Holiday gift guide: the best gift ideas for women over 40

by Sylvia

Gift ideas for women over 40
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December and Christmas are fast approaching and your husbands or friends may need some ideas on what to give you. Perhaps you are looking for gifts for your your girl friends or buy then for yourself.

Like every year I created a list of what I believe are some of the best gift ideas for women over 40. I’m always open to new ideas, so if you have a great idea for a gift or want to give your loved one a hint as to what you like to have, just add a comment below. Suggestions from previous years have already been included.

Just pass the link on to your loved ones as a subtle hint if you agree with my recommendations!  I’m sure all your loved ones would love to get some great tips so that you will all get presents you love!

Of course this gift guide is dominated by items of style. I believe every woman loves to receive gifts that make her feel more beautiful in any way.

Here are my suggestions for gifts for women over 40:

Tote

If you’re like me you like your bags big! A tote is both stylish and practical in every season to take all the stuff that you need. I often carry it when I want to take my big and heavy DSLR camera!

Recommended shop: Forzieri.

Contemporary jewelry

I strongly believe in the power of modern, contemporary jewelry to really lift up an outfit and make the wearer look modern, fresh and youthful.  In online shops I found the following glorious pieces.

Recommended shops: Boticca and Jewelry to your Doorstep

Scarf

Is the woman you want to surprise too fond of her boring black coat? Give her a great scarf to brighten up her face and make her whole outdoor look more fabulous. These choices will get you started.

Recommended shop: Nordstrom

Shoes

It’s true! Women love shoes.We want them in all kinds of colours, heights and styles. Booties especially are very popular this season. Would you like to see your woman in a particular kind of shoe? This is your chance to really surprise her. You know her size, so just order some fabulous shoes online.

Recommended shop: Zappos

Clutch

With all these parties coming up women need a clutch to go with every outfit!

Recommended shop: Forzieri

A fabulous dress

Do you like to see your woman in a colourful dress? This is a chance to choose one for her! Most online shops have generous return policies so no risk involved.

Recommended shop: Nordstrom

Belt

Belts are one of my favorite accessories. Great to accentuate a waist or to add more texture to your outfit with a print, like a black and white pattern or animal print.

Recommended shop: Nordstrom

Ipad case

If you love your ipad as much as I do, you need a good case. Here are some of my favorites, with the Tucano Ala Folio Case For IPad Mini Red my absolute favorite and the one I’m currently using.

Sunglasses

If you are celebrating christmas in the summer then sunglasses are a fabulous gift. Having up-to-date modern sunglasses lifts your style up a notch or 2 or 3…

Glasses case

Most of us wear glasses of some sort and we need to take them anywhere. This is one accessory that will get a lot of use. From funky to colorful to humorous to super stylish, there is glasses case for everyone.

Iphone cases

Let your iphone stand out with these fabulous iphone cases!

hat

A hat is the perfect accessory for a cold winter day.

Style & coffee table books

Perhaps to ‘how to dress bible’ is not such a good idea, but inspirational biographies or celebrations of style are eye candy to many a stylish woman and can inspire her even more.  I have already created a comprehensive list of style books to choose from.

A colourful wallet

They were on the list last year and they are back. Can you believe I STILL have not had to replace my wallet (for more info you can read my MyWalit review). An easy and quick way to add more colour to your life!

Silk PJs

What feels better that silk pyjamas?

A gadget

If you’re like me you love your gadgets. I don’t go anywhere without bringing my Ipad mini. Perfect for those iphone apps that just look too small on the phone like Instagram. I also use the Ipad mini as my kindle reader and love reading new books on it. I also use it to read all my favorite blogs using the feedly app (you are already subscribed to 40+Style right?).  My son and husband are in love with the lightest version of the kindle. It has got my son to read a lot more and my husband is finally never without a good book on his business travels.

Date night of her choice

Another great idea from my readers is to give her a date night of her choice. Experiences and time spent together are usually the best gifts to give and receive. You can actually be very creative as to how you present this gift!

Donate for her favorite cause

Or why not donate your gift for a good cause? Buy an animal for World Visionsponsor a childdonate to the red cross or provide some micro loans through Kiva. It would greatly help others and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

I hope I have given you some good ideas? For more of my favorite products you can always check the shop section of this site as well. Like always, I would be happy to hear your feedback and get your ideas as well!

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Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

Lovely choices, Sylvia! A scarf is always a welcome gift, and I often give jewelry to my sisters. Some very pretty pieces here!

Sylvia

Thanks Patti. Great you like some of my choices.

Greetje

Very good selection. It confirmed me that I don’t need anything anymore. We are not into presents for Christmas in our family, so I am done. Not very exciting, but relaxing.

Sylvia

Good to hear it Greetje!

Lorraine

A great choice of items Sylvia. I am just going to add something: a lovely holiday! For the last 20 years I have been away at Christmas or just before and accumulated some fantastic memories. If we are away for the actual day we either buy something wherever we are or exchange something small (ie earrings).

Sylvia

Yes you are absolutely right Lorraine. That is the present that my husband always wants. He would rather have experiences than any material things… Like you I’m almost always away at Christmas.

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