Meaningful 60th Birthday Ideas, Gifts and Experiences

We all love a reason to celebrate and hitting the big 6-0 is certainly one of them. Whether it’s you that’s reaching the milestone or you know a friend or family member about to, you probably find it’s easier said than done finding a way to celebrate.

Be it a gift or experience, with 60 previous birthdays in the bag, it’s a struggle to find something that outshines anything previously done. Rest assured, we are not about to suggest you need to spend a fortune, but rather that we help you find something totally unique to the recipient, and something that they will truly appreciate so that it won’t find its way into the attic to gather dust once the birthday decorations get tidied away.

So, here is our top suggestions of birthday gifts easily tailored to make it a truly personal and unique gift.

60th Birthday Ideas for Men and Women

1. A Mini-Break

If you’re looking for something for a loved one about to hit 60, chances are they’ll tell you the opportunity to spend time with you might simply be the best gift you can give. With hectic lifestyles and working hours these days, it becomes more and more tricky to find time to spend with each other so actually, consider a mini-break a gift of time rather than the extravagance of the location or accommodation.

That being said, if you are clubbing together with other family members perhaps you can splash out a little further – now might just be the time to add private hot tub to the filters on your internet search. The great news is, you often do not need to travel far to find something that little bit special; be it a cosy cottage, city apartment, coastal caravan or even a woodland treehouse.

With an ongoing trend for quirky and unusual places to stay, you’ll find a wealth of options with a quick internet search. If you are not restricted to weekends and school holidays, go out of season and you may even grab yourself a birthday bargain!

Try searching on Airbnb for quirky and homely accommodation or on Last Minute for special offers and deals.

2. An Experience

If time is a little limited and you or the recipient might only manage a day or an afternoon away from your busy schedule, then a gift experience might be more suitable. A perk of a gift experience is that you can usually find something local to the recipient so that it is super convienient too!

For the adrenaline junkee you could consider buying them a bunjee jump or sky dive whilst at the other end of the spectrum, the opportunity to relax and unwind at a pampering day might be a better option. Usually, a pamper day will involve some kind of treatment and most hotels offer packages to include these.

Other experiences readily available in the UK include segway tours, hot air balloon rides, gliding experiemce, afternoon tea, five star dining, wine, gin or beer tasting, a pottery class or cooking class…..the list of options really is endless, you’re bound to find something they’ll love!

3. Let’s get Crafty

Maybe, like me, you spent your childhood making gifts for birthdays and christmas’ and it didn’t matter frankly how rubbish your creation was, the fact you made it meant it was loved.

With age, it might seem that if you are going to make something as a gift, then it does actually have to be good (or you don’t mind the embarrasment!) but the good news is, you don’t have to be particularly talented at arts and crafts to find some pretty awesome DIY gifts you can make from the comfort of your own home.

Some current trends for online bloggers include; the use of cement (pick up a bag from your local DIY store for dirt cheap) for an on trend plant pot, table or candle holder; glass jars and bottles can be recycled into all manner of items – try some of these lights from amazon designed specifically for bottles, or you could give them a frosted glass effect with special paint, also readily available online.

Wooden crafts can range from incredibly easy to challenging, depending on your ambition there’s bound to be something you are capable of. Pick up the correct size drill bit and craft the recipient some personalised tea light holders from wood found whilst walking the dog (make sure its dried and cleaned from any bugs or insects before presenting it as a gift, mind!).

Similarly, websites like Esty offer personal and crafty gifts that you can buy.

4. Blow the Budget

From hand-made gifts at one end of the sprectrum to the other now, where budget needn’t be a consideration. Turning 60 may be the perfect excuse to be extravagent and gift someone a once in a lifetime experience. Even better, if you choose to go with them!

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, there are always experiences you can find that will be special. From cruises Sydney Harbour at night with Karisma Cruises, visiting Big Ben in London, or even going backpacking around the world, the skies the limit in what you can do to celebrate 60!

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