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What are good gift ideas for 80th birthday celebrations?
Not sure what to get the 80 year old who seems to have everything and not want anything? It’s tough to find a unique and useful gift for someone at this stage of life. That’s why we put together some ideas for you!
GREAT GIFTS RECOMMENDED BY OUR READERS
Below is a list of wonderful gifts for 80 year old men that make life easier, safer and/or more fun. These gifts are available in a variety of price points to fit your budget. Additionally, they are vetted by older folks in our 50Plus community, won’t just take up space and get in the way – you will find most appreciate these items very much.
Love these fun socks! Five carefully chosen famous paintings are printed on them. Bright and true pattern provides a cheerful twist to an otherwise boring outfit, and doesn’t fade in the wash. The material is primarily a stretchy, lightweight and wearable polyester, with 21% bamboo fiber to ensure these socks are soft, skin-friendly and moisture wicking.
Like the idea of good quality socks for the guy who has everything, but this selection is too bright? This brand also makes toned down patterned casual socks that get rave reviews!
These airpods make a wonderful gift for your favorite octogenarian that uses Apple products and likes to stay connected. Setup is easy for all his devices, and they automatically turn on and connect. Fast wireless connection, quick access to Siri, and seamless switching between devices are just a few of the things people love about these airpods. Your loved one can comfortably listen and talk all day. (Note: Those who are hard of hearing might be better off with AI hearing aids than the airpods)
I love this magnifying glass! . It’s great for me as well as for the 80 year old for whom I purchased it. If you have more difficulty reading as your eyes age, it’s a very helpful and convenient gadget to have around. This magnifier covers a good size area, the anti-glare feature reduces eyestrain, and the crystal clear acrylic lens is scratch-resistant and shatterproof! This handy item also provides an evenly lit viewing area and is fully dimmable. With ten ultrabright LEDs, it boasts an extended 100,000 hour lifespan. What sets this magnifying gless apart from many on the market today is that it is rechargeable via USB; you can recharge in two hours! The lightweight and ergonomic handle makes it easy to more around. I recommend this magnifier for anyone who struggles to read the small print on menus, newspapers, etc, but particularly for seniors with low vision and macular degeneration.
This super quiet cordless muscle massage gun is for perfect for home use. With four types of massage heads to meet the needs of different muscles, it’s ideal for back, shoulders, legs, wherever! The rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts about three hours, and automatically turns off after 15 minutes of non use. It features a soft, comfortable, ergonomic, sweat proof and non-slip handle. Works much like the professional massage guns without the high price! (I use this model myself for muscle recovery after working out – love it!)
This Shiatsu neck massage shawl eases neck and back pain, and relieves muscle soreness with infrared heating. Warm gentle heat helps improve blood circulation. The 3 speed strength levels allow you to find the right amount of pressure for your pain. The 4D rotating kneading enables your neck, shoulder, back and legs to deeply relax. Made from premium breathable mesh and PU leather for maximum comfort.
Sleep gets more elusive as we age – Ask anyone over age 50! Why is that? It may be due to aching muscles or restless legs. Or, sometimes older adults simply like the comfort, warmth and weight from extra blankets on their bed. I know I do. Whatever the issue, this cozy reversible weighted blanket could be the perfect solution! Weighted blankets help relax the nervous system, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety, and makes it easier to fall asleep. This minky soft blanket can be gently washed, though to make it easier to stay clean, order a washable duvet cover too.
If your favorite 80 year old still likes to cook, you may worry he can burn his fingers or hands. This awesome induction stove from Secura plugs into any outlook and simply sits on the countertop. Induction cooking uses technology that not only heats up quickly, but also allows the pan and food to heat up while the burner stays cool. An added bonus is it’s easy to clean, One catch, he will need some induction compatible cookware to go with it. Chip in with other family members for the complete package!
This WiFi enabled video doorbell allows your favorite 80 year old to see, hear and speak to visitors at the door from their phone, tablet or computer. If he has an Echo or Echo Dot , the doorbell can be programmed to work with Alexa. Easy to install anywhere, Ring works both with or without existing doorbell wires. This technology is something an 80 year old generally won’t buy for himself, but will love it once installed! And you can rest more easily if you know he has this great item that prevents them from accidentally opening the door to an unwelcome stranger.
LOL! This 11 oz coffee mug is perfect for the numbers guy in your life turning 80. Great birthday gift for your lovable nerd! My dad loves numbers, always have. He says this mug makes him smile every morning.
Do you have other ideas for a gift for 80th birthday celebrations? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
originally published January 16, 2021
updated September 20, 2021