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My son's 14 and he LOVES getting gift certificates. Being that teenagers are picky, this is a good fun route because they like to choose their own things, and it's like money. Get one to a clothing store she likes (also maybe for CD's?) and let her go on a mini-shopping-spree. You don't even have to go, let Mom & daughter go together.|
Heck, get them each a small item so they have a "thing" to unwrap, which is always fun, and give them each a GC for the same clothes store as their bigger gift. ...Or the store plus lunch at a place nearby - a lady's day out. That'd be fun if I was a mom - oh wait, I am.
Ok,ok, this is getting better... are you saying their b-days are together? Give them one box that says "ladies only" or "Girl's Day Out" or something cute or clever. They will open the box together, and inside is a small separate gift for each, a generous clothes GC for each (same place if possible), and a lunch GC or cash for lunch. What else..... I don'tknow how rich you are... maybe a box of candy for them to share, a simple but inspiring book they might both like, or one for each (those Chicken Soup ones? or a little book about how great it is to be a mom or wife...) or maybe small book store GC's too, just enough for one book each if youre' giving the other stuff.... I think a joint gift (or part of it being joint) might be nice so that they can feel that you respect their bond as mother & child who were together before you came along. I know you're a loving family now together, but as women and as mother/daughter it would be fun and good for them to know that they can still have their own bond as well, and that you respect that space and their love for each other.
OR.... *sigh*gotta type fast... do something for mom & yin, AND would it be weird for you to do something just for you & yin? A father/daughter afternoon? You can do a "guy" thing, like let her pick out something for that car you're gonna fix up for her, and also do a "girl" thing... uh... I don't know what. Or just a guy thing. And maybe slip your wife a little ~love coupon~ on the side when yin's not looking... a free massage sorta thang....
ok enough thinking out loud. Keep us posted! Oh, and Happy Birthday! (ya get any senior discounts yet? LOLOLOL!!!!!)