Birthday Gift Suggestions for 80-Year-Old Men

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Birthday Gift Suggestions for 80-Year-Old Men
A man's 80th birthday gift needs to take his age and health into consideration (happy birthday image by Michael Kempf from

Whether 20, 30 or 80, a man enjoys celebrating his birthday. After 80 years of living, a man has accrued a lifetime of memories and has even more to celebrate. However, at 80-years-old, a man may not be as agile or his eyesight as acute as it once was. Make the birthday extra enjoyable by taking into consideration both his health and mobility when selecting a gift.

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If the man celebrating his 80th birthday has lost some of his visual acuity, consider a new wristwatch as a gift. Look for a watch with a large, easily read dial with a bright backlight. Choose a watch that has large and easy-to-depress function buttons. In addition, look for a watch with a hook-and-loop tape band to make getting it on and off, as well as adjusting it, easier for those with limited dexterity.


Select a clock for a man celebrating his 80th birthday, especially if his vision is poor. Look for a clock with a large, brightly lit face. Alternatively, give him a clock that projects a digital image of the time onto the wall or the ceiling so all he has to do is look up. Or opt for a clock with speaking functions, where the time, in increments set by the owner, is spoken out loud.

Cell Phone

As men age, hand-and-arm movement may suffer. Give the birthday gift of a new cell phone to an 80-year-old man. Find a cell phone with a large number pad and a well-lit screen with a large text display. Don't load the phone with extra features that he neither wants nor will use and may only confuse him. Program in the numbers he calls most often.

Picture Frame

Pictures and picture albums take up space, especially since senior citizens may not live in their own homes and have limited storage space. While they may value family and photos, they may no longer have room to keep such mementos. Reaching and turning pages may even cause pain. For the 80-year-old man who values family memories, purchase a digital picture frame as a birthday gift. Download pictures to a flash drive that fits into the frame; turn on the digital picture frame with the touch of a button for a slide show of family members or scenic pictures. Some digital picture frames also serve as clocks. Add a family photo from the birthday celebration.


A man reaching 80-years-old deserves a celebration. Plan an 80th birthday party with his family and friends. Have everyone bring a card that expresses appreciation and love for the birthday celebrant. Open-house style allows guests to come and go throughout the afternoon or evening. Offer cake, punch, nuts and mints to guests.

Time & Effort

Give the gift of time. Spend time before and after the birthday celebration with the 80-year-old man. Check his living quarters, making it more accessible to his needs. Tack down rug edges, and eliminate throw rugs. Enlarge handles on cupboard doors to make them easier to open. Letting a birthday celebrant know you care by being there is an 80th birthday gift that he may enjoy more than any other.

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