80th Birthday Present Ideas for a Great Grandfather

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80th Birthday Present Ideas for a Great Grandfather
An 80th birthday is a big milestone. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Your great-grandfather's 80th birthday will be filled with family, friends and warm memories. Such a milestone occasion requires a thoughtful gift. Take your great-grandfather's interests, history and personality into account when choosing his gift; remember, the gifts he'll be most likely to enjoy are the ones tailored to his preferences.

Life Album

A "This is Your Life" photo album makes a fun gift for an 80th birthday. Gather photos from your great-grandfather's life and career and display them in a presentation album, or in DVD form complete with music. Such a gift is often the focus of a birthday party, since the whole family will enjoy seeing and commenting on the photos. Old photos frequently jog the memory and may inspire family members to share newly remembered stories you may never have heard before.

Photo Gifts

Alternatively, present your great-grandfather with a photo album or photo tree filled with pictures of his family; a T-shirt bearing cute photos of his great-grandchildren; or a calendar made up of funny photos of the family through the years. If he's computer-savvy, give him a digital picture frame that displays a rotating slideshow of his favourite photos.

A Chance to Relax

A man who's reached his 80th birthday has earned a day of relaxation. Give your great-grandfather a gift token to a local spa for a relaxing massage or a shave. If he has a favourite hobby, such as fishing or golf, a fishing rod or a golf club are sure to be welcome. A bottle of his favourite wine or tickets to a concert or football game are possible alternatives.

Dream Come True

If your great-grandfather has always wanted to do a certain thing, such as taking a biplane ride or visiting the Grand Canyon, save your money over the year or pool your money with other family members and make his dream come true. If you're not able to cover the entire expense, buy a gift token from a travel company or trip outfitter's to give him a discount.

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