Burgon & ball RHS pattern tea tray (various patterns)
Getting to the big 8-0 feels like it deserves more than just the usual candle-covered cake and slightly offbeat rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’. But how do find a present that’s significant enough to celebrate eight decades of life? (A boring candle or pair of undies probably isn’t going to cut it.) Lucky for you, there’s giftspo galore in our specially curated collection of 80th birthday gifts.
Whether it’s your parents, grandparents or Great Aunt Julie that’s turning 80, chances are that, by now, they’re set in their tastes – so the safest bet is to opt for something classic and timeless. Now might not be the occasion to find out whether Gran likes bright pink flamingo homewares… Play it safe with beautiful bespoke gifts that combine form and function.
For the discerning gent, channel your inner Don Draper for an 80th birthday present that’s functional and dapper. An elegant whisky glass, personalised with his name and, er, vintage, an antique-style leather watch box, monogrammed with his initials, or a custom-engraved hip flask housed in a sleek leather case are all thoughtful gifts that he can use frequently and treasure always.
Gifting an 80-year-old dame? Get her something to enrich her hobbies. If she’s a green thumb who loves to spend time in the garden, consider a personalised seed tin, flower pressing kit or a new set of gardening gloves with a matching kneeling pad (go easy on those 80-year-old knees!). But if crafting is more her style, a bespoke knitting bag, DIY cross stitch wallet or set of fun retirement challenges are presents that will keep her busy – just don’t forget the cuppa to recharge! Serve it up in a custom mug that’s personalised with exactly how she likes her tea.
Perhaps you want to mark the occasion with something extra sentimental – in which case, we’ve got plenty of 80th birthday ideas. Think a special 80th birthday key ring or bottle stop that encases a real vintage sixpence from the year they were born. Or delight them with a piece of custom wall art that’s made from memories! Incorporate all of their favourite things into a personalised typography print or have a bespoke design created with a collection of their favourite happy snaps from over the years. Our collection of 80th birthday gifts also includes bespoke printed cushions, keepsake books and personalised poem prints.
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