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10 Brilliant Gifts for 80 Year Old Women Who Live Alone

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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 we know are popular this year with women 80+ years old!


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. 

Sunbeam Microplush Electric Heated Warming Throw Blanket 

Does your favorite octogenarian complain that she’s always cold? With Sunbeam’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 throw is machine washable and dryer safe. The controller is easy to grip, includes 3 warming settings and includes a 3-hour auto-off for convenience. 

MagniPros Magnifying Glass with Dual Power Lens

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!

iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum

Help your favorite 80 year old clean better with less effort! She can schedule the iRobot Roomba 692 to easily clean up daily dirt, dust and debris. This great gadget works with wi-fi and self-charges. It learns cleaning habits, and with Alexa or google assistant, it starts with just the sound of your voice. Roomba navigates under and around furniture and along edges. Another great feature it its “cliff detect” to prevent it from falling down stairs. Not only that, but it runs for up to 90 minutes before it automatically docks and recharges! The Roomba is definitely not something most seniors buy for themselves, which makes it a particularly thoughtful gift in addition to being helpful.


Farberware Hands-Free Automatic Can Opener

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!

Battery Operated Stainless Steel Electrice Salt and Pepper Grinder Pack Mill with Light

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. 

3 Months of Farm Fresh Freshly Cut Mixed Flowers

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. For three months, your loved one receives twenty-five (25) seasonal and vase ready flowers that provide a joyful beauty they will truly enjoy for as long as they bloom.

Large Screen Digital Clock with Time, Day and Date  

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!

THE COMFY Original| Oversized Microfiber & Sherpa Wearable Blanket, Seen On Shark Tank, One Size Fits All


This comfy and wearable blanket keeps you warm & cozy while you lounge at home, watch TV, play video games, work on your laptop, camp, attend a sporting event or concert, & more. 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!

Duxtop 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner

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!

Ring Video Doorbell

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 80 year old women?  We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

originally published Oct 16, 2020
updated Sept 20, 2021

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