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Milestone Birthday Gift Ideas

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Personalised Milestone Birthday Gift Ideas

16th February 2022

Birthdays provide the perfect opportunity to treat your loved ones to gifts you know they deserve. Every birthday is a special one, but some numbers just seem more significant more than others and for these years, we like to think about how you can make the gifts a person receives just as significant. Read on to explore milestone birthday gift inspiration regardless of the age you’re looking to buy for.

The Early Years

Even from an early age gifts can be made special and something to be cherished for years to come. From treasured keepsake to games to get the little ones involved with, there’s isn't a limit to things you can create!

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Personalised 1st Birthday Gifts

More for the parent’s memories, a child’s first birthday can be a wonderful time to celebrate with family and share in the special moment. Seeing your little one grow is such a pleasure, and celebrating that big first date is a special time. To help you make the birthday unforgettable (for you), we’ve rounded up some gift ideas for the 1-year-old to be.

Creating smaller gifts that they can carry with them through their whole life is a great place to start -think about creating their very own teddy bear featuring a photo of the loving parents. However, sometimes a gift for a first birthday can be something to enjoy later in life. Creating a CEWE myPhotos account allows you to make folders to store photos of your child’s life to be looked back on in later life – think of it as a virtual time capsule!

If your child loves educational toys, a photo board book is a great addition to a bed time routine. Place images of family, animals or places in your life on 22 extra-thick durable pages to help train motor skills and help recognition.

A baby’s first year can go by so fast – it’s almost a case of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’. Take the time to capture all the precious memories from their first year and preserve them in a professional looking photo book. While it may not be a gift they can use at the time, when they’re a little older they’ll love looking back at the photos with Mum and Dad to see how much they’ve changed.

We’d recommend making a photo book with gloss finish pages – they’re much easier to wipe clean if sticky hands get hold of them! You could even include videos of highlights throughout the year – why not save the memory of them taking their first steps? Use our free downloadable software to create and easily add your videos to your photo book using a QR code. They’ll be stored safely online, and ready to view just by scanning the code with your mobile device.

Photo Books aren’t just a great option for babies – they’re a wonderful way to mark any milestone birthday. For a relative’s 40th or 50th birthday, why not collaborate with the family and create a photo book for them – with each person responsible for a page? Choose your favourite photos of you and them together, with heartfelt messages to go alongside. They’ll love flicking through and seeing photos with all their loved ones with all the nice things written about them.

Treat Them to Some Tasteful Wall Art

Personalised wall art is a great option for an 18th or 21st birthday. If they’re off to university or have flown the nest and moved out of the family home, get them something nice to display on their walls. If it’s their 18th birthday, create a piece of wall art highlighting 18 things you love about them, or 18 of their favourite childhood memories. Every time they see it, they’ll think of you and home with a smile. Self-adhesive wall art is the perfect option for this – no nails or Blu Tack are needed, making it ideal for rental or student accommodation.

Wall art is a fantastic milestone birthday gift idea as well for someone turning 30. This is around the age where they’re thinking about buying, or recently bought, their first home. Framed prints will look great in their new home – and will really mean something to them. If they’re a big sports fan, get them a souvenir of their favourite team. If they’re more of a travel fanatic, their favourite cityscape would work wonderfully.

Cook up a Treat with their Own Recipe Book

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Celebrate Life on a Milestone Birthday

As we grow older, we have so many stories that are left untold. However, we often don’t have a keepsake to remind ourselves of the times we’ve shared. Creating a personalised gift for 50th, 60th or 70th can remind someone that you care for them and help them remember the wonderful times they’ve had in their life.

Personalised 50th Birthday Gift

The 50th birthday is considered the “golden birthday” and so it should be as - it’s celebrating half a century of life! To really see a smile on their face, we love the idea of gifting a framed photo print surrounded by a premium golden metal frame. Take a favourite photo of theirs and have it professionally printed ready to hang. If you can’t decide on one photo, create a collage of up to 27 photos on a larger print and add text and Clipart to really emphasise the 50th birthday theme.

50th birthday ideas

Experiences are great milestone birthday gifts for your 40+ loved ones. The saying goes that life begins at 40, so they’ll want to dispel any myths that they’re getting old! Exhilarating experiences will keep them feeling youthful. Unwrapping physical gifts may not quite have the ‘wow’ factor it used to, so experiences are a great way to make memories.

Give them the opportunity to do something they’ve always wanted to do. Treat a car lover to the opportunity to drive the car of their dreams on a racing track, or an off-road driving experience. Experiences around learning new skills are a great option – give an arts and craft fan the chance to expand their repertoire by treating them to a pottery making course.

And for bonus points, take as many photos of them as you can and preserve them in a photo book – so they can look back at a wonderful birthday for years to come.

Getting inspiration for milestone birthday gift ideas isn’t always easy, but hopefully our advice will help you choose something special to mark their day. From 50th birthday ideas to knowing what to buy for a 1 year old, we’re here to help. If you decide to give them their very own personalised Photo Book, download our CEWE Design Software today.

Personalised 70th Birthday Gifts

As the platinum jubilee birthday, the 70th is a wonderful time to get together and not just celebrate the one life on the day but all those they have touched in their life. At this point in their life, they be considered to have it all and this can make them difficult to buy for. However, this can mean they appreciate the little things even more. Adding small touches to their home to showcase their life and memories you’ve had with them is perfect. Create a set of photo magnets , or feature one key memory on a Photo Keyring.

The ultimate gift for someone who has lived such a long, wonderful life is a photo book compiling all of these wonderful moments into a worthwhile keepsake. A large landscape photo book is a fantastic personalised gift for a 70th birthday. Not only can you eternalise photos taken over a lifetime but with the addition of text, Clipart and video via QR code, a persons’ story can be told in a heartfelt way. Every photo book is completely customisable and can be displayed as a coffee table book or safely kept on the bookshelf ready for its next review.

For any birthday, for anyone!

Becoming inspired can be such a motivating thing to happen to you, and when you find a product, experience or idea that captures your imagination then you’re able to really say you’ve created a gift with thought behind it. Discover even more gift ideas on our dedicated personalised birthday gifts page.

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