Age Appropriate Gift Tips

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Fun Gift Ideas for an 80th Birthday

Fun Gift Ideas for an 80th Birthday

At 80 years old, people have reached the richest years of their life. They have family and friends, they are wise and experienced, they have great accomplishments and established values. These years, time is that precious thing that can be celebrated day and night.

Some gifts can help the 80-year-old celebrate their amazing life. One example could be a digital photo frame or a handmade yearbook with loved ones’ signatures and messages. Another could be a DVD full of photographs and movies from her/his life. Or perhaps a simple gift such as an engraved watch or diamond earrings will make the perfect gift.

Here are some gift ideas for an 80-year-old:

  • Engraved watch: An Invicta watch makes for a special gift. They might appreciate a watch with a rich brown leather strap and a gold face. They might like a gold watch with a special message written underneath the face. There are a lot of options with an engravable watch.
  • Mug or cup warmers: These are great because they will keep tea or coffee warm. No need to reheat tea or make a new batch of coffee. Find a cordless mug warmer for better portability. This way the 80-something can take the mug warmer to her/his office or bedroom to keep her/his coffee or tea piping hot.
  • Vintage, leather-bound book: One of these books with a long, personalized message inside the covers makes for a truly heartfelt gift. This book can later be passed down for generations as a family heirloom.
  • Coffee gift set: This gift could include an espresso machine, coffee beans, a Chemex coffeemaker and new coffee mugs. These coffee mugs can also be personalized with photos of the family or friends.
  • Even more: The 80-year-old might also enjoy bath salts, cookware, electric blankets, vintage cameras or simply going on a picnic with friends and family.

Top Gifts for a 70th Birthday

Top Gifts for a 70th Birthday

During the years as a 70-something, people have a lot of free time to pursue new and old hobbies and spend time with friends and family. This is the best time for simply enjoying life and continuing to learn new things. The 70-year-old can learn how to play chess or learn how to rig a sailboat!

Perhaps they want to learn how to play hearts over a cup of tea with a vintage tea set? They might want to catch up on some television shows with a DVD box set? Maybe they always wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle?

Here are some gift ideas that a 70-year-old would love to receive:

  • Deck of cards: A deck of cards for a quiet few hours of card games with friends makes for a spectacular gift. They can play solitaire, hearts, go fish and more.
    • Vintage tea set: A vintage tea set will be useful for afternoon or evening tea with friends and family. The 70-year-old might also enjoy special spoons or honey to go with this tea set.
    • Tickets to a performing arts show: Tickets to an opera, symphony or ballet will be fun for anyone and everyone. The 70-year-old might enjoy tickets to all three of these events!
    • Even more: A 70-year-old might enjoy an iPad, a cookbook, a DVD player, a scarf, a hat or brand new yoga or pilates board as well.

Gift Ideas for a 60th Birthday

Gift Ideas for a 60th Birthday

At 60 years old, one has reached the golden years of life. This is the time for people to retire and simply enjoy some free time pursuing hobbies or watching friends and family grow. They might want to spend time shopping for gifts like pearl drop earrings or pocket watches.

They may want to take a two week vacation to see the clear, warm waters of Maui. Perhaps they want to see snow-capped mountains in Switzerland or quaint towns in Italy? The 60-year-old will enjoy every moment of their time in these golden years of life.

Here are some gift ideas for the beginning of those delightful golden years of life:

  • A nice dinner with family and friends: This gift will build new memories for the 60-year-old and the loved ones surrounding her/him. A friend can bring a few bottles of sparkling champagne to be shared with a dozen family members. A restaurant near an ocean will add a sparkle to the evening. No ocean nearby? Try a restaurant with a calm ambiance for a peaceful evening dinner.
  • Foot or back massagers: This gift will help relax the 60-year-old after a long day. A massage chair can also bring about a bit of extra rest and relaxation.
  • Alternative travel: Try gifting the 60-something some tickets to go hot air ballooning or buy tickets for a scenic helicopter flight around one of Hawaii’s beautiful islands.
  • Even more: A pair of pearl drop earrings, a fresh painting, fishing accessories, a Wii or a boxed DVD set of a favorite television series will bring joy to the happy 60-year-old.

The Perfect Gifts for a 50th Birthday

The Perfect Gifts for a 50th Birthday

People in their 50s are approaching retirement age but are probably still pretty busy with their career. They are probably watching their kids grow up and starting to do a bit of traveling in their spare time.

A new clutch wallet or men’s leather wallet to carry pictures of children or a passport for a vacation makes for an outstanding present for a 50-year-old. One could place personalized messages or gift cards in the wallet of the 50-something to make the gift extra special.

Here are a few gift ideas for the amazing 50th birthday celebration:

  • Photo album: A photo album filled to the brim with photos of the birthday person’s loved ones will surely make her/him happy. This gift requires a lot of time to put together but will be enjoyed for decades to come. There are budget-friendly photo albums everywhere or one can find a more expensive photo album from a high-end jewelry store.
    • Watch case or jewelry case: This classy gift will keep the 50-year-old’s favorite jewelry or accessories safe in one place. This is another item where messages can be placed in the watch or jewelry case to make it a personalized gift.
    • A few nights stay in a hotel: Book a few nights in a hotel room in a local, beautiful area or somewhere in Australia, Canada or South America! The 50-something can spend a few nights enjoying a new culture with her/his spouse, family members or a few close friends. The clutch wallet will come in handy for carrying room keys or ski lift tickets.
    • Even more:The 50-year-old might enjoy a leather-bound journal, scuba or snorkeling gear, a new musical instrument such as a violin, a new pet such as a cat or some painting or cooking lessons.

Top Presents for a 40th Birthday

Top Presents for a 40th Birthday

Perhaps the 40-year-old is getting a bit more time off of work. They might have more time to spend on favorite hobbies. Perhaps they have more time to pick up golf? They might have more time to paint or read a favorite book or magazine? They may have more time to shop for a new Coach handbag or BBQ tool set.

Here are some gift ideas for the 40 year old who may be starting to get more time to themselves again:

  • Golf lessons: A 40-something might enjoy getting some golf lessons over the weekends with a PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) golf pro. A few hours practicing one’s backswing on a fresh, grass-covered golf course will be refreshing.
    • Magazine subscription: A subscription to a fashion, cooking, home décor and gardening or economics magazine is an excellent gift for a 40-year-old. Perhaps s/he will find the perfect Coach handbag or BBQ tool set in one of these magazines?
    • Wine of the Month club: Signing the 40-year-old up for one of these clubs will allow them to learn more about wines and receive a free bottle of sweet pinot grigio or a dry cabernet sauvignon everyone once in awhile.
    • Even more: A 40-something might also enjoy a jewelry organizer, a digital camera, a gift basket with chocolates and cheeses, tickets to a theme park such as Disneyland or accessories for their favorite electronics.

Gift Ideas for a 30th Birthday

Gift Ideas for a 30th Birthday

By the age of 30 people are most likely not living with their parents anymore. They may be living with some roommates, with their spouse, with their children or with their pets. These are busy days filled with a large amount of responsibility. These days are also filled with a lot to celebrate.

Gifts that bring some peace and quiet into a busy lifestyle are sure to make a 30-something quite happy. Gifts that help the 30-something celebrate life, like a sequin dress or a new Armani suit, are also fabulous options.

Here are some ideas for gifts for a 30-year-old:

  • Gift certificate to a spa: A spa retreat is the ultimate gift for rest and relaxation. A few gift cards for a day with a special friend in a relaxing spa environment will rejuvenate anyone.
    • Tickets to a sports game or a theater showing: A few tickets to a SF Giants game or to a nearby metropolitan city to see an opera will be fun for everyone. This gift is great to pair with an evening out to dinner right before the game or the show.
    • Surprise party:This event with close friends or family gives someone in their 30s time to wear her sequin dress or his new Armani suit for a night on the town. One could try renting a limousine to make the night an extra special one.
    • Even more: A digital photo frame, new briefcase, personalized coffee mug or thermos, a tie or wine rack or a new bottle of cologne or perfume will make the 30-year-old very happy.

Great Gifts a 21st Birthday

Great Gifts a 21st Birthday

In the United States, 21 is the age when people can begin to legally consume alcohol. At 21 years old, people are perhaps in college or out working in the real world. And now they can enjoy a drink or two after a long day of studying, stocking shelves or working the cash register.

Of course at 21 people are also accruing more responsibilities such as rent payments, auto insurance payments and phone bills. A men’s leather wallet will help the 21-year-old keep her/his ID and auto insurance safe in one place.

Some of these gifts just might help this responsible adult relax during stressful days:

  • Tickets for a cruise: A cruise is a great way to relax and enjoy some time off with friends and a few drinks. Tickets for a cruise to Mexico will surely make a 21-year-old happy.
    • Nice bottle of wine: This is a classy way to celebrate a birthday. Spend a little extra on a special bottle of wine or champagne with a couple of family members and close friends.
    • Electronics: A new smartphone, Bluetooth headset or MP3 player are useful gifts for a 21-year-old. If this young adult already has all of the electronics s/he needs, one can also find accessories for these electronics. Try a new smartphone case or new headphones for the MP3 player.
    • Wallets and purses: A new men’s leather wallet or women’s leather purse will be useful for any 20-something.
    • Even more: A 21-year-old might enjoy a new laptop, a pair of dressy shoes, a camcorder, a flask, a new HD television or a satellite radio for their car.

The Best Gifts for an 18th Birthday

The Best Gifts for an 18th Birthday

Turning 18 is another milestone in a person’s life. There are many new and exciting adventures to be had along with many new responsibilities. By now an 18-year-old is probably driving, going to college, dating, working over summertime and receiving jury summons.

18-year-olds may need some time off from these growing responsibilities. An XBox 360 wireless controller or plane tickets for a trip to Rome will give them a relaxing break from the real world.

Here are a few gift ideas for an 18-year-old:

  • Gift cards: Though gift cards seem impersonal, they make great gifts. As long as the gift card is from a favorite store then this young adult is sure to love this gift. The gift card could be for a favorite bookstore, clothing shop or coffee shop. They might also appreciate a couple of tickets for a free movie.
    • Trip tickets: A plane ticket to a European or Asian country is sure to make a great gift for the young adult. At 18 they will love the opportunity for adventures in a different country.
    • Video games: A new PlayStation 3 or XBox 360 with the latest video games make great gifts for 18-year-olds. If they already have these game consoles, try getting them accessories such as an XBox 360 wireless controller.
    • Even more: 18-year-olds might also enjoy new jewelry, new clothing, makeup, music gifts such as an iPod Shuffle and sports gear.

Creative Gifts for a 10th Birthday

Creative Gifts for a 10th Birthday

Turning a decade old is an important milestone in anyone’s life. At ten years old, kids love to have sleepovers with their best friends. They are learning multiplication tables and basic science in school. They enjoy ice cream and exploring the world around them.

At ten, kids are starting to grow more independent. Foster this burgeoning independence with a tenth birthday gift that will help them enter their preteen years. These gifts could include new clothes such as a skull hoodie or gift cards to a favorite store.

Here are a few gift ideas for a ten-year-old:

  • Bicycle: A new schwinn mountain bike is a great gift for a ten-year-old. This gift will give her/him the freedom to bike to a friend’s house or bike to a favorite sandwich shop for lunch. Bikes are also a great way to get them out for some exercise.
  • Clothing: Clothes reflect personality. A skull hoodie, skater shoes or new flared jeans are a great way for kids to represent their growing personality and independence.
  • Crafts: Ten-year-olds love building things. This includes building cities with Leggos, making jewelry with beads and crafting animals out of clay.
  • Even more: Ten-year-olds also enjoy Nerf guns, Super Soakers, scooters, roller blades and board games.

Gift Ideas for a First Birthday

Gift Ideas for a First Birthday

Babies hit many milestones on their way to their first birthday. By a first birthday a baby is just starting to walk, wave hello and goodbye and say “mama” and “dada.” A one-year-old is learning at a tremendously fast rate and toys play a pivotal role in fostering this mental growth.

The best toys for a one-year-old have bright colors and soft sounds like those of a Fisher-Price Farm toy. These toys will promote imaginative play and give them something to do with their limitless energy.

Here are a few examples of great gifts for a first birthday:

  • Learning pattern blocks: Parents can always count on Fisher-Price to make great toys for babies, infants and young children. The learning pattern blocks toy is a perfect present for a little one learning shapes and colors.
  • Rocking horse: The rocking horse has been around since the 1800s. This child’s toy is often made of wood and shaped like a horse. It has the ability to rock back and forth just like a rocking chair. A one-year-old will enjoy the comfortable swaying of a rocking horse toy. They can also be found in other shapes, such as dogs or cars.
  • Pull toy: A pull toy is another classic child’s toy. These toys are often shaped like an animal and are often on wheels. There is usually a string or small rope tied to one end of the toy so that the baby or infact can pull the toy along behind her/him. Sometimes these toys have small bells and come in many bright colors.
  • LeapFrog Animal Sounds guitar: This bilingual guitar allows infants to press buttons similar to a guitar and learn numbers, animals and their sounds. This toy can help children develop motor skills and learn English and Spanish.
  • Even more: A one-year-old would also enjoy stuffed animals, rattles, push toys and simple puzzles.