80th Birthday Gift Ideas

Finding an appropriate gift for this landmark birthday can be a challenge. This guide contains 80th birthday gift ideas.
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November 8, 2008 Flag

I am looking for some inexpensive birthday gift ideas for an 80 yr. old aunt.

TerBear from Buffalo, NY

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November 7, 20070 found this helpful

I giving my dad, also 80, a couple of "Jackie How'' singlets (navy) as he used to wear them when he was working as a carpenter years ago. I'm machine embroidering them with a fishing pic as he liked fishing but also "I made it to 80" on one and "I am an OCTOGENARIAN" on the other one.

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November 9, 20080 found this helpful

Does your Aunt live alone, if she does, you can give her a card that you made up saying you will come over and clean and dust her place for her, go thru and see if there is anything your Aunt isn't using that can be given to the Salvation Army, some people are pack rats, also see if she has letters and cards from family and friends and start a scrapebook for her, old pictures can be put in also, ask who they are and write down on the bottom who and when it was take if she can remember. Some one mention a vedio recording, this is a great idea, can make copies and send it to family members who can add their family history to it. JMG of California

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

One of the gifts my mother seemed to enjoy most in her later years was a long distance phone account so it wouldn't cost her anything to call out of town family and friends. When she was about to use up the time, I would renew it for her. One Suite is an online company that has low rates.

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

If you are in the same general vacinity, give the gift of time. Create a food of the month (when we did this for my Grandmother it was chocolate chip cookies, her favorite, for my Mom it's a different dish each month) then enjoy a meal or an afternoon or even Sunday brunch at least once every month together. Now I live several states away from Mom and can't spend a day a month with her, so my Husband and I (and my daughter and her husband too) write little notes and sometimes record conversations over a meal throughout the month, Kinda like a journal and then send them to Mom with either a recipe to try or a non-perishable food item. Then on the scheduled day we each enjoy the same meal at the same time and spend our "day" together even though we are 1200 miles apart.

For important dates, like a siblings b'day or anniversary we sometimes send a restaurant gift certificate so that everyone can be together. It's a long distance family reunion. My sister is even putting together a family web page so Mom can share pictures with all of us too.

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful

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I don't know how expensive this is, but it's one of many you can order newspapers that were running on the day of her birth, or make up your own stories!

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

My sister just had her 80th birthday. My family each gave her a $10 bill. I gave her a $10 gift card for CVS drug store. Maybe you would consider giving a gift card for his favorite grocery store?

When you are 80 yrs old, you want to be able to shop for yourself and pick out what you want. But most of the time, we don't have the money to do that. I used to take my mom to K mart so she could shop. Maybe a gift of time is an idea you can use. Sometimes elderly people cannot drive the car.

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Pictures, pictures & more pictures. Archives from her church, school, wedding, families. You can fabricate

her image with the presidents past, favorite holidays, etc.

Enlarge them, make posters, placemats, seating cards..

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

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January 19, 2006 Flag

I need help with a birthday gift for my 80 year old mom. She's out of state so the item would have to be shipped. She has everything and not much room.

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Sara from Phoenix

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

Hello Sara! My Mom just turned 80 this month. We had a nice birthday party for her. What I did was make her a "no sew fleece blanket". Everyone likes something to throw over them when just sitting around. It was the easiest thing to make and fun. If your interested, go to www.womenbygrace/home006.html. The instructions are there. And they are fast to make and not expensive. I made my mother's in one afternoon. I have made three of them now and everyone loves them. We really are blessed to still have our Mother's, aren't we.

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

Gift certificate to a restaurant. That's what I do for out of towners who 'have everything'.

Or a magazine subscription if you KNOW what they like.

Or, a gift of food, coffee, tea, that will fit in with their diet.

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

How about soliciting 80 memories/thoughts from friends, relatives and neighbors and compiling them into a book (three ring binder with leters in plastic sleeves, or print on decorative paper and have bound at copy store, pass around a journal and have peopel write the message in it)

add sticker, photos, etc

a keepsake!

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

Along the same lines as the suggestions about disposable gifts- you might give lovely scented soaps of body lotions, candy, food like packaged cheeses, nuts. Others: movie passes, restaurant gift certificates, day at a spa, a plane ticket to visit you (if that's not too pricey.)

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

Sara - A great gift for your mom would be a soft fleece tie blanket. Everyone needs blankets, right? You can even have a custom blanket made for her. Go to this site:

www.mysoftblanket.com

They're very affordable & the quality is great. Good luck!

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January 25, 20060 found this helpful

My Mom will be 84 next mo. I put a lot of pictures on my yahoo page..A friend printed some for me when I sent her the album....I think I will look for a clock to fit the picture.....Glue it on the clock face.(you can use decorative paper behind the picture if you would like...search the net for old time pictures or other back ground use your printer)

With this idea She will have a kitchen clock with a rememberance of a good day with her grand and great Grand Kids.....

I'm really really lovin'g digging through thrift shops.....but I think in this instance a nice cheap one from Walmart or one of those stores is in order...It depends upon the quality and price....

For those of you with Mom's or Dads who are older and still at home.....dollar store has recieving blankets made of outing flannel.....they are great for "draw" sheets To place on the sheet where Grandma sits....or settles in....a lot of times they are not as "able" with their personel hygiene as they used to be...as we age our hands get stiff...cleaning ourselves after a bathroom break is not as easy as it used to be...with these little nifty stay in place blankets,a mess is so easy to clean up..just pick up the blanket and drop it into the washer.....no more embarrassed Grandma...and they won't cause bed sores for those who are in bed a lot...They don't shift around on the bed and wrinkle and they are sooo soft....They come in many colors...get several..cause after we age our bladders are not as good as they used to be.....

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

For my grandmother we just purchased pre-made meals. You can find local businesses that make them just about everywhere, now. They both enjoy a full course meal but have a hard time cookiing. These meals are sort of like TV dinners - only they are great!

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December 19, 20080 found this helpful

We like to give gift certificates for her to get heating oil because it's so expensive to heat the house. Depending on type of heat, prepay electric or gas bill.

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September 11, 2007 Flag

I need to get a gift for my 80 year old Mother. She's almost blind. What suggestions? Within reason.

Joe from South Africa

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

I JUST VISITED MY AUNT IN ARKANSAS FOR 81ST B-DAY. A 9 HOUR DRIVE ONE-WAY. I BOUGHT HER A SOFT PINK FLEECE ROBE FROM HSN, AND WAS PROUD OF MY GIFT. WE GOT THERE THE NIGHT BEFORE AND AS I WENT TO THE RESTROOM I NOTICED HANGING ON HER DOOR THERE WAS ALREADY 5 ROBES OF HERS. AS I LOOKED AROUND HER HOME SHE HAD EVERYTHING SHE COULD POSSIBLY WANT. SO I WENT TO WALMART AND GOT HER CAKE AND 2 1/2 DOZ. ROSES SHE WAS SO HAPPY. ALL HER INTERMEDIATE FAMILY IS GONE AND EVERY ONE GIVES HER FLOWER POTS. SHE LOVED THE ROSES AND COULDN'T BELEIVE SOMEONE WOULD BUY HER ROSES, SHE WANTED TO TAKE THEM TO CHURCH THE NEXT DAY, BUT WE TALKED HER OUT OF THAT. CONGRADULATIONS TO HER ON HER B-DAY!!!!! THIS IS MY 81 YR.YOUNG AUNT LILLIE.

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful

I'd go with the roses, Joe. I think just about any lady would like a dozen roses. Be sure to get ones that smell lovely.

Also, I think the books on tape are a good idea. If she was a reader, and can no longer read, these would be very well received.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

As we mature we have fewer material needs. I suggest something renewable that a person can use up and need more later. Frankly, I prefer a nice meal in a restaurant or some food that I like and am not able to have often.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

I like the idea of a dozen roses (or more) for Mom's birthday. And if she really likes them, a bouquet of cut flowers every week until her next birthday, or until she tells you to stop with the flowers. And how about 2 boxes of really good chocolates? One just for her, and one for her to share.

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September 14, 20070 found this helpful

The best gift she could receive would be a black & white tuxedo cat kitten.

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November 3, 20070 found this helpful

For our elderly relatives, we got talking picture frames which are widely available now. You just push the button to record a message, and the person can push the button to play it.

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December 14, 20080 found this helpful

These are all great ideas. I would love to hear from an 80 year old to hear what she/he thinks. Perhaps someone could ask their loved one and let the rest of us know. I love my Mom and Aunt but they don't want to tell me what they would want.

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February 13, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with Joann R Dorner. Time spent with them is the most important gift of all. Especially if you manage to clean something that they can't manage to do themselves (sometimes they look at something and wish they could do it but can't).

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July 10, 2010 Flag

Do you have a suggestion for a really nice birthday gift for a man turning 80?

By Susan from Tampa, FL

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July 10, 20100 found this helpful

By the time a man or woman reaches the age of 80, they have most everything they need in life.

Find out if he can eat any sweets. What does he like cookies, pies, cakes, brownies. A gift which can be eaten is much more appreciated than a gift which will eventually end up in the trash.

My great aunt just turned 96 on July 4th and I ordered her a beautiful plant of small yellow roses through FTD and had them sent to her in AZ. I received a nice card from her thanking me for the roses.

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July 11, 20100 found this helpful

Most older people are on fixed incomes. We had a "money tree" at our 80th party for my dad. We did also let people know gifts were optional (because after all, many people we invited were also older like him and our dad is an especially un-materialistic person). He probably got $800 in cash and gift cards in spite of our optional gift giving stance.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

My father recently turned 80. He's had a full and adventurous life and has talked about writing his "memoirs" for years. To help him get started we gave him a digital recorder and a flip camcorder to add a visual component. Not terribly expensive (especially digital recorder) and will keep him busy when weather's bad. Tip: you can even create a folder to help organize his thoughts!

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Hello,

We bought our 80 year old uncle a beautiful walking stick. He loved it! He uses it daily on his walks and it also provides some support/balance for him. We also gave him a pair of slippers from LL Bean. Good luck and Happy Birthday to him.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Fix a basket of things he likes to eat for example candy, crackers, chips,cookies or if he likes to go out to eat give him a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant. They live on a budget so these things would be good for him. Just find out what he likes to eat or do.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

My hubby isn't 80 yet, "only" turning 76 this week. I don't know about your birthday boy, but hubby adores movies. Perhaps you could take him to a good movie, or buy him one?

A second idea, considering how many of us are on fixed incomes: pay a bill for him, or provide a transportation gift card. If he still drives, a gift card for his favorite gas station. (Hubby's Father's Day gift from his oldest son was a Shell gas card, he loved it!)If he uses public transportation a lot, a monthly (or even weekly) pass would no doubt be welcome. In short, anything that takes a bit of the financial load off would be good.

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July 15, 20100 found this helpful

A magazine subcription or subscription to a newspaper such as USA Today would be a good gift. Also a Blockbuster Card if he enjoys movies or a Gift card to a bookstore would be nice.

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November 8, 2008 Flag

It's my grandfather's 80th birthday and I'm wanting gift ideas please. Kind regards.

Sherrie from Australia

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If he is like my mom...

If he is like my mom, he has everything he wants and if he really wants something, he just buys it. This takes a little work ahead of time. Get a hold of his Christmas list or phone book. Write a letter (write on and copy it on neat paper) and send it to everyone telling them that it is your dad's 80th birthday. You want everyone to help make this a birthday that will not be forgotten. Ask them to write a special memory of your father and include a picture if possible. Give them a date you want it before the birthday. In the meantime, buy a scrapbook and get get some interesting pages and stickers. As the letters start arriving, start creating your book. Include a page for you and your family. Trust me this is a gift that he will not forget. We did this for my mom's 80th birthday and she still sits and looks at it today. We live in California, but she went to high school in Missouri and has continued many friendships over the years. Since they couldn't come to the party, they still got to participate. We only had notification of 2 deaths. This was one gift that keeps on giving. Connie

By admin2

80 year old's birthday

I used this on several birthday's, the theme was everyone bring a gift of "80" of anything, marbles for when you lose yours, after sex mints, doughnuts (if they have a real weakness for them), etc. You get the idea! Ms. Syd Barr Dunkirk, MD

By sydfred

80 years old birthday

I would think that postage stamps would make an ideal gift to anyone of any age. This would work for rest home residents too.

By ajdutchtown

80 Year Old's Birthday

What about a lap blanket or throw, decorated with the names/nicknames of members of the family: his grandkids, great-grands, siblings, and hand- or foot-outlines of the little ones. Could sew-on the names made with stencils, or write-on with fabric paint.

By themsubers

80 Year Old's Birthday

We are having a card shower for my grandmother's 80th birthday. We're sending notices to friends and family to send her a birthday card during that week. She repeatedly said she didn't want a party but we had to do something!

By Susan

80 Year Old's Birthday

We are doing a birthday party for dad who is turning 80 and we are all going in to get him and his wife a night a a bed and breakfast.

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80 Year Old's Birthday

80 year-olds want to be young again! Take him on a vacation, to where he grew up! Do a double date, you, your man/woman, him, his wife (if any). Take him out to dinner! Glad to help!

By helping hand

80 Year Old's Birthday

I had an idea of making a family tree starting with the 80 yr.old or making a money tree with 80 dollars on it.

By Loni Shewey

80 Year Old's Birthday Good idea

For a 80 year old - the best gift is to show and speak to them of your love and appreciation. Why wait until they past away to hear how everyone feels? Get together people who have fond memories to share, especially about the goodness of that 80 year old. Not only speak of these things but video tape it also.
I bet you will see tears in their eyes - and they will have a wonderful video to rewatch, remember, and cherish their 80th birthday.

By Carol

Birthday suggestion for elder persons

I made a book year by year: I looked up which day of the week the person was born on to start my book followed by the persons zodiac sign; special events which happened only on that date; famous person's whom were born and died on that date; then followed up by doing each year with: presidents, population, first class postage stamp cost; then events which happened that year. Yes, it took quite sometime but let me tell you EVERYONE WAS VERY IMPRESSED.

By kimberly

80th birthday

I was just online looking for my dad an 80th birthday gift. I thought of a GPS system, renting a chello player for an hour, and of course a bottle of scotch on the side wrapped up in a pretty bow. Good luck on your search. (05/23/2007)

By joyce

80 Year Old's Birthday

I manage an Assisted Living and it just so happens my mom & dad are celebrating their 80th birthday this Saturday, (we combined both). I have purchased a massaging bedpillow (my mom sits and wathces tv in bed), some anti aging cremes for my mom, etc. Dad is a different story. He likes books (but many of the elderly have visual problems). A magnifying glass might be helpful. Lotions are always good as their skin becomes very dry. A pedicure/manicure is always good as well. Just a few quick ideas. Hope this helps!

By Joie Debold

80 Year Old's Birthday

I giving my dad, also 80, a couple of "Jackie How'' singlets (navy) as he used to wear them when he was working as a carpenter years ago. I'm machine embroidering them with a fishing pic as he liked fishing but also "I made it to 80" on one and "I am an OCTOGENARIAN" on the other one.

By Frankie

CD of stories and memories from friends and families

For my grandfather's 80th birthday, I made him a CD of well-wishes, and stories from his family and people he grew up with. Here's how I did it...

I sent an email to everybody I knew with a toll-free number so that they could call in and leave a message. In the email I asked them to forward the email on to anyone else that knew my grandfather. All the recordings were put on a CD. We played it at his birthday party, and he was very touched. He doesn't see too well these days, so it's something he really treasures.

I used a service called LifeOnRecord, they can make the CD for you, but I made the CD myself. The web address is http://www.lifeonrecord.com/Meaningful-80th-Birthday-Gift.htm (10/04/2008)

By Theresa G.

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