Things to Consider When Buying For Birthday Milestones
By P. Aggarwal
Birthdays are the one-day in the year when we are made to feel extra special.
Our friends and family not only shower us with best wishes but it’s a great
reason to get together and celebrate. While all birthdays are really special,
some are more so than others. These are the birthday milestones.
The 18th birthday milestone & some great birthday milestone gift ideas
Birthday milestones are those birthdays that augment the beginning of a
significant new change in our lives. The 18th birthday is one such birthday
milestone. It is the transition from being a naïve teenager to becoming a young
adult. You suddenly have the right to vote and to make vital decisions about
your life. The law recognizes you as an adult.
Some great 18th birthday gift ideas are buying the person lessons to an
adventure sport like skydiving or deep-sea diving. You could even opt for a
classic gift like a luxury dining experience or a weekend at a health resort or
spa. Electronic gadgets and toys like palm pilots, PDAs, DVDs, the latest cell
phones are also welcome birthday milestone gifts.
The 21st birthday milestone & some unique birthday gift ideas
Similarly, the 21st birthday, 25th birthday, 30th birthday, 40th, 50th, 60th
birthdays are all considered birthday milestones. The individual is stepping
into a new decade of his/her life span. 21st birthday milestones are generally
also the coming-out birthdays or the birthday on which most young men and women
are introduced into society formally. Traditionally, the coming-out party was
also a tacit acknowledgement that the young adult was now of marriageable age
and very eligible.
Some unique 21st birthday gift ideas are a personalized poster of a favorite
movie with the birthday person as the star. Personalized pub or tavern signs
also make for a unique birthday gift. A champagne bottle with a customized label
is a highly appreciated gift too. Electronics and gadgets are popular with every
age. Another great idea would be to gift the young adult some stock. You can
actually purchase online single share stocks of various companies in the
birthday person’s name. This is a great way for the young adult to get his/her
feet wet in the investment world.
The 30th birthday milestone & some creative birthday present ideas
The 30th birthday in today’s world is often around the time when people start
thinking of settling down with a house and family. It is assumed that they are
somewhat established in the career of their choice, and it’s time to focus on
Vouchers for massages and relaxation sessions make great 30th birthday milestone
gifts. Since many people are nurturers at this age, they may also appreciate the
gift of a tree. The tree is planted in their name in whichever state or county
you choose. With enough trees gifted, we may actually be able to regain the lost
ecological balance of the planet.
The 40th birthday milestone & some creative birthday gifts
40th birthday milestones appear to be very popular. Individuals are generally
satisfied with their career and settled in their personal lives. They have
family and friends and it’s a good life overall.
Since most 40-year-olds are fairly satisfied with their lives and comfortable in
their own skin, this birthday milestone is just right for gag gifts or getting
old gifts. You could even plan a theme party along the lines of ‘At 40 You Must
Be Over The Hill’. Of course, you need to be sure that the birthday person would
enjoy the humor and not be upset about it.
The 50th birthday milestone & some birthday milestone gifts
Unlike 40th birthday milestones, 50th birthday milestones may induce anxiety
pangs. ‘Old’, ‘over-the-hill’, ‘in your times’, ‘when you were young’ are all
not very nice to hear statements. It may take time for individuals to come to
terms with the fact that they are celebrating a golden jubilee. 50 years is a
long time and an age when most individuals start to become reflective. They may
be extremely sensitive to their age.
This birthday is a time for celebrating the experience and wisdom gained from
all the years of living life. Some unique gifts for the 50th birthday milestone
are the actual LIFE magazine published the week that the birthday person was
born, a personalized birthday chronicle and a personalized book from the year
that the birthday person was born in. Art also makes for a great gift.
The 60th birthday milestone & some unique milestone gift ideas
Once an individual celebrates his 60th birthday milestone, he or she is
probably past the sensitivity to old-age jokes. Once again, this is a good time
in life. Most individuals are free from responsibility for their children by now
and lead a more quiet, relaxed life where they indulge themselves.
Again, getaways to spa resorts or luxury hotels at exotic destinations make
perfect 60th birthday gifts. This may also be the right time to show the
birthday person what they mean to you. A personalized poem or plaque would also
make a great gift.
The 70th & 80th birthday milestones & gift ideas
The 70th birthday milestone may now introduce the dread associated with
knowing that the larger part of one’s life has passed. It’s a time for family
and friends to bond closer and provide security. The 75th birthday is another
major birthday milestone. The platinum celebration! Subsequently, people who
live to see their 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays also have a lot to celebrate
and so do their families.
The later years of life are for relaxation and self-actualization. Spirituality
may become a vital focus and spiritual gifts would be appreciated. Personalized
candles and spiritual novels are popular as are gift certificates for relaxation
sessions with the masseuse.
Whichever birthday milestone is being celebrated, ensure that your gift suits
the occasion. You need to remind the birthday person of the years gone by with
fond memories and yet have them look forward to exciting times in the years to
come. So choose a gift with your mind, but the recipient’s heart.
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P. Aggarwal is
a successful freelance writer who enjoys providing tips to consumers about
milestone birthday gifts such as 30th, 40th and
50th birthday presents.