After mentioning the wedding countdown project, I remembered another boxes-within-box gift from my past. When I was very little and undergoing surgery, Momo sent me a large box filled with numbered presents to open each day during my hospital stay. At the time it seemed thrilling. The concept definitely translates well to an adult's birthday week (like Robert Harling's presentation to Julia Reed) .
For the constant decorator, a leather-cased John Rabone & Sons tape measure from Old Tools (try eBay for something similar) would be nice accompanied by a vintage magazine from Paper Pursuits. With budget in mind, Gifts for Professionals offers an alternative: simple-chic little leather tape measures for $15. Colors not pictured include Kelly green, aqua and orange.
iGavel has exquisite antique goodies for an adult care package, such as this Chinese porcelain yellow-glazed Anhua-decorated dragon bowl, and the Asian parcel-gilt bronze figure of an Indian elephant (both now sold).
I also still really like the idea of a brass giraffe (can do double duty as a jewelry holder as shown above at Providence) accompanied by a copy of Zarafa (see this past post).
If you like the idea of simply tucking notes, tickets or other tiny treasures into the matchboxes shown at top, (I used Hermes ribbon for a fashionable twist) here are some possible options in which to present twelve days worth.
Above, vintage willow Chinese hat boxes from Mecox Gardens. Below, also from Mecox, canvas with brown leather storage boxes.
Ruzzetti and Gow
Plantation Home, Los Angeles
Or of course, you could always use one of these.