Many old men already have everything they could ever want or need. This makes it difficult to come up with gift ideas when their birthdays roll around. Think about gifts that perhaps they don't need but that would make their lives easier. Also consider replacing some of their old, worn out possessions such as electronics, tools or clothing with new versions.
Many men experience a loss in vision as they grow older. So give them a birthday gift that will make their daily lives a little bit easier. Purchase a watch or clock with large numbers on the face, allowing him to read the time without squinting. Or you could give him a remote control or telephone with large buttons that he can see and press easier.
Consider the elderly man's hobbies when coming up with gift ideas. Get a fisherman a new fishing rod, scaling knife, bait, lures or waders. If he likes to golf, give him clubs, tees, balls, a golf glove or golf shoes. For an old gentleman who takes pride in his yard, give a wheelbarrow, shovel, fork, hedge trimmers or weed whacker. Homebodies would like books by their favorite authors, board games, playing cards or their favorite movies on DVD.
Give a gift that brings back a sense of nostalgia. Put together a photo album or scrapbook for him so he can look back at his life and reminisce. Make a book out of older letters he exchanged with his loved ones. Transfer old home movies onto DVDs. Compile a play list or CD of his favorite music throughout the decades. Buy him old-fashioned candy that he enjoyed as a child. Give him a bottle of wine with the same vintage year as his birth.
As you age, you realize you have less time left on this earth. Instead of giving an old man yet another possession, make the most of the time he has left by making a memory with him. Take him to a museum exhibit, a sporting event, a play, car show or concert. Do something together that you both enjoy, whether it is hiking, golfing, sailing, traveling or cooking.
Give the birthday man a homemade gift. He will cherish the gift all the more because you spent the time and effort to make it yourself. If you knit, make him a hat, scarf, sweater or mittens. Seamstresses can sew him a new shirt or jacket. For those who are good with their hands, build him a wooden bird house, tool box or wine rack. Bake him his favorite dessert or make him dinner.
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