Birthday gift ideas for a 90-year-old male

Written by kristen berry | 13/05/2017
Birthday gift ideas for a 90-year-old male
Add a small but festive cake for a man's 90th birthday. (Closeup of a chocolate birthday cake image by Alberto Pérez Veiga from

Believe it or not, there are a few things a 90-year-old man doesn't already have. The key to giving a meaningful birthday gift he'll appreciate is giving him something he can use. Opt for functional gifts that make life more convenient. From t-shirts to household goods, choose something practical with a hint of luxury that appeals to the senior lifestyle with a sense of masculinity.

Coffee station

Birthday gift ideas for a 90-year-old male
Choose a quality coffee maker with automatic shut-off. (espresso image by iMAGINE from

For the man who drinks coffee, set up a coffee station in his bedroom. Locate the station near a water source such as a bathroom or laundry room sink. Include everything he'll need to start the day with a station that makes the morning brew as easy as pushing a button. Set the station near his bed and use a small table or cabinet where coffee and filters can be stored for easy access. Place the coffee maker on top of the table with a vase full of simple flowers. You can also purchase colourful, sturdy mugs to match his bedroom decor. For the ultimate convenience, opt for a coffee maker with a timer for presetting the morning brew to start automatically. Include a waste-paper basket for filter disposal and, if creamer is necessary, purchase a mini-refrigerator and stock it with flavoured creamers.

Baseball cap or t-shirt

Birthday gift ideas for a 90-year-old male
Many active seniors appreciate t-shirts and baseball caps. (old man running image by Goran Bogicevic from

Purchase a baseball cap or t-shirt with a printed quote. Choose a quote with a sense of humour and a touch a class. For example, on his 90th birthday, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr saw an attractive woman and said, "Oh, to be 70 again." You can also use a quote expressing a lighthearted outlook on life such as Jack Benny's - "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Whatever quote you choose, have it printed in durable, washable letters that can withstand regular washing.

Rechargeable torch

Birthday gift ideas for a 90-year-old male
Choose torches with an ergonomic design for a comfortable grip. (flashlight image by Rachwalski Andrzej from

For the handyman who can never find his torch, give a multipurpose rechargeable torch featuring a tripod stand for projects requiring both hands. Seniors often pride themselves on feeling independent and self-sufficient. A quality rechargeable torch encourages independence and comes in handy during power cuts. You can also purchase a few smaller torches for different areas of the home such as the kitchen, bedroom and garage where multiple outlets provide easy access.

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