Looking for amazing gifts for women over 50? Well, my friend, you’ve landed in the right place.
Stop scrolling, searching, shopping and scratching your head, because we’ve got the ultimate wish list.
Sure, the internet has made it extra easy to shop at home in our pajamas—but it’s also made things harder by offering up too many options and tons of not-so-great items to sift through. Stop scrolling, searching, shopping and scratching your head, because we’ve got the ultimate wish list all wrapped up. This year, we thought it made sense to focus on feeding all the senses.
SENSE OF SMELL: Thymes—Frasier Fir Pine Needle Decorative Glass Jar Candle with 50-Hour Burn Time; $31
Let’s get one thing straight: This heavenly scented candle has nothing to do with those noxious apothecary-jar-capped green versions you see on superstore shelves. It’s like walking through a real, live forest … even before you light it.
SENSE OF TASTE: Mountain Rose Herbs Flowering Organic Tea Sampler Set; $15
Putting your standard Earl Grey tea bag to shame, these blooming tea leaves are crafted in remote gardens of China’s Yunnan province, picked in the early mornings, flattened, then sewn with cotton thread into bundles with fragrant botanicals.
SENSE OF TOUCH: C by Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Cable Poptop Mittens; $58.50
Soft beyond belief and available in four shades, these hybrid gloves morph from fingerless to comfy mittens with the flip of a button flap.
SENSE OF HEARING: Ace of Cups Album; $11.99
Blending “pure rock, folk, blues, and gospel influences with a pop sensibility and psychedelic sheen,” this acclaimed 1967 “girl” group is finally getting the album they deserve … at age 70-something. The debut is available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify but you can actually buy the LP!
SENSE OF SIGHT: Canon IVY Wireless Bluetooth Mobile, Portable, Mini Photo Printer in Rose Gold; $99.99
2018’s version of a Polaroid camera (you know the drill—point, shoot, and hand the person the pic), this rose-gold cutie allows you to load and print diminutive images from your phone. Instagram will be sooo jealous.
SENSE OF ADVENTURE: Eurail Pass; Up to 37 percent Off
Thanks to a crazy-cool partnership with travel guru Rick Steves, seeing the world is now available at a significant discount through December 28, 2018.
COMMON SENSE: Mangiacotti Lavender Hand Sanitizer Spray; $6.50
And this just might be the best thing to tuck into a pocket once you’ve got that Eurail pass in hand. Warm notes of Tonka bean and pure essential oils of lavender scent this alcohol-free hand sanitizer that kills 99.9 percent of germs for up to four hours. Spray it on an airplane tray, your yoga mat, or on the handles of that grocery cart for heady wellness.
SMART SENSE: A One-year Subscription to Atlantic Magazine
Give access to both the print and digital editions of this leading cultural commentary on politics, business, culture, technology, national, and international life.
SIXTH SENSE: Patron Silver Tequila 6-Pack, 5 ML; $38
What’s better than a six-pack of beer? A half dozen mini shimmering bottles of this super-smooth spirit, made with 100 percent Weber Blue Agave.
TAKING LEAVE OF YOUR SENSES: Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag; $34.99
With water-bottle pocket, RIFD-blocking card, and passport slots, plus a removable LED light and choice of 30+ colors, there’s no wonder why this smart getaway tote is the highest-rated travel bag on Amazon.
SENSE OF FREEDOM: Sculpt Skinny; $85
Yoga, errands, and travel will never feel the same with these silky knit performance pants/leggings that have—wait for it—actual, deep pockets. You can leave the purse at home for a change.
SENSE OF NOSTALGIA: Gift Card to Vermont Country Store
Type the word vintage into the search bar of this iconic trip down memory lane, and you’ll come up with everything from your Grandma’s Christmas ornaments to Lanz of Salzburg nightgowns and Tangee (the kooky orange lipstick that transforms into everyone’s favorite personalized color). Don’t even get us started on the sentimental candy offerings.
SENSE OF HUMOR: Golden Girls Monopoly Set; $37.22
You’ll get thanked for being a good friend when you bestow this classic board game with a blast-from-the-past TV spin. Tokens include cheesecake, Stan’s toupee, Rose’s teddy bear, Sophia’s purse, Blanche’s mirror … and candied herring.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITIES: Jane Austen In Her Own HandSeries Boxed Set; $69.53
Jane Austen actually produced her first “books” as a teenager, and these brilliant little collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and moral fragments she wrote likely from the ages of 12 to 18. Even cooler: It’s a unique opportunity to own likenesses of Jane Austen’s notebooks as originally written—in her own hand.
SENSE OF DIRECTION: Gotenna Mesh Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS Devices; $179
Perfect for the friend or family member who’s all about going off the grid. This smart device keeps them safe by letting you relay texts and GPS locations between devices, regardless of phone service, routers, towers, or satellites.
SENSE OF TIME: Olivia Burton Wishing Leather Strap Watch; $145
Time actually stops still when you start gazing at the mesmerizing crystalline stones that splash about inside this whimsical watch. It features a floral-print dial and slim-silhouette leather strap that anyone will want to get their “hands” on.
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: Shattered Glass Ceiling Necklace; $68
A clever piece of sterling-silver jewelry that pays symbolic tribute to the triumphs of women. Give it to friends who are reaching the highest levels or those aiming for that mythic barrier.
We can’t decide what’s better: Having a super-sexy phone charger that gets rid of a multitude of tangled cords, or having it available in the most feminine shade on the market.
SENSE OF FUN: Mermaid Tail and Monofin; About $90
We’re not going to sell you on the fantasy of swimming like Ariel, but if someone you know has it bad for mermaids, this is like the Midas touch of gifts. First, you select a colorful tail (more colors and patterns than you could imagine); then add a Monofin, which discreetly tucks inside the tail and gives you the power to move like a fish. Hang out on the cool website for a while, and you’ll be hooked.
NONSENSE: Imaginary Friends Salt Gift Set; $9.99
We have no idea what sparked the connection between a salt sampler and imaginary friends, but this fun foodie gift has some pretty zesty choices: Magic Unicorn blends sea salt with smoked paprika, garlic, rosemary, lemon, and celery seed; Campfire has—what else—a decidedly smoky edge.
SENSE OF EQUALITY: Woman Card Playing Deck; $20
Play the woman card—literally—with this clever deck of feisty, smart females. Graced with original artist illustrations of trailblazers like Hillary Clinton and Lucille Ball, dealing the deck has never been closer to our heart.
Hillary Quinn has worked as an editor at various magazines in New York and is a well-known beauty and lifestyle writer. Her work has appeared in Elle, Cosmo, Bride’s, Good Housekeeping, and many other publications and websites.
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A version of this article was originally published in November 2017.