder if like me she has way more jewellery than she ever wears. Friend 2 is more into chunky, quirky stuff so I may have to check out the independent shops in somewhere fun like Brighton for ideas.
Idea 4: A bouquet
Who doesn't love receiving flowers, but then shouldn't the gift be something you can keep and look back on, are flowers too 'disposable'?
Idea 5: An experience
I know both would love to go on a spa day or something like that, but not sure my budget can stretch to that! Maybe I should look into that one further, or even just a really nice lunch somewhere.
Idea 6: A personalised picture or canvas
You know, one of those with words about how wonderful they are, their life etc, maybe something like that? Or a photo of a place significant to them. Oh gosh, I'm stumped!
Idea 7: A first edition of a book they love
But then how do I make sure it's the right book, without giving the game away. AAARRGH, dilemmas!!
So you see my problem, what to do?! All advice - and ideas - much appreciated!!!