7. Memory Envelopes
This lovely idea is courtesy of Nothing But Bonfires. Send out requests to family and friends to mail you a quick note with a memory of the birthday gal or guy. Put them in individual envelopes bundled with a bow. Tears and laughter are guaranteed.

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8. Personalized Brass Collar Stays
A set of six Personalized Brass Collar Stays ($65) from Brooklyn-based Owen & Fred are the perfect combination of dignified old-school formality with a cool indie vibe.

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