6 Unexpected Gift Ideas for Women Over 60
I’ll be the first to admit that finding gift ideas for women over 60 is tough – even when you’re one yourself! As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve started to notice that buying presents for my friends has become more difficult. Maybe women over 60 place less value on material things. Or, maybe our tastes simply change as we age.
What Are the Best Gift Ideas for Women Over 60 Really?
Fortunately, as the founder of Sixty and Me, a community of over 500,000 women over 60, I have plenty of people to turn to for ideas. So, to help you choose the perfect gift for the women over 60 in your life, I asked the other members of the community what they considered to be the best gifts.
Many of their answers were unexpected and I hope that the information here helps you to choose a gift that your older friend, mother, sister or grandmother will love.
First, a Few Words of Gift-Buying Advice
There’s a saying in medicine to “first do no harm” and the same can be said for choosing presents for “older women”. One of the worst things that you can do is to choose a gift based on aging stereotypes or, worse, “anti-aging” messages. So, before you start searching for cookware, skin cream, bath salts, or knitting wool, take the time to understand the unique personality of the special woman in your life.
Speaking of which, women over 60 want to own things that reflect their interests and personality. After six decades of gathering “stuff,” many of us are downsizing our lives and only have time for objects which we, in the words of William Morris “know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” The last thing we want is more clutter around the house, just at a time when we’re trying to get organized.
So, if more “stuff” isn’t the answer, what is? Our passions. Most women over 60 have at least one or two things that we are crazy about. Some of us are collectors. Others have hobbies or activities that we couldn’t live without.
If you want to impress us, take the time to understand what is important in our lives.
When you do, you will give us two presents – the experience or object that you choose and the knowledge that you care enough to see us as people, not as a demographic.
One final piece of advice before I share some specific ideas – don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money on a gifts for women over 60. More than any other group, most of us appreciate the thought behind a gift. When in doubt, creating something that shows your love and attention will always make us happy.
So, all that said, here are a few unexpected gift ideas for women over 60:
Give Her a New Experience
Most women over 60 are more adventurous than you think. We’re certainly more adventurous than we are portrayed in the movies! While we still appreciate objects that are “useful or beautiful,” most of us are interested in filling our lives with as many experiences as we can.
Think about the special older woman in your life. Is there a unique place that she would love to go? Perhaps you could buy her a bus pass to go on a day trip or weekend adventure. Or, how about a massage, helicopter ride or boat cruise?
I’m not saying that all women over 60 would love to take a helicopter ride. That’s not the point!
I’m simply saying that you shouldn’t eliminate adventurous options without thinking about her unique personality and interests first.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out Red Letter Days, an “experience” gift site in the UK. They offer a variety of unexpected “experiential” gift ideas and there are plenty of similar sites throughout the world.
Give the Gift of Style
Despite what the many aging stereotypes might suggest, many women over 60 still love style and fashion. Most of us love to present our unique personalities to the world through the clothes that we wear every day.
Once again, since women over 60 are as different as the stars in the sky, it’s difficult to suggest specific stores for you to purchase items or a gift certificate from. Some women love classical styles, while others have embraced vintage clothing.
Your best bet is to casually ask her where she loves to shop. Or, you are buying a gift for someone close to you, why not combine your gift with a morning out together. I’m confident that she would appreciate a coffee and shopping adventure as much as any clothing item or fashionable accessory that you could buy.
Give Her the Gift of Health and Balance
Nothing is more important after 60 than staying healthy. When you feel good in your body, you are more likely to stay social, explore and pursue your passions.
At the same time, many women in their 60s find the idea of going to the gym about as exciting as the prospect of spending time in the dentist chair.
Fortunately, there are plenty of healthy gift options that don’t involve weights or running machines!
Consider getting her the ultimate gentle yoga program, that is designed specifically for older women. Gentle yoga will help her to improve her strength, balance, flexibility and confidence. Best of all, she can do it from the comfort of her own living room!
Give Her a New Skill
Women over sixty love to learn. Is there something that she has always wanted to do? Perhaps she keeps talking about learning how to cook a certain cuisine? Or, maybe she has always wanted to take an art class? Whether she is interested in sushi or oil painting, learning a new skill will be a gift that she will remember forever.
For example, in Australia, you can use Red Balloon to buy gourmet cooking classes as a unique experience gift. There are similar sites throughout the world and many restaurants and hotels offer cooking classes at a reasonable price.
Give Something a Little Risqué
If you are dating or married to this woman, she might appreciate a gift that touches on the sensual side. After all, another myth about older women is that they no longer care about sex or being desirable. Nothing could be further from the truth.
A slightly tamer, but no less sensual, option is to create a custom perfume just for her. Check out this website, The Greatest Smell Ever, for more details on how to create a customized perfume. These gift ideas for women over 60 aren’t for everyone, but, you’ll know whether it makes sense.
Give Something Creative
The first step to choosing an “unexpected” gift is to abandon the tire stereotypes about what “older women” want. Once you take the time to truly understand her passions and personality, it’s time to apply your creative skills to choosing the perfect gift. Is there a small luxury or experience, related to one of her passions, which she would never pay for herself?
Can you give her a memory that she will keep with her for years to come? Don’t go for the lazy option. Even a hand-written card or homemade gift is better than a gift based on a tired cliché.
Give Something Inspirational
Women in their 60s are often going through a particular challenge in live, whether it’s a divorce, the end of a career or unexpected health problems. These women would be particularly appreciative of your love and support.
If she is going through a transition in her life, consider buying an inspirational book by authors such as Pema Chodron, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, the Dalai Lama, or Thích Nhất Hạnh. Add a candle to the package for women who like to meditate.
Or, why not inspire her to get the most from life with our very own Sixty and Me “Aging Beautifully” cards? They will help her to connect with her vibrant, authentic and timeless self.
Once again, the physical gift is just a small part of the present. Giving the perfect gift is all about showing that you care!
When you take the time to understand what someone is going through, they feel how much you care. This is especially important for women who are going through confusing of difficult times.
There are many gift ideas for women over 60. Just remember to make your choice personal, creative and insightful. When you take the time to pick something personal, you show how much you really care. And, at the end of the day, that’s all that women over 60 care about!
What do you think are the best gift ideas for women over 60? What’s the best gift you’ve received recently? Please leave a comment below and let us know.