It’s coming. Someone you love has a birthday soon. And, it’s not just any birthday. It’s a milestone birthday. Maybe it’s a 21st birthday or maybe a 50th birthday. It doesn’t matter. You know the old standby gifts just won’t do.
This year, it has to be special. Don’t worry. Whether you’re looking for birthday gift ideas for her, him, Mom, Dad or a child soon to turn 21, you have some great options. Here are a few clever and out of the ordinary gifts for that special someone.
Make It Personal
Milestone birthdays generate a lot of emotion. A young person turning 21 may not have ambivalent feelings about his birthday, but someone who’s turning 30 or 40 might.
Many who hit milestones evaluate where they are in life and, if they aren’t where they expected to be, they may not feel much like celebrating. What better way to lift the spirits than a personalised gift to show how much they mean to you?
A personalised birthday book is one of the most loving and unusual gifts you’ll find. You create a customised book which can be online only or printed in soft or hard cover. Ask friends and family to contribute favourite stories and photos about the recipient, choose a cover photo, arrange the book’s pages, select a title and order. A personalised book is a gift that celebrates a life. It’s a good bet your loved one will cherish it for years to come.
Books can be personalised in other ways as well. For example, you can order a New York Times Custom Birthday Book for your loved one’s milestone birthday. The book commemorates front pages from the Times each year since the recipient’s birth. Bound in a stately library binding, books featuring front pages from The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times are also available.
Other personalised items that make memorable gifts include throw pillows, life story framed art and “birth year to remember” prints.
Meaningful Gifts that Keep On Giving
The movement away from acquiring “things” toward more meaningful lives is a current trend. A milestone birthday is a perfect time to think not about giving a gift to someone who already has everything, but a gift that means something.
Here are a few great examples of gifts that won’t end up shut away in a dresser drawer.
- Cooking Class: Perhaps your loved one loves to cook or would like to learn. Most communities offer classes to teach beginners and give experienced cooks new ideas. If cooking isn’t an interest, look into the other classes offered within your community. Classes are fun and the lessons learned last a lifetime.
- Charitable Donations: Does your recipient love animals? How about making a generous donation to an animal rescue group in the birthday person’s honour? There are countless charities working for the greater good. One is sure to match the interests of your loved one. Check the validity of the charity before giving by visiting Charity Navigator first, however.
- Herb Garden Kit: Herb garden kits come in various sizes that fit most living spaces. Kits supply everything the budding herbalist needs to plant and grow herbs, including container, potting soil and seeds. Other garden-related ideas include purchasing and planting perennials around the recipient’s home or a raised garden kit. Plants are a constant source of joy, sure to be appreciated for years to come.
Your loved one deserves a special gift on this most important of birthdays. Make sure yours shows them just how much you really care.