When choosing an age-appropriate present for a soon-to-be 65-year-old mother, grandmother, friend, co-worker or aunt, think outside the box for something more personal than the typical “over the hill”-themed gift. Commemorate the birthday girl who has witnessed all major events of her life with the most suitable gift. Consider her interest, taste and activity level when making the selection.
Pamper the soon-to-be 65-year-old with gift certificates to a local spa on her birthday. When making the payment, request the management to make the senior birthday girl feel special when she comes for her services. Include a full body massage, manicure, pedicure, facial and other age-related treatments that revitalize her, bring a rosy glow to her cheeks and make her feel special. Include coupons for her friends as well so the golden girls catch up on the latest events happening around town while being pampered together. While she’s away, clean her house and prepare dinner so she has nothing to worry about when she gets back. If the spa is out of your budget, make the birthday girl feel special with a gift certificate for a haircut or hair treatment at a fancy salon.
Take the recipient down memory lane with a gift that plays homage to her glorious past. Compile a photo album with pictures from her past such as her marriage, honeymoon, pregnancies, births of her children, family photos, family vacations and road trips, children’s schooling, sacraments, children’s marriages and the births of her grandchildren. Give a scrapbook as a gift on this milestone birthday with old pictures and memorabilia that hold a special place in her heart. Look for pictures of important events from the past including her marriage, births of her children, family trips, social affairs and religious events. Also look for items she will immediately remember, such as a cutout of her child’s christening dress, a piece of trim from her wedding dress or a dried flower from a bouquet presented to her on her previous birthday. Paste the items on sheets of paper in chronological order, along with a creative caption under each. Also include blank pages for her children, grandchildren and close friends to write special messages for the recipient for. Assemble the pages, punch holes through the sides and bind together with decorative ribbon.
Give the birthday recipient a hamper filled with her favorite hobby items to keep her occupied during the day. Most women over 60 have plenty of time on their hands because they are retired and their children are married or away in college. Fill the hamper with different colored, good-quality yarn, knitting needles and book of new patterns if the birthday girl likes to knit, or different sized decorative pots, packs of seeds, gardening tools and gardening books if she’s an avid gardener.