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)

Durable Paper Tote

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

Bamboo Notecards

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

Wooden Tray

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

Canvas Bag

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

Water Carbonater

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

Crank Radio/MP3 Player

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

Metal Cuffs

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

Bamboo Place Mats

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

Box of 16 Signature Chocolates

MarieBelle ($45)

Amaryllis Recyclabowl

Potting Shed Creations ($25)

Porcelain Bottle Stoppers

Anthropologie ($16 each)

Leather Luggage Tags

Ann Taylor Loft ($13 each)

Quartz Marquis Vine Earrings

Dean Harris for Target ($50)

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)

Personalized Stamps

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


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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