Holiday Gift Ideas for Over 40s

Have you noticed that the older your friends get, the harder it is to buy them something special that they don’t already have? Check out our list: It’s guaranteed not to be the usual been-there-bought-that.
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Gift Card

You donate; your friend picks the charity. Charity Choice Gift Cards (from $5)

charitygiftcertificates.org

Durable Paper Tote

Reusable, eco-friendly bag. pureDKNY ($65; dkintl.com for information)

Bamboo Notecards

Made from sustainable wood, they’re pretty and principled. Smock Paper (set of six, $14)

smockpaper.com

Wooden Tray

This collection of handmade wares is made by Indonesian artisans on Fair Trade terms. Shop for a Better World ($50)

macys.com/betterworld

Canvas Bag

Limited edition design — and UNICEF gets 25 percent of proceeds. Gucci ($695)

gucci.com

Water Carbonater

Make your own bubbles and kiss plastic bottles goodbye. Williams-Sonoma ($200)

williams-sonoma.com

Crank Radio/MP3 Player

Plays your MP3 tunes, sans electricity. Coolest feature: solar recharging. LLBean ($40)

llbean.com

Metal Cuffs

Art on the cuffs, created by Rwandan kids; proceeds go to YouthAIDS. Aldo ($5 each)

aldoshoes.com

Bamboo Place Mats

Roberta Roller Rabbit (set of four, $20; 212-772-7200)

Box of 16 Signature Chocolates

MarieBelle ($45)

mariebelle.com

Amaryllis Recyclabowl

Potting Shed Creations ($25)

wishingfish.com

Porcelain Bottle Stoppers

Anthropologie ($16 each)

anthropologie.com

Leather Luggage Tags

Ann Taylor Loft ($13 each)

anntaylorloft.com

Quartz Marquis Vine Earrings

Dean Harris for Target ($50)

target.com

Microfiber Trays

Two’s Company ($34 each; 800-896-7266)

Bamboo Pens and Notepads

Charlotte Moss (set of six pens, $15; set of four pads, $25)

charlottemoss.com

Personalized Stamps

Upload an image of your choice. Photostamps (sheet of 20 stamps; $19)

photostamps.com

Journal

Graphic Image ($35 each; Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855)

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Comfort Foods ($15 per box; Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000) All proceeds go to HelpUSA.

Originally published in MORE magazine, December 2008/January 2009.

First Published Mon, 2009-04-06 18:43

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http://www.more.com/relationships/attitudes/holiday-gift-ideas-over-40s