No offense to other posters but if you get a camera, avoid the 60D, get the 70D. I own the 60D, 70D and 7D2 and the 60D sensor wasn't that great. (Same sensor as the 7D.) 70D sensor is much better. In fact, the entire camera works better including the handy touch screen, faster fps, better AF, etc.No offense to the above poster. Using that logic if price isn't a consideration why not get her the 5D3 and a 70-200mm f2.8 L version 2 to go with it. The 5D3 has a better sensor, better AF, higher resolution, less noise and it's full frame. It is all depending upon how much bang you want for your buck or in this case buck$. You can get two 60D's for the price of one 70D. Saying the 60D sensor "wasn't that great" is to say anything "better" makes everything else "Not that Great." Hasselblad has a fix for that comparison for around $25k. It makes every canon sensor "Not that Great."
Twostones. Dude. Chill. The 70D is $300 more than the 60D and it's the current model. Black Friday sales will likely produce a better price on both models. I simply gave my opinion based on my actual use. It's up to the OP to decide what's best. I'm not sure why you mention $5000+ (or $25K) worth of extreme out of range stuff on my choice of 3 words to describe a sensor. My point is simply that if one is going to spend $700, why not spend $300 more and get a more up to date camera that works better? And BTW, the 70D was also suggested by many others. No need to freak out, it's not that big of a deal.
70D = $999 http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Camera-Body-Only/dp/B00DMS0GTC
60D = $699 http://tinyurl.com/m8fj9zb
Chill Rusty. I'm not freaking out. The 60d can be had refurbished for $406 from Canon direct. It is a step up from a rebel. The 70D refurbished is $909 from Canon direct. I am talking bang for buck here. The 70D is twice the cost plus $100 more than one 60D with the, as you describe, "wasn't that great" sensor. I prefer to use my math when making comparisons. Why spend full retail when you can get the same as new 60D with warranty for much less. I just went further using your logic and your comparison. You should reread my first sentence that says, "No offense to the above poster." After all what you and I are doing here is making a recommendation to another person. In addition I would ask her what she would like as a gift. By letting her choose you can determine her needs and give her time to do research. We all know making “Her” happy is the goal here. Now go have a Snickers.