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10 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

Becoming an octogenarian is a proud moment in a person’s life; they now have eight decades of wisdom and memories to share. However, with that wealth of experience can come some of the inconveniences of aging as well. We have chosen these gifts based on their popularity, so whether you want to spoil the new 80-year-old with technology or offer something to help around the kitchen, these 80th birthday gift ideas are thoughtful and sure to be appreciated.

NatureBright Light and Ion Therapy Lamp

Senior citizens are more likely to have a Vitamin D deficiency due to spending less time outdoors. You can give a homebound elder the benefits of the sun with this light therapy lamp. It is designed to mimic a blue sky and provide the healing benefits of sunlight. It is especially helpful in treating the winter blues. An aromatherapy capsule can be added to the lamp for even more natural healing at home.

NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light

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Darden Restaurants Gift Card

Preparing meals can be more difficult as a person ages, so treat your friend or family member to a special meal out. A Darden Restaurants gift card can be redeemed at six restaurant chains around the country, giving the receiver more choices whether they’re in the mood for Italian, steak, seafood or another type of cuisine. You can take him or her out for a celebratory dinner yourself or simply offer the gift card as a present for a future occasion. This is one of the most flexible 80th birthday gift ideas no matter the recipient’s tastes.

Darden Restaurants Gift Card

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Fire Tablet with Alexa

A tablet makes life more convenient for any elderly person by combining many of their favorite devices in one. The Fire tablet can play music and movies, make Skype video calls, show recipes and sports on the Internet, download games and more. The recipient will be able to keep in touch with family and stay informed and entertained anywhere they go. For a fun gift, pre-load their tablet with games, movies or music you know they love.

Fire Tablet 7 inch 8GB

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Sunbeam Electric Heated Throw Blanket

An 80-year-old may have more trouble keeping warm around the house than when they were younger. Treat him or her to a warm and cozy electric blanket. This heated blanket from Sunbeam measures 50 by 60 inches and comes with luxurious micro plush for softness. Also, since it is 100 percent polyester that makes it easy to clean in the washing machine. The adjustable thermostat has three heat settings and an auto-timer for safety.

Sunbeam Microplush Electric Heated Blanket

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Go Green Reusable Grocery Bags

Traditional paper and plastic grocery bags just don’t hold up very well, and they can be painful to carry for an elder with frail hands. Senior citizens can forget about broken bags with these heavy-duty reusable shopping bags. The handles are reinforced for strength and durability, and the bottom of the bag has a plastic insert to keep things in place. These bags stay open when packing or unpacking groceries, and they collapse when not in use for extra convenience. These 80th birthday gift ideas may not be flashy, but they’re sure to be appreciated during each trip to the grocery store.

GoGreen Reusable Grocery Bag

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BangRui Electric Can Opener

Having to crank open a can of food with a manual metal can opener was necessary decades ago, but technology has progressed impressively. This one-button electric can opener is perfect for senior citizens with arthritis or joint pain. It is usable with batteries, eliminating the need for electrical cords, and a magnet keeps the cut edge safely away from hands. One touch of a button is all it takes to make meal prep so much easier.

BangRui Electric Can Opener

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Create Your Own Collected Recipes Cookbook

If the elderly person in your life you know loves to cook, he or she has probably collected dozens of favorite recipes over the years. Collect those worn index cards and dog-eared cookbooks into one organized system with this personalized recipes cookbook. The three-ring binder includes tab dividers and stickers to clearly mark types of recipes, and additional pages are available to add more recipes. Compiling this book can help a senior citizen stay more organized in the kitchen. Also, it makes a wonderful memento that they can pass on to younger generations.

Own Recipes Cookbook

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Broadway Basketeers Snack Gift Set

For the 80-year-old who enjoys pre-made gourmet treats, a snack gift box makes a great birthday gift. This Broadway Basketeers set includes honey mustard pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, caramel corn, toffee peanuts and salted pita chips. Whether the recipient has a sweet tooth or loves salty snacks, they’re sure to find a favorite treat in this gift basket. If you are looking for a gift for your grandpa or grandma we have some great gift ideas for grandparents where you can get more inspiration from.

Thinking of You Gift Set

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Golden State Art Photo Wood Frame with Mat

If you’re looking for 80th birthday gift ideas that your whole family or office can contribute to, select a favorite photo of everyone and place it in a frame with a thick mat. Then, have everyone sign birthday wishes to the recipient on the mat. The picture can be a recent group photo from a family reunion or a favorite snapshot from many years ago. Whatever you choose, the recipient can put the frame on display at home and enjoy the friendly messages from loved ones.

White Photo Wood Frame

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Buffalo Games Jigsaw Puzzle

Creative activities are helpful to senior citizens who want to maintain a sharp mind as they age. A jigsaw puzzle is a fun activity for an elderly person to do alone or with family members. Choose a relaxing scene from a place the recipient has visited or always wanted to visit. If they want to keep the result on display when finished, they can glue the puzzle together.

1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle


Practical 80th birthday gift ideas can be thoughtful and meaningful too. When your beloved family member or friend is turning 80 years old, you can celebrate by giving him or her a present that helps make life as a senior easier. Which of these gift ideas do you think would be a good present for the octogenarian in your life? Tell us all about it in the comment section below!

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