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40th Birthday Present Gift Ideas

Updated on November 15, 2010

One of my sisters' birthday is tomorrow and I've been racking my brain thinking of what she might possibly want. She is not one to want much and I refuse to give her what she needs, like a new set of pots and pans. Its her big 40th birthday and I really would like to give her something different, special as a present. Clothes, fragrances, plants, chocolate are a few of potential great gifts any other time or year but seem a bit too common to give on her 40th birthday. Plus for other birthdays and Christmas she gets all of the above presents from her spouse, kids, family and friends.

Being similar in personalities, likes and dislikes I think that if I am going to receive a present I would rather it be an abstract, relaxing gift of little bulk so as not to take up much space in the house. Over the years shelf space and closet space becomes as limited as prime ocean front real estate. Which makes me think, If I could get her a beachfront home I would. Who am I kidding? If I could afford a beachfront home I would get it for myself! She can always come visit.

I'm thinking a spa gift certificate for her. I know I love to get pampered and I'm an empty nester with half the household responsibilities that she has. I can only imagine a stay at home 40 year old mom with a toddler, two teenagers and a husband. The unending requests, chauffeuring, cleaning, cooking…. is enough to encourage me to jump off the balcony, run into the mangroves to never be seen again. If anyone can use a nice swedish massage gift certificate it would be her.

A gift certificate is personal and thoughtful enough yet allows her the flexibility to pick her own treatments. I think it might just be the perfect present for a 40 year old or any woman for that matter.

I’m still a bit torn though, they say that there is no replacement for the time that you spend with your loved ones. Maybe I should just take her out to a nice dinner or spend time with her watching a funny movie instead of thinking of what the best present is.

After a sleepless night, running the different options through my head I finally know what to do. Being the loving sister that I am I just might have to spend time with her, at the spa that is. I can give her as a present what I know she would really appreciate and love while spending quality time with her as well. The sacrifices you make for family!


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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      LOL Now why didn't I think of that! That would have been the perfect gift. Well...there's always next year. Thanks for the great gift idea and comment.

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      Dray Chukis 7 years ago from USA

      Hey Bail up,

      Your sister is going to be 40, not 60; she will have many years to lie sedentary at a spa getting pampered. I say get her a babysitter, make her put on some high heels and take her dancing. Drink some wine, laugh until your stomachs hurt, and return to your normal lives with great memories of your night out. That will make her year.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      You are right. I wouldn't trade the time I spend with my sisters for anything. It really is the best gift.

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      daydreamer13 7 years ago

      Spending fun-time with someone is always the best present. Great hub!

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      She absolutely loved the gift. Hasn't scheduled it yet but she is pretty excited. Dinner afterwards sounds perfects. Thanks for your input.

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      lyjo 7 years ago

      A day at the husband has done this for me....just a beautiful gift, she will feel like a princess for a day...maybe you can go for dinner together afterwards? Take care!

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago


      Wouldn't that be great! Let me know how that works out for you.


      LOL - I know, it's not enough that I give her the gift I have to go to? Family can be highly demanding at times. what can I do...

      Thanks to all of you for your comments, they are always appreciated :D

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Partisan Patriot

      True that! I will let her know us conservatives on hub pages lit the fire and encouraged others to vote and secure that win just in time for her birthday. Thanks for all your help, I'll be taking back the gift certificate!

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Petra Vlah

      You should be so lucky to get spa gift certificates for every occasion. I'm shooting for that!

      dream on

      I will definitely keep an eye for those 2 for 1 deals. Thanks for the great advice!

      Breakfast pop

      I hope she thinks so too.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      That is a great idea - and DANG that you have go with her! But the sacrifices we must make for family....

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent suggestion. A spa gift is very nice. I'm going to suggest to my family they give me a spa, too. Not just a visit, but the entire spa! :)

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      partisan patriot 7 years ago

      How do you top the gift the entire country gave her this past Tuesday; well except for those RATS in Nevada that is!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Sounds like the perfect gift!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I am sure she would be so happy to be pampered.If you look around sometimes their are special rates for spa gift certicates.They want you to come back again.Like a new customer appreciation.Sometimes half off.Look around.Then both can go and have a day out for the price of one.Maybe even take in lunch.

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      Petra Vlah 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      A gift spa is what I get for birthday, Mother's Day, Christmas and any other occassion; all my family does it and so do my friends. It is the best gift I can ever get and the easier way for others to give me a gift I really appreciate