Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for Age 60

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Creative Birthday Gift Ideas for Age 60
Celebrate a 60th birthday with a cake and special gift. (cake and candles, two glasses with champagne on blue image by VIKTORIIA KULISH from

If you know someone who's turning 60, you may find yourself wondering what to get them for a gift. Turning 60 is an important time in many people's lives and should be marked with a celebration of their life. Give gifts that show the recipient how much you value their impact on your life and how special they are to you.

Sentimental Gifts

Gifts that hold sentimental value for the recipient are thoughtful and appropriate for a 60-year-old. Consider making a scrapbook of photos from special times in the recipient's life. If you don't have many photos, you can choose one very special photo to display in a nice frame. Many photo shops will restore old and yellowed photographs if your photo is not in the best condition. Family pictures or pictures of grandchildren in a frame are another sentimental idea. A framed meaningful poem, or a plaque with a sentimental quote sharing how much you value the person gives you a chance to let the recipient know how much you care for him. Relics from the person's childhood such as vintage toys or a collection of stamps from each year the person has lived can bring back special memories and make the recipient smile.

Funny Gifts

There are a good assortment of gag gifts available for people turning 60. T-shirts, sweatshirts and coffee cups with messages such as "60, and aged to perfection" or "Still sexy at 60" are good picks for the person with a sense of humour. Sneakers and hats are also available with jokes about turning 60. Number plates with messages like "Over the Hill" or "Vintage 60" are another unique idea.

Practical Gifts

People turning 60 are at a time in their life when they may be nearing retirement. Books that focus on preparing them for this major life change are practical and helpful. Some best-selling books on retirement include "How To Love Your Retirement" by Barbara Waxman and "The AARP Retirement Survival Guide" by Julie Jason. Paying for a few months of housecleaning or lawn care is a practical gift idea for the 60-year-old who can't do as much as he used to around the house. Active 60-year-olds who are working on staying healthy might like a gym membership or a nice pair of walking sneakers.

Entertainment Gifts

Many people find themselves with extra free time as they reach 60. Their children are grown and they may work less hours. Gifts such as tickets to the movies or memberships to a golf club will give the recipient something fun to do during free time. If you're pitching in with other people, it may be possible to get a weekend at a bed and breakfast for two. This would be an enjoyable and restful trip for the recipient to celebrate his 60th birthday with a significant other.

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