birth­day gifts

Gifts for Grandma for 80 years: the best ideas and recommendations for choosing

A grand­moth­er at the age of 80 cares more about the spir­i­tu­al side of life than about the mate­r­i­al, because this is the age of mem­o­ries, sen­ti­men­tal­i­ty and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty, as often as pos­si­ble meet­ings with grand­chil­dren, great-grand­chil­dren and chil­dren. Please note that the hero of the day was born in the for­ties of the last cen­tu­ry, which means that her youth fell on the 60s. It was the time of the “Khrushchev thaw” and a ter­ri­ble short­age of every­thing, the fash­ion for every­thing Yugoslav and Pol­ish, records with jazz music, open-air cin­e­mas, dreams of a trip to Yal­ta and the Cau­casian min­er­al waters.

Interesting ideas

At the age of 80, a woman likes to decide every­thing her­self, so it is advis­able (in order not to offend with her expen­sive sur­prise) to coor­di­nate gifts with her or talk to her about youth and lis­ten care­ful­ly to what her grand­moth­er wants. Be sure to con­sid­er what the hero of the day dreamed of in her youth, and how her youth passed — whether she was a fac­to­ry work­er, a ser­vice sec­tor work­er, or worked hard on a col­lec­tive farm.

  • For sev­er­al years now, the so-called “bas­ket of youth” has been pop­u­lar as a gift for grand­moth­ers. This is a set of sets, mag­a­zines, records (if there is a play­er) in a beau­ti­ful light wick­er bas­ket, with which you can lat­er go for mush­rooms or store balls and knit­ting nee­dles in it. Old­er peo­ple often like to give things a sec­ond life and even gift wrap­ping is used.
  • Cake with an inscrip­tion or a set pho­to print and a por­trait of a grand­moth­er dec­o­rate the fes­tive table and sur­prise guests. You can order a restau­rant as a gift with a short inter­ac­tive pro­gram for 20–30 min­utes, invit­ed by the toast­mas­ter (care­ful­ly study the host’s pro­gram and make the nec­es­sary adjust­ments) and a pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

  • You can give an open­work shawl, a downy scarf and a rock­ing chair — they will help the grand­moth­er to while away the evenings in the off-sea­son and not to freeze until the cen­tral heat­ing is turned on.

  • If the bud­get allows, you can give a small set of spe­cial cos­met­ics French pro­duc­tion. Indeed, in the days of my grand­moth­er’s youth, one could only dream of French cos­met­ics, the most chic was the Pol­ish cream and per­fume “Per­haps”.

  • A pot will be a good present for gas or elec­tric hob with trans­par­ent lid and remov­able insert for steam cook­ing. Such a gift will def­i­nite­ly not gath­er dust in a box.

  • Genealog­i­cal tree with pho­tographs or a pic­ture in a frame with a pedi­gree, where grand­par­ents will be the cen­ter of the com­po­si­tion, your grand­moth­er will def­i­nite­ly appre­ci­ate.

  • With the con­sent of the grand­moth­er, you can give a shor, but not a new­fan­gled cab­in, but mount­ed from glass doors and with a drain on the floor, into which you can sim­ply step (a high side will not inter­fere), and you don’t have to suf­fer with laun­der­ing.
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  • You can replace plumb­ing but first agree on the col­or with your grand­moth­er, because peo­ple of respectable age usu­al­ly love white plumb­ing. When buy­ing, give pref­er­ence to eco­nom­i­cal mod­els, for exam­ple, a two-but­ton toi­let, faucets with clas­sic valves, a shor head with 2 water sup­ply modes.

  • Retro floor lamp, sconce, chan­de­lier can bring back pleas­ant mem­o­ries of youth to the hero of the day.

  • You can also give a pet. But with such a gift, you need to be very care­ful: first you need to make sure that the grand­moth­er is dream­ing about it, and give only such a kit­ten or pup­py as she wants. Please note that you will need to take care of him: wash the tray, feed him with spe­cial food. Try to take care of him as much as pos­si­ble: pro­vide food, train, walk, and if nec­es­sary, take the grand­moth­er with the pet to the vet­eri­nar­i­an. Cal­cu­late in advance how much time per ek or even per day you can spend on help­ing. Per­haps the grand­moth­er also dreams of a spe­cial­ly trained guide dog.

Video greeting

Video con­grat­u­la­tions on the 80th anniver­sary with or with­out a pho­to, on local tele­vi­sion, will be a very pleas­ant gift, and all friends, acquain­tances and sales­women from neigh­bor­ing stores will watch the replay of the pro­gram. Usu­al­ly old grand­moth­ers are very socia­ble and have friend­ly rela­tions with a very wide range of peo­ple.

You can edit your own slideshow and add music, or order a mini-movie from a pro­fes­sion­al — such a gift can be pre­sent­ed com­plete with an inter­ac­tive pho­to frame or tablet, and it will please your grand­moth­er for years, become a source of pride, and will be shown to all the gos­sips-neigh­bors.

In a video greet­ing, you can include an inter­view with wish­es from rel­a­tives and friends — grand­moth­er will be pleased.

Theater or cinema ticket

When choos­ing tick­ets to the the­ater, cin­e­ma or opera as a gift, always con­sid­er the age of the birth­day girl and her favorite works, do not buy tick­ets for mod­ern pro­duc­tions, the 80-year-old hero of the day will crit­i­cize mod­ern direc­tors to the nines, as she is used to the clas­si­cal approach in the­ater and cin­e­ma.

The­ater tick­ets will appeal to an intel­lec­tu­al grand­moth­er, but a coun­try woman will love the idea of ​​mak­ing her dream of a pil­grim­age come true. It is more expe­di­ent to buy a spe­cial tour with a cer­tain route, meals and com­fort­able hotels for two and keep your grand­moth­er com­pa­ny.


It is bet­ter to dis­cuss house­hold appli­ances as a gift for an anniver­sary with your grand­moth­er in advance so that she does not lament about the high cost and abun­dance of but­tons on the unit. It should be borne in mind that grand­moth­ers are used to sav­ing elec­tric­i­ty and not turn­ing on an extra light bulb in the house, not to men­tion the dish­wash­er. In our quest to make Grand­ma’s life eas­i­er, look from our point of view, it does­n’t cost us any­thing to put two dish­es in the dish­wash­er and run a fast cycle, while the elder­ly would pre­fer to wash the dish­es with their hands.

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A robot vac­u­um clean­er can be a good gift, you don’t need to bend over for it, it is eco­nom­i­cal, it takes up lit­tle space. Care­ful­ly study the oper­at­ing con­di­tions of such a unit, it will not cope with home­spun paths, but if the floor­ing is suit­able, then the gift will bring a lot of joy, receive an affec­tion­ate nick­name and a response in the soul of the birth­day girl.


Grand­moth­er can be pleased with a new soft blan­ket or a warm bathrobe. Think over how you will wash it, give pref­er­ence to super-light mod­els made of nat­ur­al mate­r­i­al.

Fur boots, embroi­dered boots (with­out heels), a new warm fur hat can also be a good gift — grand­moth­ers love walk­ing with friends and grand­chil­dren, but sore legs do not allow them to walk for a long time, so they have to warm up. A spe­cial blan­ket for the street may come in handy. Fluffy mit­tens and a light warm down jack­et will be good for trips to the clin­ic, the store and for walks with friends.

An exclu­sive cane, made specif­i­cal­ly for the height and build of the birth­day girl, will not only help to move with the least effort, but will also please the grand­moth­er with a pleas­ant design and its con­ve­nience. You can also buy a beau­ti­ful and reli­able cane in the store from the avail­able range.


You can give your grand­moth­er a col­lec­tion of books in a gift edi­tion for her birth­day, for exam­ple, Agatha Christie or anoth­er favorite author. Per­haps the hero of the day will be pleased to receive church lit­er­a­ture as a gift: a col­lec­tion of the lives of the saints, the Psalter or the Bible.

Today you can order on the Inter­net or a print­ing house a book about grand­moth­er’s life with artis­tic illus­tra­tions or pho­tographs in a beau­ti­ful cov­er, you can inde­pen­dent­ly com­pose such a work and print it through a hard­cov­er pho­to print­ing site.

A trip to a sanatorium

As a gift from grand­chil­dren, you can present a tick­et to a sana­to­ri­um with a free choice of llness pro­ce­dures or a cer­tain pack­age of ser­vices, or to a spe­cial­ized board­ing house to improve your health. Accord­ing to your bud­get, con­sid­er options in a pine for­est or at sea, be sure to give accom­pa­nied trips — let a grand­fa­ther, one of the chil­dren or grand­chil­dren, a girl­friend, a sis­ter become a com­pan­ion.

Old­er peo­ple need such trips, but they should not be lone­ly on vaca­tion.

Electric massager

Some grand­moth­ers at the age of 80 are fond of var­i­ous elec­tric mas­sagers, so it’s bet­ter to clar­i­fy the mod­el and the exact name of the required unit, and not try to choose it your­self. Per­haps grand­moth­er wants a foot bath as a gift (care­ful­ly read the con­traindi­ca­tions in the instruc­tions) or not an elec­tric, but a wood­en mul­ti­func­tion­al foot mas­sager.

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Sets or flors

If the grand­moth­er does not have dia­betes, then you can give sets for her eight­i­eth birth­day — ordi­nary sets in a box. If you have prob­lems with blood sug­ar, dia­bet­ic options are suit­able.

Almost all grand­moth­ers are very fond of flors. You can give 1 bou­quet and sev­er­al flors in pots from each fam­i­ly of guests (if grand­moth­er likes to do flori­cul­ture).

What else can you choose?

You can choose orig­i­nal and cre­ative gifts, but be sure to take into account the age and pref­er­ences of the hero of the day. Review the pho­to album, remem­ber the sto­ries that have been passed down in your fam­i­ly from mouth to mouth for many years, lis­ten care­ful­ly to all the words of your grand­moth­er.

Based on this, choose a gift.

What should not be presented?

There is a cer­tain cat­e­go­ry of gifts that will not be entire­ly appro­pri­ate. for pur­chase.

  • Med­ical devices: It is bet­ter to buy a tonome­ter, a device for mea­sur­ing sug­ar and drugs (vit­a­mins, med­i­cines) with­out a solemn occa­sion. Women of respectable age also do not like elec­tri­cal appli­ances, espe­cial­ly mat­tress­es and heat­ed blan­kets.
  • Cer­tifi­cates in SPA. Not everyone’s health allows you to vis­it the sauna, an elder­ly woman may be embar­rassed to go for a mas­sage because of her mid­dle-aged skin, and a grand­moth­er may con­sid­er the pro­ce­dure of wrap­ping with choco­late or clay to be stu­pid­i­ty.
  • Cer­tifi­cate in a beau­ty salon for man­i­cure and hair. It’s bet­ter to bring your grand­moth­er before the anniver­sary, let her pick up a new image on the com­put­er, with which she will slay all her guests on the spot.
  • Wash­ing vac­u­um clean­er - after all, it must be dis­as­sem­bled, washed and dried after each use.
  • Do not seek to change your grand­moth­er’s wardrobe or fur­ni­ture. Such a gift can be made only if she her­self express­es a desire, because for the hero of the day this is not just a creaky chair, but a whole string of mem­o­ries: son Vasen­ka stood on his legs for the first time at this chair, grand­fa­ther real­ly liked to read news­pa­pers and smoke a pipe in it, Masha the cat loved to sleep here, etc.

By the age of 80, a lot of gifts have already been giv­en, and it is dif­fi­cult to sur­prise a grand­moth­er with some­thing, but I real­ly want to please her.

When choos­ing a present for the 80th birth­day, always be guid­ed by the desires of the hero of the day her­self and, per­haps, her cher­ished dream will come true.

For infor­ma­tion on what to give grand­ma, see the next video.