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Milestone Birthday Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas

Personalised milestone birthday gift ideas

3rd April 2023

Birthdays are special occasions that provide the perfect opportunity to treat your loved ones to gifts they deserve. Landmark birthdays, in particular, are worth celebrating as they mark a new chapter in the story of our lives. To ensure that every milestone birthday is unforgettable, here are some gift ideas that will leave a lasting impression.

The early years

Even from infancy, gifts can be special and cherished for years to come. From treasured keepsakes to games that get the little ones involved, there's no limit to the things you can create!

milestone birthday gift ideas

Their 1st birthday: make it memorable

A child's first birthday is a significant milestone for children and parents alike, so choosing a gift worthy of the occasion is essential. Our suggestions are guaranteed to make the little one's birthday a joyous occasion to remember.

Creating smaller gifts they can carry throughout their life is a great place to start. Think about creating their very own Teddy Bear featuring a cherished photo. 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 growth and development 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 bedtime routine. Place images of family, animals, or places in your life on 22 extra-thick, durable pages to develop 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

unusual milestone birthday gift ideas

One way to do this is by creating a Premium Poster featuring a collage of moments such as significant trips or notable achievements. Our professional-grade printing techniques and high-quality paper make the resulting photo prints appear vibrant, sharp, and detailed. Choose from various sizes and formats to customise the perfect premium poster to adorn their walls and revitalise their living space.

Celebrate life on a milestone birthday

As we grow older, we have many stories that are left untold. Creating a personalised gift for a 50th, 60th, or 70th birthday can remind someone that you care for them and help them remember the wonderful memories they've made with loved ones.

50th birthday: frame what matters

The 50th birthday marks fifty years of life to be celebrated! It's one of the most notable milestones anyone can reach, which is why it's no surprise that you're exploring gift ideas that are far from ordinary.

Our bestselling Photo Poster With Wooden Hanger is the ultimate 50th birthday gift. Choose a particularly precious photo or exercise your creativity by selecting up to 27 images that deeply resonate with your loved one, resulting in a stunning piece they will greatly appreciate. Considerately produced with FSC® certified wood, the sturdy wooden hanger showcases your custom print beautifully and is ready to hang in seconds.

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.

Our Canvas Photo Prints are wrapped around a solid pinewood frame and professionally printed on premium polycotton canvas, ensuring exceptional quality that truly highlights the moments that matter. Choose from our extensive range of sizes to create wall art that truly stands out. Elevate the overall look of your canvas by selecting one of our timeless floating frames to add the perfect finishing touch.

70th birthday: chronicle their journey

The 70th birthday is the platinum jubilee. It's an excellent opportunity to get together and celebrate not just the guest of honour but all those who have touched their lives. They may be trickier to buy for at this point in their life; however, this can mean they appreciate the little things even more. Adding small touches to their home to showcase the memories you've shared with them is the perfect thoughtful gesture. Create a set of Photo Magnets, or feature one key memory on a Photo Keyring. If you want to celebrate a whole year of them, consider personalised calendars - both practical and personal.

The ultimate gift for someone who has lived such a long, wonderful life is a photo book compiling their legacy 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, you can tell their life story 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 your next trip down memory lane.

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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