Gift ideas for a 70-year-old lady

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Gift ideas for a 70-year-old lady
Gifts for that special senior lady can be easy to find. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

By the time a lady reaches 70 years old, her priorities have likely changed over the years. Of course she still likes to look good, but her style may be more about comfort now than keeping up with the latest fashion. Think about how active your recipient is and how she likes to spend her days. Is your 70-year-old lady always on the run or more of a couch potato? Remember to keep her favourite hobbies in mind when choosing that perfect gift.

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Gift Baskets

For the 70-year-old who has everything, a gift basket is a perfect idea. Choose a basket or gift box from your local craft store and fill it with things from 1940s, the decade she was born in. Find CDs of big band styles, Rosemary Clooney and Count Basie. Look for a newspaper dated the day she was born. These are available from online gift stores. You can also find mugs, wine glasses or stationary with her year of birth to add to your basket. If you want to pamper her, fill a basket of beauty with shower gel, body lotion and other personal grooming items. Because older individuals tend to suffer from arthritis, buy smaller bottles or jars that are easier to open. Does she love movies? Put a couple of movies in the basket with candy, popcorn and a box of hot chocolate. Find old movies staring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby or Humphrey Bogart and she'll have a relaxing night in front of the TV.

Gift Tokens

By the time a lady reaches 70 years old, she just might have everything she needs. This makes gift shopping so much harder when you're struggling with what to buy. Find out if she has a favourite store that carries clothing in her preferred style. If she knits or crochets, a gift token to a local craft store will let her find something for her hobby. Attach the gift token to a little stuffed animal or bouquet of her favourite flowers all tied up with a pretty ribbon.

Tickets

Tickets to an opening night play or museum make a great gift. Add a gift token for a dinner for two and your gift will give her a wonderful night out on the town. Check with your community recreation centre to see if they arrange bus trips for senior citizens to a casino, Broadway play or other point of interest. Buy tickets for two so she can bring a friend along on her adventure.

Homemade Gifts are the Best

Write a list of 70 things you remember about the guest of honour and ask others to do the same. Compile these lists in a scrapbook with photos of her friends and family. If your guests don't want to make a list, have them write a short poem or supply photos of the recipient. See if you can get a photo for each of their 70 years to add to the scrapbook.

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