For the adventurous soul: make it experiential:
A skydiving session. A balloon ride. A sailing lesson. A day of kayaking. Whalewatching. A surfing lesson. The sky’s the limit–literally!
For someone who needs to laugh their ass off:
My friend Vikki Claflin’s latest book, Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch, is HILARIOUS. She sent me a .pdf and within the first 30 seconds I was laughing so hard I spit out my coffee. It won’t be out for a few more months, but you’re in luck. Her first book is still available. And also quite humorously irreerent. It’s called Shake, Rattle & Roll and can be found on Amazon.
Oh yes, get Vikki’s books for someone who needs a laugh.
Elaine Ambrose is also a very funny writer and her books are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Laughter’s the best survival tactic for middle age, and Elaine’s got a humorous handle on it that’s infectiously grin-inducing.
Find her book, Midlife Cabernet: Life, Love & Laughter after 50, at Amazon.
In fact, why not give a set of two from these writers to your favorite female who’s entering midlife. Or, like me, past it. Am I past it? I am.
For the practical soul of a certain age:
I’ve given or referred this book to a bunch of people and every single one praised it to the high heavens. It’s easy to understand and so practical. It’s called Being Brain Healthy by Ruth Curran and it’s available on Amazon. Actually, she’s got some fascinating advice in this story I did for Senior Planet. Check it out. In our house we put her advice to use just about every day.
For a woman with midlife night sweats/insomnia:
Cool garments for hot women can be found here at my friend, Haralee’s, shop. Some of the best pajamas for women who suffer from too much heat in bed. And no, I don’t mean the good kind of heat!
For the organized soul or the person who wants to be:
The very best planner I’ve seen. It’s called Choices. Check it out here, it’s a terrific gift.
For the pet-lover:
Do you know that you can find super deals online at Wayfair or Overstock? Dog beds, bowls and all kinds of pet gear at really great prices. Check it out!
And then, for a special kind of friend:
It’s an anthology with essays about women unfriending women. I have an essay in it. It’s calledl Dumped, it’s edited by Nina Gaby and you can read about it here. Find it on Amazon.
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