Planning my neighbour's birthday present

@boiboing (12881)
Northampton, England
November 13, 2015 8:06am CST
Do you ever struggle to come up with ideas for presents for people you OUGHT to know well but don't? My husband and I and our friends who used to live next door have been invited to another neighbour's birthday party on Saturday night. She's having a 'do' at a very posh hotel about 5 miles from us. We've known her for many years as we have a mutual pet-feeding arrangement and we've seen her kids grow from tiny toddlers to the eldest now being a teenager. Whilst we have a great neighbourly relationship, I'm not sure that I could really say that I know what she likes. The task of finding a gift from the four of us falls to me and the other wife - doesn't it always? Neither of us can think what to get her so I have come up with the idea of 40 gifts for her 40th birthday. My friend Lorraine and I are going to aim to find half of the 40 things around our homes - I have a lot of nice smellies and make-up and some scented candles and pretty notebooks, and Lorraine will find a few face-packs and other goodies. We'll count what we've got and then go out and buy the balance to bring us up to 40. The party is on Saturday and if my maths is correct, one present a day for 40 days will bring her to Christmas. We'll wrap all the gifts, put them in a box with a 'hand hole' in the top, and she can pick out one a day - like an extended advent calendar. Would anybody like to suggest some goodies we can include in her 40@40 gift box?
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@gudheart (12741)
13 Nov 15
I think you have the right idea :D scented candles and smellies are always nice to receive as a gift.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
candy bars or any kind of chocolate.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie and @gudheart - I hope she agrees.
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@gudheart (12741)
13 Nov 15
@NeldaHoxie Can't go wrong with candy bar choc :D
@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
14 Nov 15
england, ok so winter time, lip balm (I always lose this), gloves (I lose these too), traveling nail file (one in a case to put in your purse), candy, some of that candy that looks like coal because funny, small lotion (again purse sized is perfect for this kind of thing), pens (something in a fun color), fun socks (aka those warm fuzzy socks in bright cheery colors), etc etc
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Nov 15
I'll expect you round at my house at 10 am with your shopping head on. You sound like an expert!
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• Centralia, Missouri
14 Nov 15
@boiboing we used to get advent calendars from mom each year growing up, 25 days of presents in Dec, got all kinds of fun small things! I might be a tad late though
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt That was what I had in mind - a sort of grown up and extended advent calendar.
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@LadyDuck (176993)
• Switzerland
13 Nov 15
The 40 gifts idea is great. Small things you can wrap: scented candles, small soaps, scent sachets, special teas, slippers, small jars of home made jams, home made cookies.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Nov 15
Teas! Brilliant. I didn't think of that.
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• United States
13 Nov 15
T"hat's very creative - love it and I'm sure she will also - have a wonderful time at the party.
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov 15
This is a great idea. I'm sure she'll be thrilled. Op shops often have pretty little things that wouldn't cost the earth.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Nov 15
What's an Op shop please? I'm just hoping she doesn't think it's a box of junk
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov 15
@boiboing Op shop is an opportunity shop like Red Cross, Salvos, etc. If you pick carefully it shouldn't look like a box of junk.
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@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
14 Nov 15
@JudyEv Like a UK Charity Shop - but a much nicer name.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
13 Nov 15
I would do a couple little $5 or $10 gift cards, like to a coffee place or a video rental if they still have them, or Amazon. I love gift cards!
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Nov 15
Thank you.
@jstory07 (70038)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Nov 15
Go to dollar tree and you can get some really nice stuff there. A nice mug and some cocoa to make one day. Some body wash that smells good. Lots of nice things for a dollar each.
@boiboing (12881)
• Northampton, England
13 Nov 15
A mug - now that's a good one. We already have the smellies but a mug and some hot choc is great.
@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
14 Nov 15
Gosh I'm hopeless at choosing gifts! Sometimes I happen to see something that is perfect for someone but the rest of the time I'm not much use and it gets harder as people get older and already have everything!