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Inexpensive 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

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

TerBear from Buffalo, NY

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By David Price03/13/2009

This would work for 80, but my brother, sister, and I did it for my dad's 75th. Each of us wrote 25 things we remembered about him, mostly from childhood. We printed them out and put them on a book we made of handmade paper, and my sister illustrated it. He's almost 80 now, and the book still sits on the coffee table. He was very touched, especially by those things he'd forgotten but that had stuck in our memories for one reason or another.

By Paul (Guest Post)01/21/2009

Hi - we are the Australian maufacturers of the Over Bloody Eighty - Over Bloomin Eighty gift sets and certificates. We deliver nationally and internationally. Our web site is www.obedirect.com.au. Hope this is helpful.

RE: Inexpensive 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

By eviesav (Guest Post)11/11/2008

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..

By Carol in PA (Guest Post)11/11/2008

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.

By Sandi [390]11/10/2008

http://www.trixiepixgraphics.com/newspapers/write_custom.html

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!

By Patricia Nicholas [13]11/10/2008

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.

By Anne from Arizona (Guest Post)11/10/2008

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.

By Jill11/09/2008

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

By Frankie (Guest Post)11/07/2007

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 Joie Debold (Guest Post)07/31/2007

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 joolie (Guest Post)05/10/2007

Try the RSL who can organise an OBE badge and certificate. (Over Bloody Eighty)

By Carol (Guest Post)06/08/2006

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 (Guest Post)03/14/2006

Hi I need gift ideas for a 80th year old Granny; were having a surprise party but need to also get her a gift? Thanks

By Lindsey (Guest Post)03/09/2006

I am trying to plan a party for my grandfather who is turning 80. He is a very reknowed wood carver who has recently lost his sight. What can I do that he would enjoy that didn't involve sight?

By Loni Shewey (Guest Post)08/09/2005

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 helping hand (Guest Post)05/30/2005

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 (Guest Post)03/20/2005

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.

By Chris in WA, (Guest Post)03/11/2005

There is a site www.Seniorstore.com, which has some great gift ideas. I too have to find a gift for an 80 year old grandfather.

By Susan (Guest Post)01/11/2005

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 jennie. (Guest Post)11/14/2004

I need some ideas for my mother's 80th birthday.
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We posted this as a request.
Susan

By themsubers12/15/2000

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.

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

Sherrie from Australia


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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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.

By

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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

RE: 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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