Shopping for the mature crowd may be a little difficult. These dads and grandfathers have lived a long live so far and probably have collected almost all the useful items they have strived for during their life.
So, what are the best gift ideas for 70 year old man who has everything? There are three types of gifts that I can think of that he may like. The first would be thoughtful gifts, something that comes from the heart. The second would be useful gifts for his age, this is a new stage in his life that may require assistance to do certain things. Third and lastly, gifts that replace something older or that need to be replaced often. Certain gifts need to be updated every month that run on batteries or yearly that get worn out. Offering an updated and new version may be a great gift for the 70 year old man that has everything.
In this article I will discuss some gift ideas for you to help make your life easier in deciding what to buy him. I hope you find this helpful, please share if you know someone else that may get use out of this page, it means a lot!
Photo Gifts for Dad or Grandad
The first idea on the list for a thoughtful gift idea would be some type of photo album. Even more meaningful would be a photo album you made yourself by scrapbooking. This may not seem like a very interesting gift to you, but the great thing about photo albums is it gives time for your 70 year old dad or grandad to reflect on their life. Going through old and new photos will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment (hopefully). Looking back over the years to see the family they helped create and support over the years.
I would highly recommend scrapbooking over just filling out a normal photo album. My wife does this with all over our family vacations and not only do they look fantastic but they are way more interesting. She also includes all kinds of artifacts that we picked up along the way such as brochures, tickets from shows or rides, receipts, or any graphical print out that she can grab on the trip and use in the scrapbook album.
This is something you could also do with this idea for the 70 year old man in your life. Maybe you can Google search older print outs from a company he worked for back in the 1970s, or maybe there are old papers in the attic you could use (be certain you can cut them up and use them). There are all kinds of ideas for this one you can brainstorm.
Music For Dad
If your dad or grandad is in his 70s, then he was probably born in the 1950s or 1960s. One great idea would be to make it easy for him to access his favourite music from the past.
I would recommend buying him an Alexa device and then loading it or creating a playlist of his favourite songs from the 1970s or 1980s. If you are not sure which songs he would enjoy, you could just Google the best songs from that era. Here are two lists to help you get started.
15 of the Best Songs From The 1970s
15 of the Best Songs From The 1980s
The songs above were picked from lists of the top songs from the 1970s and 1980s based on how long they were listed #1 on the charts. I left some out and added a few lessen known ones. I think these are both good lists to get started, they have a variety of great classics that your 70 year old dad will be sure to enjoy.
Gift Certificate for 70 Year Old Men
The best gift certificates for your dad or grandad would be something he can use with you or his family. His favourite restaurant is always such a great idea. This way he can be proud of the place he loves to eat and share that experience with those closest to him.
Another great type of gift certificate would be for a service he needs on a regular basis. For example, does he have a favourite barber he likes to use for hair cuts? Stop by and pick up a gift certificate up for him. Does he like to fresh meat from the local butcher? Give them a call and see if they offer gift certificates as well. Dig in deep and see what places he frequents often and see if you can gift him something from these places.
Blankets, Clothing, or Footwear for Him
Coming into an older age brings on a whole new set of mental and physical challenges that your dad or grandad might not tell anyone about. One thing is anxiety. If he isn’t taking care of himself or if he feels his life is incomplete in any way, he may have some built up anxiety. One small thing that may help is a weighted blanket. It may seem silly, but these have been proven to relieve stress and anxiety by providing a more secure feeling sleep. Like someone is hugging you closely.
You may want to considered certain types of clothing. Loose but comfortable sports wear like track pants and athletic shirts work well by controlling his temperature and assuring a comfortable fit. Great idea if he loves to travel to Florida like so many Canadians here.
A new pair of shoes can’t be beat, this may be better if you take him along so he can try them on in person. The best shoes I personally find are ASICS, they can be pretty pricey and are used by so many long distance runners, but thats for a good reason. They are so nice to wear and he will probably enjoy them as well.
Technology for older men
Listen, just because he is 70 years old and getting older doesn’t mean he wants to be left out on all the cool new tech gifts. There is always the running joke that older people don’t understand technology, they will usually make a silly joke about it. Deep down, they want to be included and it would be a great idea to sit them down and show them how computers, tablets, and smart phones work.
If your dad or grandad already understands how to use these items, great. You should consider loading up his device with some subscription services. Show him how awesome Netflix or Prime are. Stream that music using Spotify or Prime Music or Apple. There are so many great and entertaining services you could gift to your favourite 70 year old!
You have quite a few options and I hope we discussed some great gift ideas for 70 year old man who has everything.
I hope you found this article useful and that you pick the right gift for him that he will love. In the end, any gift for your dad or grandad will be appreciated greatly. If you found this helpful please share on social media or with someone you know that may like this page. it means a lot to me!
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