Birthday Gift Ideas for a Father in His 60s

Written by joanna davidson
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Shopping for fathers is notoriously difficult, but those shopping for fathers in their 60s have an advantage. There are several changes occurring in his life that are easily capitalised upon when selecting a gift for him. Not only is he watching his children move away and have their own children, but he is also possibly considering retirement. He may be open to new hobbies, anxious to connect with his grandchildren and appreciative of sentimental, family-oriented gifts.


Fathers in their 60s have varying levels of experience in modern electronics. However, there are some basic electronic "toys" that fit easily into anyone's life. Music players such as iPods and mp3 players are great accessories for jogging, working at the office or enjoying a hobby. They make an even better gift for the non-tech fathers when they come pre-loaded with music.

Computer cameras or microphones are also good gift ideas. Fathers over 60 often have long-distance relationships with their kids and grandchildren, and there are several gifts that can help keep the family close. With a computer camera and an online voice and camera chat program, such as Google video or Skype, you and your family can stay in touch with your father. He can enjoy watching the little kids play in real time through an easy-to-use camera attached to his computer.

Hobby-related Gifts

Men in their 60s are often nearing retirement. They would soon be able to put to use hobby-related gifts or even gifts that led to new hobbies.

Woodworking tools are great for hobby-starting gifts. A scroll saw provides hours of careful crafting for those with an artistic hand. Whittling tools are a less expensive gift for launching a new hobby. Even the established woodworker may be lacking a few specialised tools that would make his work more enjoyable.

Fishing and hunting are also popular hobbies for men nearing retirement. These hobbies require a plethora of equipment pieces that would make great gift ideas. Aside from rifles for the hunter and fishing rods for the angler, he may also need tackle, target practice, specialised clothing or outdoor gear such as hunting stands.

Music is also a popular retirement project. What musical instrument would your father play? The folk-song enthusiast may appreciate a harmonica or banjo, along with an instruction book. Others may enjoy a beginner guitar or keyboard.

Sentimental Gifts

Often what a parent of any age wants most from his or her child is a heartfelt, homemade gift. Inexpensive and personalised, this type of gift giving can include the entire family.

Create a scrapbook. Parents enjoy reminiscing over the years spent with their children, and a scrapbook captures those memories. Visit a scrapbooking site online for free scrapbook designs or create your own template. If you have children, you can include them in the picture selection process as well as the cutting and pasting of pictures.

Quality Time

Treat your dad to some one-on-one time with you. Take him to lunch and just chat with him, or plan a more elaborate day together. Most men have a favourite restuarant or coffee shop.

If your father enjoys music, consider giving him tickets to a concert or festival he would appreciate. For the sports enthusiast, sporting event tickets make a great gift. It will provide a double present when you join him in whatever event you plan.

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