30 Best 80th Birthday Gift Ideas: Unique + Special

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Are you having a difficult time trying to decide what would be the perfect 80th birthday gift for your special someone? Reaching 80 years old is a very important milestone — over three-fourths of a century! After 80 years, it’s hard to think of a unique idea.

And after 80 years of receiving gifts, you probably think to yourself, “What else could they want or need?” This list will give you 30 awesome gifts for you to choose from to help you find the perfect gift for their special occasion.

Whether you’re shopping for senior family members like grandparents, a friendly neighbor, or you are just looking for a special gift to give to older people you know, we have thoughtful gifts that fit every budget.

For this momentous milestone, we’ve made sure to find the best gifts to help them have a super happy 80th birthday. Read on to find one that will make this their best day ever.

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Why trust Gift Brilliant’s gift recommendations? We won’t overwhelm you with a huge list of gift ideas that people don’t really want. We share gift options that we have personally gifted or received, gifts that others have told us they loved, and a few gift ideas that we would love to have ourselves!

How to Choose the Perfect Gift

Before we get into our gift recommendations, there are a few things to consider when choosing the best gift for an 80-year-old man or woman.

  • Are there any hobbies they enjoy (or used to enjoy)?
  • Do they have objects or memorabilia they like to collect?
  • Is there any new technology or tool they could use to make life easier?
  • Is there something that would allow you to spend quality time with them?

At the end of the day, memorable gifts are generally more meaningful to senior citizens than a big birthday present or Christmas gift that doesn’t seem thoughtful. However, whatever great idea you choose to give them will definitely be appreciated.

The Best 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

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Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame

A photo album is wonderful for a trip down memory lane but they can be difficult to keep up to date. A digital photo frame like this one by Nixplay is a useful gift for older adults, especially those who have family members living far away. It is a wonderful way to keep dad or grandpa in touch with what's happening now.

Easily send photos to this digital photo frame with email or by using an app on your phone so that your favorite family member can easily see updated photos and daily life of their family and friends. Available in multiple frame sizes, and display on a shelf or easily wall mount in minutes.

We actually gifted this picture frame to my mother-in-law last Christmas, and it has been really easy to email new photos of the grandchildren so she can see current pictures instantly!

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Personalized 80th Birthday Gift Basket

Why not give her a personalized gift basket for her 80th birthday? This gift set comes with a ceramic personalized mug and matching coaster, an 8 oz. scented soy candle, and an engraved sugar spoon. The beautiful graphic and custom name on the mug will never fade and will stay colorful for years to come.

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Large Display Clock and Calendar

As you age, it is no secret that your eyes work less and keeping track of the days can be difficult. This alarm clock is designed with older adults in mind to help them keep track of days, dates, and the time with a large number font and easy to read display. 

This useful gift is the perfect present to add to any kitchen or living room for someone who has difficulty seeing smaller font.

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80th Birthday Sterling Silver Infinity Necklace

This delicate sterling silver necklace has 8 circles, one to represent each magical decade of life. Commemorate her eighty fabulous years milestone birthday with eight silver circles to celebrate her 80th birthday. This beautiful necklace comes with a gift box, bag, tissue, and extra goodies to keep the jewelry shiny.

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Wood Family Tree Chart

This may be the most perfect birthday gift ever, and would be a fantastic way to celebrate your favorite senior citizen's special day. Any grandparent likely has a beautiful family legacy. Help them to visualize it with a custom personalized family tree that shows their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all in one place. You can choose from two to six generations and customize the wood finish and size.

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Digital Weather Center

Older generations seem to always want to be on top of the weather forecast, and the best way to do so is with a digital weather center. This neat gadget will get a lot of use as they can easily keep up with indoor and outdoor temps, humidity, and the daily weather.

Easy to install with customizable alerts. A wonderful gift for elderly people (and honestly I want one too!).

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Device Tracker

Keeping up with keys and other small items is difficult for everybody but becomes increasingly more difficult as we age. Key finder easily attaches to your keys and helps you easily locate them when they are misplaced.

(Makes a thoughtful gift for senior citizens who aren't keen on using more complex tracking devices like Air Tags.)

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Window Bird Feeder

Nature lovers can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors without even leaving their home. A window bird feeder brings the outdoors close and it's the perfect gift for anyone who loves bird watching over their morning coffee.

Include a bird identification book and some birdseed for a unique gift that they will enjoy all year long.

(We have this exact bird feeder, and love seeing our feathered friends snacking at our kitchen window. Our cat loves watching them too!)

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Birthday Candle

When the candles have been blown out and the cake is all gone, this candle will still be around as a reminder of an awesome birthday! Hand poured in the USA, this soy wax candle is infused with oils that smell just like birthday cake. Arrives packaged in a gift box and ready to go.

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80th Birthday Angel

An 80th Birthday is a glorious occasion! This beautiful angel celebrates the joy and happiness of such a memorable milestone.

Place this beautiful gift in a bag with gold or silver tissue paper, or pair with a vase of flowers for a sentimental memorable present to cherish!

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"Cheers to 80 Years" Birthday Stemless Wine Glass

Making it to your 80th birthday party is an event to be celebrated! This stemless wine glass features the text "Cheers to 80 Years" with the number 80 in gold foil. Pair this pretty glass with their favorite beverage - whether that's wine, whiskey, lemonade, or something else - for a just right gift.

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Gravity Weighted Blanket

Everyone could use a weighted blanket. Coming in three different sizes and seven different weights, the Gravity Blanket is perfect for anyone who has anxiety or stress in their life. I've found it's relieving to hug yourself while you have the blanket wrapped around your back, since it simulates the feeling of someone hugging you - hugging is one of the easiest ways to get your body to relax.

We like this gray color, but there are different colors you can choose from as well.

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Funny and Gag Gifts for 50th Birthday

80 Years Funny Birthday Coffee Mug

Perfect for coffee, tea or any beverage, a funny coffee mug is a great present for 80 year old women or men that have everything. They will enjoy a laugh while they enjoy their morning coffee - or maybe they drink their favorite adult beverage during their 80th birthday celebration!

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Memory Mints for Senior Moments Fun Tin

For the older person that has everything (and a sense of humor), these memory mints are a fun gift to give on their birthday. 

They will love pulling this gag gift out at their weekly senior workout class or at the local bookstore to make others smile. 

Take this gift over the top with the silly book ‘How to Not Become a Crotchety Old Man’- They will love it!

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Funny 80th Birthday Card

Greeting cards are a must for every birthday, whether you're able to attend the celebration in person or not. This funny birthday card is sure to give a chuckle as they kiss their 40s goodbye.

Be sure to add a gift card to their favorite store inside this 80th card to make this gift even better!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of unique 80th birthday gifts to help you find the best present to celebrate that special person’s 80th birthday! No matter what gift you choose, at the end of the day the best things in life are spending time with close family and friends. They are sure to love your gift, but more importantly they will enjoy having a great time celebrating with you and taking a walk down memory lane.

If you know of a good idea for a gift that we should include in this gift list, please leave a comment and let us know!

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, a cat, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher, former fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

You can find her on her main blog at amandaseghetti.com and on all social media @amandaseghetti <3

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