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7 Thoughtful 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

By Margaret Manning August 23, 2020 Lifestyle

Do you know someone who will be celebrating their 80th birthday? Turning 80 is quite a milestone, and it should be celebrated with something special. I’m sure the person in question doesn’t need another coffee mug or trinket. Think outside the box and offer something personal and meaningful.

I think that experiences and gifts that are well-thought-out can provide lasting memories and show the person how much you care.

Here is a list of 80th birthday gift ideas that I’m sure will be appreciated.

80 Happy Memories – Memory Box

Ask friends and family to write down their special memories with the birthday gal or guy. They can have a single memory or several recollections. It can be the best vacation they ever had together, a day spent shopping, the time the celebrated person helped when it was needed, and anything else that is a happy memory.

Try to accumulate 80 in total. Each note should be on a separate paper and placed inside a container, a decorated jar, or a personalized box. He or she will pick inside the box to read a daily memory for the following 80 days.

80 Happy Memories – Memory Box
Custom Made Memory Box from Etsy

Visit a Memorial Site Together

The USA has a variety of sites that memorialize persons or historical events. Is there a memorial site that your friend or family member has always wanted to visit? Offer to spend the day with them visiting a memorial site and talk about your memories together.

Visit a Memorial Site Together
Photo by Priscilla Gyamfi on Unsplash

Magazine Subscription

Having monthly magazines delivered to your door is always exciting. This trend seems to have slightly weakened since the advent of the Internet. But nothing beats a glossy cover and the sound of the turning pages. Can’t get that from the web!

What is your soon-to-be 80-year-old friend or family member into? Pick from National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, and so much more.

Magazine Subscription

A Family Photoshoot

When’s the last time all the family was together and took group photos? Chances are that in the busy world we live in, friends and family are scattered all over the place. An 80th birthday is a special occasion and an excellent reason to get together.

Organize a group portrait photoshoot with a local photographer or set it up yourself if you have photography skills. You can go with a theme for the photoshoot or keep it simple with everyone in similar colored attire. Print out the images and put them in frames to offer the celebrated 80-year-old.

A Family Photoshoot
Image by Herney Gómez from Pixabay

Set Up a Book Club

Do you have an avid reader on your hands? Book clubs are increasingly trendy among young and old. There are many virtual online book clubs that you can join, but you can also create your own special private one with your loved one.

Choose a book per month to read, order one for you and one for the birthday gal or guy. Both of you can read the book and then get together (in person or virtual reality) and have a fun discussion.

Set Up a Book Club

Personalized Puzzle

Do they love puzzles? Puzzles are great pastimes and enjoyed by kids as well as seniors. Create a personalized puzzle with photos that you choose.

Send over your pictures through the website and have a puzzle made with family photos, memories, or whatever pics you want. Pick the number of pieces you want and have it shipped directly to their door.

Personalized Puzzle
Image from Shutterfly

Family Heritage Journal: History, Stories, and Cherished Keepsakes

Want a keepsake book of the person’s life, history, and family? The Family Heritage Journal is excellent for documenting stories and the history of their family traditions. This way, future generations can have access to valuable information about your friend’s family.

The book is created with specific questions that the recipient will answer. From traditional foods in the family and specific family recipes, to the most memorable family moments. The book covers a great deal of ground.

Family Heritage Journal: History, Stories, and Cherished Keepsakes

Let’s celebrate!

What do you think about these thoughtful 80th birthday gift ideas? Will you be offering one of these to someone who will be celebrating a milestone birthday soon? Do you have any other meaningful gift ideas for an 80-year-old that you would like to share with the community? Let’s chat in the comments section below.

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The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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