Looking for memorable 80th birthday gift ideas? You’ll want to find a present that’s unique, thoughtful, and worthy of this milestone celebration. Find just what you’re looking for in our hand-picked collection of unique gifts for 80 year olds!
80th Birthday Gift Ideas for Mom
An 80th birthday is the perfect time to let your mother know how much she means to you. Touch Mom’s heart on this milestone birthday with one of our hand-selected presents.
80th Birthday Gift Ideas for Dad
Trying to think of a fabulous 80th birthday gift for dear old Dad? Our gift guide for Dad will help you find a memorable present in no time!
80th Birthday Gifts for Women
If you’re looking for a special gift for a woman who’s turning 80, check out this gift guide – you’ll find loads of great ideas for your favorite senior lady!
80th Birthday Gifts for Men
Looking for a present a guy who’s turning the big 8-0? Check out our selection of men’s gift!
Tips About 80th Birthday Gift Ideas
Official or Traditional 80th Birthday Gifts
If you’re wondering what the traditional 80th birthday gift is, the short answer – there’s not one.
Traditional gifts are associated with anniversaries, not birthdays. For an 80th anniversary, the traditional gift is oak, while the modern gift is diamonds or pearls.
That tradition doesn’t carry over to milestone birthdays, however, which leaves you free to choose anything you’d like without having to worry about sticking to a tradition.
Here are some thoughtful gift suggestions that most 80 year olds are sure to appreciate:
The Gift of Travel
If the birthday celebrant is healthy enough, consider giving him or her a long-dreamed-of destination. If you can, try to make it a family trip or a trip with friends as well. The birthday guy or gal will treasure the memories of a trip long after it’s over.
The Gift of Time
Many seniors are a bit lonely, and there’s a good chance that what he or she might enjoy the most is spending time with you. Take them out for lunch or dinner, visit a museum, go to a movie or sporting event, or plan a special outing that you know they will enjoy.
Front Page Newspaper from The Day They Were Born Gift Ideas
One of my favorite milestone birthday gifts is a gift that incorporates the front page of the newspaper from the day they were born. It’s a great way to look back and see what life was back all those years ago.
The New York Times Store offers the best selection of front page newspaper gifts. If you can spurge a bit, check out their Ultimate Birthday Book, which includes every single birthday front page from the recipient’s entire life – a sure-fire hit!
The also offer framed reprints of either the New York Times front page or inside pages, jigsaw puzzles, t-shirts, coasters, clocks, and more. Prices start at under $50.
80th Birthday Gift Basket Ideas
Gift baskets are a fabulous idea for any birthday! My top pick for birthday gift baskets is GiftTree. They offer an amazing selection of top-notch gift baskets, towers and crates in loads of different themes.
They also offer personalized ribbons on many of their gifts, which allows you to express your own unique birthday wishes.
Prices range from under $20 for cookie towers to over $300 for extravagant wine gift baskets.
Photo Gift Ideas
Turn precious memories into a gift by adding pictures to a gift such as a coffee mug, blanket, a canvas , Christmas ornament, a keepsake or a pillow.
My top pick for photo gifts is Shutterfly. They’re experts in photo gifts, and are well-known for the quality of their work.
A gift that’s sure to be appreciated by any senior is a photo book, and Shutterfly offers a Milestone Birthday photo book designthat’s perfect for showcasing a lifetime of memories.
Their easy-to-use design tool and choice of embellishments makes it fast and easy to create a photo book that’s sure to impress!
Sentimental 80th Birthday Gift Ideas
A special occasion such as this is a wonderful time to let the birthday celebrant know how much he or she means to you and has made a difference in your life.
Personalization Mall is a great site to purchase sentimental gifts – they have jewelry boxes, keepsake plaques, clocks, frames and other gifts that can feature a personalized poem or message.
It’s also a great place to get inspired if you’re stuck on finding the right words – each present features several pre-written poems or messages that can spark ideas for you. Just click on the individual present to see the poem choices.
Inexpensive 80th Birthday Gift Ideas – Under $25
If you’re looking for gifts under $25, check out the great selection of inexpensive 80th birthday gifts at Zazzle. You can choose from notebooks, t shirts, coffee mugs, memo pads, keychains and more in an almost-overwhelming selection of styles.
If you just want a little token, consider getting an 80th birthday button at Zazzle – prices start at around $3, and are fun for the birthday guy or gal to wear on this special day.
DIY 80th Birthday Gift Ideas
A homemade gift is a gift from the heart! If you’re the crafty sort, consider making a quilt out of their old shirts (see this Pinterest board for inspiration).
You can also make amazing homemade birthday gifts even if you’re lacking the crafty gene. Check out these great family tree thumbprint templates, this adorable bouquet of photo flowers, and this sweet 80 reasons we love you frame.
If you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out Pinterest…there are always loads of homemade birthday gift ideas there!
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