Gifts for a 75th birthday

Written by lynn mancini
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    Gifts for a 75th birthday

    Birthday gifts for a 75-year-old person should be something that reflects the age and passion of the individual. Some 75-year-olds act much younger than their age, enjoy spontaneity and have a wide range of interests. Other 75-year-olds prefer not to have surprises, enjoy solitude or small groups and have few interests. At this age, gifts should not necessarily be about the accumulation of material goods but instead be about personalising memories of love, family and friendship based on the birthday celebrant's personality.

    75th birthdays are a great time to show your knowledge of a loved one's preferences. (Birthday Cake with candle image by Sujit Mahapatra from

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    Crafty Gift Baskets

    Making craft gift baskets does not have to be scary or challenging. The basket should fit the decor or personality of the individual. For example, if the birthday guy or gal loves fishing, it is easy to find baskets with a nautical theme. If you are unsure, a plain simple basket will work just fine. If you´re really feeling adventurous, buy a simple basket and decorate with wooden crafts, stickers or silk flowers (all easily found at your local craft store). The goodies you place in the basket could be some of their favourite foods or flowers, tickets to movies or plays, books or audio tapes, candles, favourite music or perfume.

    An empty basket allows you to choose personalised items to give your loved one on his or her 75th birthday. (decorative basket image by amlet from

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    Frames for Photos or Scrapbook

    The gifter also could decorate a picture frame with items that are important to the birthday girl, such as buttons from favourite outfits that no longer fit, twigs or leaves from a favourite plant, or items that pertain to her passions, such as ballet slipper stickers if she loves dancing. You may wish to place stickers of a favourite locale on the picture frame or paint a special picture. Then be sure to include a flattering picture of your loved one. If you are having a hard time choosing between pictures, you may decide to complete a scrapbook of treasured memories and include photos, report cards, awards, poems and anecdotes.

    You can decorate a picture frame in any way you choose to make a personal statement. (frame image by William Berry from

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    Platinum Gifts

    The 75th birthday is the platinum birthday. You can purchase a platinum ring, pendant, ornament or frame. If the price is out of your range, you also can find platinum-coated items. One way to make the gift more special is to personalise the pendant, ornament or frame with a favourite quote or just a warm sentiment of love.

    Write an inscription on a platinum pendant. (Schmuck image by vintsik from

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    Party, Vacation or Gift Cards

    Hosting a large get-together with family and friends may be the perfect way to celebrate a 75th birthday. Keep in mind whether this type of gift is appropriate for the personality of your loved one. Not everyone enjoys surprises or large parties. Depending on the relationship between you and the birthday girl, you may wish to get together with other friends and family to send your loved one on a special trip that she has always wanted to take but never had the chance to go on. You will definitely want to skip the vacation as a gift if she is all alone unless you or other friends are able to join her on the trip. Gift cards to favourite restaurants or movies is one way to cut down on the accumulation of material goods and may provide your loved one with an opportunity to get out while living on a fixed income. Just be sure to remind her of the card so it doesn´t expire before she gets the chance to use it. Many gift cards expire within a year.

    Send your loved one on a special vacation. (cruise ship image by Alison Bowden from

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