Gift ideas for a 70-year-old man

Updated July 20, 2017

Birthday gifts are best when they're personal. Considering the birthday boy's personality (and your relationship to him) provides valuable hints in picking out a gift that shows you care. However, landmark birthdays, like a 70th, provide an opportunity to give meaningful gifts based on age.


Gather up as many treasured photos or old home videotapes and take them to a copy shop. There you can convert these ageing timepieces to a DVD or computer video file. Preserving these memories into a easily accessible media is a thoughtful way to show someone you recognise and value their personal history. This can even be done at home with a scanner and a computer photo program. As an interesting option, try adding a soundtrack to your video or photo slide show.


It's a stereotype to assume all men love sports, but the fact remains that many men are big sports fans. If the 70-year-old in your life is a golf fanatic or a cricket devotee, there are a plethora of possible gifts. Search for a retrospective book on old stadiums, a subscription to a golfers magazine, jerseys, caps, jackets or furnishing emblazoned with his favourite club's logo. A year's subscription to a special satellite package can help keep your 70-year-old abreast of every game of the season. For the fan who has it all, tickets to a game can create a special memory for both of you.


If your 70-year-old doesn't let age stop him from death-defying stunts, support his sense of adventure. You don't exactly have to join him on a skydive, but if he's a jumper, maybe get him a new pair of goggles. Or, join him for a trip on a hot air balloon. If flying lessons, a trip to a firing range or a night camping out are in his personality, do what you can to make those adventurous dreams a reality.


Few things conjure up memories like music. Luckily, many popular recordings from the day's of a 70-year-old's youth have been repackaged, often in deluxe-edition box sets. More and more unused recordings and footage of popular artists have been dusted off and put on the market. Pick up a reissue and bring back memories for the 70-year-old in your life.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Billy Kekevian has been a writer and editor in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area since 2003. He has worked all sides of the desk, from reporting and writing to editing and layout design. Kekevian's work has appeared in the "Gloucester County Times," "Philadelphia City Paper" and, among other publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Rutgers University.