Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman

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Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Consider lifestyle when selecting gifts for a 91-year-old woman. (Vicky Kasala Productions/Photodisc/Getty Images)

According to New York Magazine, Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera never sold a painting until she turned 89. In her 90s, her paintings appeared at the Museum of Modern Art. While nursing homes recommend slippers and other comfort items as birthday gifts for 91-year-old women, many women, like Herrera, create, volunteer actively and keep abreast of current events. Ninety-one-year-old women may lack the muscle tone of youth, however, creativity and curiosity does not necessarily dwindle with age. Tailor a birthday gift to the individual recipient's personality and lifestyle.

Soup or Baking Mix

The matriarch of the family may love to cook, but she may lack the energy she once had or the ability to easily shop for her favourite ingredients. Prepare a soup or baking starter mix. Combine herbs, dried vegetables and fruits, bullion, spices and pantry staples in an attractive glass or pottery jar. Whenever she prefers, she can add liquid ingredients to prepare the soup for herself or to dazzle guests.

Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Soup or baking starter mixes will save time. (soup image by AGphotographer from

Time Coupons

Design colourful coupons using a computer, or cut them out of construction paper for homemade charm. Print favourite activities on the coupon for you to do with the nonagenarian. A trip to the local botanical gardens, museum or casino will make memories. Alternately, make coupons for the unpleasant jobs, such as cleaning the basement, mowing the lawn or cleaning the bathroom.

Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Take her to a botanical garden or museum. (botanical gardens 2 image by Kathleen Struckle from


Find a film she frequently describes from her youth, or remembers from her first date. Many obscure titles appear in DVD or VHS form. If she does not own the appropriate player, purchase one or have friends chip in. Alternately, host a viewing night at a later date. Play the role of an old-fashioned flashlight-wielding usher. Alternately, check the calendar of events at local museums. Sometimes museums screen historically significant films at their facilities or nearby theatres.

Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Give DVDs of favourite films. (dvd image by dinostock from


Fulfil a wish. Purchase cruise tickets to the exotic locale she dreams about. Cruises provide a guided experience with the convenience of returning to the same room. The controlled environment also pacifies nervous family members waiting at home. Short 2-to-5-day cruises provide a brief escape for a first-time traveller and a guest of her choosing.

Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Send her on a dream vacation. (cruise ship image by Alison Bowden from


Easy-care flowering plants last longer than a bouquet of flowers. Remove the plant from the temporary plastic pot. Repot the plant in a container that compliments her decor Choose a pot or vase with drain holes at the bottom and a saucer to protect furniture.

Birthday gifts for a ninety-one-year-old woman
Flowering plants last longer than bouquets. (flower plant image by Sergey Tokarev from

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