70th birthday ideas to treat that special someone

woman celebrating her 70th birthday with family

by Bryony Firth-bernard |

If birthday presents leave you scratching your head at the best of times, then you’ll definitely be doing this when it comes to needing some 70th birthday ideas. Whether it’s a friend or loved one, a 70th birthday is a huge milestone well worth a celebration, and a special gift—after all, they’ve been on this planet seven decades!

This person may already have everything they need, so you may be left wondering what on earth you can actually get them. There are a few great items that, despite your age and what you may already have, never go amiss on someone’s birthday, such as foodplantsexperience days or something which they may find useful. Maybe they have a specific hobby they enjoy?

To try and make your birthday brainstorming session as stress free as possible, we’ve compiled a list of 70th birthday gift ideas that (hopefully) your special someone will love and cherish.

70th Birthday Engraved Collage Photo Frame

70th birthday photo frame

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If they’re having a birthday party then you could capture photos from it and pop it in this engraved collage frame, so they’ll never forget their special day. Alternatively, you could just fill it with some lovely pictures that you may have of the two of you.

Money tree plant

money tree plant

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A money tree is believed to bring positivity, good luck and reduce anxiety and stress - a perfect plant for any budding gardener and for if you’re turning 70. Alternatively, you could buy your loved one a plant subscription so you can surprise them with something new every month.

Afternoon Tea for Two at The Harrods Tea Rooms

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A good ol’ chit chat over some cake, sandwiches and endless pots of tea, what’s not to love? It’s sure to go down a treat with foodies and a lovely way to spend some quality time with your loved one.

Related: Best afternoon tea experiences in the UK

70th birthday socks

70th birthday socks

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Big on their socks? We definitely think they’ll appreciate this pair (and 100 per cent agree with what they say too).

Call the Midwife tour

call the midwife tour

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Fans of Call the Midwife will love this gift, where they’ll be taken on a guided tour by their very own midwife to check out the series set, props and costumes, which has all been overseen by the Call the Midwife producers. You can even add a cream tea to your tour too for an additional £6.25. 

Note: This is a walking tour which lasts 90 minutes with some uneven surfaces, so comfortable footwear is recommended. It is wheelchair friendly but you’re asked to let the tour know this in advance so that you can be properly accommodated.

Sterling Silver Birthday Bracelet

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We love the subtlety of this 70th birthday gift. The seven rings on this beautiful, handmade bracelet each represent a decade, so not only is it something that will look pretty on them, but they’ll always have the memory of their birthday attached to it.

Elemis Soothe & Hydrate Collection

Elemis gift set

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Everyone needs a little TLC, especially our skin. This skincare set from Elemis will help to leave their skin looking plump, moisturised and refreshed, which we're sure your special someone will appreciate.

Rituals Renewing Routine Gift Set

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If they're big on self-care and a little indulgence then this sweet scented set from rituals could be a winner. Inside it contains a scented candle, foaming shower gel, body scrub and body cream all with an aroma of cherry blossom and rice milk.

M&S  Floral Gift Card

M&S gift card

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If you're completely stuck on what to treat someone too, then a gift card is always a safe option, then your loved one will have the freedom to treat themselves to whatever they want. Just make sure it's for a brand they like!

Edinburgh Preserves The Forest Hamper

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Inside this hamper you'll find a selection of delicious best-selling preserves and biscuits presented in this sweet looking box.

A party is never complete without a cake! You could try baking one yourself, or if you're pushed for time we've rounded up the best supermarket cakes. Don't forget to check out our 50th and 60th birthday ideas.

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