Coming up with an appropriate gift for a woman in her 80s can be a challenge, because it may seem that she already has everything, or you are not sure what her tastes are. High-tech gadgets probably are not going to get much use. Instead, use your creativity. Put a little time and effort into personalising the gift, and she will surely appreciate it.
Create a photo book using a website such as Snapfish, Shutterfly or Kodak Gallery. Photo book websites allow you to customise each page of your creation down to the caption font, and the books are available in a large variety of styles, sizes and colours. Upload photos of her family, especially any children and grandchildren. The book could even chronicle her life. Scan and upload old photos from her youth, or choose one event, such as a vacation. Older women will appreciate the time and thought put into such a gift. Moreover, the professional quality of the photo books is impressive.
Have a personalised throw blanket made through a website such as Keepsakes Etc. or Potpourri Online Gift Catalog. Have it monogrammed with a special date--an anniversary or birthday, for example. Or, have her name and family members' names embroidered on a blanket with a floral, Americana or family tree theme. Choose a style and colours to fit her home.
If she enjoys tea, arrange a variety of herbal teas in a basket with a porcelain teapot in the centre. Add her favourite chocolates, cookies or biscuits inside of a set of matching teacups. For a coffee lover, include a French press and a sampling of gourmet coffees. Decorate the basket with some ribbon and include a handwritten note. Offer to have an afternoon "tea date." A woman in her 80s will particularly appreciate the thoughtfulness and personal touch.
Herbs or Flowering Plant
Even if you don't know the woman well, it's hard to go wrong with a small flowering plant. You could also place a few fragrant herbs, such as basil, oregano and thyme, into an attractive clay planter. Scatter small wood chips or moss atop the soil as a finishing touch. She will appreciate the practicality and simple beauty of the gift.