What to Buy a Man for His 60th Birthday

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Many Americans retire in their early 60s, so when a man turns 60 he's entering what could be the greatest decade of his life. By this birthday, a man has all the ties and paperweights he needs, so gifts should help him enjoy experiences instead. People who are entering a new decade may feel sensitive about their age, so skip the jokey gifts that point out how old he is and help him feel young instead.

Hobby Gear

  • Whether he's already retired or is planning to retire soon, he's going to have plenty of time to devote to his favorite hobbies. Replace some of his worn-out or outdated gear with new items. Buy a new fishing pole, gardening tools or binoculars that he can use for birdwatching. If you're not familiar with the equipment that his favorite hobby requires, buy him a store gift certificate so he can pick out the exact drill bit of his dreams.

Travel

  • His 60th birthday is the perfect time for him to take a trip. He's still active enough to travel easily and he may not want to spend money on a trip once he retires and is on a tight budget. Book him a room at a local bed and breakfast or pool your money with other friends and family to buy him a week-long cruise. If your budget doesn't allow such a large gift, buy him a new suitcase or luggage tags so that when he does get to travel, he can do it in style.

Active Gifts

  • As he gets older, keeping in shape will help him stay healthy and happy for longer. If he's not in healthy shape already, put together a gift basket filled with a new water bottle, running socks, an armband for his MP3 player and a cookbook filled with healthy recipes. If he's already an active guy, buy him a new tennis racket or a membership to a local gym so he can continue to stay in shape.

New Experience

  • Now that his children are grown up and he's just about done working full-time, he may have more free time on his hands than he knows what to do with. Help him fill his time and expand his mind by helping him learn a new skill or hobby. For instance, if he's always loved art, buy him a package of painting classes at the local community college. If you're on a smaller budget, buy him instructional books or DVDs that will help him learn a new language.

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