Gag gifts for turning 60 years old

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Gag gifts for turning 60 years old
Have each family member give one gag gift. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Turning 60 is a birthday dreaded by many people. They see it as the beginning of "old age." But this is a special occasion that doesn't have to result in a poor mood. Gag gifts are a way to make the birthday guest of honour laugh and help to put things in perspective. Just make sure that when you give these types of gifts, the recipient shares your offbeat sense of humour.

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Old Age Cream

Many novelty stores and magazines sell items such as old age cream, senior pills, or old fogey lotions. These are usually harmless substances (such as cold cream or candy) that sometimes show a decrepit person in a wheelchair or walker on the label. The item makes satirising promises to cure old age, or sometimes just the aches and pains associated with it.

Even Older Birthdays

An amusing way to put a 60th birthday in perspective is to buy items associated with an even older birthday, like a 100th. You can purchase cards, balloons, and other paraphernalia with "Happy 100th Birthday!" on them, thus making the 60-year-old feel younger in comparison.

T-Shirts and More

T-shirts are an easy gift to give to 60-year-olds: provided they come with sayings such as "Older Than Dirt," or "Where'd I Put My Dentures?" Such sayings can also be added to tote bags, blankets and framed pictures. If you have a little extra money to spend, consider personalising the gift. For instance, you could have a T-shirt printed that says "Karen is Officially Old," or a similar saying.

Books

Funny books can be used as gag gifts, especially if they have a unique perspective on ageing. You can usually tell what an appropriate book will be by its title, such as "Now Where'd I Put My Hemorrhoid Cream?" or "Growin' Old Ain't For Sissies!" Such books usually have jokes and interesting facts about the ageing process.

Creepy

If your 60-year-old has an especially dark sense of humour, it may be appropriate to include items that focus on death. Note however, that this is not the right approach for everyone, and the individual may only find it funny if they laugh at morbid things in general. Life-size fake skeletons, coffin-shaped candy boxes and "RIP" logos are just a few options, but use them with caution.

Preparation

Finally, gag gifts can simply be actual items that an elderly person will need at some point, but that your recipient does not use yet. For instance, orthopaedic-looking shoes, denture soak or haemorrhoid cream can all bring a smile to the celebrant's face.

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