Gift ideas for a 77 year old male

Updated November 21, 2016

Choosing a gift for an older man can seem difficult. Some 77-year-old men may have everything they need or want, while others might live in a nursing home or assisted living facility and you might not be sure what types of gifts are appropriate. Regardless of the situation, there are many types of gifts that would be perfect for a man in his late 70s.


Men in their late 70s are likely retired and have more time on their hands than previously. Many men in this age bracket are still active and enjoy learning new things to help keep their minds sharp, so enrol him in a class at a local senior or community centre. Consider courses where he can learn new skills, such as cooking, pottery, painting or dancing. He also might enjoy yoga, weight training or spinning that are aimed at a senior citizen's exertion level.


Most men in their late 70s likely remember listening to vinyl records in their younger years. Records remain popular collectable items; if he still has a box or two of his old records in his garage or attic, give him a new record player so he can start listening to them again. If he no longer has his records, head to a local antique store or thrift shop and look for those by his favourite artists. You can also find old records online.

Digital Photo Frame

Many older men, particularly widowers or those who live alone, downsize from a larger home to a smaller one or an apartment. Others live in an assisted living facility or a nursing home. If that is the case, he might not have much space for photos of his family. Purchase a digital photo frame and load pictures onto it for him. This way, he can see all of his children, grandchildren and other family members in only one photo frame. Change the photos to include new ones when you visit him.

Practical Gifts

Although they might not want to admit it, some 77-year-old men might need a bit more help than they used to, so consider choosing a gift that makes his daily life a little better or easier. For example, if he is losing his eyesight, purchase a large-print book or a book on CD. Or perhaps he needs handrails installed on his porch steps or in his bathroom. If you are a bit short on funds, but want to give him something he needs, offer to make dinner, clean his house, mow his lawn or simply help out with errands.

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