Wondering what to buy your dear friend for her upcoming 60th birthday? Buying the right gift for such a milestone birthday can be tricky, but even when we protest gifts, we all secretly love to be surprised with any gift that shows some thought went into it.
This is especially true today when it’s all too easy to pick up a gift certificate for our friend’s favorite clothing store or wine shop. These, however, are not gifts that people cherish, so how can you find something that will stand out in her memory?
Here are some of our favorite 60th birthday gift ideas for women in their sixties:
Canvas Art Photos
Do you have a favorite photo of you and your dear friend together? One of the best ways to commemorate your love and friendship is to have that photo printed on canvas for your friend to hang in her home. Canvaspop offers a great variety of canvas, framed and triptych prints as well as other cool personalizes gifts like pillow shams, magnets and photo collages.
Bucket List Travel
We all have a list of places that we love to visit regularly and a list of places that we have yet to see. A gift of travel to either type of destination makes a lovely gift because you are giving her time and experiences with you. Book a hotel for a weekend get away and let your friend look forward to time well spent with you and any other friends you may invite.
A great way to create a gift out of this that your friend can actually open is a calendar with the dates of the planned trip marked by you. You can also take a photo of recognizable landmarks for the place you intend to visit and wrap that with a note on the back saying how much you are looking forward to spending this time with her. If the trip involves hiking or other outdoor activity, buy her a great pair of hiking boots and wrap with a note folded into the shoe about what you’ve planned.
Ebags Travel Cubes
Speaking of travel, one of the greatest gifts for travelers are travel cubes. These ingenious packing cubes come in several sizes and let you organize your clothing into separate cubes. Smaller cubes are great for socks and undergarments while the larger cubes are perfect for bulky items such as jeans and pants. When you arrive at your hotel, unpacking is a cinch as you can simply put each entire cube into your drawers.
Travel cubes come in a variety of colors, so you can choose a set that she is sure to love.
Give the Gift of History
Does your friend have an interest in history or family lineage? An Ancestry DNA test is an incredible way that she can deepen her connection to the world and learn more about her own history as well. You can also go a step further and buy her an Ancestry gift membership to let her connect with her past, learn where she came from and who knows – maybe even long-lost loved ones.
21st Century Fitness
While buying your friend a gym membership is useful, there are actually many new ways to give the gift of fitness in today’s world. You could buy a 10-class pack of sessions for hot yoga or purchase a membership to a running or walking club. These are especially thoughtful if you buy yourself the same gift and make it a point to tackle fitness together.
The latest Fitbit is also always a win. The technology is so advanced that you can now use your Fitbit for far more than tracking steps.
Another great way to give the gift of fitness is to enroll your friend in an online fitness coaching program. Many of these programs offer membership sites where women can attend online class, share recipes, journal their food intake, join a private Facebook group and participate in health challenges.
Personal Finance Course
In our later years we all tend to get more serious about saving and investing. However, women sometimes aren’t as confident in their knowledge as their husbands are. If your friend loves to learn, Dave Ramsey offers a number of courses for investors at any stage of learning. His Financial Peace University course is a terrific gift that many other people would never have thought of.
I’ve got a girlfriend who loves Quintessa wine. This wine is indeed delicious but at $175/bottle, it’s not one that she buys often. Does your friend love a particular vintage that she rarely treats herself to? This makes a terrific gift and you can even make plans to go for dinner at a BYOB restaurant where the two of you can share her favorite bottle of wine or champagne.
60th Birthday Boards
The internet is full of truly artistic people and one truly unique birthday gift is a birthday board. Just visit Etsy and find a vendor you like and place an order with your friend’s name and birth year. Birthday boards contain fun facts about the year she was born and make great conversational pieces of art for her home as well.
Any of these gifts are sure to make a dear friend feel special on her 60th birthday. Do you have a unique 60th birthday gift ideas for her? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.