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80th Birthday Gift Ideas

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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

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

TerBear from Buffalo, NY

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December 15, 20001 found this helpful

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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By guest (Guest Post)
November 14, 20040 found this helpful

I need some ideas for my mother's 80th birthday.
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Susan

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January 11, 20050 found this helpful

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!

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March 11, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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March 20, 20050 found this helpful

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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By guest (Guest Post)
May 30, 20050 found this helpful

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!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 9, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

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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By guest (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

Hi Sara! You are blessed to have an 80 year young Mom. (Mine is 85). How about some stamps and postcards. She can write a few lines and send to friends and family. Cough drops are good because when she gets a "tickle" in her throat she can't always get to the store. A large print book is so welcome, if her eyes are still good. The best thing you can send is a nice, long visit on the telephone. Nothing perks us up more than family.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

Postage stamp books and notepaper. Shrug type covering, not as bulky as sweaters. Can be formed from wide scarves and ribbon drawn through ends to form cuffs.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

How about a monthly gift so that your Mom enjoys her birthday gift all year long? You can have fresh fruits or flowers sent for a whole year on a monthly basis and she will not have to worry about it taking up too much room.

You can give her a phone card so that she can call family and friends whenever she wants without worrying about the cost. It will help keep her in touch with others and make her feel happier.

Another idea is a family history video. Take photos in chronological order and video them with a narrative of who, what, when and where. It will no doubt bring many back happy memories and let her know how much you care. Actually whatever you choose to do make sure that you are telling her how much you care. I had my Mom until she was just a few months past her 91st birthday. What she really needed the most could not be bought in a store, she needed the love and attention of her family. God Bless all the Moms. They are God's angels!

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

I like to send books of postage stamps as gifts. Also think of Visa or American Express gift cards, that can be used for anything. If she has her hair done, send the beauty parlor several appointments worth of credit, prepay her cable TV, or a utility bill.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

Is she still driving? If not, could you pre-pay for driver services? Or arrange for her groceries to be delivered?

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

A Blessings jar. Cut 365 strips of paper and put them in a canning jar. Cut fabric to cover the lid and include a pen. Make a gift tag explaining that she should write a blessing everyday for the next year and put it in the jar. Read them whenever she needs a pick me up.

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Alternative idea. I did 4 jars for my mom's 50th... I wrote stuff on paper for 3 of the jars and left one blank for blessings. The other three were 50 reasons I am blessed to have you as a mom, 50 inspirational scriptures, and 50 inspirational quotes. I put all 4 jars in a nice basket and she enjoyed them thouroughly.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

A great idea from the Flylady's clutter-free gift list on her site Flylady.net...
A love jar -- write down things you love about your mom on slips of paper and put them in a pretty jar. It's the perfect way to say things you wish you could say in person to this woman you love so much!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

why not a gift card to a local grocery store or retailer?
how about a donation in her name to her favorite charity..............flowers are always nice

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful

The above tips are great. Also flowers a month for a year is an idea. Most women love flowers and a fresh bouquet on her table each month would be a nice touch.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

My mother-in-law is 81 and interested in politics. We got her a year's subscription to the Washington Post Weekly Edition from www.bestdealmagazines.com. She loves it. They have great deals on lots of magazines.

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

Sara,
I have given my Mom (who is 73) a Cracker Barrel gift card, Wal-Mart gift card and a prepaid phone card. Those items are easy to send and would be very well received I would think. If you have a membership to Sam's Club, the A T & T phone cards are very reasonable. I got an 800 min card for around $21. And since you said she's out of state you might suggest that she use the card to call you! Now that would be a gift that not only she could appreciate, but you as well! Some other ideas would be food items, candy, jams, cookies....something she enjoys, stationery/note cards, new dishtowels for the kitchen. Hopefully I've given you some good ideas :-)

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

One idea to go along with the books of stamps would be to get a list of all the regulars she might send cards or letters to. Make address labels for her, you can do that on your computer. Then, go and purchase a misc. array of greeting cards. This way, she has cards on hand, as well as addresses. Don't forget to send her a sheet w/her own return address on it. :)
Happy Birthday Mom

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January 19, 20060 found this helpful

My Mother turned 81 today! Her name is Beatrice and we call her Bea so we give her a lot of bee items. Most are cute, display-type stuff, pretty but not very useful. I have small children and we're making her gift. She loves padded hangers so we are covering a set w/ cute bee material; you could use any pretty material. We're also making her some bee magnets (again, pick any theme or color), some will have the small clothespin clips, to go on her refrigerator. Still cute but hopefully she can use this gift. Still have tons to do and we're going to see her in 2 days, better get busy!

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September 11, 2007

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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By 0 found this helpful
July 10, 2010

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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November 8, 20080 found this helpful

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.

By

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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