Best 60th birthday gift ideas for mom and dad in 2022

Our edit of 60th birthday gift ideas has inspiration for every mom and dad out there, no matter what their interests, tastes or hobbies

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These are the very best 60th birthday gift ideas for anyone stuck on what to buy to mark the special milestone.

Picking a gift for this milestone can take some extra consideration compared to other big birthdays, as not only may you want to demonstrate your appreciation for them but it also might be a time in their life when they've not asked for much from you or made any present suggestions, so any extra ideas are always welcome.

Our round-up of 60th birthday gift ideas is full of inspiration for both moms and dads—with everything from special jewellery pieces and elegant homeware staples to must-have tech and 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 straight from the experts for anyone who wants to go down the traditional gifting route and give them a special something that symbolises their milestone.

The top 60th birthday gift ideas for 2022

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Cut down your research time and go straight for the best with our pick of the top 10 60th birthday gift ideas for 2022 that can work for everyone. Or, scroll down to discover further inspiration for gifts for mom or dad.

  1. Moleskin Traveller's Passion Journal: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)
  2. Shutterfly Personalized Photo Book: View at Shutterfly (opens in new tab)
  3. Monogrammed Scarf: View at Not On The High Street (opens in new tab)
  4. '60 Reasons Why We Love You' Print: View at Etsy (opens in new tab)
  5. Vera Wang for Wedgwood 'With Love' Frame: View at Walmart (opens in new tab)
  6. Cire Trudon Salta scented candle: View at Mr Porter (opens in new tab)
  7. Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing 10-Piece Bath & Shower Oil Collection: View at Net-A-Porter (opens in new tab)
  8. Luxe Dominoes Luxe Card Deck: View at Saks Fifth Avenue (opens in new tab)
  9. Gingerlily Silk Herringbone Throw: View at Saks Fifth Avenue (opens in new tab)
  10. Virgin Experience Gifts gift card: View at Virgin Experience Gifts (opens in new tab)

Best 60th birthday gift ideas for mom

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1. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Cologne

RRP: From $75

The best perfumes for women are always a good choice for special occasion gifts—and Jo Malone London is a reliable for unique elegant blends that never fail to make an impression.

As one of the best Jo Malone fragrances, Pomegranate Noir is a great choice for anyone new to the brand. It's a favorite among loyal customers for its dark fruity notes with a touch of spice—and it even comes in several home fragrance formats if you'd like to pair it with one of the best Jo Malone candles too.

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2. Mulberry Bayswater small grained-leather tote bag

RRP: $1,325

If you're looking to gift one of the style scene's best designer bags for this special occasion, the Mulberry Bayswater is a frontrunner. An iconic bag among the fashion-savvy it will make an impression to anyone who unwraps it and everyone who they show it off to.

You can also customize it to an extent to your loved one's likes and needs, as it's available in a range of different sizes and colors.

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3. Vera Wang for Wedgwood 'With Love' Frame

RRP: From $80

A sentimental token always make for a meaningful special occasion gift and something from the Vera Wang homeware collection will make it extra memorable.

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.

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4. Cire Trudon Salta scented candle

RRP: From $49

A fancy candle is always a welcome gift for any special occasion 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.

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

RRP: $99

If you can't quite afford to send them to the spa, this wellbeing 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.

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6. Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard pendant in sterling silver

RRP: $545

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 jewelry 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 everyday but elegant enough to wear on an evening out, making it one of the best necklaces for women who prefer an understated jewelry look.

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7. Burberry Floral Print Silk Square Scarf

RRP: $450

A designer piece will always make an impressive milestone birthday gift, so if she likes to exude a feminine style then this Burberry silk scarf will make a great gift.

It does come in a few different designs, but this pink and beige design would look lovely for the spring and summer months. It could even make for an impressive Valentine's Day gift too.

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8. Celine Rectangular Sunglasses

RRP: $350

You can't wrong with a pair of the best sunglasses for a special birthday. These Celine specs are super stylish but relatively understated, making them a great option for anyone who likes their designer brands but doesn't like to be showy about it.

They have a good level of protection and come with a sturdy plastic bridge and arms for a comfortable fit.  

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9. Gingerlily Silk Herringbone Throw

RRP: $250

Unique homeware pieces are always a good idea for special occasions, so this elegant throw would make a lovely 60th birthday gift. This silk herringbone throw is super soft for a comfortable feel and comes in two different colors to match their interior.

It 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 gifts for couples who are just moving in together and want to spruce up their new place a bit.

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10. Shutterfly Personalized Photo Book

RRP: From $13.99

Give her something she can keep forever with a sentimental photo book from Shutterfly. Fully customizable, you can add in as many photos as you'd like and include captions and messages about each memory.

There are several different sizes and designs available to suit your needs, so just do your design online and they'll deliver it straight to your door!

Best 60th birthday gift ideas for dad

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1. Moleskin Traveller's Passion Journal

RRP: From $32

If they like to travel then help them record their adventures with this exciting journal. It comes with pages for planning their trips and recording any memories that made an impression on their travels.

You could even make them up a traveller's packaged for their special birthday and pair this with one of the best travel pillows or the best suitcases for travelling.

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2. 60 Reasons We Love You Print

RRP: From $49

Make him feel all warm and fuzzy inside with this adorable print that can be kept for years to come. Fully customizable, you can tell him why you appreciate him by listing out the 60 reasons that you love him and then sending them over to the seller who will input them into the design. 

A heartwarming token that would also make one of the best 30th birthday gifts or a great 40th birthday gift idea too.

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3. The Forest & Co Monogrammed Deep Thistle Wool Scarf

RRP: $43.95

Give him something useful and memorable with this customized scarf. Made from comfortable wool, it can be embroidered with up to 10 characters—so you can add his name, his initials, his birthday or even a meaningful word or message to the scarf.

With six different colour designs available and three different shade options for the embroidery, you can match this to his signature style.

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4. Tom Dixon Black Tank Whiskey Decanter

RRP: $144

If he likes a drab of whiskey in the evening, this chic decanter would make for a lovely gift. It comes with a stopper to keep the drink fresh and the unique shape is super stylish.

The smokey design speaks to the nature of the golden nectar inside and would make a sophisticated addition to any monochrome interior setting.

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5. Montblanc Notebook

RRP: From $49

Montblanc stationery is a go-to for most big birthdays, but instead of going for the traditional pen, why not make a change and go for one of their sophisticated notebooks instead.

A great option for anyone who's on a lower budget but still wants to make an impression with something designer, their notebooks are a lot more affordable than their pens and they come in range of different colors so you can choose whichever suits his style best.

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6. Personalized Whiskey Decanter and Tumbler Gift Box

RRP: $57.98

If he's a fan of whiskey, upgrade his evening drink with this customized gift box that comes with a premium glass decanter and two matching tumblers.

Each piece can be engraved with his name and you can personalize the font that you use too. There are also a number of different options for what to include in the set as you can choose the number of glasses you want and whether to engrave the wood box too.

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7. Tom Ford Ebene Fume Eau de Parfum

RRP: $270 for 1.7 oz.

If you want to gift one of the best men's colognes then you really can't go wrong with Tom Ford.

This addictively woody number was a new launch for 2021 smokey top notes of incense, palo santo, black pepper and violet leaf with bold middle notes are leather, labdanum, cade oil, papyrus and rose that sit on a deep base of resins, ebony tree and guaiac wood. 

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8. MCM Logo Card Case

RRP: $175

Upgrade his everyday wallet with this designer card case that will add a look of class to his appearance.

The card case has space for at least six cards but the flexible leather means that he may be able to fit more than one in each slot and the lovely deep tan color will go with most outfits.

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9. Luxe Dominoes Luxe Card Deck

RRP: $70

If he's a fan of card games, why not get him his very own luxury card deck that he can keep on his desk or coffee table at home.

This set comes with two decks of cards a luxury case to keep them all in. It's also available in a wide of range of colors so that you can choose his favorite or match it to his interior decor. And if he's not a fan of cards but likes other games, the brand has this available for other games too.

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10. Virgin Experience Gifts eGift card

RRP: From $50

If you really can't decide what to get them, a gift card is a great way to take the pressure off you but at the same time give them something that they will most likely be able to make good use out of.

Virgin Experience Gifts has a huge selection of varied offerings—from hotel stays and spa treatments, to thrill adventure activities and unique experiences. This will definitely make for a gift that they'll remember.

What is a traditional 60th birthday gift?

Unlike with milestone wedding anniversaries, there isn't a specific traditional gift for a milestone birthday.

However, Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johsnon advises that a gift with a lot of thought or customization behind it could work well for such a big birthday.

"When celebrating a 60th birthday, there’s nothing more special than giving a personalized gift to commemorate such an important milestone," says Dayna. "A special piece of jewelry—like a necklace with six rings to symbolize six decades—is something that will be treasured for years to come.

"Another thoughtful option is a custom piece of wall art. In fact, there has been a 155% increase in searches on Etsy for birth flower wall art*, telling us that this gift is sure to be well received."

*in the last three months (compared to the same time the previous year)

Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.