The 20s and 30s period of your life are full of big changes. It’s the time you get that great job you’ve always wanted; buy a nice home; consider (and maybe find) the one; even settle down and (perhaps) decide to have children.
So, what do you get that person for the holidays? Well, here’s some suggestions.
Starting a New Job / Settling into a New Home
A Great Art Print
I love this Surrealist classic, ‘The Treachery of Images‘ by Rene Magritte.
(8×12) Rene Magritte Le Trahison des Images 1929 Pipe Art Print Poster
Personalized Note Cards
Who doesn’t love a handwritten note? At Silhouette Blue, you can order personalized notecards for your friends and get them with or without a return address. (Full disclosure: I’ve gotten several sets from them and all are amazing and beautiful.)
Image copyright Silhouette Blue.
Awesome Reusable Bag
Who doesn’t need one of these? No matter if you’re going to the gym or going to the grocery store, you’ll be in style – and helping the environment. I’m a big fan of Flip and Tumble bags, myself.
Flip & Tumble 24-7 Bag, Eggplant/Slate
Ok, so maybe you can’t display this at work (unless you work where I do), but all are adorable.
Ovary Plush – I Heart Guts
Make poetry at your kitchen table or at your desk. It’s really a blast – and the things you can come up with…
A Ridiculous Pencil Set
Who wouldn’t get a chuckle when they see a reference to an ambi-turner?
Image copyright oneupdesigns
Smart Women Finish Rich, by David Bach
I’m passionate about women and finance – not enough women are financially-savvy, to their detriment. (I’m sure you’ll see a post about it…someday.) In the meantime, consider giving this book to your friend – male or female – to encourage their knowledge and, well, freedom.
Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams (Revised Edition)
Might Have Met the One / They’re Going to Get Hitched
I am obsessed with Tabletopics. They’re conversation starters that you can use with your beloved or anyone else – and they will take you into some places (and some topics) you never would have thought of.
Guide to Getting It On
Here at Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida, we’re big fans of the Guide to Getting It On. Even if you think you know all the tips & tricks…you don’t. I promise.
Guide to Getting It On! A Book About the Wonders of Sex
Sexy Truth or Dare
This game is focused on what your partner likes about you - which is a great thing. (Do we need to know the wildest thing your partner did before they met you? I certainly don’t.)
Sexy Truth or Dare: Pick-A-Stick
36 Hours – Weekends by the New York Times
Ideas for every couple to sneak away to some place near them for a weekend – and enjoy. (Doesn’t hurt that the book itself is gorgeous.)
The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada
Marriage, a History, by Stephanie Coontz
Feronians, you’re a smart bunch. You probably know that marriage has been largely a financial transaction throughout history – but how did we throw it over for love? Coontz, a historian on the family and marriage, writes a compelling book on how love conquered marriage.
Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage
Learnvest Financial Plan
Lots of people choose to combine their finances with their partner’s after a period of time; the Learnvest Financial Plan gets your finances in good shape to do so. (Full disclosure: I did one it was amazing – it seriously changed my life. Hence, my crusade for female financial literacy.)
Image copyright Learnvest.com
‘I’m a Mrs’ Kit
I wrote a post last week about how I plan to change my name after getting married next year, and I fully plan to use one of these kits. (By the way – these are helpful for anyone who wants to change their name, male, female, or transitioning.) Do you really want to spend a day going from office to office on a name-change quest? I think not.
Image copyright I'm A Mrs.com
They’re Building a Family (Pregnancy or Adoption)
(I’ve never had a baby, so the fabulous Genevieve and Fosgood assisted me with this section. Thanks!)
The ‘Snoogle’ Body Pillow
Many a person has sworn that a body pillow is a must-have for pregnancy. Get your friend theirs before they even need it.
Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow
A Great Footstool
Check out their decor before you get this one and maybe get a gift receipt, but feet often swell in pregnancy – and it’s a useful gift for after-baby as well, because sometimes, you just want to put your feet up.
Growing Up Green Wood Step Stool, Natural
Darth Vader & Son
For those dads that are Star Wars fans, I give you Darth Vader and Son.
Darth Vader and Son (Star Wars)
For those dads that might be Star Wars, maybe they’re sports fans – and what’s better advice than that from the great coaches of the times?
Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time
Gift Certificate to a Massage Therapist
It doesn’t matter how the child got there, child rearing is stressful. Why don’t you consider getting a massage for Mom (and maybe even Dad too)?
Image copyright Massage Envy. It's a chain here in Florida, but I bet you know where a good one is near you!
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask), by Justin Richardson
Sex, when talking to kids, can be a terrifying experience to some: we here at Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida recommend this one to parents of any age to think about what they might say when their child starts asking those dreaded questions.
Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens
…and the ever classic Go the F–k to Sleep
Go the F**k to Sleep
So, Feronians, have any suggestions on what you’d get your friends who have had an eventful year?
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