Gifts for a woman's 80th birthday

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Gifts for a woman's 80th birthday
People have many gift ideas to choose from for an 80-year-old woman. (portrait of a proud woman in her home image by studio vision 1 from Fotolia.com)

Women turning 80 have what they probably want the most -- the gift of life. Still, you can't neglect giving them a tangible gift for their birthday, especially if you're attending a party. You'll only cause hard feelings if you walk in empty handed. Finding a present for an 80-year-old woman doesn't have to be difficult, or that expensive.

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Music

Make a soundtrack of the person's life. Begin with songs from the year of her birth, followed by tunes from her childhood and teenage years. Someone born in the 1930s may remember dancing to the Andrews Sisters, Perry Como and Duke Ellington. Include her wedding song, and popular music from key moments in her life such as when her children and grandchildren were born. Have fun with it. If she went to Cuba on a vacation in her 20s, include Caribbean songs. You may have to deftly ask questions in the months before her birthday to get ideas.

Newspaper Front Page

A person has seen a lot of things in 80 years. Mark just how much has changed with a framed newspaper front page from the day of her birthday. It's fun looking back to see who was president and what the major stories of the time period were. Major newspapers like The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times sell front page reprints from their websites. Companies also sell reproductions from a range of different newspapers. While it might be difficult, getting her hometown paper or the front page from the closest big city would be a nice touch. Complement the present by also giving the front page from the day after her birthday so she could see the news that actually happened on the day she was born.

Technology

Not every present has to be from the past. There's no reason that an 80-year-old woman can't be up to date with all the latest gadgets and technology. Buy her a computer and teach her to use the Internet. If she's already logged on, get her a tablet, an MP3 player or a new cell phone. Technology has practical uses, in addition to being fun. For example, she'll appreciate being able to text her grandkids, and a large display cell phone may help her make calls easier.

Wellness

Get a health club membership and pay for a personal trainer. Healthy adults 65 and over need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week for all major muscle groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC notes that people with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis should still do as much physical activity as they can, and regular exercise improves your quality of life. An 80-year-old might enjoy getting out of the house and being around younger people on a regular basis. Or, you can give acupuncture treatments. The traditional Chinese treatment that uses needles aids seniors because it helps with enhanced circulation, insomnia, blood pressure and could increase mental clarity, according to Vital Gate Acupuncture New York.

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