Buying a gift for a loved one can be stressful — no matter how long you’ve known the person. Sometimes you just don’t have any ideas. My dad has been married to my mom for over 40 years, and he still consults with her sister when Christmas comes around. Not everyone has a knack for knowing what people want or need.
Luckily, that’s why the internet exists. We’re here to help you pick out that perfect, heart-warming present for the special woman in your life. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best 13 gifts for women over 50. These gifts are perfect for any upcoming birthday, anniversary, or holiday.
1. Can’t Go Wrong With a Beautiful Piece of Jewelry
This is an old standby among daters of all ages. Because it works. It’s romantic and gives a woman a sparkling reminder of how much she means to you. If you know her favorite gemstone or her birthstone, you can make it even more special to her. Kay Jewelers has a selection of personalized couples jewelry that would make a great gift for that special someone.
2. Gardening Tools for the Woman With a Green Thumb
If your loved one enjoys taking care of her garden, you can plant the seeds of romance by giving her some special gardening tools or supplies.
My mom loves to plant things in our yard and watch them grow, so giving her a beautiful plant for a birthday or holiday is always a safe bet. This gardener’s tool seat is also a thoughtful way to save a gardening woman’s knees from dirt and aches when she’s puttering around outside.
3. A Massage Chair to Soothe Her at the End of the Day
If you’re really aiming to impress and pamper a mature woman, get her this zero-gravity massage chair. It comes with a built-in heater and four preset auto massage programs. Yes, please.
4. A Picnic Backpack Gives You Both a Fun Date Activity
Going on a picnic with your lady is a simple and romantic way to spend some quality time together. This picnic backpack gives you all the tools you need to plan a beautiful picnic lunch together. From a hardwood cheese board to acrylic wine glasses, this is a thoughtful gift for anyone who enjoys picnicking. Which is pretty much everyone.
5. A Treasure Box to Store Her Keepsakes
Women over 50 usually have more than a few mementos collected and saved throughout the years. You can give her a place to put all her treasures by picking out a decorative treasure box. I like the tree design on this one, but you should definitely make it your own and pick something that reflects her personal tastes.
You should also take note of the reviews of the product before you buy anything online. The reviews for this polished chest are largely positive and point out the high-quality workmanship in the floral design.
“The craftsmanship is exquisite and the design is beautiful. The box is worth every penny.” — Mary in a review on Amazon
If you really want to blow her away, you can fill the box with some keepsakes from your relationship. Like a ticket stub from a movie you both went to or a shell from a beach you spent a vacation. Personalization is the key to any great present, so put some thought into making your present specific to her.
6. A Cheese-Making Kit for Talented Home Chefs
Some women love trying something new in the kitchen. They’re always coming up with ingenious recipes and throwing dinner parties to show off their culinary skills. If this sounds like your loved one, why not give her a fun kitchen project, like a do-it-yourself cheese kit. Offering to help her in the kitchen could be a bonus to the present and give you two a fun afternoon project.
7. A Romantic Book to Stimulate Her Imagination
My grandmother spends her free time reading romantic novels, so getting her the latest Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts is a sure way to make her smile. Bookworms love to get books as presents. You can make the gift of a book special by getting a signed copy or a rare edition penned by your date’s favorite author.
If she loves Jane Austen as much as I do, for instance, this In Her Own Hand series boxed set of Austen manuscripts will seriously give her a thrill.
8. Treat Her to a Lavender Foaming Bath
You can give your loved one a spa day at home by giving her rejuvenating bath and shower products. This Lavendar Harvest Foaming Bath from L’Occitane caught my eye, but you can browse around for different therapeutic scents and effervescent bath bombs to give your woman some quality “me time.”
9. Scented Candles to Set the Mood
When we’re at the mall, my friends and I always make a stop in the candle shops to try out the scents. There’s just something inherently alluring and appealing about a good scented candle. Next time you’re searching for a gift idea, try a Yankee Candle. You can pick out a scent that reminds you of her or means something to you to make it extra special.
When buying candles, there are tons of different smells, sizes, and shapes to choose from, so it’s easy to customize it to your loved one. These heart-shaped scented candles would make for a great, romantic surprise for your date. By lighting a few of these candles, you can set the scene for an intimate candlelit date.
10. Fondue for Two
Honestly, this is as much a gift for you as it is for her. A small chocolate fondue pot gives you the chance to share an intimate dessert or appetizer with your loved one. It’s a special and romantic treat with an easy clean up.
11. Capture Your Memories in a Custom Frame
As we get older, we naturally collect photographs of all the good times shared with friends and family. You can create a meaningful and budget-friendly gift simply by gathering up these old photos and putting them in a frame. Framebridge has a variety of custom frames perfectly sized to fit your photos. Pick out a lovely photo of you with your sweetheart and have it framed to give her a permanent reminder of the bond you share.
12. A Wine Subscription for a Woman of Taste
Nothing says love like giving your loved one a year’s worth of wine. A wine subscription box is a gift that keeps on giving as new delicious wines show up at your door month after month. Wine Awesomeness curates six wines every month (three reds and three whites) for members with refined palates.
You can choose the all red, all white, mixed, or all wine membership packages to give your date something to look forward to every month. Each box also comes with recipe pairings and tasting notes. Sounds like a lot of fun!
13. Last of All: How About a Bird Feeder?
Some women are naturalists at heart and are always interested in the comings and goings of birds and squirrels in their yards. If she likes birdwatching, your loved one will really enjoy this wacky bird feeder shaped like a house. The inventive design of the front porch allows multiple birds to eat at once. Setting up a birdhouse can be a great way to add some liveliness to your home, especially for empty nesters.
Shop From the Heart to Show Her How You Feel
My dad has definitely gotten better at gift-giving over the years (like, he no longer thinks handing my mom a $50 bill on their anniversary is acceptable), but he still goes to my aunt for a second opinion when picking out a present because he wants to get it right. He cares about making my mom feel happy and loved, and that’s really the greatest gift of all.
What matters most in any gift is the thought and feeling that went into it. Hopefully, our gift ideas for women over 50 have inspired you to get her something truly special and meaningful. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or your anniversary, anything on this list would make a lovely present for that special woman in your life.