“After a man passes 60, his mischief is mainly in his head.”
Sorry, Washington Irving, we must disagree with you. If the behavior of some of our favorite 60-year-olds is any indication, the mischief is just beginning. And we’re all about it.
In that spirit, the best 60th birthday gifts should have a perfect balance of sentimentality and fun. Commitment to loved ones paired with sass and independence. Mature, but with a childish streak.
That’s our opinion, anyway. So when we went shopping for the best birthday gift ideas for someone (mom or dad) turning 60, that’s what we looked for and we think we found some pretty cool stuff. Have a look and see if a milestone birthday gift idea catches your eye!
60th Birthday Gift Ideas They’ll Love
1. Personalized Memory Lane Book
This is such a great idea for any age, but especially if you’ve been walking the planet for 60 years. With that many years to account for, it’s bound to be full of fun, fascinating, and hilarious stuff about the birthday girl’s (or boy’s) life.
This trip down memory land is packed with world news, financial info, and pop culture trends that were happening when they were born. It also delivers some interesting facts like how many times their heart has beaten so far, the average number of hours they’ve spent eating, how much time they’ve spent in the bathroom, and a lot more!
Entirely personalized down to the last detail, it’s a great gift for someone who’s made it through 60 awesome years!
2. 6 Rings for 6 Decades Necklace
This beautiful, eye-catching silver necklace is sure to be one of her all-time favorites! Appropriate for every occasion, she can dress it up or down, day or night. Six intertwined rings represent six amazing decades full of love, laughter, and family. (And a sprinkling of tears if she’s like most of us.)
It’s available in plenty of lengths, so she can wear it alone as a signature piece, or layered with other necklaces.
3. Railroad Date Nail Cufflinks
These cufflinks come with history, just like your gift recipient!
Railroad date nails were hammered into utility posts, railroad ties, and other railroad structures to represent the date of construction. The authentic nails are ground and hand-fashioned into round cufflinks with his birth year stamped into them.
Way more interesting than your average set of cufflinks, they’re sure to be a conversation starter.
4. Cheers to 60 Years Socks
We’re fans of specialty socks around here, and we thought these were so cute! With your choice of 9 celebratory sayings or your own personalized message printed on the bottom, they’ll definitely elicit a smile!
5. Photo Art
The independent artists at Minted make it easy to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that’s sure to become a family heirloom. Simply send them the best photos of family gatherings, bucket-list trips, and other memorable moments, and they’ll work their Minted magic. And, yes, this is another unique gift that may elicit some tears, but they’ll be good ones, we promise.
6. Handwritten Note Blanket
Take a handwritten and turn it into something she can snuggle up with on chilly days. Old recipes passed from generation to generation, letters from when the kids were little, or a meaningful letter penned by yourself – if it’s on paper, it can be transformed into a cozy keepsake she’ll treasure.
7. Happy 60th Toilet Paper
by Printed TP
A great gag gift for a co-worker or best friend! Why get a card for their 60th birthday, when you can just give them a roll of toilet paper expressing your feelings on the subject? Way funnier.
8. Engraved Beer Mug
Instead of the token coffee mug, we opted for this awesome beer mug as a 60th birthday present! Personalize it with his name, date of birth, and celebratory message. Next it’s time to gather ’round and raise a glass to the birthday boy (or girl)! Not only is it special, it’s also a beautiful mug that they’ll want to use all the time.
9. Spa and Wellness Gift Card
Give the gift of self-pampering! A gift card they can use for a massage, facials, body treatments, or whatever strikes their fancy is always a welcome gift.
And who knows? They may just decide to use it to get away for a spa retreat weekend. In which case you should throw in a stipulation that you have to accompany them. It’s the rules.
10. Fortnum & Mason Gift Basket (Hamper)
Biscuits and nibbles and teas, oh my!
This pretty whicker hamper from renouned Fortnum & Mason is a thoughtful gift full of amazing goodies. Enjoy at teatime, breakfast, or any time your favorite 60-year-old fancies (ahem, with birthday cake please). We’re fans of the midnight snack ourselves, but we realize it’s not for everyone.
Each hamper includes classic Earl Grey tea, your choice of macadamia nut or pistachio clotted cream biscuits, sea salted caramel truffles, and more. Yum!
11. 60th Birthday Personalized Wine & Beer Labels
Whether you’re throwing a 60th birthday celebration, or just want to present them with a nice bottle of wine or six-pack of their favorite beer, these labels are a neat touch. Order the quantity, select your favorite design, then apply the stickers to the bottles for a truly personalized gift for the wine lover.
12. New York Times Custom Puzzle
What was on the front page of the Times on the day they were born? Order one of these cool puzzles to commemorate the occasion and find out!
We recommend bringing over a bottle of wine (with one of those cool labels from number 11), gathering around the table with close friends and family, and assembling this 500-piece puzzle together. You’ll have a blast learning about the news of the day, and probably making jokes about how old they are.
13. Airbnb Experience
This is a cool idea! Pick a city and dive into one of the amazing AirBnB experiences offered and hosted by a local expert.
Whether it’s cooking authentic local dishes with an indigenous chef in Mexico City, going on a guided adventure tracking elephants with the Maasai, or horse whispering with an equine therapist in Barcelona. You can also look closer to home, there are loads of fun experiences in your own backyard, such as goat yoga, photo lessons with an expert, and lessons on making a signature cocktail. Bucket-list: sorted.
14. Kate Spade Scarf
by Kate Spade
She’ll want to wear this gorgeous scarf everywhere, which is great because it’s a bonafide multitasker! She can wear it as a neckerchief, a belt, a hair tie, or however she wants to show off her unique style. The pink and grey color scheme and floral graphic design are ultra-feminine too. The perfect gift for the timelessly classic sixty-year-old.
Why not give her the gift of a very happy birthday from her favorite actor, musician, writer, etc? Connect with her favorite celebrity and give them the inside scoop on your 60-year-old’s special occasion, and any other details they should know about her. She’ll then receive a personal video message with well-wishes from them. She may get all giddy and starstruck over it, so be sure to record her reaction!
16. Tribute Video
Who wouldn’t want a video of family and friends paying tribute to how awesome you are? Gather up a bunch of his or her favorite people, have them record a heartfelt message or tell a special story, then watch the waterworks flow. It’s like the ultimate toast they can keep forever.
17. Fresh Flowers
Bouqs has an amazing selection of beautiful birthday flowers! A colorful bunch of fresh flowers delivered to her door is a great way to wish her a very happy 60th birthday and brighten her home.
By 60 years of age, most folks have learned a lot about themselves and know what they want out of life. Hopefully, the gift you choose for their 60th birthday reflects their well-established taste and style.
If you’re celebrating your 60th birthday, here’s a birthday wish for best one yet! May your 6th decade see you responsible enough to handle any new adventures thrown your way, but not too responsible that you won’t savor every minute of them.
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