Christmas gift ideas for a 40 year old woman who doesn't really need anything
Serious Sam Double D 02 Dec 20 10:00
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ROF has been really good in the past (well mainly ROFettes of a particular age) so I thought I'd give it a go again.

She's got nice jewellery, but likes some little nice dress pieces.

She likes nice make up and perfume.

I probably wouldn't risk clothes she can't try on, but nice maybe nice night wear.

I have just been given £400 of John Lewis vouchers.

Please recommend me stuff to buy so I look dead thoughtful and that!

In return I promise to answer any bespoke employment legal queries by nonnymail.

I am unclear of the brief - is the intention to use the 400 quid of John Lewis vouchers to buy the gift? 

John Lewis sell coach handbags, their leather is beautiful 

 

flog the JL vouchers and use the funds to buy something impractical in the Chiswick christmas jewellery sale. Lot 1296. or sthing.

I am unclear of the brief - is the intention to use the 400 quid of John Lewis vouchers to buy the gift? 

Preferably.

Yes, it's for my wife.

She has a nice watch and a Garmin running watch.

She has nice handbags.

This is the (massive first world) problem isn't it?  Nice stuff we know we want we've already bought ourselves.

If I had 400 quid to spend in John Lewis, I would buy some jo malone perfume and candles, a coach handbag and some pretty undies 

New cordless Dyson hair straighteners?

Marc Jacobs Decadence perfume - comes in a handbag shaped bottle.

£400 is a good sum for a knock-out winter coat or boots, if you have reason to beleive she needs/would like something like that i think you should take her shopping in JL.

New cordless Dyson hair straighteners?

She's got the Dyson hairdryer and the AirWrap.  Think that might be overkill?

If I had 400 quid to spend in John Lewis, I would buy some jo malone perfume and candles, a coach handbag and some pretty undies

Which Coach ones do you think are nice? 

£400 donation to a food bank in her name.

I like this idea and would welcome it for me personally (although I think asking for it might sound wanky) however my family's reaction when I bought everyone a goat for an African village still rings in my ears.

Well if she curls her hair and doesn't use straighteners - yes.

If she straightens her hair some times then it sounds like it would be right up her street.  My Mrs is dead keen on them on the basis she loves the hairdryer.

Minkie has a point - why not just take her shopping? 

£3 a week to save a snow leopard. Or a gorilla. Or both. Or a human. 

I recall Zanzibar (part of Tanzania), about 5 years ago  introduced a non-contributory pension of about US$10 per month. for residents aged (IIRC) over 70 years. US$120 per year. Say £100.

It has reportedly transformed lives. People can eat better.

Much of the money actually goes to support grand-children (or younger), especially primary-age school girls to pay school-fees and uniforms and stationery.

It was not the first pensioner welfare scheme in Africa. But the other countries that have done so are 'much' richer. 

The life expectancy of those is Zanzibar is about 74 years. 

OOh yes I do like that one Hoolie.  

But she does have a number of similar higher-end ones like Mulberry and Gucci (the Bayswater black one is quite like that) so seems a bit me-too.

Does she have any sporting hobbies - yoga, tennis, running, ultimate fighting?

what work does she do?  For Mrs M, any tote that cannot hold a laptop is a non-runner.

I like this idea and would welcome it for me personally (although I think asking for it might sound wanky) however my family's reaction when I bought everyone a goat for an African village still rings in my ears.
 

Double down on it this year and buy them two each. It’ll be even funnier. 
 

The middle class Christmas gift I’m recommending this year is cooking classes from Migrateful. 
https://www.migrateful.org/

Learn how to cook some exotic, tasty dishes whilst helping refugees who aren’t allowed to work whilst the Home Office processes their applications.

I love Coach handbags linda

treated myself to a teal blue hobo one last year that was £200 in the sale 

Does she have any sporting hobbies - yoga, tennis, running, ultimate fighting?

Running.

what work does she do?  For Mrs M, any tote that cannot hold a laptop is a non-runner.

She's studying for a masters in counselling.  She has a Longchamp shopper (previous purchase from me) and a Mulberry Boho (also previous purchase from me) which fits her MacBook Air (previous purchase from me) in it.

If she runs does she have decent headphones/ear pods?

it does all seem a bit meh to spend hundreds on gifts that no-one really wants or needs when the goat thing is really quite cool

although OH and I have agreed not to buy each other presents this year and put the money towards a huuuuggge telly since the current one is on its last legs

If she runs does she have decent headphones/ear pods?

Bone conducting Shockz (?) ones (also gift from me).

it does all seem a bit meh to spend hundreds on gifts that no-one really wants or needs when the goat thing is really quite cool

I totally agree.

Which is why I have asked for nothing this year.  Again.  But she won't listen.  Some people are just mad on Christmas aren't they? 

My favourite ever gift was a proper fire-resistant gauntlet to put coal and logs on the fire.  And a set of overalls.

You will end up buying lots of little bits no doubt, so here are a couple of things from that shop:

John Lewis do some nice flavoured gins if she is into that. Got my wife some a couple of years ago and she enjoyed. They also sell nice diffusers (bottle of nice smelling oils with sticks in it to make the room smell nice) which are apparently a good thing to have.

That jumper linked is so frumpy, I can only imagine it worn by someone who has given up

that jumper makes me sad. £375 to look like you've borrowed your husband's gardening jumper :( and that colour will flatter no person.

If we had £400 of jl to blow on me would ask for:

barbour parka 

True Grace candles 

handbag not needed jn covid 

Diptyque candles, Aromatherapy Associates and Jo Malone bath stuff.

 

 

 

I really like the Neom bath and candle products sold in JL.

tilly sveaas necklaces are good. really chunky gold chains. (am bias - old school mate)

Victoria beckham (I KNOW!) has some fun belts at about that price

half decent leather leggings?

jumper from babaa?

(i appreciate some of those jumpers fall into grandfaters gardening jumper category but the No 17 is lovely)

Does she like cooking? JL have good range of homeware stuff, knives etc 

That brora jumper - i dont have it but i do have one of their zip up hoodies in the same colour and while it is fantastic cosy hoodie the colour is not reallly as deep green as the pic suggests.

also - if you buy brora - sizes come up v big.

the cashmere quality is outstanding

Eek - have made mistake - the colour i have is spruce not forest, the colour remark i made relates to that, not forest

On recommendation of her friend I have bought her a shawl.

 

Monogram Shine Shawl - ACCESSORIES - LOUIS VUITTON

No mate. What you have bought is a Luis Vitton bandana.  Fine if your wife is running a County Line Crew and into Drill Music and Crack.  

Yes she's doing that and into that.  With your mum.

Whether we like it or not, Mrs Sam's friend probably has more idea of whether she will non?