My father says that by the time 70 rolled around, he wasn’t so focused on gifts. “Sure, they’re appreciated, but they’re not really necessary,” he said. “When you get to my age, if you want something fancy, you go get it yourself. Done and done!”
But let’s face it, the gifts are happening. Whether your favorite 70-year-old wants one or not, and we think the best 70th birthday presents are more about meaning than flash.
You can never go wrong with something funny, but a unique experience or personalized gift are great options, too. Whether it’s a gift for mom, dad, or another septuagenarian in your life, you want to let them know how much you appreciate them.
When the gifting-wizards at L&L assembled to shop for the perfect 70th birthday gift, we kept that in mind. Here are a few ideas to get you going!
70th Birthday Gift Ideas for a
1. Custom Photo Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are an enduring tradition for many families and a fun activity for the grandparents and grandkids to engage in together.
Why not make that time even more special by having a family photo printed on a quality puzzle and presented in a gorgeous keepsake box? This custom jigsaw puzzle comes in 3 age-appropriate piece counts. Whether they’re putting it together with the littlest family member, or the adults, it makes a perfect gift for the family-centric 70-year-old.
2. Seven Rings for Seven Decades Necklace
This stunning necklace is not only eye-catching but versatile enough to dress down with slacks and a shirt or dress up for a special occasion.
It features seven intertwined rings to celebrate seven beautiful decades, with the choice of silver, yellow gold, or rose gold finish. Six size lengths give her plenty of wearable options, too. Whether she prefers to wear her necklaces layered, or solo, she’s covered.
3. Custom Heart Snapshot Photo Wall Art
Gather up thirty of her favorite photos from memorable vacations, bucket-list experiences, holidays, and more, then send them to the talented independent artists at Minted.com. They’ll transform your photos into a stunning, one-of-a-kind piece of wall art.
It’s the perfect keepsake for passing on down the generations and a beautiful way to show off all of the fun adventures and extraordinary times she’s had so far. The finished art comes in 6 sizes and a variety of framing options to go with any decor.
4. Personalized Retro History Pillow
This personalized throw pillow is so neat for those born seventy years ago. The design details who he shares his special birthday with, some notable things in history that happened that year, and lots of other interesting trivia from the year of his birth.
The story of his life captured on a decorative pillow makes an original birthday present. He’ll get a kick out of it every time he sits on the sofa! Available in three color schemes as a complete throw pillow or cover only.
Whether they tear through everything on the New York Times bestseller list or just enjoy a casual summertime beach read now and then, a Kindle is a super handy way to enjoy a good book.
Its 8 GB capacity holds thousands of books and audiobook titles, and it’ll last weeks on a single charge. It’s also Bluetooth compatible and pairs wireless headphones easily for audiobook listening.
Want to reallly wow them? Include a Kindle Unlimited subscription so they can access millions of books, newspapers, and audiobooks. Enough entertainment to keep ’em occupied for years to come!
6. Love Letter Personalized Blanket
This keepsake blanket displays a hand-written letter from someone special. It is a great gift to remind your favorite 70-year-old how much they’re loved.
Anything personal can be transformed into a plush throw. You can write a new letter outlining how much they mean to you, share a special note from someone else, or even feature a treasured family recipe. Send it to the folks at FirAndNeedle, where they’ll transform it into a soft fleece blanket for snuggling on the sofa.
Comes in a choice of 5 sizes.
7. Spa Treatment
You’re never too old to appreciate a spa treatment. Giving the gift of self-pampering is a sure-fire way to get a huge smile and a hug in return. Redeemable at hundreds of spas across the country, there’s sure to be one near them!
8. Socks for 70 Years
These cute custom socks come with a great selection of phrases that confirm just how proud they are to be turning 70. So tell them to sit back, relax, and put their feet up for a cheers to 70 years. Then bring them a big piece of cake and a beverage of their choice.
9. UGG Slippers
A pair of slippers may seem like an average gift, but not these ones!
UGG manages to take house slippers to a new level of comfort with a super-fluffy sheepskin inner and soft suede outer. They also feature a sturdy rubber sole suitable for indoor/outdoor use. It’s all of the comfort, style, and toasty warmth you expect from the boots, but in a slipper.
10. Baking Gift Box Subscription
Is the birthday girl or birthday boy a baked goods lover, but not necessarily a baking guru? Or maybe they just love to try out different recipes? Whatever the case, a subscription to a baking box is just what the muffin-lover ordered.
Each month, a different box with a different recipe is delivered to their home containing pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step instructions. All they’ll need is baking sheets/pans/mixing tools to get baking. Just make sure they bake enough to share!
11. Historic Birth-Date Newspaper
What was in the news on the day they were born? Find out when you give them this unique gift of history with a genuine original newspaper from their birth date.
They’ll get a kick out of perusing through the paper, finding out what was going on in the world of sports, politics, society, and more beyond the headlines.
Newspapers from major publications in most cities are available, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity. For a keepsake you can pass down from generation to generation, frame the paper for a conversational piece of wall art.
12. Personalized 70th Birthday Wine Labels
A great idea for the wine lover! Pick out a few of their favorite bottles and surprise them with one-of-a-kind wines that celebrate 70 years of living. The labels come in a set of 4, each with a different happy birthday message.
They’re absolutely perfect if you’re hosting a 70th birthday party, too! Stock your bar with wine and stick the labels on them for a special touch. Wine with birthday cake? Hmmm, never tried it!
13. Fresh Flowers
A gift idea of fresh flowers delivered directly to her door is a fragrant, colorful way to say happy 70th birthday! Bouqs has a great selection, including plenty of specially-arranged potted plants for those with a green thumb.
14. Write Your Own Story Notebook
A great gift idea for those who are ready to make it happen. Everyone has that bucket list of things they swear they’ll get around to when they have more time. Give the newly 70-year-old this pretty journal to help them stay organized and focused on planning those bucket list items and getting it done!
Celebrate 70 With Your Favorite People
For many of us, our wants and needs change by the time we reach 70. Spending time with our loved ones becomes way more important than luxurious or expensive ‘things’.
Give the celebrated 70-year-old in your life a treasured, tangible keepsake to mark the beginning of their seventh decade on the planet. It’ll remind them they’re loved and cared for every day, and we think that’s one of the best gifts anyone can receive on such a milestone birthday!