When searching for gifts for your 60-year-old mom, consider her personal style and taste as well as her current circumstances before selecting your gift. If she is downsizing her residence or has health problems, choose gifts which are more practical to assist her without impeding on her pride. If she is healthy, travelling and enjoying herself, consider gifts to reflect this lifestyle.
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Shares of dividend stocks make a practical gift that will assist mom financially in later years. Skip speculative stocks and choose a solid company that will be around forever, like General Electric, Pepsi, Microsoft or Hewlett Packard. Or consider a "spider" (Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts), traded on the American Stock Exchange, which is a trust and not required to distribute capital gains like a mutual fund, making it a better tax option.
Spring for an alarm system for mom's residence or install a surveillance or wireless security camera that allows her a view of her home when she's not there. Give her membership to an automobile club she can contact when she has a flat tire or mechanical problems and needs a tow. Purchase and install a bar for her shower, locking devices for her windows and doors, a step stool for her kitchen and a safe for her valuables.
Rather than buy mom books, give her an electronic reader, such as a Kindle or iPad. This reader allows mom the ability to download and store books while in her home. A digital picture frame is good, provided you are diligent at downloading new photos for mom on a fairly steady basis. Update mom with a laptop computer. Bookmark sites you think she would enjoy, transfer her contact list and information from her old computer to the new one, and download some pictures of the two of you together and her with the grandchildren or great grandchildren as a screen saver.
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