Present ideas for 60th birthdays

Written by maureen katemopoulos
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According to tradition, diamonds are the designated gift for a 60th birthday or anniversary. Thankfully, there is an array of diamond jewellery and other possible gifts with a diamond theme. There are also potential gifts that have no direct connection with diamonds, but would be meaningful tributes to a 60th birthday celebration. Selecting a 60th birthday gift that makes someone happy is what counts, whether the present is a diamond or diamonds in the rough.

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Diamonds

Who would say no to a gift of diamonds as a 60th birthday gift, especially if they came in a little blue box from a store like Tiffany & Co? Diamond jewellery takes so many sparkling forms that it should be selected to suit the person celebrating the birthday. Gifts can be a "Diamonds by the Yard" necklace, earrings, ring, cuff links or a watch. At stores like Tiffany & Co., that is not difficult because there are so many choices and a range of prices to suit every budget.

White Diamonds

It could be a very happy birthday for someone who enjoys perfume, body powder and bath and body toiletries to receive a gift set such as Elizabeth Taylor's "White Diamonds." There is a complete range of beauty products, which can also be combined as sets, that would make for lovely gifts in dazzling "diamond" packaging. Gift tokens for beauty products or a spa treatment are alternatives.

Diamond Party

Throw a glittering, diamond-themed 60th birthday party as a gift in honour of the birthday girl or boy. Besides diamond-patterned tableware, decorations could also include diamond tealights, diamond confetti, glass diamond centrepieces and the dress code for the party could be "Come In Diamonds."

Glitter Chocolates

If not actual diamonds, how about a custom-created selection of glitter chocolates? Such a service is available through Bedazzle My Bonbons, which offers in milk and dark chocolate glitter bonbons packaged to suit the occasion. Flavours available include milk and dark chocolate ganache, extra-dark chocolate, raspberry, hazelnut, peanut butter and mint.

Change A Life

Consider making a gift through a non-profit organisation like Heifer International, which is dedicated to ending hunger and poverty all over the world. Heifer helps impoverished individuals and families worldwide to become self-sufficient through gifts of livestock that produce food and multiply. On their website is a selection of gifts to sponsor, from flocks of geese and chicks, to rabbits, pigs, goats and even a Gift Ark, which includes 15 pairs of animals. These are life-changing gifts in desperately poor communities. Other gifts include trees, honeybees, a Milk Menagerie (one heifer, two goats and one water buffalo) and a Knitting Basket (two llamas and two sheep). Heifer International also teaches environmentally safe agricultural methods and proper animal management in connection with the over 180 projects that they run. They also provide small loans to help start-up businesses like milk-processing, weaving and honey marketing.

Birthday Tree

Plant a tree in honour of a 60th birthday. Through special programs, such as the replanting efforts of the Arbor Day Foundation, trees are planted in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. At the foundation's website, one can print a special personalised gift token. The foundation plants native pine, fir and cedar trees in the nation's forests where there has been destruction by fire, disease or insects. What could be more meaningful as a gift that replenishes the earth as well as honours a landmark birthday?

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