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A few years ago, mom Evie Stefansky planned to spend her 75th birthday with just her oldest daughter, in a cramped Las vegas airport –but her family had something else in mind: one of the best gift ideas they could have come up with.
Her two younger children showed up at the airport for a surprise reunion, the same children who’d been living in Israel. But that wasn’t the end of Evie’s 75th birthday surprise–the gift also included a limo ride and show.
75th birthdays right now aren’t being celebrated in quite the same way, with restrictions still in place and others keeping their travel to a minimum. But regardless of how you celebrate, the 75th birthday for a mom is something to celebrate
In this guide, I’ll give you my favorite birthday gift ideas for your mom or a mom in your life. No two moms are alike, and the purpose of this guide is to give you plenty of ideas that fit your budget and, of course, your mom’s personality.
Gifts for Self Care
Why I Love It
A mom sometimes doesn’t get the time for self-care she needs–even moms in retirement are often still putting grandkids first. I love this category of gift ideas because they may seem simple on the service, but they also happen to be one of the best ways to celebrate a milestone birthday. It shows how much you appreciate what your mom has done for you, and at the same time encourages her to get in a little TLC time.
Plant Therapy Essential Oils Kit: There are many aromatherapy kits out there, but this is one of my favorites. Aromatherapy in general is a great self-care gift for mom, as research has linked aromatherapy to reduced stress levels and better quality sleep.
As we age, sleep can be an issue impacting our overall health. It’s a great starter kit for a mom who may never have had much time up to her 75th birthday to enjoy, complete with seven classic essential oils for relaxation and energy, and the price, coming at around $60, makes it more budget-friendly than some competitors. Buy here!
DIY Lotion Kit: Lotion is always a great gift idea for mom, but when her 75th birthday comes, you want to make it not only feel special and more personalized but give her lotion that will really help her skin. Skincare experts recommend you look for three main ingredients to include: SPF of at least 20 to protect her skin; moisturizers and/ or antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and green tea; and retinoid, or Vitamin A for revitalization.
You may select your own bundle, but my picks include Burt’s Bees Renewal Skin Care Line; Aveeno Positively Radiant Lotions; and a tinted moisturizer like EltaMD UV Elements. (If you have a generous budget and don’t have time to put together your own, I love the cruelty free Thrive Essentials Skin Regimen Kit, which comes with a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and serum).
You Are Loved Care Package from Etsy: While I love the previous two gift ideas, this kit from Etsy manages to combine skincare, stress relief, and still feel special enough for a 75th birthday for mom.
I love not only the contents (natural soap; an essential oil; socks; a bath bomb and a soothing eye mask) but also the packaging with a little note for a heartfelt gift that will prove useful if mom is staying in a lot. Buy on Etsy for $44.95.
Gifts for Marking a Milestone
Why I Love It
To be sure, these gift ideas aren’t for every mom–it all depends on her perspective on her 75th birthday. If you’re looking for the best gift for your mom and she doesn’t like counting candles, you may want to steer away.
But for many, reaching the 75th birthday is a festive occasion, and these gifts both recognize that and are great for memories, no matter what sort of celebrations are possible. From classic to humorous, my favorite ideas come from stores like Etsy and Uncommon Goods for a more unique feel.
75th Birthday Wine Glasses: A great way to celebrate and remember, I love the idea of pairing these customized glasses with a wine subscription from the highly-rated California Wine Club (more on this later) and maybe a little dark chocolate. Buy on Etsy; prices start at $19.99.
75th Birthday Pearl Necklace: No, these aren’t precious pearls, but this gift idea comes with elegant sterling silver or gold chain that’s nickel-free and hypoallergenic, with a classic look that can be worn with about anything, and, of course, a special message commemorating her 75th birthday. Buy on Etsy for $29.99.
Humorous 75th Birthday Gifts: I like this category of gift ideas for a mom not only shy about her 75th birthday but openly embracing it with a great sense of humor. If your mom is a Friends fan, there are t-shirts and mugs that even mention she turned 75 during the quarantine. F
or a sassy and on the go 75-year-old, there’s a ‘vintage’ mug and custom birthday newspaper print that makes light of aging and celebrating life; again, you know your mom best, and some will love these gifts but they aren’t for everyone!
Gifts for Inspiring
Why I Love It
We all need inspiration, and my gifts ideas for a mom’s 75th birthday include books, journals and more. Focused on focusing more on herself and looking ahead to the future, these are especially great gifts for a mom who really deserves to enjoy this milestone birthday and realize just how loved and blessed she is.
Gratitude Journal: A 75th birthday is a perfect time for mom to relax, reflect, and connect with her emotional and spiritual health. Instead of a generic journal, I love gifts that reflect her personality and also come with beautiful packaging. For a mom looking to really reconnect, this Gratitude Journal from Thriftbooks offers 365 days of lists and questions, quotes, and room creating one’s own inspirational boards; Buy here.
I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron: From the celebrated screenwriter of romantic comedy movie hits like You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, Nora Ephron’s memoir contains stories that are both heartfelt and humorous on things she learned as she got older; it also includes advice on dealing with life situations both light heartened and heavier. Buy on Barnes and Noble.
Everything Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Inspiration: Coloring books are no longer for kids. Whether your mom has always loved art, just dabbles in it, or anything in between, this coloring book is well suited for a 75th birthday, meant for reflection about the world around us, complete with inspirational quotes from teachers, intellects and spiritual leaders; Buy Here for $13.60.
Gifts for Garden Lovers
Why I Love It
If your mom isn’t a gardener, don’t skip this section yet. I’ve included gifts both for inside and outside, that bring the beauty of nature and, again, encourage her to take the me-time she so deserves.
The Useful Gardener Gift Set: A great gift, with plenty of items to inspire your mom to get into gardening if she isn’t already, this set from The Cornucopia Shop includes: gardening gloves; hand cream; seeds; a miniature wind chime, and even treats like lemon drops, toffees, cookies, pretzels and more. Buy Here for $64.99.
Woodstock Wind Chimes: There are countless wind chimes on the market, but I love these for a 75th birthday gift for mom. The reason? Not only have customers rated this over 4.5/5 stars based on over 3,000 reviews, but these wind chimes play the American classic, Amazing Grace, and are constructed with weather-resistant cherry wood and aluminum pipes that won’t rust. Buy Here for $91.99 (other sizes available).
Love Grows Here Garden Stone: Best suited for a mom who does have a garden or a yard she can decorate, I love these garden stones for both their customization and simple but sweet message; an affordable price under twenty dollars is an added bonus. Buy From Personal Creations Here.
Indoor AeroGardens: Low enough maintenance for a beginning, an AeroGarden allows your mom to grow herbs and plants indoors year-round. Each kit comes with non-GMO seeds, a special grow light, and a starter guide. It’s also less messy, with an innovative soil-free system. Choose from the Gourmet Herb Kit or Garden Harvest Kit, both from Kohls.
Gifts for the Traveler at Heart
Why I Love It
A 75th birthday would often be an excellent time for Mom to be surprised with a trip or cruise abroad for the experience of a lifetime. But until that’s possible again, and for those with a smaller budget, these gifts inspire, entertain, and provide a travel experience without leaving home.
Vintage Print Coffee Mugs: Whether your mom is a coffee drinker or wild about tea, these clever mugs feature a range of vintage prints for countries around the world. Ceramic, food-safe, and affordable, I love how this gift reminds her of travel during her everyday routine; Buy on Etsy for $12/ mug.
Custom Travel Photo Coasters: A perfect gift to complement vintage print mugs (and some good coffee or tea!) These clever coasters can be custom ordered to include family photos and past travels or vacations. You’ll get a set of four marble coasters with an ‘instant camera’ style. Buy Here for $65-75.
Rick Steves Travel Guide: Perhaps one of the biggest names for travel and travel guides, Rick Steeves has toured Europe extensively, including lesser-known places. First-hand accounts, interacting with local culture and food, and an affable persona make for superior travel guides. And with his DVD series, your mom will get the next best thing to actually travel in person. Buy Guidebooks, DVDs, and more from the Rick Steves Shop.
She Explores (book) by Gale Straub: This is a gorgeous book in every sense, filled with stories and high-quality photos of women traveling around the world. This is a great gift for a mom who still has a youthful spirit and appreciates inspiring photography. Buy from UncommonGoods for $25.
Gifts for the Foodie
Why I Love It
Whether your mom loves good food and wine, entertaining, or maybe she actually wants more help in the kitchen, these subscription services are my top picks for ways to celebrate her 75th birthday. I love these subscriptions because they are all highly rated, bringing quality products, and boast a record of reliable customer service. And, with these subscriptions, mom doesn’t have to venture out to enjoy new tastes on her 75th birthday.
California Wine Club: If you’ve ever looked into them, you’ll know that there are a plethora of wine clubs out there. Sadly some of them have less than stellar records for customer service.
The California Wine Club, though, not only is well-rated but features small batch wine from local vineyards and offers several package options, from the international series to aged cabernet and selections of red and whites wines from, you guessed it–California. Buy a Subscription Here.
Home Chef Meal Delivery: If mom still loves cooking but wants a little inspiration and less prep work, I love the idea of a meal-delivery kit. Home Chef is one of the most popular options, and for good reason. Flexible plans allow mom to skip any week; she can select from nearly 40 menu items per week, and the service caters to different dietary needs. Granted this may be a gift that you’ll have to purchase with her. See Details Here.
Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club: What better way to celebrate the 75th birthday than with a gift that gives year-round (there are also 3 and 6-month options). I can personally attest that Harry and David’s fruit is exquisite, especially the honeybell oranges, grapefruit, and succulent pears.
The fruit of the month club offers shipments right to mom’s door. You can opt from a range of plans–I personally recommend the Light Fruit Club, for smaller portions so she can enjoy without worrying about wasting any fruit. Shop Here.
Gifts for a Mom Who’s Tough to Buy For
Why I Love It
Let’s face it–if you’re reading a gift guide, there’s at least a chance that thinking of the best gift for mom on her 75th birthday is difficult. While I love all the other categories for gift ideas, sometimes nothing feels like it’s fitting. If that’s the case, here are my suggestions if you’re in a pinch.
Collaborative Scrapbook: While it’s not the most original idea, putting together a scrapbook with the entire family involved and surprising mom is about as personal as you can get.
Whether you want to put together family photos, photos from her own life, or some of both, I recommend also adding personal notes–that could be in the form of memories, funny stories, or thank you’s. Shutterfly offers modern photo books; if you’re looking into digital scrapbooking, I recommend programs like the Digital Scrapbook Studio, or photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop.
Surprise Party: Order balloons, a custom cake (or mom’s favorite treat) and surprise her with activities for her to do, even if that’s just a trip to a local park or some sightseeing.
If you’re unable to gather together, have it shipped to her door and hop onto a video chat or phone call to sing her happy birthday. Add in some gift certificates to her favorite clothing, jewelry shop, spa, or restaurant and she’ll love this gift.
FAQs About 75th Birthday Gifts
Surprising though it may seem, there typically isn’t a specific gift to mark the 75th birthday. Instead, gifts usually combine something personal and practical-you want a gift that feels a bit special, but also matches their lifestyle.
Great ideas for senior women or a mom you don’t know as well include classic jewelry, scented candles, and a decorated, blank notebook.
Once again, you know your mom best, and it’s important to make sure when ordering flowers, that they won’t be something she is sensitive to. I recommend roses and tulips for classic picks; for the mom that likes something a bit different, sunflowers and orchids are also nice choices.
It may be a strange time right now, but celebrating the 75th birthday for mom can still be meaningful, and these unique ideas will make it memorable too. No matter what you decide are the best gifts for mom, make sure you add a personal touch, whether that’s a card or something you say directly to her. Chances are, she’ll find that the best gift of all.
Suggested Further Reading: Best Anniversary Presents for Your Parents for Every Milestone