The 39 best 60th birthday gifts for her, from luxury candles to unusual experiences

From traditional 60th birthday gifts to practical presents and sentimental treasures, these are the most memorable gifts to mark this special milestone in 2023

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Wondering what to buy to mark the special milestone of a 60th birthday? Browse our edit of the best 60th birthday gifts for her, from unusual trinkets to classic keepsakes.

Picking a gift for a 60th can take some extra consideration compared to other big birthdays, as not only will you want to demonstrate your appreciation for them, but you want to gift something symbolic, to mark this exciting new chapter of their life. 

Our round-up of 60th birthday gift ideas is full of inspiration for the women in your life; with everything from special jewellery pieces and elegant homeware staples to thoughtful tokens. Most of these suggestions would also work if you're looking for the best 50th birthday gifts, too.

We've also provided some shopping advice from the experts for anyone who wants to go down the traditional gifting route and give them a special something that symbolises this particular milestone.

The best 60th birthday gifts to buy for her in 2023

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1. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne

The best perfumes for women are always a good choice for special occasion gifts, and Jo Malone is a go-to for unique, elegant blends that never fail to make an impression. As one of the best Jo Malone fragrances, Pomegranate Noir is perfect for fans or anyone new to the brand, and it's a favourite among loyal customers for its dark fruity notes with a touch of spice. It even comes in several home fragrance formats, if you'd like to pair it with one of the best Jo Malone candles.


2. The White Company Long Lightweight Waffle Robe

RRP: £60

If you want to give her a practical gift that she can make use of everyday but still want to make it that little bit special for the occasion, a luxury dressing gown is a great idea. This soft waffle number from The White Company is one of the best bath robes for women who want to cosy up in something pretty but comfortable too. It comes in three gorgeous colours—white, light grey and a new cloud pink launch for the spring and summer months.


3. Dartington Crystal Rhumba Barrel Vase

For a special birthday, it's often a nice idea to gift a token that can be kept and admired over the years. This impressive vase will do just that without making too much of a dent in your bank account. The Dartington Crystal here has pretty swirls carved into it and is decorated with a Swarovski crystal finish.

And for one of the best gifts that keeps on giving, you could even pair this vase with a subscription from one of the UK's best flower delivery services.


4. Liberty London Dawn Petite Valise Cross-Body Bag

The best designer bags always make for a much-appreciated birthday gift and this Liberty London pick is a perfect 60th birthday treat. With a pretty print, this can easily be worn with any of the best spring capsule wardrobe staples. The crossbody style also makes it convenient for taking out and about during the day or wearing off the shoulder in the evening if they're stuck for holiday outfit ideas.


5. Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Pendant

Diamonds are the traditional gift for a 60th wedding anniversary, so why not use this occasion to treat them to a special diamond token. Tiffany & Co are known for having some of the best jewellery gifts around, especially as they come in those iconic little blue boxes for an extra touch of excitement.

This necklace is simple enough to wear every day but elegant enough to wear on an evening out, making it one of the best necklaces for women who prefer an understated jewelry look. Also available in the US.


6. Shades of Cool London Golden Fern Hand Block Printed Quilt

Unique homeware pieces are always a good idea for special occasions, so this impressive quilt would make a lovely 60th birthday gift. Shades of Cool London uses traditional prints and materials that are popular in India to make their impressive pieces and add a touch of the east to your home.

This bright print is a new addition to their collection and can be used to drape over the sofa, finish off their bedding or even cuddle up into on cold days. It would also make one of the best housewarming gifts for those moving into new spaces.


7. Papier The Minimalist Hardback Photo Book

For a meaningful and memorable gift that doesn't blow the budget, a Papier photo book is a great option. It can be fully personalised so that you can decide what shape you want, what colour theme to go for and how many pages you want to include. You then upload all of your photos and choose between different page layouts, adding your own messages to each page.


8. Sleeper Party Feather Trim Pajama Set

A pair of the best pyjamas for women is always a safe bet, but there's no need to skip the luxury with this gift. Made from ethically sourced viscose, this flamboyant pair features a feather trim on the sleeves and ankles, with a silky, elegant feel that will make them feel special every time they wear these.


9. All Saints Marcie Shirt

If they're building an over 50s capsule wardrobe, an oversized shirt is ideal for layering over summery outfits, as well as wearing to the office. This 100% cotton shirt is breathable, comfortable and chic, and made in a high quality that will last them for years.


10. Lululemon Blissfeel 2 Running Shoes for Women

If they've recently discovered the benefits of running, they'll need a good pair of the best running shoes for women that will support their feet. Lululemon's recent release are designed for running, but are so comfy and cushioned that they'll be wearing them for every errand and occasion.


11. Smeg Espresso Coffee Machine

One of the best coffee gifts, this Smeg machine isn't cheap, but it's the perfect gift if you're looking to splash out on the soon-to-be 60-year-old in your life. Smeg is known for its unmatched quality and gorgeous design, and this machine is no exception, with a milk frother, stainless steel filters and more handy features.


12. Spa Breaks Gift Packages

Experience gifts are always appreciated, and there's a good chance she'd love to be treated to a day of relaxation. Choose from a range of hotel and spa experiences, or browse packages by venue, for a gift they won't forget anytime soon.


13. Aspinal of London Bijou Jewelry Box

At this point in their lives, they'll likely have a whole collection of jewelry pieces (that you've probably coveted for years), so this handcrafted leather box means they can keep all their favorite jewelry safe. There's even a lock and key for extra protection.


14. Fitbit Versa 2

If they're curious about the different types of Fitbit, give them the gift of the popular smart watch and fitness tracker, the Versa 2. The watch face is larger than some of its predecessors, with the option to connect the Fitbit to voice-control devices around the house and monitor heart-rate around the clock.


15. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum

A classic gift for a reason: Chanel No.5 first made waves in 1921, and it's still one the best Chanel perfumes, loved by generations of women. Its mature, floral fragrance stands the test of time, and it's sure to be a winner for a soon-to-be 60-year-old, whether they're a long-time fan or are looking to try a new fragrance.


16. Cookery Class Voucher

Whether she's a seasoned pro in the kitchen or a newbie to the world of cooking, she's sure to appreciate a fun new experience. Virgin Experience Days offer lots of cookery school experiences, masterclasses in making dishes such as pasta, and much more. There's even 'foraging' classes available, which will give them the experience of foraging for their ingredients in the wild before cooking with them.


17. Weleda Wellness Retreat

Taking place two to four times a year in the peaceful Peak District, Weleda wellness retreats include morning yoga sessions, skin workshops, nature-based experiences, seasonal menus and much more. If they've recently hinted at needing a bit of a break, this is a gift they'll appreciate and remember for years, while also being a present they won't be expecting.


18. The Personalised Champagne & Chocolate Gift Box

One way to make a hamper gift feel a little more special is by personalising it: with this Fortnum & Mason option, you can add a message to the label of the recipient's Blanc de Blancs Champagne bottle. Alongside the bottle of fizz, there's also Marc de Champagne truffles in the hamper; pair with a set of high-quality flutes for a truly decadent gift.


19. Bloom & Wild Subscription Gift

If they're frequently treating themselves to bouquets that brighten up the house, gift them a Bloom & Wild subscription; choose from three, six or twelve months of flowers, delivered to their door in letterbox-friendly, sustainable packaging. Delivery dates can be chosen and amended, with expert florists choosing their favorite combinations of blooms each month.


20. Mulberry Small Bayswater Zipped Classic Grain Leather Tote Bag

Available in five colours including a burgundy and a pale gray, this classic tote bag can be handheld or worn as one of the best crossbody bags. The Bayswater is one of Mulberry's most iconic designs, with several zipped pockets to keep belongings safe and a compact but substantial size.


21. Newspaper From the Day You were Born

Ever wondered what was happening in the world on the exact day you were born? Your recipient likely has, so give them this unique gift of a chosen newspaper featuring the exact headlines from the date of their birth. Presented in a folder and with gift wrapping available, this is definitely a gift they won't be expecting.


22. Vivienne Westwood Pendant Necklace

Sure, personalised jewelry gifts are always special, but when a pendant is as iconic as the Vivienne Westwood orb, it's sure to make for a gift that they'll hold dear for years. Made from cubic zirconia, platinum-plated brass and crystals, the pendant sits on a silver chain which would look great with other slinky necklaces or on its own.


23. Flashback to 1963 - A Time Traveler's Guide Book

If they're turning 60 this year, this unique book gives an insight into the year that was 1963; from fashion trends to the songs in the charts and which films were showing. The coffee table book is filled with insightful articles and nostalgic imagery to take them right back.


24. Slip Contour Sleep Mask

Lots of us struggle to nod off each night, and a silky eye mask could be the thing they need to block out light and create a calming, sleep-ready atmosphere. Pair with some silky pajamas for ultimate luxury.


25. Letterbox Botanical Birthday Box For Her

This is one of the best gifts for gardeners who also love to pamper themselves. Combining recycled glass tea lights, lavender and bergamot skin balm and lip balm, and a low-caffeine white peony loose leaf tea, this beautifully presented gift box is inspired by nature and ideal for green-fingered mothers or sisters.


26. The White Company Lime & Bay Hamper

With notes of zesty lime, orange and blossom, this fragrance from The White Company is refreshing as a home spray, diffuser, body lotion, shower gel, soap or eau de toilette. Your recipient luckily won't have to choose which form they'd prefer the scent in, as with this hamper, all of the above is included and housed in a wicker hamper basket.


27. Vera Wang for Wedgwood 'With Love' Frame

If you're looking for a special occasion gift, look no further than the luxurious, understated Vera Wang homeware collection. We particularly like this 'With Love' Frame from the collection which you could gift along with a sentimental photograph. This unique design would look elegant in any home and comes with the option for either a silver or a pearl border. With the interlocking ring design on the edge, it could even make for one of the best engagement gifts or best wedding gifts for couples too.


28. Cire Trudon Salta scented candle

A fancy candle is always a welcome gift and this Cire Trudon showstopper is one of the best scented candles for making an impression.

It's packed with addictive citrus notes like Calabrese mandarin essential oil and softly sharp grapefruit that blend with a warming golden mimosa for a Mediterranean feel. The luxury jar also feels fitting for marking a special occasion.


29. Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing 10-Piece Bath & Shower Oil Collection

If you can't quite afford to send them to the spa, this well-being collection could make a lovely alternative for any loved ones you want to treat to a little bit of indulgent relaxation.

For a gift that keeps on giving, it comes with 10 bottles of Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oils which they can include in their at-home pampering routine, again and again, thanks to generous sizes. Each bottle features a different signature scent from the cult wellbeing brand, but we love Deep Relax as it's one of the best sleep aids for winding down before bed.


30. Vintage Playing Cards Personalised Clock

With a backdrop made from individual vintage playing cards, this clock can spell out anything you like, whether you want the words to include all the countries your loved one has lived in or all the names of the people in their family. A truly unique gift, they'll be able to keep this clock forever and they definitely won't be expecting it.


31. Olivia Burton Sports Luxe Mini Hexa Mauve and Two Tone Bracelet Watch

Comfortable enough to wear whilst exercising but elegant enough to accessorise with for any occasion, this Sports Luxe watch from Olivia Burton is the perfect sporty-yet-chic option. We love the contrast between the rose gold plating and the stainless steel on the bracelet, as well as the rich mauve colour of the watch's face with its subtle branding. 


32. The White Company Motion Sensor Plug-In Electronic Diffuser

The motion-activated sensor on this diffuser causes refreshing scents to be released several times whenever it detects motion, but in 'scent mode' the fragrance can also fill the room twice every hour. The diffuser even takes note of daylight levels, meaning that by night-time the light dims and and your chosen scent is released once every two hours. Pair with one of their favourite fragrance oils from The White Company for a thoughtful gift.


33. Wine Tasting Gift Voucher

Choose from a variety of wine or beer-tasting experiences for your recipient and give them the chance to visit a vineyard or brewery with a loved one. The gift vouchers can be used at a range of locations and are valid for up to a year, meaning the experience will be fully flexible and a lot of fun.


34. Pamper and Relax Diptyque Gift Box

Diptyque offer some of the best autumn candles and the most popular scents to gift, but this gift box from the Parisian perfume house is a little more unique. The box includes the Baies scented candle, a pair of cashmere socks, a silk eye mask, a 16-piece Selfridges chocolate selection box, and a bottle of champagne to treat your loved one with.


35. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

Whether they're getting back into reading or are a long-time bookworm whose personal library is getting a little too full, one of the best kindles is a perfect gift for book lovers that they'll be able to use for years and take with them anywhere and everywhere. You could also gift them one of the best Kindle covers for an even more special present.


36. Fortnum & Mason Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

What's more luxurious than an afternoon of tea, scones and champagne? Treat your loved one to a trip to the iconic Fortnum's Tea Salon and they'll be created by 'tearistas' (tea baristas) who will advise on the range of unique teas on offer, with different options available based on dietary requirements. They'll have a whole year to use the voucher, which includes a glass of fizz to round out the opulent day.


37. Personalised Flavoured Gin Bottle With Music

Combine their love of gin with their love of music for this unique personalised gift. Not only will they get a bottle of gin liqueur in a personalised bottle - flavours include sparkly spiced, sloe, raspberry or rhubarb and ginger - they'll find a Spotify code on the bottle that will take them to a curated playlist made by you.


38. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Penned by author and activist Glennon Doyle, Untamed is part-memoir, part self-help manifesto which inspires readers to, as the tagline says, 'stop pleasing, start living.' Doyle mines stories from her own life and years of people-pleasing to question the ways we can often be guilty of sacrificing too much of ourselves for the people we love. One of the best book club books and a read they won't be able to put down. 


39. Babbi Charentaise Slippers

Up their loungewear game with these sheepskin slippers, with hand-stitched details and temperature-adapting sheepskin wool. Easy to slip on for immediate comfort, they'll want them on hand for years to come.

What symbolises a 60th birthday?

Former Head of Buying at Selfridges, and founder of Wizz&Co, Wizz Selvey, tells woman&home that "when people turn 60 they might be entering a new phase of their lifestyle, considering retirement, or reaching the point where simple pleasures themselves are a fantastic gift." Selvey suggests gifts like "self-care products, champagne, flowers, something to make the home more beautiful or to look forward to, like an experience-based gift."

She also suggests opting for nostalgic gifts, "perhaps old photos curated into an album, clothing in the style of the fashion when they were growing up, or something that will remind them of their childhood."

What is a traditional 60th birthday gift?

While there aren't specific symbols for most milestone birthdays, many people like to use the same symbols that are traditionally used as gifts to mark wedding anniversaries. Selvey notes that "traditionally, diamonds are linked to 60th birthdays and 60th anniversaries, but roses are also a lovely traditional option, if you're looking at a more restricted budget."

She adds, "if you can't stretch to, or don't want to gift diamonds, perhaps something inspired by or linked to the gorgeous stone might be appropriate; for example something with sparkle like a dazzling eyeshadow, or perhaps if they're a great at-home cook, a diamond knife sharpener - get creative!"

Hannah Holway
Shopping writer

Hannah is the UK Shopping Writer for woman&home. As a shopping writer, Hannah has written on everything from period pants to wine subscriptions, and is especially interested in sustainable alternatives to well-known products, as well as books and homeware accessories. 

Before she joined the team at woman&home Hannah headed up the social media accounts for Wonderland in 2019, where she was also a Contributing Editor for the magazine’s sister titles. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hannah also explored evolving shopping trends at New York Magazine’s The Strategist UK, researching everything from face masks to status candles and even pens.

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