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post #1 of 9
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Does anyone have any ideas on what to get someone who has everthing for his 75th birthday?
He says he does not want or need anything- I know it is hard when you do not know the person- though just throwing this out here to see if anyone can give me some ideas.

Thanks
post #2 of 9
If he is allowed maybe candy, or a gift card somewhere. I tend to get my almost 89 yr old grandmother flowers or a gift card to her hair salon.
post #3 of 9
I agree, something 'consumable' is best for older folks that have 'it all'. If it's someone really close, maybe a 'home cooked' meal a week for a month or something?
post #4 of 9
My parents are in their 70's and for christmas, we get them gift cards to places like CVS, Waldbaums, movies, fast food (Wendy's), local pizza, favorite restaurants..they enjoy using them all year!
post #5 of 9
I agree with most of the posters, usually at this age, they have everything they want or need. With my inlaws, I tend to sway towards things that they can use at their leisure such as gift cards, phone cards, we have been know to give experiences. Experiences such as edible arrangements, fruit of the month club or a monthly gift card to a favorite restaurant. What are the splurges this person does? Does this person have a close friend or family member that you can pay (or several of you go in together on) to fly or drive out? Was there something most memorable in this persons past that you can heighten on their birthday? Perhaps a picture of that person sent to a local tv station to announce on the morning news or placed in the local newspaper? Think about the person, you will come up with a perfect gift. He is blesssed to have a wonderful and thoughtful friend such as yourself. Keep us posted as to what you decide on.
post #6 of 9
We always get my husband's 93 yo grandmother pictures of the kids. Who doesn't want more of those!

When my great-grandma turned 80, we got her 80 gifts. It was like 10 of the same thing, all stuff she needed - ten boxes of Carnation Instant Breakfast, a bottle of each of her favorite shampoo, soap, lotion etc, ten bottles of hand soap for guests, 10 pairs of comfy socks, that sort of thing.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by swishina View Post

When my great-grandma turned 80, we got her 80 gifts. It was like 10 of the same thing, all stuff she needed - ten boxes of Carnation Instant Breakfast, a bottle of each of her favorite shampoo, soap, lotion etc, ten bottles of hand soap for guests, 10 pairs of comfy socks, that sort of thing.

That's really cute!

I have a question though...is this a close relative or a family friend or just a neighbor. I liked the edible arrangement idea but those are really expensive and I wouldn't give those to an acquaintance. My Grams is 86 and she likes diners. Older people like nice quiet restaurants where it's quiet, the food is simple, and there isn't a whole lot of fuss. Ex: You don't see many seniors at places like Red Robin or Chilis.
post #8 of 9
I'm also wondering the level of relationship to this man, and whether or not he is in his own home still, a condo, or senior living; is he healthy and able to do things or not? I agree most folks that age do not want more stuff. I used to give my uncle a big basket of food staples because he lived in the country on a farm by himself, and it was hard for him to get to the grocery in the winter at times. My dad hates gift cards, but the gift of time is a hit - TAKE him to dinner, or BRING him a couple of dinners and spend time with him. Shovel the snow. Set up a small Christmas tree for him and take it down after the holiday. Take him out to dinner & a drive to see the Christmas light displays. Or, if he likes his liquor, give him some.
post #9 of 9
I agree with a bottle of wine or liquor. Other ideas:

~ A magazine that came out in the birthday month and year. You can often find these in antique stores. Did you know that comic books were at their height in the 1930's? (a 75-yr old was born in 1935) Can you find a comic book from the year of his birth?
~ A collectible coin from his birth year (like a real silver dollar) or maybe a toy that was popular when he was a child.
~ Old movies on DVD that were his favorites. For instance, my mother loved musicals like "The Kind and I" and watched them over and over again.
~ Theater tickets (go to the matinee) then be their escort.
~ I believe HP came out with a digital picture frame that updates via e-mail. The person has to have access to a wireless connection in their house or nursing home, but you can send new pictures to them just like you'd send an e-mail. This is great for people who have relatives across the country.
~ If the person lives in a nursing home or an assisted living community, put together a collage of photos of them when they were younger and their life / profession and where they lived plus everyone in their life now. These pictures are great conversation starters when staff or other visitors come by.
~ Older people can't always manage to keep a pet but they still enjoy wildlife so a bird feeder or nuts for the squirrels can be a good idea.
~ Consider audio books and an MP3 player which you'll volunteer to load for him.
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