75th birthday gift ideas

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75th birthday gift ideas
A 75th birthday party is a meaningful event, and standard gifts are not adequate. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A 75th birthday guest of honour does not necessarily have everything he needs. You need thought and research to buy a meaningful birthday gift for a 75-year-old. The family might have to pool resources to buy the appropriate gift. Some gifts also require some instruction to assist the recipient get started and stay interested long enough to become thoroughly involved with the new project.

Gardening Gift

Giving a birthday gift of interest and activity is one of the best ways to demonstrate your love for a person 75 years old. Whether she has demonstrated an interest in gardening over the years is a moot point. While many 75-year-old men and women are still active, having a hobby in their own home that requires them to learn basics of growing plants -- such as herbs and even vegetables -- attending them, and watching them grow is enjoyable and therapeutic. Some research is necessary to determine if the recipient has a space in her home where an indoor garden will flourish. She needs to help setting up one of the many indoor gardening kits available at garden centres. To get her started and maintain her interest, the gift-giver needs to spend some time assisting her in planting, lighting, ventilation and temperature her new garden.

Computer/Instruction Gift

If the birthday person has a computer that he is not fully utilising or if he needs to get one, a computer can expand his interests and put him in touch with relatives more often, no matter where they live. Having a computer is only the first step. Providing the gift recipient with patient, knowledgeable instruction over a period of time is just as important. Arranging for sons, daughters or grandchildren to work with him regularly is the least expensive way, although some professional instruction may be necessary over time. The grandchildren also receive the gift of working with their grandfather to teach him about his birthday gift. A computer and the knowledge to use it enable him to expand and enjoy his life even more.

Safety/Convenience Gift

Install safety equipment in the bathroom. Inspect the bathroom of the recipient for safety and convenience features. Safety bars installed to aid in getting up off the toilet, step into and out of the bath and maintain balance as they move about the bathroom are good features to have. The bathroom is constructed of hard, unyielding materials, and if a person falls, it is generally very serious. It is important that safety bars be professionally installed because suction or glue-type bars can break loose and cause serious injury.

Outdoors Gift

Regardless of age, people like to sit outside and enjoy the day or evening. A 75-year-old may enjoy sitting outside during the day if he were sitting out of direct sunlight. A birthday present of a retractable awning installed over the porch or patio or even off the side of the house can increase his enjoyment during the day as well as the evening.

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