Aging is difficult, especially for women. Men are considered more distinguished–even more handsome–and powerful as they age. Whereas the general opinion is that a woman's beauty fades along with her feeling of relevancy. But if you have a friend with a good sense of humor, you can turn her big birthday into a celebration with some well-chosen gag gifts. This will create a lighthearted feeling for the occasion, bringing laughter instead of brooding.
Gag Gift basket
"Over The Hill" gift baskets are a common gag gift for women. Often the baskets have a funeral theme, poking fun of getting older. They can be replete with black edibles, such as headstone-shaped cookies, and decorations. Some are shaped like coffins whose contents are revealed after you open the lid. Professionally made gift baskets are conveniently available through the Internet and are an option if you are in a different location than the recipient. There also are gift baskets with themes that poke fun at one of a woman's least-desirable aging effects: menopause.
Homemade Gag Gifts
These gifts are fun to put together, can be customized specifically to your recipient and will carry a sentimental feeling. Try making an old lady starter kit. Include an old purse with a scarf tied around the handle. Inside the purse, put things that older ladies carry, such a plastic rain bonnet, butterscotch candies and a copy of Reader's Digest. Add some prescription pill bottles (fill these with candy) and a hanky for good measure.
If you will be attending the woman's birthday party, make her a badge to wear during the event. Use a black and silver color theme and any materials that you can write on. You can attach it with double-sided tape or a saftey pin. Write a clever line like, "I'm not 40, I'm 18 with 22 years of experience" or "I don't have hot flashes. I have power surges."
Make a fake bottle of multi-color pills using M&Ms. Give usage directions based on the M&M color. Brown pills are for chocolate cravings, red pills are for hot flashes, orange is for depression, green is to calm down, yellow is for headaches and blue is for bloating. Leave a note that says after 40, all symptoms can be experienced at once, which will require you to eat all of your "pills" in one sitting.
There are many female gag gift items available at party shops and gift shops that will have the entire party laughing. Over-the-hill breast suspenders, for example, are a popular item. The gag is that after a certain age, women's breasts need more help staying up than their pants do. Inflatable walkers imply a transportable quality with an in-case-of-emergency joke. Hot-flash fans also are a common gag gift for older women. Any small, portable, battery operated fan will do. T-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee mugs printed with aging jokes or raunchy over-the-hill pictures–many can also be customizable with a name– are popular gag gifts.