Turning 60 is a huge milestone that not everyone reaches. You’ll want to honor the guy with a meaningful gift he’s sure to enjoy as he continues his trek through this journey called life. He’s been on this planet for quite awhile now and can probably teach a few people some things. If he’s started the whole “I walked 5 miles in the snow both ways” rant whenever someone complains about something, just bear with it and listen. He’s earned it. Sharing wisdom from one generation to the next is how mankind has been able to progress as much as we have. So if you’re interested in finding the right givt, check out a few of these options listed below.
If you want to give a gift that’s simple, fun yet also serves a purpose, buying an age specific T-shirt are great gift ideas. Cafepress is a site where you can buy funny, unique T-shirts or make your own for a variety of occasions. You can write whatever message you want and be able to add shapes, graphics or upload images on a shirt. And I’m sure the person receiving your gift will appreciate the personalization that you put into it. It could be an inside joke; it could be a memory you two share; anything meaningful in regards to the relationship would make this shirt a bit more special than the ones in his closet.
If you can’t think of what to say on your shirt, maybe you don’t know the guy too well, they still make good gifts with factory printed messages: It Took Me 60 Years To Look This Good, Played With Dinosaurs or Don’t Forget My Senior Discount! They also have hats, polo shirts and sweaters. Message inscribed clothing is practical – it’s something to wear – and entertaining, it’s always good to make fun of yourself every once in awhile.
1,000 Unforgettable Senior Moments:
By the time you hit 60, you’re bound to have had multiple “senior moments” even before you become a senior. That’s what this book highlights. It gives humorous examples of people – famous actors, historical politicians, Nobel Prize winners – experiencing major senior moments at various ages. Some featured here include a President who forgot nuclear launch codes at the dry cleaners, an author writing to his mother about his engagement while she’s in the room, and a general showing up to work in near-full military garb, without his pants. Definitely a good book based on customer reviews from Amazon. Something sure to be enjoyable for the person turning 60
If you’re planning on building a gift basket, you could theme it as the “senior moments” gift basket and include this second book from the same author, The Senior Moments Memory Workout: Improve Your Memory & Brain Fitness Before You Forget! In it, Tom Friedman provides quizzes, brainteasers and puzzles to help prevent memory lapse. It’s fun but also beneficial since it keeps the mind active. It’s not for people suffering from the late stages of age-related mental illness though; one reviewer on Amazon tried giving this book to a person with dementia and the lady just stared at the book. So be mindful of where he is mentally before including this in your gift basket as it might be too late. I’m sure if he’s suffering from mild dementia it might not be a problem.
Handyman’s Toolbox of Treats Gift Tote:
Speaking of gift baskets, if you aren’t planning on building your own custom one, there are pre-assembled baskets that are sure to be a hit for the guy turning 60. One warning though, these baskets can get a little pricey, but Amazon takes 10% off items sold by ArtofAppreciation.com, which makes it a little easier to swallow. This particular gift basket is designed to look like a tool box, good for the man who still wants to feel like he’s needed around the house. There are tons of mouth-watering treats inside: Beef Salami, Premium Coffee, Roasted Peanuts and Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits to name a few.
Another food-related gift idea would be the Simply Delicious Gourmet Meat and Cheese Tray from Organic Stores. You get three 5 oz flavored gourmet beef sausages and four 4 oz flavored gourmet cheese bars. For the sausages, the flavors include garlic, mesquite and original. The cheese flavors are Swiss blend, zesty cheddar and pepper cheese. Any man, no matter what age, can appreciate good food, and these gifts provide that.
Old Spice After Shave:
The Old Spice fragrance is an American classic for men so of course this would make a great gift idea. Old Spice After Shave is sure to provide a fresh clean smell they probably remember their fathers wearing way back in the day, or maybe not. There are complaints that since the Old Spice brand was purchased by Procter & Gamble, their “Classic” formula isn’t quite the same as the original, so unless he’s a hardcore fan of Old Spice, he might not be able to tell the difference since it’s probably close enough. This particular package comes in three so you won’t run out anytime soon.
Just because he’s old doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate the new things in life. A good gift idea along with the after shave is Gillette’s Fusion Proglide Power Razor. This ergonomically designed razor has been re-vamped to provide a closer, more comfortable shave. It prevents cuts or scratches so that when he uses his after shave, he won’t be stung with all the alcohol. This razor is packed with lubricants, thinner blades and also has a micro-comb that aligns hair for a more uniform shave.
As always, there are tons more gift ideas you could give a man on his 60th birthday. The internet is a great place to search for ideas and resources. But remember, the best gifts are usually personal and from the heart, so if you want to “wow” him, get to know him, learn about his likes and dislikes and make your decision based on that information. Honor him for arriving at age 60, but also let him know that he’s still useful and you enjoy having him in your life.