Personal Shopper: Birthday Gifts for Elizabeth

Says Elizabeth: "Hi Outblush! My birthday is coming up on October 31st and I have no clue what I want for my birthday. My husband keeps asking me for some suggestions, but I have none. Can you help? We are recent home owners, and I like all sorts of things from technology to purses. Any ideas for some unique gifts that are on the cheaper side (less than $200). I know this is a completely broad request,... but I could use help. Thank you tons!!"

Wow, Elizabeth! Marian here - and it's hard to know where to start! Worse comes to worst, you could always ask for a rain check until you saw just the thing, but I know that there's more romance in getting a birthday gift on your birthday - so here are a few things that have absolutely nothing to do with one another. Hopefully one will pique your interest!

Starting with the technology and the purses, here are the 1) Therapist Select Shiatsu Massaging Cushion with Heat ($200) and the handsome, practical 2) Tignanello Military Shopper handbag ($149). We have one of these same massage cushions at home, and it does wonders for sore necks, backs, and shoulders.

A really good coat would be another worthwhile-but-still-fun investment, and we like the looks of this 3) double breasted trench coat from London Fog ($128, also available in tamer colors). If you want something truly fabulous and personal to wear, you could look into buying a loose gemstone and then having it set by a local jeweler. (I've done this; it was a ton of fun and not so expensive as you might think.) This 4) 1.14 carat Mexican fire opal ($102) is gorgeous, isn't it?

5) The Economist ($127 for 51 issues) may or may not be your kind of magazine, but the principle holds true that weekly magazine subscriptions can be awfully expensive. You could take the plunge on something you've always meant to subscribe to. And I'll wind up with something that's even less tangible, in its way: submit a sample of your own DNA with 6) a kit from National Geographic's Genographic Project ($100) and you'll receive a report telling you where on the globe your most ancient ancestors came from. (My mother was thrilled beyond words to discover her seemingly unlikely genetic ties to the Saami.)

So how many years of presents have we covered now? Drop us a line back, and have a happy birthday!



Posted on 10.10.10 at 7:06 PM

Just a thought: If you can't think of anything you could possibly want for your birthday, maybe you don't need anything. How about a really nice dinner out or a weekend trip?

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