Sorry if you are all bored on advising re birthday presents (after a few threads recently on what to get granny etc).
Dh - works 60-70 hours per week, so doesn't get much time for hobbies or interests (at w'ends I insist he dedicates his time to the kids as he is not around in the week) - so that's one potential avenue closed off as far as presents go. Before children he used to be quite sporty.
In terms of 'experience' presents - I got him a balloon ride for his 40th which he enjoyed, but he never seems to get around to / find the time to do this sort of thing. For example, got him some vouchers to use for a massage at the local 'beauty parlour' (unisex!) and 2years on he still hasn't used it despite the fact that he likes massages.
He likes 'quality' things but I am tired of buying him Mont Blanc accessories.
He likes reading about history (sounds exciting doesn't he!)
I'm short of inspiration. What present has your dh /dp particularly enjoyed and appreciated?
Sounds like he needs a lovely weekend break with you. Find the kids a babysitter and give him a rest from work and children, charge your batteries too. There was a thread knocking about suggesting lovely places to go, although I guess it will depend on what neck of the woods you are in.
Does his liking of "quality" extend to good music? He might like a sub to Word Magazine . Dh and I are both <cough> in this sort of age bracket and we love Word. It is really well-written and the free CD is fully of stuff you want to hear more of...