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30 Meaningful 80th Birthday Gift Ideas to Celebrate Their Years

Pay homage to a long life well lived with one of these 80th birthday gift ideas, which will show your favorite octogenarian just how much they mean to you. From art to music, and reminiscing to reading material, this selection of gifts will be treasured every bit as much as you treasure the recipient, and will make this birthday their best one yet.

New York Times Custom Birthday Book

With a front page from every birthday since they were born, this collection from the New York Times is handsomely bound in a hard cover and embossed in gold with their details.

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1938 Remember When KardLet

With trivia on music, sport, and movies, “Remember When…” is a book filled with nostalgic facts on any year from 1920 to 2001, including a cost of living index.


Personalized 80th Birthday Framed Art

The perfect 80th birthday gift idea, this print is all about the numbers – from years and decades to days and hours, and how many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren they have.


Happy 80th Birthday Card with Music of Your Life CD

With music from 1940 to 1970, the CD included with this 80th birthday card contains 15 hits from their heyday and will whisk them back for a trip down memory lane.

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My Life Story – So Far

Grandparents’ lives are fascinating, so help them to record aspects of it in this clothbound journal which is divided into sections of their life, and contains prompts to get them writing.


Mother & Daughter Letter Book Set

This beautiful book is designed to be passed down from generation to generation, as future family members read through the lovingly written letters that mother and daughter have sealed within its pages.


80th Birthday Poster Back in 1939

Available printed or as a printable download, this nostalgic 80th birthday poster can be personalized with name and date of birth, and comes in a choice of different colorways.

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My Family Cookbook

Save those family recipes from being lost forever with this ingenious customizable fill-in book which has space for more than 80 family favorites, as well as photos and even family reviews.


Grandparent & Grandchild Letter Book Set

This keepsake book will preserve the special bond that children have with their grandparents through the handwritten letters which, once written, are stored in the pages for the years to come.


Wanderlust Cross Stitch Map

If your favorite octogenarian loves cross stitch, keeps her hands busy with this world map keepsake. With 4 skeins of floss and 2 needles included, this framed canvas is ready to go.


80th Birthday Photo Collage

80 years are filled with memories, so fill the number 80 with evidence of those good times with a customizable collage which comes as a digital file to be printed at home.

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8 Ring Necklace, 8 Rings for 8 Decades Necklace

Love can’t be measured, but if it could it might look something like this sterling silver necklace, which features 8 interlocking rings to represent 8 decades of love, life, and laughter.


1939 Chart Hits CD and Greetings Card

With images from 1939, this birthday card also contains a CD with tracks from the likes of Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie, for a musical walk down memory lane.

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80th Birthday Chalk Sign

With events spanning the past 80 years, this chalkboard poster is ready to print at home and displays a significant event from every year, from 1939 to 2019 (the 80th birthday).


Custom Map Serving Tray

Grandma or Grandpa can raise a toast to their special place every time they lift their glass from this customized tray, which comes with a map of the location of your choice.

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1939 Birthday Personalized Newspaper

Read all about it with this fun front page which has snippets of news and events from 1939 and can be personalized with a photograph, DOB, and home town. Digital download only.


1939 DVD Film and Greeting Card

With more than 60 minutes of footage from 1939, gleaned from news vaults across the states, this DVD accompanies an 80th birthday card depicting iconic images from 8 decades ago.

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Jewelry Bracelet with Box

Lapis signifies wisdom, and after 80 years a LOT of wisdom will have been gathered! This bead bracelet makes a gorgeous 80th birthday gift idea for the wisest octogenarian you know.


1939 Trivia Party Game

Download and print out these 1939 games (Price is Right, and trivia) and that 80th birthday celebration will get off to a flying start. Answers are included so Google not required!


Second Nature Pop Ups 80th Birthday Pop Up Card

This birthday card may look inconspicuous, but pull it out of its envelope and it’ll pop up into a 3D design full of glitter and sparkle that this massive milestone deserves.


Personalized 80th Birthday Sign

Available in a number of finishes, as well as a ‘print-at-home’ format, this poster will be a constant reminder of the loving family that surrounds the lucky birthday boy or girl.

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80th Birthday Poster Back in 1939

Bursting with facts, figures, and trivia about 1939, this poster – which will be digitally delivered in 2-3 days – also contains details about the octogenarian’s favorite things, along with their photo.

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American Greetings 80th Birthday Card with Glitter

There’s so many tributes to pay to someone who has reached their 80th birthday, but if you’re struggling to find the words, this glittery birthday card will say it for you.


Vintage Retro T Shirt

This tee really quantifies how awesome the birthday boy or girl is, with not just the years, but the equivalent in months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds (2524608000 of them), too.

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Scratch Map

An 80 year old life is a life well-travelled, and this scratch off map will reveal in glorious color all the places they’ve seen along their incredible journey.

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80th Birthday Sign Board

Left it to the last minute to find an 80th birthday gift? This chalkboard is available as an instant download, and is chock full of interesting trivia from back in the day.


3 Personalized Diy Gifts

Diy Family Photoshoot Gift Idea

This adorable photo shoot idea can include as many or as few family members as you like, and will cost a fraction of the cost of a professional session.

Diy Hand Ring Dish

If Grandma takes her rings off to wash the dishes, this home-made ring dish will make her day. Fashioned around a hand-tracing, it can be decorated to suit Grandma’s tastes.

How to Make Personalized Candles

Packing tape, a laser printer, and a candle in a jar are all you need to create these incredibly expensive looking personalized candles as the perfect birthday gift.

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