Traditional Gift Ideas for Milestone Birthdays

No matter whether the birthday is their 1st or 100th…


Milestone birthdays are those special landmark ages which are deserving of a little more attention than a simple card and cake. They are a time to celebrate a loved ones’ life so far and look ahead to the future. They're a wonderful occasion to reflect on what they have achieved, overcome and enjoyed since the last milestone—certainly not a time to lament growing older.


How can you make the approaching milestone birthday one to remember? What presents are stand-out gifts to make the recipient feel extra special so they will have fond memories of this day?


Scroll further to find the ultimate guide to classic birthday gifts for milestone birthdays.


1st birthday party and gift ideas


A first birthday party is always an extra-special and emotional milestone as parents reflect on how quickly the year has gone (and how little sleep they have had). Family members come to help celebrate the little one that has already achieved so much in their first year. Having developed their own little personality by now, each 1 year-old loves the thrill of a party just for them, full of balloons, cake and cuddles. It is a wonderful way of bringing everyone together.


Presence counts more than presents here, but showing some love through a gorgeous gift will also be appreciated. Anything that can bring joy to the toddler will bring joy to the parents.  Our range of books for babies are the perfect gift for a 1 year old. The ''Guess How Much I Love You' snuggle book or a book and blanket gift set will bring hours of snuggling and reading fun and put a big smile on the child’s and parents’ faces. Explore our range of 1st birthday gifts



16th birthday party and gift ideas


Sweet 16 means the freedom of driving themselves everywhere from now on. This is a big step in a teenager’s life and being there and supporting them is a great way to create a bond. Celebrate their milestone 16th birthday with these ideas.


With the personalised tan leather heart keyring to attach to the car keys, you not only give them a unique present but you also show deep affection. She can carry your love with her wherever she goes from now. A personalised wallet or jewellery are other great ideas for someone turning 16.



18th birthday party and gift ideas


This big milestone birthday is often their first and perfect occasion for a big party. Becoming an adult is a huge reason to celebrate with a massive amount of fun. An 18th Birthday Signature Number, photo frame, or 18 wineglass are not only fun 18th birthday gifts but also wonderful keepsakes for after the party is over. You need the best ideas for ways to celebrate an 18th birthday. 

18th birthday signature number

21st birthday party and gift ideas


School’s over, adulthood has well and truly started and the world is their oyster. They may want to go on a big adventure before life's responsibilities set in. Plan the best 21st birthday party to help them celebrate!


Help the birthday girl (or boy) to get the most out of their first travel destination by gifting a Travel Journal and a gorgeous 21st picture frame to display those memories. Even while on the road, this birthday keepsake gift can be carried along, full of pictures and messages from family and friends. Adult party games, cocktail sets, and wine are other great ideas for a 21st birthday gift. For something extra special from parents or a partner for a 21st, personalised leather luggage is a great idea.



30th birthday party and gift ideas


Many feel really old when their 30th comes around and they have to wave their adventurous 20s goodbye. But life still has so much in stock, no matter where you want to head. Marriage, children, career, more travel—life is exciting and definitely never boring. Celebrate a 30th birthday with the best gift ideas.


Inspirational books for a 30th birthday he hardback You Only Live Once’ is the perfect reminder to friends and family to make every moment last. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, not spent being wasted on a mindless routine. There's 336 pages of reminders to travel, learn, and never let a moment go by unappreciated. After all, life is too precious to let it go to waste.



40th birthday party and gift ideas


Turning 40 is a great time to relax, reflect and regroup. The best years are yet to come, and it’s time to celebrate that. Have the girlfriends over for a rosé birthday catchup and enjoy the Summer Wine Pack together. By now, you are wise enough to know yourself really well and what you like and where you want to be. To make a friend’s 40th birthday the best it could be, give them a gift that encourages them to try new things - whether that's outdoor accessories or frivolous fruity cocktails. Other great ideas for a 40th birthday gift are a yoga mat, pamper kit, or candle. 



50th birthday party and gift ideas


Are the kids starting to leave the house? Is work winding down a bit more? Are you finding yourself having more free time? Glorious. The 50s are your decade, and you deserve to explore what else is out there. Plan the best 50th birthday for your partner or parent. 


Celebrate this big half century milestone by exploring 50 Places to Camp Before You Die. This glorious book is filled with breathtaking photos and exotic destinations to get you started on your next life adventure. And why not surprise the birthday gal or guy with an experience of a lifetime or start ticking things off their bucket list. We have books about Australia's best nature walks, epic drives around the world, sustainable living, learning to make home brew, and all sorts of things they'd enjoy learning more about.



60th birthday party and gift ideas


It’s time to have a laugh. Birthdays don’t matter much to you anymore, but you have become wiser and better with age. Show off what you've got and enjoy a lovely party for yourself. A '60 and Sexy’ Bottomless Wine Glass is a hilarious novelty gift that will have any birthday recipient in stitches. Or go for classy and choose an elegant Champagne Flute. They will never forget their special celebration. For someone who has everything, a decadent gift hamper makes a no-fail 60th birthday gift idea.



70th birthday party and gift ideas


This will be the first birthday milestone after or around retirement. That means it’s time to relax and unwind! Celebrate their achievements with epic 70th birthday party ideas.


Spoil him or her with a beautiful gift hamper. The L’Occitane and Mulberry Silk hamper is a gorgeous feminine pamper hamper full of sweet delights, French skincare and beautiful treasures. This is also the time to reflect and look back at old memories. Gather with friends and start ticking off those bucket list adventures. Other great 70th birthday gift ideas include different recipes books to experiment with new flavours or fine whiskey glasses.



80th birthday party and gift ideas


This age group can be hard to buy for, but showing your love is simple. A stunning gift for him could be some unique cufflinks or a personalised leather wallet from our men's accessories range. She will love the versatility and simplicity of this beautiful and chic Audrey Hepburn inspired handbag by Louenhide. What to buy for someone turning 80 who has everything? You'll find more great ideas in our 80th birthday gift collection.



90th birthday party and gift ideas


Look back at a life well-lived and wonderful memories made. If you are lucky enough to have your friend, mother or grandfather still with you at the beautiful age of 90, make sure they can see their family every day.


Personalised photo books and picture frames are fantastic gifts—especially when you can’t be with them all the time. Beautiful home décor pieces to brighten their home and as a reminder of you are another way to send a message of love to those people dearest to you.



100th birthday!! Plan an epic celebration


This is most definitely the biggest milestone there is! Not many are lucky to celebrate it or have a loved one still with them at that age. On a day like this, presents really don’t matter anymore, the room should just be filled with laughter and love. 


Why not get a beautiful gourmet hamper for the family to enjoy while you reminisce and recollect? A Champagne & Sweet Foodies Hamper is a luxury way to celebrate and indulge in the most exquisite gourmet treats and nibbles there are in the world. Milestones or not, all birthdays deserve celebrating.


champagne hamper


Here at Gifts Australia, we love birthdays


Our birthday gift catalogues are filled with present ideas to suit every age group and all milestone birthdays. We are here to help you spoil your loved ones and we understand that everyone has different tastes, styles, wants and needs. That is why we have so many amazing gifts on offer.


Whether it's a novel, funny, personalised, romantic, knowledgeable, chic or trendy gift you're after, we can't wait to help you make a gesture that's truly unforgettable. We love making their milestone birthdays special!



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