As a woman in her late forties, I've now got some things figured out (or so I'd like to think so).
I've read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo, I'm working on that elusive capsule wardrobe and the last of the baby clothes are on Trademe.
So what do you gift a woman in her 40's when she wants to downsize on "stuff" she just doesn't need, just doesn't want and just doesn't like?
Here's my pick of go-to gift ideas which will be loved by women in their forties, the world over.
A good quality body lotion. In my twenties, I didn't see a lot of point to body lotion, but hey, my skin was twenty. Now it's crazy happy to get a drink whenever it can! I'm not talking about those lotions with choking artificial smells, but the yummy essential oils found in brands such as Trilogy and Antipodes.
A bottle of her favourite - gin, wine or balsamic vinegar.
Subscriptions. Subscription boxes and magazines are fantastic gifts, because who doesn't want a present every month? Makekit subscription boxes come in 3, 6 or 12 month offers so there's an option to fit every budget.
Lunch with your best friends. Because it's sooooo overdue, and no one knows you or makes you laugh quite as much as they do.
A voucher from her favourite store. Think gourmet food store, a specific makeup or stationery brand, wherever her happy place is.
Tickets to a rock concert - especially if it's a loud one. Or better still, her favourite band from when she was 15, because back then hardly anybody ever toured New Zealand due to tiny venues and sound quality comparable to the inside of a tin can.
Beautiful Tea - T2 offers beautiful teapots, cups and every tea flavour imaginable.
An experience. Pencil in a weekend away with family, friends. If she's a tired Mum, think about a couple of nights to herself without any one or any laundry to consider.
A beautiful scarf. Scarves say "I've put some thought into this outfit today". Also excellent for covering turkey necks and brightening your face - just saying. Think about what colours she looks great in (this does not include black ok!).
Pyjamas. Sleeping in new, cotton PJs is a big bonus with every woman I know in their 40's.
Pass this guide onto friends and family and suddenly the guesswork (plus those hit-and-miss gifts) are gone!
Antipodes lotion, Trilogy lotion, Bendon pjs, sushi image, Teapot from Tea2,
Makekit DIY subscription box, Redcurrent white clover scarf, RMS Beauty makeup,
Fig Balsamic Vinegar, Simple Minds from 1989.