Some ideas for gifts for this birthday include gardening or cook books to inspire a new hobby. Since a 65th birthday often coincides with retirement, something that represents the life change can make for a traditional birthday gift.
If the person has a hobby or has expressed interest in pursuing a hobby, something relating to that passion is ideal. A short trip to the person's favorite place or a weekend outing to a place the person has always wanted to visit also works well as a gift. Personalized gifts such as photo albums, figurines, poems or plaques always make wonderful gifts no matter what birthday year it is, as they are treasured for years to come.