After asking a community of 50,000 women age 60 and older what they want, the founder of "Sixty and Me" concluded that people in this demographic want gifts that fall into one of several categories: an experience, something that evokes style, a new skill, something slightly risqué, something creative or something inspirational. Gifts are best when they show thoughtfulness and reflect the passions of the gift receiver.
Many older women enjoy gifts that allow them to either participate in something new or relive a favorite activity. Some suggestions include a boat cruise, massage, bus pass for a day trip, helicopter ride or wine tasting tour. There are a variety of websites that can offer inspiration for experiential gifts, such as Living Social and Groupon in the United States and Red Letter Days in the United Kingdom.
Regardless of age, many women appreciate fashion and style. Consider presenting her with a stylish outfit reflective of her personality or a gift certificate to a favorite cosmetic or clothing store. Another option is to gift her an outing with you where the two of you head to a coffee shop and on a shopping spree.
Inspirational gifts are often appreciated, particularly since older women frequently face difficult challenges, such as health concerns, divorce and loved one's deaths. Suggestions include candles for women who enjoy meditating or taking long baths, books by authors such as Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Dalai Lama or Pema Chodron, and time where you just engage in conversation.