80th Birthday Gift Ideas?

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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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