When I was in my twenties I thought fifty was REALLY old. Rightly so! My twenty year old self had not gone thru multiple times barfing up “over-served” tequila and the awkward break ups and the whole roller coaster of finding a career that really fit my “calling”. So now that I’m turning 50, I agree - I am old. There’s a thirty year difference between a 20 and 50 yr old!
I have never been one to hide my age and I will share with you, it’s not because I look young. Each year, I proudly tell people my age because I am genuinely happy with how much I’ve accomplished within my 49 years. I may have achieved a lot less or a ton more than others my age. But the only person I try to compare myself to is myself - year to year. If I look back over the past year and feel like I am progressing forward, then I’m happy because I’m winning. Since I’ve been on a roll, I am excited to see how much more I will accomplish in my 50th year. Sure, I can go down the rabbit hole and name off so many things that I wish I did differently. But I know that had I done things differently, it would mean that I would not be where I am today. Right here. Right now. There’s no guarantee that I would have been happier or more successful if I took those other turns. What I have learned is that if I celebrate each year, remarkably, I keep on winning.
You’re thinking: Blah, blah, blah. Skip to the good stuff. What do you give a 50 year old for their birthday? Well, that depends on the 50 year old. Are they having a destination celebration? Are they having an epic party (That’s me - it’s happening!)? Are they celebrating by having a fancy dinner? Are they someone who wants to hide and not celebrate at all? The following suggestions could be used for any of the above. Personalize, copy, paste - you do you. These gifts have been tried and tested and have already brought smiles to at least two 50 year olds that I know.
I am constantly trying to be original with my pinches for thoughtful Jay-Jay because she truly deserves creative gifts. So I put together a “50” themed scavenger hunt for our celebrant. I wasn’t quite sure if she would partake in it but boy, did she ever!
After Jay-Jay figured out clue #1, she had to use 2 quarters (50 cents) to play “Quarters”. She bounced the quarters into two drink cups. She drank one drink and chose one of us to drink the other. For clue #2, her task was to ask someone she didn’t know, what was their favorite part of 50 Shades of Grey. She asked our waiter, who we believe was in college and played football. His answer: all of it. For clue #3, her task was to do a cheer in front of people that she didn’t know. She performed the UGA cheer in front clueof the entire pool! The thoughtful pinch that she “earned” was a Vineyard Vines 100 Year NFL themed tote bag. For clue #4, her task was to sing the song, “We wear short shorts” in front of people that she didn’t know. Again, she performed this to the entire pool. She earned a pair of shorts that were originally $100 but then marked down to $50. The shorts fit her like a glove and they show off her great legs! Last but not least, she had to name all 50 states after she figured out clue #5. She was “lei’d” with fifty $1 dollar bills on a money lei as her reward. Additionally, I wrote up a “50 things about Jay-Jay” list in scrambled words. She unscrambled all of them in no time flat! Each of these pinches alone were small, but together, in this format, made giving them to Jay-Jay fun and special.
Usually, if I receive birthday cards or packages early, I don’t open them until my actual birth date. However, I was instructed by my cousin Jay-Jay to open her gifts before my birthday. It’s way out of my comfort zone but I listened to her. She’s the one who gives the thoughtful pinches, I am just the recipient who blogs about them. This is over-the-top but believe me, the following gifts are really only from one person.
There you have it! A list of gifts to give a 50 year old. Hopefully, this list gets the wheels turning and inspires you to get creative with your thoughtful pinches. Stay tuned for Gift #8, which I will open today and finally on Wednesday, August 28th I will open the last of the fullest birthday weeks that I’ve ever had! Who doesn’t like opening a gift a day for a week? I’m not sure what else Jay-Jay has thought of, but I’m certain that whatever is wrapped up in these fun packages is going to be awesome, thoughtful and #perfectlypellicer.