Help?

So. Turning 40. Big party. Well, a party, anyway. Presents? I hope so! Not a lot, but 40 is a big deal for me.

Anyway, I thought I had a list, a list of stuff that I couldn’t justify buying for myself. And I’ve lost it.

So if you were turning 40, and you already had the gorgeous husband, kid and mixmaster (thanks mum!), what would you want?

I also already have a swift, a ball winder, blocking wires, knitpicks options, a terrific camera, and I only wear Crocs.

Ideas?

17 thoughts on “Help?”

  1. I know my wish list contains yarn (lately sock yarn), iTunes gift cards (for all those apps out there), books, and a bottle of good wine (if you are a wine drinker). Hubby is sooooo tough to shop for plus he never wants me to buy him anything. For his last birthday I found coupons good for various things like: a back scratch, a massage, a long walk together, his favourite dinner, etc. We started this idea when our kids were small and they wanted to get something special for our birthdays.

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  2. more yarn (super luxurious to make it extra special) to put on the swift?
    those little decorative thingys that people put on their Crocs?
    tickets to a show or concert of your choice?
    jewellery?
    a book that you pick up every time you go into your local bookshop and then put back on the shelf because its v. expensive?
    a piece of art?

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  3. One can never have enough camera lenses, camera accessories, camera equipment, right?

    If I wanted to break the bank, I’d put an e-reader on that list too πŸ™‚

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  4. As unthinking as it sounds: gift vouchers from specific favourite stores are always nice because you can go there (or shop online) and it extends the fun of your birthday. For me that would be a bookstore, a yarn store or a fabric store.

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  5. Books, books, books.

    Season tickets to something you love (I’d choose ballet, but would also be happy with theatre, opera)

    And I love hand made gifts. Leigh made me a hand-bound recipe book for my 30th birthday and I adore it. We got a couple of handmade gifts for our wedding, too – a beautiful wodden trivet that can be separated into two, and a gorgeous ceramic bowl made by a friend.

    Or you could adopt my glam Mother’s Day gift request: “underwear that does not have holes in it” πŸ™‚

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    1. Lots of great replies!

      I particularly like the tropical island with gin, but I am afraid that is out of the budget. Perhaps a toddler pool and a sunlamp with a middy of warm beer?

      Season tickets to the opera would be awesome, but again, not having a paying job puts the kibosh on that.

      As for camera stuff, I really want both a new lens and a flash. Not much change from $500 for that. And $500 is a lot of groceries.

      Donations? Nah, I’m donating so much of my time at the moment to a particular charity, that I’m not keen.

      Gift vouchers are great, but not so memorable. An iPad? Very sexy, but again, I might have to save up for my 41st birthday…

      Wine I’ll just drink, books are a rare luxury (time to read them rather). Art requires thought (and hanging).

      Gosh, I never knew I was so difficult to buy for!

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  6. Well, a certain person coughrichardcough wants *everyone* he knows to club together so he can buy an unfeasibly expensive watch. A proper, grown-up, fancy over-featured stylish amazing watch.

    do you have a watch?

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    1. Mum and Dad got me a nice watch last time they were overseas – not a really, really expensive watch, but I love it, and it still works a few months later, and has an actual warranty. Most of my previous watches have come from exotic $2 shops, so this feels very grown up πŸ™‚

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  7. How about Wicked at 8:00pm on Saturday 22nd May? We could have dinner first and then the show? I’m sure Mark would love to spend the evening with the Squish while I take you out and ply you with food, booze and musical entertainment…

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