60 Things We Love About You – 60th Birthday Gift for Grandmother

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My mom turned 60 last weekend, so we had a huge shindig for her!  I hate buying gifts for people because I never know what to buy for people who can buy for themselves anything I can afford for them.  Thus, I usually turn to making homemade items that are thoughtful and fun.  I decided to make her a 60 Things We Love About You gift.

I had seen an 80 Things We Love About You idea around Pinterest, so that’s where I got the idea from.  (There are a lot of these templates floating around out there, so I’m not sure who got to it first to credit for inspiration, so apologies if this isn’t the original source.)

I preferred to adapt and recreate my own version of this gift, though, using Canva and Microsoft Word.  I wanted specifically to orient the phrases in two different halves on the page and separate the phrases with colored hearts. I also wanted a fun font. (Someone else likes the way I made my template because now you can buy a very similar one on Etsy not from me, ha!)

It took a little bit of time to think of 60 good things to list, but once I did, it was pretty easy to put the finished product together.  After printing it on card stock, I then bought a certificate frame (8.5″x11″) to frame it.  Here it is:

If you’re looking for a “60 things we love about you” list, here’s mine:

Obviously, some of them are a little specific and won’t translate to everyone, but it’s still a starting point if you’re brainstorming!

60 Things We Love About You:

  • Making our birthdays and holidays special
  • Sitting through long graduations
  • Liking Disney channel too
  • Being a super fun grandmother
  • Being my friend
  • Accepting me, quirks and all
  • Running errands together
  • You love Kathryn
  • You already love Evelyn
  • Washing dishes while I cook our holiday meals
  • Answering my phone calls at all hours of the day
  • Not taking anybody’s crap
  • Giving second opinions on all my decorating fancies
  • Teaching me to sew
  • Your strength
  • Your courage, even in the face of adversity
  • You love my husband
  • How you showed us the value of hard work
  • Your big heart
  • How you still look good even at 60
  • Your love and devotion to your family
  • Your frugality
  • Always showing how much you love me
  • How you can laugh at yourself
  • Your kindness
  • Sharing each other’s clothes
  • Having a sweet tooth too!
  • Trusting in me
  • Being my mom
  • How much you’ve taught me
  • Putting up with Dad
  • Ferrying my child around in your car
  • Keeping Kathryn while I work for my sanity
  • Your thoughtfulness
  • Putting up with me as a child
  • Your selflessness
  • You’re one smart cookie
  • You put health as a priority
  • We can polish off a bag of Chex mix together
  • Amazingness
  • Giving us everything we ever needed as children
  • You instilled a love for math in us
  • You give me great advice
  • Your wisdom
  • Your confidence
  • Peanut butter oatmeal cookies
  • My child genetically loves vacuuming
  • Coming to all the kids’ events
  • Giving us a childhood filled with fun
  • How you stayed at home when we were growing up
  • Having an entire room of your house for our kids
  • Tidying up my house when I’m not there
  • Your dependability
  • Supporting my dreams
  • Putting up with my oddities
  • Feeding me from your pantry
  • Cultivating my curiosity
  • Great fashion sense
  • Crazy shopping sprees
  • Taking care of me when I’m sick and can’t take care of myself

My mom seemed to like her present when we gave it to her at the party, so I’m excited we did well!  Any other fun ideas y’all have for 60th birthday gifts?

And, if you’re on the fence about a birthday theme, check out my Dad’s 60th Chick-fil-a birthday party.  My dad’s not a mushy guy at all, so his gift was significantly less thoughtful and sentimental than the one we got my Mom.  But, his party was still awesome!


  1. Did you share your template?

    1. Sorry, I haven’t shared the template yet!

      1. Would love to know how you made the!!

  2. Tiffany Barker says:

    I have been having a hard time with creating a template through canva, it would be awesome if you could share yours. Love the idea, much appreciated.

  3. What template did you use in canva? Ive looked through them and don’t see anything like what you did.
    Have you shared yours anywhere?
    Thank you!

    1. Sorry, I have not shared my template anywhere. I created my own template through Canva. If you’re not familiar with Canva, you can try working through Word or another program.

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