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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
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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 Susan (Guest Post)
January 11, 20050 found this helpful
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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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By Carol (Guest Post)
June 8, 20060 found this helpful
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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.

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I bet you will see tears in their eyes - and they will have a wonderful video to rewatch, remember, and cherish their 80th birthday.

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By Joie Debold (Guest Post)
July 31, 20070 found this helpful
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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!

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November 10, 20080 found this helpful
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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.

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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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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
November 11, 20080 found this helpful
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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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March 13, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks,
Sara from Phoenix

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

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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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By Linda J. Barnes (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful
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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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By Kelly (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful
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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 Marlene (Guest Post)
January 19, 20060 found this helpful
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What I used to do with my mom and my father in law when they were both still living was to go to the grocery store and look for "new" items - different varieties of jams and jellies, they both liked sardines, etc. and crackers went well with that, the snack pack puddings are always a favorite, maybe different kids of pickles, old time candies, small packages of elder kinds of cookies, etc. Also different versions of soups and stews - these boxes became favorites and they'd report to me what they liked and whether or not they'd buy more, etc.

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By Becki in Indiana (Guest Post)
January 20, 20060 found this helpful
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For the person who already "has everything", if they have a particular "cause" that is near and dear to their heart, make a donation to a charity in their name. For example, if Mom loves animals, donate to a local animal shleter, or to the national Humane Society. If she loves theater, donate to a local community theater group. If she lost a loved one to a particular disease, donate to an organization that fights it -- such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, etc. When you make your donation, tell the organization you are making the donation in honor of your mother for her birthday, and give them your mom's name & address. They will send her a note (with no dollar amount mentioned) and let her know the donation was made.

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By Nancy (Guest Post)
February 5, 20090 found this helpful
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My mom is turning 80 next month, we are having a party for her. All the kids are going to Idaho to see her, this is all a surprise. I am making her a dvd, using pictures of all the kids, grand kids and great grand kids. I am starting with pictures of when we were all little and living at home. This is from the family, now for me, I don't know what I am getting her.

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By 0 found this helpful
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 Joann R Dorner (Guest Post)
September 11, 20070 found this helpful
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Your time! Take her to a nice restaurant! Or give her some nice smelling perfume or flowers. Usually by that age, they have everything. Take her somewhere special.

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September 13, 20070 found this helpful
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I agree that food items are a good idea, but I think shelf stable items might be a better idea, so that she can enjoy your thoughtfulness without having to worry whether or not it will spoil or turn bad.

Then again, maybe you could buy her a simple mp3 player and download some free books or music for her? Some of the mp3 players only have a few buttons and can be worked without looking at it. There are lots of sites with free classic radio shows, big band era music, etc, and I think there's even some free audio book sites as well.

Please extend my wishes to your mother for a very happy birthday and tell her hello from Arizona for me please.

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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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July 10, 20100 found this helpful
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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
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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
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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
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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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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 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 birthdays, 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!

By Syd Barr

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 a dad who is turning 80 and we are all going in to get him and his wife a night in 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 year 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 have passed 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 videotape 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 cello 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 watches 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 Gramza

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