Special gifts for dad's 80th birthday

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Special gifts for dad's 80th birthday
An elegantly framed photo of a cherished memory can carry a lot of meaning for a new octogenarian. (Andrew Bret Wallis/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

It's no small matter when your father reaches a milestone like his 80th birthday. Initially, it may seem challenging to pick out a gift for someone that age. But there are a number of options for simple gifts with great sentimental value which can mean a lot to him if done right.

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Photo Album

An octogenarian has experienced many things and likely has a lot of memories. A photo album stocked with pictures of family members and loved ones is a good option and one that is sure to have a personal impact on your father.

Personalised Items

Personalising something that your father would like adds that special touch to an already thoughtful gift. You could get him a coffee mug with messages from family members inscribed on it. You can get him a hat with a quote written on it. You can even buy him an engraved bottle of birthday champagne.

Birthday Newspaper

Get your dad a newspaper from the day he was born. Totally Gifts offers birthday newspapers that come in decorated frames. The gift offers a unique snapshot in time of what the world was like when your father came into the world 80 years ago.

Surprise Birthday Party

Sometimes the best gift for someone who has already seen 79 birthdays is to throw him the best one he's seen yet. Hire a party planner or prepare it yourself. Invite friends old and new, as well as family members from all over. Give people an opportunity to enjoyed shared memories with your father, and he will not soon forget the occasion.

Special Trip

Organise a special trip for your father. This could be a quick getaway to a quiet oasis for a weekend. It could be a destination gathering for family and friends to spend a few days with your father. Or you could send him some place he's always wanted to go, but has never had the finances or the time to take the trip.

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