Your 70th birthday is a big one! I experienced it already, so I know. The inevitable question is, “What gift would you like?” It will come as no surprise that my first wish was to have my sons and grandchildren all together.
Like so many women, my first reaction was to say, “It really doesn’t matter. It’s just another birthday.” We often tell family and friends that we are downsizing and really don’t need a gift!
But any birthday that ends with a zero seems worthy of some special recognition. So, I reached out to the fabulous women in our Sixty and Me community for inspiration.
Not surprisingly, many agreed with my own feelings that most of us don’t really need more ‘things’ and that the best gift for a 70th birthday party would be shared family time and memories.
Others offered some great ideas for adventures and experiences that would be fun. High tea, a sunny solo beach holiday, or a visit to a spa were all wonderful suggestions.
Here are our fifty 70th birthday gift ideas:
Editor’s Note: Some of these ideas may not be available while under Covid-19 restrictions, but you can sure jot them down for future birthdays!
Janet, Joan, Lyn, Gwen, Teresa, Sylvia, Cheryl, and Sue from our Sixty and Me community all mention that they would like time with their family members and friends for their 70th birthday.
We know life is pretty busy and sometimes family members are scattered around the globe so having everyone get together for our special day can make us feel special and appreciated. The gift of time and attention is priceless, even if we must satisfy ourselves with a virtual meet!
Sandra says that she would like to receive photos. Framed photos of our grandchildren are always a nice addition to our homes. Purchase a frame or a framed montage to add family photos.
Memory books are a great way to assemble family memories in one place for easy viewing. Dianne says that this would be her perfect 70th birthday gift. Look online for photo printing services like Shutterfly that can design and print memory books. Choose photos of memorable family vacations and events that will have the birthday girl going down memory lane.
Cherril and Lynda suggest store vouchers. How about getting a gift card from your favorite store? You can go out and get yourself what you truly want. Not a bad idea!
Cherill also mentions that receiving a notebook where one can jot down some inspiring quotes or poems is a very thoughtful gift idea.
Papier has a large selection, we particularly love the beautiful leather notebook designs.
Also on Cherill’s list are pampering items that we don’t necessarily purchase for ourselves very often. A personalized scented candle or handmade luxurious soaps can make us feel relaxed and beautiful.
This is quite a popular choice for a 70th birthday gift. Jane, Sandra, Gwen, Betty, Sue, Ruth, Amy, and Shelly all say that they would love a holiday for their milestone birthday. This can be a solo vacation, a beach holiday, a cabin in the woods, or a plane ticket to your favorite destination.
You don’t need to travel abroad to have a great holiday, why not look at booking somewhere in your own country that you’ve never been to.
Melinda is one of our most adventurous readers and wants a helicopter ride for her 70th. What a great new way to see your city! Don’t forget to bring your camera to take amazing photos from up there.
Karyl wants some of her grandchildren’s artwork to decorate her home. I love that idea!
Valerie, Lori, and Janice mention that they would love to have afternoon tea with some girlfriends.
Patty says that she would really enjoy a visit to a salon for some pampering.
Do you have a favorite restaurant? Patty, Marlene, Sue, and Valerie suggests splurging on a meal at your favorite place with a group of friends. Or ordering a delivery of your favorite meal!
Andrea offers a great idea – to hire a crew to come in for a day and deep clean the house. Check online for your local cleaning services.
Andrea, Laura, and Carol proposes a pampering day at a spa. Check on Spa Finder to find a spa near you.
Another great idea of something that is really needed and helpful is to hire a handyman for a day. Suzanne suggests that you make a list of things that need to be done and fixed around the house and have your family hire someone for the day to come and take care of these things.
Gwen and Marlene would like to go see a show. It can be a music show, an opera or theater performance, a sports event, or a circus. Whatever is interesting in your area. Why not make it a family or a girlfriend outing?
A book that you fill out with your life memories and experiences. Elizabeth suggests the Book of Me. You can fill it out and give it back to the person who offered it to you. What a fascinating way for your loved one to learn more about you and to leave a legacy of your life.
Turning 70 is a great reason to celebrate, so why not make a whole week of celebrations! Mary wants her birthday week to be filled with activities that she can do with her family and friends. You could go out for dinner with friends, spend the day with family, get a manicure… with seven days to fill, there is plenty of time for lots of activities!
This is a very interesting 70th birthday gift. Sharlene proposes to order a DNA kit to find out about your ancestry. They are quite common and easy to use. Maybe you’ll find long lost relatives and expand your family circle.
Sara wants a unique rose bush from a variety that’s not easy to find. Think rose bushes are hard to look after? Take a look at a beginner’s guide to growing roses by Garden Design for some top tips.
Sharon loves coffee and would enjoy getting some luxury coffee blends. Why not ask for a Nespresso Machine and sample some of the many blends they offer.
If you have a lot of skincare products why not also consider a skincare fridge.
When is the last time you got yourself a box of chocolates? We don’t normally splurge on things like that, but Sharon insists that it’s always a pleasure to receive.
This is an amazing idea for travelers. Cynthia recommends a global access card or priority pass for entry into lounges in airports. A luxury we wouldn’t necessarily think of getting ourselves, but very well worth it.
In my opinion a set of affirmation cards that inspire us to live life to the fullest are also a great gift.
How about an electronic reading tablet with a selection of pre-loaded books? Colleen mentions that it is much easier to carry a tablet than to carry several books when going on a getaway.
Anita has a great idea for having people send special messages letting you know what you mean to them. Get your tissues ready!
Janice would enjoy a pretty embroidered tablecloth for afternoon tea with family and friends.
Cruises are quite popular for milestone birthdays. Susan and Almetra would love to go on a cruise with the special people in their lives.
*Many cruises are on a standstill at the moment, but the industry will pick up when it is safe to do so. Make sure to verify health and travel restrictions before booking.
Victoria is our wild one! She wants a party with hired male strippers. Why not! We only turn 70 once.
Brenda and Shelly are our burgeoning artists and would like oil paints, canvases, and other craft and art supplies.
Brenda would also enjoy seeing a local choir more frequently. If you love singing, you could even look into joining a local choir.
Another fun idea to commemorate our 70th birthday – a tattoo! Get your custom design created by a talented tattoo artist to remember your milestone birthday forever. If you think tattoos are only for the younger generation, think again! There is a surprising new trend with older adults getting a tattoo!
Staying connected is important and Sue recommends an iPad or electronic tablet. This way you can video chat with family and friends that live far away.
This is a good one! Mair would enjoy a much-needed retirement.
These are all things that are nice to receive all year round but are made even more special when an extra effort is put during your special day. This is what Lea is wishing to receive on her 70th birthday.
Teri wants a nice bottle of wine on her milestone birthday. Cheers!
Cindy can’t get enough plants. She would like to be gifted as many plants as possible for her 70th.
Gift cards are always a good idea. Vickie would like to go on her own shopping spree to get what she wants for her birthday.
Ruth wants a cheque for her special day. A blank cheque? Hmmm, someone may end up with an empty bank account.
Barbara likes to collect coffee mugs and would like one that celebrates her 7 decades.
Mary was kidding when she said she wanted a rocking chair, but I think that it can actually be a good idea. It doesn’t have to be the traditional “old lady” rocking chair of the past. It can be a modern-looking chair that will fit in nicely with your decor.
Cheryl would enjoy a visit from her children and grandchildren for her 70th birthday.
Teresa would enjoy an evening of playing board games with her family.
Lyn doesn’t want anything fancy for her birthday, only to spend some quality time with her partner, her elderly mother, and her best friend.
If you want to receive something special from the year you were born, why not ask for a copy of a newspaper from your year of birth, Historic Newspapers is one option you can suggest and often will have your actual birth date.
Taking online classes has become all the rage. How about cooking lessons from Gordon Ramsey or creative writing classes from Margret Atwood?
Wine tasting or chocolate tasting tickle your fancy? Check your local listings for the events available in your area.
So, there are 50 wonderful ideas. The focus is still on experiences and not stuff, but there are enough creative recommendations to make any 70th birthday anniversary memorable and fun!
So, if you are celebrating your 70th birthday soon, just forward the link to this article to those people who are asking, “What do you want for your 70th birthday?”
What gift would you like to receive for your next birthday? What 70th birthday gifts or experiences would make you smile? Please share below!