As your father reaches his 80th birthday, a very special day, you and other family members may be wondering what kind of gift to give him. While your dad may not be as sprightly as he once was, there are still plenty of great gift ideas out there that he is sure to love.
There are plenty of great gift ideas out there that he is sure to love, but finding the best presents for dad can be a bit tricky. Older people tend to have just about everything they need.
If your dad is a fan of the outdoors, why not buy him a new set of golf clubs or a fishing rod? If he’s more of a homebody, consider getting him a cozy robe or slippers. And if your dad is always up for a good laugh, you can’t go wrong with a hilarious book or gag gift.
No matter what you choose, your dad is sure to appreciate a gift that comes from the heart. So take a look at some great 80th birthday gift ideas for dad and get ready to make his day extra special.
We’re sure that you will find an 80th birthday present that he will just love.
What Do I Get My 80 Year Old Dad For His Birthday?
It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for someone who has everything, but it’s especially challenging when that person is your father and he’s turning 80. On the one hand, you want to get him something that will make him happy and remind him of all the good times you’ve shared together.
On the other hand, you don’t want to get him something that he’ll never use or that will end up collecting dust on a shelf. You also don’t want to spend a fortune on his gift, but you do want it to be something meaningful.
If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift that says Happy Birthday for your dad, consider any of the 80th birthday ideas we have listed below. From sentimental gifts to practical gifts, we’ve got you covered.
What Is The Traditional Gift For 80th Birthday?
The traditional gift for an 80th birthday is any item made of oak. Oak is a sturdy and long-lasting wood, symbolizing the strength and stability of the person who is celebrating their 80th birthday.
So we’ll list some oak items below for you to choose from if you want to celebrate a more traditional birthday with your amazing dad.
58 Of The Best Gifts For Your 80 Year Old Father
Looking for thoughtful and useful birthday presents for your older dad, the birthday boy? Check out our list of great ideas that are sure to make their day. From practical items to fun experiences, we’ve got something for everyone. So take a look and find the perfect present for the special occasion.
Here is our list of great 80th birthday gifts for your loving father. And just a little tip, these gifts can also be great for father’s day, Christmas or any other special day.
It’s always fun to celebrate a milestone birthday, and whether your dad is turning 80 or any age in between, this tumbler with keychain makes a great gift. It’s practical and meaningful, and something your dad is sure to appreciate. Plus, it’s a nice way to remind him that he’s only getting more fabulous with age. The versatile drink cup is great for sharing in good times and creating new memories.
For Dads Who Enjoy A Cocktail
Let him know that he’s aged to perfection with this vintage 11 oz whisky glass. It’s perfect for his favorite spirit, whether it be bourbon, scotch, vodka, gin, or rum. He can also enjoy mixed drinks, ice water, smoothies, and juices in this lowball glass.
For Dads With Some Muscle Aches
When your muscles hurt, you hurt all over and just feel miserable. This Shiatsu massager is perfect for shoulders, neck and back. And, it’s heated which makes it even more wonderful to use. This can be a wonderful gift for him.
For Chef Dads
A beautiful personalized cutting board made of oak (a traditional 80th birthday gift) that your dad will love to use when he’s making his delicious dishes for everyone. It can make for a wonderful keepsake.
Help Him To Get Organized
As we get older, we tend to misplace things. (I know I do all the time!). This great little organizer can help your older dad to have a place for lots of things. His smartphone, eyewear, watch, ring, keys, pen, etc.
Large Print Password Keeper Book
We have so many passwords to keep track of nowadays! Having a large print password book will keep this important info right at Dad’s fingertips.
This book features one dedicated page per password and has alphabetical tabs so Dad can easily find the correct page. Each page has room for several password changes and also gives him space to record security questions and answers.
There are several covers to choose from, as well as Spanish versions.
What a wonderful, unique gift! Turn your digital photo into an engraved crystal block. He’ll love having that to see every day! This can be a very special gift.
Limited Edition Batman Watch
Is your father a Batman fan? Well why not gift him this limited edition stainless steel quarta watch with the Batman logo! It can be a meaningful gift for him and a perfect way to say happy birthday and I love your quirks!
Take some of his favorite photos and put them in this beautiful frame along with a special message from you!
Fun and Different Greeting Card
Instead of the same old greeting cards that he’ll get from others, why not give him something really fun and different like this pop up card! On top of that it lights up and plays Happy Birthday. Write in your favorite birthday quote to let him know how much you care about him.
Personalized Pocket Knife
Some men like to carry a pocket knife and this one, with an oak handle (another traditional gift idea) is personalized, making it just a little bit extra special. Making it personalized are just one of those special touches that can make the gift a perfect choice.
For Dads Who Grill
Many men love to grill and if that’s your father, then why not give him this amazing 19 piece stainless steel case filled with grilling accessories. It’ll make him feel like the king of the grill! Couple it with a new grilling apron and he’ll love it!
A video game that I think is excellent for most seniors are the ones using the Wii console. And the sports games can be a lot of fun and provide some great exercise, standing or sitting.
For Dads Who Think They Are Funny
I know many fathers (young and old) who think they are just hilarious! And most of us just don’t have the heart to tell them that they are not. But hey, if their jokes and stories can make some people laugh then why not?
Minimalist Wallet With A Message
What a great way to remind your father that you love him and are grateful for all that he has done for you. Plus, most everyone could use a new wallet now and then. This can be a very thoughtful gift.
For Lovers Of Jerky
If your father enjoys Beef Jerky, then mist could be a great gift. It’s a sampler pack of 8 different flavors of beef jerky. You can also get an 11 pack variety as well.
What About Cookies?
But what if your dad has a sweet tooth? This box of cookies may just do the trick to satisfy it. He may or may not decide to share it with you!
For Beer Drinkers
If your father has a sense of humor and enjoys beer, this may be a great gift for him. It holds 8 ounces of your favorite beer! And hey, why not add a 6 pack or case of his favorite beer as well?
Let’s Get Comfortable
If your dad enjoys getting comfortable in his favorite chair and comfy clothing, why not give him a little more comfort with this slip on mocassin slippers.
Mixing Humor With Information
Here’s a fun little book that can answer a lot of questions that men normally ask about growing older. Let’s face it, our bodies change, our minds change and it’s important to know what is going on.
Cell Phone Holder with Speaker
I thought this was such a great idea. Not only does this little gadget hold your cell phone, leaving you hands free. It also has a bluetooth speaker which may make it easier to hear calls and videos you play from your phone.
For Candy Lovers
For those dads who have great memories of the candy they grew up with, here’s a collection of some retro candy that he may just love. Don’t be upset if he doesn’t want to share them with you!
Encourage Him To Exercise
Sketchers makes some of the best, comfortable shoes around. If your elderly father loves to get out and about, go for walks, is still working, etc. he can benefit from comfortable walking shoes like these.
If your father loves to travel, why not record his journey in this beautiful leather travel journal. It’s refillable so he can keep using it for years to come.
Easy To Read Watch
Sometimes, it’s not so easy to keep using the same items we’ve been using, like a watch. As we get older, it’s very common for our vision to become compromised somehow. So, in this case you can gift your wonderful dad a watch like this one with large font.
I understand that golf lovers need to practice quite often. It is a very difficult game after all. So, this pop up golf chipping net can help to give him the practice he needs to win a game. You can certainly add a box of golf balls too.
Not Old – Classic
A great way to wear what you are thinking!
The Classic Toilet Light
A great night light for your older dad, especially when he gets up in the middle of the night to use the rest room.
Just A Little Bit Of Fun
This little tin of “memory mints” is a great little gag gift that your older father may enjoy. You can put it in a basket with some other senior gifts like the Seniors Texting Code book, Discount T-shirt and Senior Driver car magnet.
Fisherman’s Word Search Book
If your dad enjoys word searches, and he’s into fishing, then this may be a fun little gift to give him. Word searches can be good for older folks, it can help to stimulate reasoning skills.
Auto Handy Bar
This great little gadget can make life just a bit easier and safer for your old dad. It’s a portable handybar that can help him get into and out of a car and on top of that it also has a set belt cutter and window breaker in case of emergency.
Another Great Car Gadget
Another great item to help making driving more comfortable for your father is this lumbar support pillow! It’s made with memory foam, it’s 20.9 inches long and fastens to the seat.
This great item is perfect for anyone who needs a table by their favorite spot on the sofa or favorite chair. They can use it to eat, work, read, etc. But it does more than that. Swing the table to the side and you can use the handle to help you get up!
I love these classic sweaters and a cashmere one can be just a little bit of luxury that your father will enjoy.
Pipe To Go With The Sweater
If your dad enjoys a good pipe every now and then, why not gift him a new one with this gift box filled with the pipe and accessories. Couple it with his favorite tobacco and you’ve got a treat that he will love.
His Very Own Whisky Barrel
This can be a fun gift for your dad, especially if he has a bar set up in his home. It’s personalized and holds 1 liter of whatever you want to put in it.
Does Your Dad Enjoy Playing Cards?
If your father enjoys playing Bridge, Canasta, Poker, etc. then why not gift him this beautiful box with equally beautiful playing cards inside.
For Cold Winter Days
If your dad is still getting out to shovel the snow or out to the store on cold winter days, then why not keep him just a bit warmer with these rechargeable electric gloves that can warm him up.
The Echo Show
The Echo Show is a great gift for anyone, but especially older adults. And especially if you have one yourself! You can video chat with him at any time. You can even keep an eye on him with the Drop In Skill. There’s a lot to do with Amazon’s Alexa devices and I encourage you to use them. Read about 30 Alexa skills I recommend for older adults.
Fake Oak Beer Coffee Mug
This beer stein, made to look like a vintage oak wood barrel (but it’s fake oak) has a stainless steel lining and is actually a coffee cup! A unique gift for dads with a Viking heritage, don’t you think?
Easy To Use Remote Control
If your father is having trouble using the remote, try this easy to use Flipper remote with big buttons specifically made for older adults.
Massage Rocker Recliner
Combine all the things that can make a chair comfortable and they are all in this wonderful seat. It’s a recliner, it has vibration massage withth heat and it’s also a rocker. Your father will make this his new favorite chair!
James Bond Movies
I love James Bond movies and I know many men who do too. So, while he’s sitting and enjoying his new recliner, gift him this wonderful collection of James Bond movies!
For The Fisherman
I understand that fishermen always need new lures. At least, that’s what my husband used to say. So, here’s a great kit of 13 different sizes of plastic worms for the fisherman in your life.
A Snuggly Robe
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday! Reading the newspaper, enjoying a leisurely breakfast and snuggled in a soft, plus, fleece robe like this one.
If your father enjoys his cigars, he may already have a humidor, but maybe it’s an old one and maybe it doesn’t work as well as it used to. This can be a great gift for him for his 80th birthday.
Favorite Songs from the 50’s
The music from your teenage years stays with you forever it seems. For someone turning 80, that would be music from the 50’s. This gift may bring back wonderful memories for him of his favorite songs as well as get him up and dancing.
My Life Story
I just love these books. Oftentimes we don’t get to hear the whole story of our father’s life and books like this prompt him to tell his tale. It’s a great way for him to relive memories and to show you how he became the man you now know.
You can use these bluetooth speakers inside or outdoors. They’re wireless so you can put them anywhere.
For The Tinkerer
Does your dad enjoy tinkering in the garage? He probably has to handle a lot of small screws and nails and washers, etc. This handy little gadget can help to keep all of those things on his wrist. It’s a magnetic wristband and it may end up being his favorite new tool.
Maybe your father needs to do a little more exercising? A good way to encourage him is to get him his own stationary bike that he can use right at home.
Large Print Books
Large print books are great for readers who are having a hard time reading the smaller print that is normally in books.
Magnifier For Reading
Of course, not every books is printed in large print so for those books, magazines and newspapers that he may find difficult to read, a gift of this magnifier can help him to enjoy reading again.
Garden Kneeler and Seat
Make gardening easier and safer for your father with this great bench and kneeling pad. It has pouches on either side so plenty of room to put tools, etc.
For The Frustrated Gardener
I am certainly a frustrated gardener so I am very familiar with sentiments like on this sign! If your father suffers with this as well, then he may appreciate having a little fun with it.
Okay, so a rollator may not be the most glamorous gift you can give someone but it sure can be the most useful one if your 80 year old guy needs some assistance with walking. This particular one is foldable making it easy to take with you.
An Electric Shaver
The Braun Electric Razor for men is rated as one of the top electric shavers for older men. Give your guy the gift of good grooming and comfort with this great shaver.
Bedside Grab Bar
This handy bed assist bar can make getting in and out of bed much easier and safer. I also love that it has a pocket as well. Great for putting in a book, glasses, etc.
There are plenty of great gift ideas for someone celebrating their 80th birthday. The key is to think about what they enjoy doing on a daily basis, and what they may no longer be able to do because of age or physical limitations.
Whether it’s a product, service, or simply your time and company, they will appreciate any gift that is thoughtful and tailored to their interests.