Because people turning 60 often don't want to accumulate more material objects, giving a gift of a special experience is a great birthday present idea. Other ideas include assembling photos into a book, making donations to causes important to the birthday celebrant and creating gift baskets filled with favorite foods.
As people grow older, often they create lists of experiences they would like to have. Indulge this wish with a birthday present taking the celebrant to a place he's always wanted to visit or providing a special experience such as sky diving or golf lessons with a professional.
A special gift for someone turning 60 is a journal that guides the person through a retrospective look at his life. This can also be a present that the recipient can later pass on to his own children or grandchildren. A commemorative look back at the day or week the person was born, such as a framed newspaper, is also a unique gift.
A basket filled with goodies that can be consumed and enjoyed without adding to one's list of possessions is often welcomed by 60-year-olds. Consider a basket of gourmet brownies or wine. Other welcome presents include electronics, books or simple jewelry.