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80th Birthday Gift Ideas for Someone Special

Wish a loved one the happiest of birthdays with these thoughtful 80th birthday gift ideas and tips.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas for Someone Special

Tips & Gift Ideas for a Happy 80th Birthday

Turning 80 is a big deal. Make a beloved octogenarian’s birthday extra special with these gift-finding tips and present suggestions.  

How to Pick an 80th Birthday Gift

Let’s take a look at some steps you can take to find fabulous 80th birthday gifts. 

Start Early

Start thinking about what to get at least a month before the birthday in case something needs to be special ordered. An early start will also give you plenty of time if you want to make the gift yourself.

Consider Your Budget

How much are you able to spend (money-wise or time-wise)? If you’ve got plenty of time on your hands but your pockets aren’t deep, consider going the DIY route with a homemade gift.


Spend some time thinking about your relationship with the birthday honoree, their personality, and what makes them happy.

Get Help

If you feel like you’re stuck, pick a friend’s brain for suggestions, turn to the internet for inspiration, or find others who are struggling to come up with an idea and buy a gift together. 

Jump on it

Once you have one or two good gift ideas, pull the trigger! Don’t agonize over finding the perfect gift. The recipient will likely appreciate your present no matter what it is.

5 Thoughtful 80th Birthday Gift Ideas

Read on for a few suggestions for meaningful 80th birthday gifts for a loved one. 

eCard + Gift Card

Start the birthday festivities off on the right foot with a personalized online birthday card you can send right from your phone. Customize the message inside the card and add a short video with thoughtful birthday wishes. You can even include a digital gift card, which makes it easy for the recipient to pick their own present!  

80th Birthday Video Gift 

Let the birthday honoree know they’re loved with a Happy Birthday video from friends and family. Ask loved ones to send well wishes in a video clip and combine the birthday video messages to create the most memorable gift you’ll ever give. The recipient will be moved to see so many familiar faces and hear so many messages of love.

Not convinced? Check out the above 80th birthday video and the recipient's reaction, then read these tips on how to make the best birthday video for your own special someone.

Gifts That Give Back

Is the birthday honoree an animal lover? A social justice warrior? An eco-activist? If yes, support your loved one’s favorite cause with a donation in their name or a charity gift. 

Donation-based gifts offer many different ways to show a loved one how much you care about them and their cause. Whether it’s a gift of membership to an organization or advocacy group, a symbolic adoption of an endangered species, or a fun item from a charity’s online store, the recipient will appreciate the thoughtful gesture in their honor. 

Experience Gift

For those that don’t want any more “stuff” but are always up for a little fun, experience gifts are the perfect solution. 

Is there something the birthday honoree would love to do but just hasn’t gotten around to it yet? Tickets to a favorite theater show, a hot air balloon ride, cooking classes, or private art lessons are wonderful ways to give a loved one the gift of trying something new and making memories. 

80th Birthday Party

Time spent with loved ones is the most precious gift by far. With this in mind, plan a party to celebrate the birthday honoree with family and friends. Whether it’s a big bash or a small, intimate gathering, send online birthday invitations to easily share important event info and gather RSVPs. 

Looking for a theme for an 80th birthday party? Celebrate with a “Cheers to 80 Years” theme with plenty of beer, wine, or spirits on hand along with finger foods that pair well with alcohol, or throw  a “1980’s Decade” party complete with guests in 80’s garb and a fabulous 80’s playlist. 

Finally, don't forget to take lots of pictures at the party, combine them with guests' photos in a Shared Album on Memento, and share them for free with friends and family!

Remember that if you put some thought into your 80th birthday gift, the recipient is sure to love it. Follow our tips and suggestions and you can’t go wrong!