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Looking for unique gift ideas for 80 year old women?
Not sure what to get the 80 year old senior woman who seems to have everything and not want anything? The best gift is certainly your time and attention, which is especially important if she is isolated during Covid19. If you want to send a gift because you can’t get there to make the holidays or a birthday more special, try to find a useful gift that won’t just be extra clutter. We put together a list of items below we know are popular as gifts for senior women.
GREAT GIFT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR READERS
Below is a list of wonderful gifts for your beloved octogenarian who lives independently that make life easier, safer and/or more fun. They won’t just take up space and get in the way. These gifts, personally suggested by those in our 50Plus community, won’t just take up space and get in the way.
Does your favorite octogenarian complain that she’s always cold? With Ventimi’s electric heated blanket, she can turn down her thermostat and still relax in warmth and comfort. Made from extra soft and plush comfortable fabric, this fast-heating throw is machine washable and dryer safe. Made from premium flannel and Sherpa , this ETC certified blanket provides therapeutic heat relief. The controller has three warming settings, includes a three hour auto off for convenience, and is easy to grip. The cord is long for flexible uses. Also, the unique design looks pretty draped over the chair or couch when not in use!
This may seem like a bizarre gift, one the recipient may not appreciate at first, but it’s actually one of the most thoughtful presents you can give! This sleek, modern bidet toilet seat requires not electricity and is easy to install. The retracting dual nozzles that offer both front and rear cleansing, and the spray can be adjusted to provide different levels of water pressure from soothing to powerful. This gift is particularly wonderful for someone with limited mobility as it allows for independence, which is so important as we age!
This magnifying glass might be the best gift I bought ever for my 84 year old mom. She has vision problems due to macular degeneration and some other issues, and this handy magnifier was exactly what she needed! Frustrated by her aging eyes (and before we found this wonderful solution), she stopped reading for awhile. As books provide hours of entertainment which helps pass the time for her, I hated that she no longer could read comfortably. Other lenses she tried previously were problematic, but this product, shaped the way people naturally read, worked well for her. The led magnifier reduces eye strain because it magnifies up to 300% and provides light without glare. The roller dimmer allows you to easily adjust the brightness level, a feature most magnifiers do not include. Made out of optical grade acrylic, it is more lightweight, scratch-resistant and shatterproof than glass, and provides great clarity. Another bonus, the lens covers a large viewing area without the need to move your hands all the time which is helpful as her hands are weaker now than when younger. Powered by triple A batteries, the leds are made to last more than 100,000 hours!
A can opener may not seem like a fabulous gift, but for those with arthritic hands or shoulder problems, this compact little gadget is absolutely wonderful! It opens any size can easily and stores easily. The technology allows for seamless open, which decreases the hazards of dangerous sharp edges that are sometimes a problem with other can openers. Easy to clean with a wet towel, it makes life easier for seniors – or anyone!
At first glance, these grinders might not seem special despite their elegant appearance. What makes them great for an older woman living alone besides that they beautify the kitchen, these battery operated tall sleek grinders are easy to use with convenient one hand operation. For women who have weakness or arthritis in their hands, this gift is one that is extremely helpful. In addition, the stunning gift box makes this set an amazing present for your favorite senior. With the outside made from high quality stainless steel and BPA-free acrylic glass, the rustproof ceramic core ensures a smooth and easy grind.
Fresh flowers definitely can definitely brighten anyone’s day. One of our most popular suggestions, we find women greatly appreciate this three (3) month subscription for beautiful flowers. Each bouquet, with flowers direct from the farm, consists of 18 premium quality roses and 12 tropical fillers. These flowers are RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED, and each bouquet includes sustainably grown flowers and eco-friendly packaging materials. Each box is $50, and will be delivered monthly to provide a joyful beauty for as long as you choose for your subscription!
Many find it increasingly more difficult to keep track of days, dates and times as they age. Your favorite senior may need to keep track of medications or appointments. Or maybe they just have a busy social calendar! The large display makes this digital clock an ideal gift because of the easy to read face that clearly spells out the time, the day, the date and whether or not it’s morning or night. This clock is helpful for anyone, but is of particular beneficial for people with dementia or macular degeneration. With lots of frame options to choose from, you can easily match it to their decor. I recently bought this clock for my mom. She put in on a shelf in the kitchen and looks at it all the time – it’s very helpful!
This comfy and wearable blanket keeps you warm & cozy while you lounge at home, watch TV, participate in zoom calls, or attend a concert! Pull your legs into the plush fluffy sherpa to cover yourself completely on the couch, roll the sleeves up to make yourself a snack, & move around freely while taking your warmth wherever you go. Don’t worry about slipping or sliding sleeves. It doesn’t drag on the floor either. This item washes well and is sized one size fits most. Great gift idea!
100% pure Egyptian Cotton (all natural) sheets are a luxury most of us don’t buy for ourselves, but what a great gift for a loved one! These fabulous sheets are cozy and soft! They also are healthy as, unlike artificial microfiber that absorbs heat, traps dust and builds static, these sheets keep you feeling cool and fresh. Individually tailored, measured and checked piece by piece for quality, these sensitive skin sheets are of superior quality. The gift of a good night’s sleep is one that will be greatly appreciated!
If your favorite 80 year old still likes to cook, you may worry she might burn her fingers or hands. Induction stoves are a good solution. This awesome induction model from Secura sits on the countertop and plugs into any outlet. The technology used for induction stoves allows food to heat up quickly, and the burner stays cool while the pan and heats up. We love that it’s also easy to clean. Keep in mind if you decide to purchase a portable induction stove, she will need some induction compatible cookware to go with it. Other family members looking for gift ideas might want to contribute the cookware so that your loved one has the complete gift!
Worried your favorite 80 year old answers the door to strangers? This WiFi enabled video doorbell allows her to see, hear and speak to visitors from her phone, tablet or computer. In addition, the doorbell can be programmed to work with Alexa if she has an Echo or Echo Dot . The Ring video doorbell is easy to install and works both with or without existing doorbell wires. An 80 year old woman generally won’t buy one of these for herself, but will love it once installed! And you can rest more comfortably if you know she has this safety feature at her front door.
Do you have other ideas for birthday or holiday gifts for senior women? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
originally published Oct 16, 2020
updated Sept 20, 2021