By the time we reach a certain age, we have pretty much everything we want or need in life. Books, clothing, gadgets and other popular gifts become somewhat redundant when you have been on this planet for 50 years or more. Not surprisingly, many people resort to buying novelty socks or ties for their parents when a birthday or Christmas comes around. This type of gift is better than nothing, but it’s hardly imaginative. We’re sure you can do better, so here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Experience Days

Experience days are for the parent who has everything. Is there something crazy they always wanted to do, like take a spin in a Ferrari or go hand gliding? If so, now is the time to make this happen.

Personalized Calendars

It’s easy to make a personalized calendar using photos you took of the kids, pets, or anything personal. Go online and create a calendar for your mum or dad, or both. They will be delighted to receive a calendar featuring photos of you, your family, the grandkids, or nostalgic images from many years ago.

Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are the gift that keeps on giving. Buy your parents a gardening subscription or a wine box for the year ahead. Alternatively, if they vape, buy them a subscription vaping box from

Weekend Mini Break

How often do your parents get away from a relaxing weekend? If the answer is “not often”, now is a good time to buy them a weekend break somewhere scenic. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Look online for voucher deals and special offers.

Bake a Cake

Everyone loves a cake on their birthday, so put your apron on and start baking! This gift is perfect if you really can’t think of anything else your parent wants. Baking a cake shows you have put effort into creating something thoughtful, which at the end of the day, is all that matters.

Crafty Plant

Plant lovers will truly appreciate a pretty plant in a hand-decorated pot. Buy a cheap terracotta pot from a garden center and decorate it with paint, sequins, and anything else you fancy. A quick coat of varnish will seal the design and it should last for years.

Paint a Picture

Ask the kids to paint a picture of nana and grandad. Frame the painting and wrap it up for your parents. It’s a cute keepsake any grandparents will adore it for many years to come.

Help for a Day

Offer to help for a day. You can do a few chores and fix anything that needs fixing. Make a day of it and then treat your parent to a nice meal out.

The Gift of Time

How much time do you spend with your parents? We are all busy, so for most people, it’s hard to make time to spend with parents, especially when they live hundreds of miles away. Give your parent the gift of time. Make an effort to spend a day or weekend with them. They will appreciate this more than anything else. Do you have any other great gift ideas? Let us know in the comments!