If the perfect gift for the octogenarian in your life is obvious, consider yourself lucky! For the rest of us, these 80th birthday gift ideas should help.
Infinitely wise and experienced, eighty-year-olds have lived a lot of life. This can make it tricky to find the right gift to show them just how treasured they are. It’s a little like shopping for the person who already has everything. After all, they’ve probably accrued a lot of materials and memories throughout their eight decades.
80th Birthday Gift Ideas
1. 80th Birthday Birthstone Necklace
by Etsy: ILoveHoneyWillow
A thoughtful design truly sets this gorgeous birthstone necklace apart.
Eight intricate rings encircle her birthstone gem, signifying eight decades. You can choose various metal types and add personalization if you wish.
The surrounding rings beautifully convey unity, love, and strength, as well as your unique bond. It’s a great gift for your mom or grandma’s 80th birthday.
2. Decades Bracelet
by Etsy: AstraeaCo
This elegant decades bracelet is refined, just like the polished and classy lady who’s celebrating her eightieth birthday!
A simple gold chain holds one Swarovski crystal for each decade. In her birthstone color, these sparkling stones represent all the love, laughter, and memorable moments that have occurred over the last eight decades. Charming yet casual, she can wear it daily.
3. Memory Lane Book
by Etsy: FromLucyandCo
An outstanding work of art like this might take you years to put together. Or, you can add a few personalized touches and let this company do the rest!
We adore this thoughtful memory book that will take any octogenarian back in time. Add their name and personalized details, and the rest will be customized accordingly. Featuring moments in history, pop culture trivia, and more, this literary trip down memory lane will take them through all the extraordinary years of their life, from birth to now.
4. Coin Cufflinks
by Etsy: worldcoincufflinks
Your dad or grandpa likely has quite a few sets of cufflinks obtained over his eighty years on earth.
However, he probably won’t have a set like this! Rare and genuine 1942 USA dimes are set and polished into a pair of cufflinks. Finished with sterling silver, they would make an attractive statement piece on any suit or shirt.
If he’s turning eighty in 2022, these handsome accessories are an excellent birthday gift idea.
5. Throw Pillow or Custom Photo Pillow
At eighty years of age, they deserve to rest their old bones somewhere comfortable.
A sentimental throw pillow is just the thing! Offer them a cozy spot to relax with a touching reminder of how much their loved ones cherish them. Go for a fun floral pillow that reads “80 Years Loved,” or opt to create your own unique photo pillow featuring your favorite memory.
6. NYT Custom FrontPage Puzzle or Personalized Photo Puzzle
Did you know puzzles can encourage healthy brain stimulation in older folks?
This birthday present is a great way to look after their health and give them something fun to do! Better than your average dollar store puzzle, a custom puzzle is a great way to make them smile while recalling fond memories.
A custom New York Times Front Page puzzle will let them piece together memories from their birth year. Or, a personalized photo enables you to select a beloved memory of your choosing.
7. 80 Things We Love About You Print
by Etsy: OliverandcoDesign
Who wouldn’t love to display eighty reasons why they’re downright awesome?!
This sweet and sentimental artwork encapsulates everything you love most about your favorite octogenarian. Simply make a list, send it in, and receive a gorgeous digital download to print in a fun, bold font and any colors you want.
We love the versatile design of this wall art, making it effortless to hang anywhere. Such a great 80th birthday present for your loved one.
8. Personalized Photo Tea Light Lamp
by Etsy: BespokebyBethan
Photos are a dime a dozen these days. Not like in the 1940s, when taking pictures required a fully manual camera and a roll of sheet film!
Make something extraordinary with your most cherished photographs and create a personalized tea lamp. Four photos adorn the faces of a lovely tea lamp, glowing from within thanks to the LED light. You can customize it further by changing the photo color and the color of the tea-lamp frame.
by Etsy: PearlsCustomCreation
I don’t know about you, but my Grandma is cold a lot. Sometimes even wearing two pairs of socks!
Hopefully, she would choose these unique custom socks as her outer pair, letting everyone know just how much she is rocking old age! Believe it or not, my Grandma can school me any day in Cards Against Humanity – even at 80 years old.
10. Wine Bottle Labels or Beer Labels
Did you know turning 80 is like turning 27 in Celsius? This means it’s time to crack a bottle and celebrate like the twenty-something-year-olds!
Get her a bottle of her favorite wine, outfitted with these fun and cheerful wine bottle labels. Or, if they prefer a cold brew, opt for these cheers to 80 years beer labels.
11. Embroidered Toilet Paper
by Printed TP
Need a gift for the person who has everything? (Which is very likely at eighty years young.)
This embroidered toilet paper roll is sure to bring a laugh! It expresses the sentiment everyone is thinking, but no one is brave enough to say. Let the TP do the talking instead.
12. Trivia Playing Cards
We are swooning over these playing cards, and any 80 year old worth their salt will be too!
This high-quality 52 card deck of playing cards is obviously perfect for Gin Rummy or pinochle. But each card also features an illustrated trivia question about 1942! Test their knowledge about Carole Lombard and Joe DiMaggio.
It’s a fun way to spend some quality time with your mom, dad, or grandparent and take an interest in hearing about the “good ol’ days.”
13. Personalized Book
This personalized book is a delightful take on a photo album. It would also make a pretty unique card!
Enter their name and a few details, then sit back and watch as a book all about them is magically crafted! It’s bursting with fun facts about their birthdate and significant events throughout the years. You can customize it with personal memories and photographs to make it even more sentimental.
by Etsy: DearAvaGifts
Simple and sweet, this candle will be a touching reminder of a momentous occasion each time it is lit.
Made from hand-poured wax, this tall candle proudly displays a loving Happy Birthday message on its glass vessel. Choose from three heavenly scents, from floral to forest.
Once the candle has burned down, they can reuse the jar as a vase! It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
15. Sweatshirt for Him or Her
Senior citizens are all about that cozy life, as they should be!
They’ll never want to take these comfortable sweatshirts off. There’s a version for him and a version for her. Each commemorates a very special (customizable) year: the year they graced the world with their presence, of course!
16. Engraved Whiskey Glasses or Wine Glasses
We can only hope we’re still raising a toast with our guys or gals when we’re eighty years old!
We recommend these engraved whiskey or wine glasses for the octogenarian who is still living life to its fullest. Each retro-inspired design can be customized with a year, a name, and a line of text. Give them a glass as rare as they are, and pair it with a vintage to match!
Whether you’re eight or eighty, flowers are always appreciated.
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Bouqs’ lovely flower arrangements. Choose by occasion, color, or even flower type. Each stunning arrangement arrives fresh and ready to brighten their day!
by Etsy: MindBlowingStudio
It doesn’t matter if you need a card to go with the gift, or the card is the gift – it will still make them smile.
This cheery piece of stationary reminds them that they’re not old, they’re simply retro. Which is very “in” right now. In fact, even grey hair is a popular trend. Octogenarians definitely don’t have to worry about appearing dated – everyone is jealous of their classic style.
Vintage Is In!
Turning eighty is a huge accomplishment! While others may think eighty is old, we know better. Tell the octogenarian in your life how amazed you are at their ability to live eighty years and still be totally awesome with any one of these fun and thoughtful gifts.
There probably isn’t a lot they haven’t received over the years, but we’re willing to be some of these 80th birthday gifts will take the cake!
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Megan’s wedding experience began over a decade ago when planning her dream ceremony. Since then, three kids have been added to the mix. Megan wholeheartedly embraces all things baby, childhood, and family. When she isn’t writing or chasing little ones you can find her running, hiking, or reading.