Let the birthday person's age inspire the gift selection. Some ages are milestones, like 16, 18, 21, 30, 40 and 50 years old. Help a friend celebrate turning 23 as if it is a milestone by the selection of your gift. The object is not to make your friend feel older but special.
Give jewellery, engraved with a personal greeting, acknowledging the age of the recipient. This might be a watch, bracelet, necklace or charm. If the gift is for a woman who wears a traditional charm bracelet or an Italian charm bracelet, look for a 23rd birthday charm to add to her bracelet.
Give literature to the birthday person by selecting a book whose title is in theme with the birthday. This might be "Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales" by Leo Tolstoy, "Psalm Twenty-Three by" Tim Ladwig, "Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses" by Claire Dederer, "Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity" by James L. Noles Jr., "Chosen: How Christ Sent Twenty-Three Surprised Converts to Replant His Vineyard" by Donna Steichen, "Twenty-Three Sermons upon the Chief End of Man" by Gilbert Tennent or "Twenty-three: Webster's Timeline History" by Icon Group International.
If the gift is for a close friend or sibling, put together a photo scrapbook, and title the cover "Your First 23 Years." If you want a printed album cover, you can create a customised three-ring binder at from an online printer by uploading your digital artwork or customising artwork of an existing album at the site.
Make a funky "turning 23" tie for the guy or gal to wear on the big day. There are online vendors, such as Zazzle.com and Design Your Tie, that allow you to e-mail or upload artwork to their sites, enabling you to create custom ties. Make a tie covered with 23s, all in different fonts and colours.
Give a personalised gift that notes the 23rd birthday. A number of online print-on-demand vendors, such as Zazzleor Cafe Press, allow consumers to create a number of personalised gift items, such coffee mugs, T-shirts, tote bags, shoes, mouse pads, kitchen magnets and more. Another option is to purchase a sterling silver or glass gift and have it personally engraved. Write something simple like "turning 23" or be creative and come up with a silly phrase that rhymes with the birthday person's name, while mentioning the age of 23.
Turn a book into a customised 23rd birthday present by adding a personal inscription to the recipient inside the book's cover. Select a book that inspires or relates to the birthday person's current position in life.
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