Birthday gifts for women 50 years & older

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Birthday gifts for women 50 years & older
Women today are celebrating becoming older. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Birthdays are an occasion to commemorate and celebrate someone you love. As the women in your life get older, each day becomes more special as you get to know these women and their lives better. For women over 50, birthdays are, typically, no longer a sore spot or something to hide. Women today have a new perspective on ageing -- that it is something to embrace. Finding the perfect gift for a woman over 50 should be as creative and special as the woman is.

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Simple and Inexpensive

Choose something that is simple, small or inexpensive, and buy 50-plus of that item. If you know what kind of flowers the woman in your life enjoys, purchase the same number as the age she is turning. Candy is also another option that won't cost a great deal of money -- such as chocolate-covered strawberries that you can make yourself for an extra-personal touch. Whatever the purchase is, since the cost of the present itself will be low, take money that you saved from not buying an expensive gift, and put your savings toward distinctive packaging to make the gift even more special.

Personalised

A personalised gift is something that any woman will remember, but if you make it something to commemorate a special occasion, such as a birthday, it will be a cherished item for a long time. Many women today are returning to or are still in the workforce. Find something related to her job that can be monogrammed with her initials, such as a day planner, a wallet, a briefcase or a handbag; each would be practical and special at the same. If she doesn't work, choose an item to personalise based on a hobby, such as a gardening tote or a wine glass with her birthday and initials.

Silly

Depending on the person, getting older can be something she likes to joke about. While some women can be sensitive about their age, not all women are this way. If you want to celebrate her age while having a good laugh, you can pull together items that represent a woman's needs as she ages, such as a gift basket filled with calcium chews, baby aspirin, a bottle of wine, iron supplements, natural or homeopathic mood elevators, such as St. John's wort, and jar of anti-wrinkle cream, for example. Not only will they be items she will use, but if she is someone who is fine about laughing about her age, the gift will be a hit.

Psychological Perspective

Whereas in the past, being a woman over 50 was a sign of decline, this is less true today. The "new middle age" has helped shaped the public's perception on women over 50 as well as the perception of those women themselves -- who are more confident and satisfied than before. To help support this outlook, you can purchase a gift that helps the over-50 woman in your life celebrate her age. Does she want to be daring? You could buy her a skydiving lesson. Does she want to meet new people? You could pay for a series of classes in her area of interest at a local college. Does she want to change or enhance her appearance? She might like a gift token to a spa or hairdresser or to a make-up artist.

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