Birthday gift for an 85 year old

posted 3 months ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Does she like to read? Perhaps a book or two that you think she might like. Flowers and chocolates are also lovely!

Post # 3
2110 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

AnonBee2019 :  my default with my grandma is a bunch of flowers. She doesn’t care about the monetary amount that you spend on her but she does appreciate the gesture of flowers. It’s especially nice if you can find out what her favourite flowers are.

Other things my grandma would like are photos. So does she have a digital photo frame? Or could you do a nice album from your wedding if you married recently?

Post # 4
2540 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Nice candles?  Maybe a framed photo of you and your siblings (if you have any)?

Post # 5
3092 posts
Sugar bee

AnonBee2019 :  As she is very much involved in the arts community, attending Broadway shows and museums, etc., a beautiful embroidered cashmere shawl would surely be appreciated. Something like these:

Post # 6
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2020 - Concord, Ontario

A framed photo of the three of you. I know that my grandmothers are very sentimental and they like looking at pictures. Or a book if she enjoys reading

Post # 7
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Sandpoint, ID

If you’re any good at drawing or painting,  you could paint or draw her a picture of a vase filled with flowers since she loves the arts. Honestly,  you could probably even do a paint by numbers and frame it.  Then get a nice card and write a letter telling her how much she’s loved and appreciated. 

Post # 8
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

A framed photograph and a bouquet of flowers.

Post # 10
319 posts
Helper bee

I like the idea of flowers, knowing that many older folks just don’t want “things” anymore.  (Even though I really do like some of the suggestions you’ve gotten.)

Also, if you know she really likes fresh flowers, there are monthly flower delivery clubs/services that you could set up for 3 or 6 or 12 months (or whatever) so that it’s not just a ‘one and done’ – she could look forward to a new small arrangement for a few months. 


Post # 11
10078 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Etsy has really nice pressed flower necklaces. 

Post # 12
8817 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

AnonBee2019 :  

Flowers always to my mind if you don’t really know a persons tastes. Though that beautiful thing that claroquesi posted is just lovely. 
lf l might suggest, perhaps stop thinking about her as defined by age so much , and just consider what she might like. People don’t stop being normal complex beings because they are older. Just sayin’

Post # 14
1253 posts
Bumble bee

Just an idea but if she is into the arts how about donating an art award to local elementary school in her name?”The Mrs Whosit’s Art Award”. The child gets to keep it for the summer. It encourages and rewards a child for feeling passionate about art. We did this for my mum after she passed away ( her award was for a child who was enthusiastic about science) because we knew she would have loved to encourage a child. It is not expensive as you just have to purchase the award and have it engraved, and of course, the school needs to be the type that still gives out end of year awards. 

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