80th Birthday Gift Ideas

80th Birthday Gift Ideas

Getting to 80 is no mean feat, and your loved one has no doubt already led a remarkable life so far. It’s definitely something worth honouring and celebrating! Whether you’re looking to mark the special occasion with a large party or a small, intimate affair, be sure to honour their long life and celebrate the wonder that each new day brings with one of our 80th birthday gift ideas.

A photo gift of a precious memory or a beautiful family portrait is an excellent 80th birthday gift idea that will always hold a special place in your loved one’s heart.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Collage

Display a lifetime of memories

Forget DIY arts and crafts; the father, grandfather or great-grandfather in your life deserves only the best. Lucky for all of us, the best is now affordable! An 80th birthday party is never complete unless there’s a photo board of precious memories on display, making your event as classy as the special guy you’re honouring.

Tell the story of your loved one’s life photo-documentary style, using a wonderful collage with a series of meaningful images. Collaborate with the family to create a collage of your favourite images.

Better yet, bring your collage to the event and have a member of the family talk through the significance of those special moments.


There’s life in the old dog yet

Dogs are wonderful companions for seniors and this gift idea honours the relationship between humans and their four-legged friends.

They say dogs are man’s best friend and that’s particularly true as we age. This gift celebrates that loyal companionship between us and our pets.

Arrange a photo with the 80-year-old in your life and their best furry friend, and transform that precious moment into a work of art. For a high-impact print, split your image across four canvas frames.


80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Split Image Canvas
80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Single Canvas Print

An 80th birthday gift idea for star-crossed lovers

They’re still holding hands, laughing at each other’s jokes and playing games together. This gift celebrates that warmth and devotion between seasoned lovers that’s lasted years or even decades.

It’s the simple things in life that can be the most impactful.

For the perfect 80th birthday gift idea, capture a special moment of the loving older couple together and print it onto a single canvas print.

Here are some simple print ideas to honour the special couple:

  • A square or portrait-shaped canvas for something more unique. Portrait-shaped canvases are great for smaller spaces or corridors.
  • Don’t be shy and try a high-impact print. If you have a photo you love, it’s likely they will love it, too. So print it on the biggest canvas size you can find so they can hang it proudly in their home, in their bedroom or a living area.
  • Consider acrylic prints! If your photo deserves some extra special treatment, consider printing it onto a non-canvas material like acrylic glass or brushed aluminium.
  • Aluminium is an ideal way to give a photo an vintage, arty look.

At 80, their love truly has become ‘together forever’, so don’t keep those photos on your camera – take them out from behind the screen and give them life!


Celebrate their true passion

Perhaps your loved one hasn’t slowed down, but that’s what happens when someone finds their true passion and dedicates every living moment to it.

Does your favourite soon-to-be 80-year-old have a passion that keeps them out of mischief?

Perhaps it’s a sport, an art form or an activity like sewing, gardening, fishing, arts and crafts, or mechanics. Perhaps it’s something so unique that few truly notice its importance.

This gift is a wonderful way to acknowledge the value of that one true passion.

This metal wall display features a large panel with a fun 80th birthday quote. The other five panels are an opportunity to display their passion in new and unique ways.

It could be something they’ve done all their life or a new hobby they’ve recently picked up. Honour it now with a collage print!

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Metal Wall Display

80th birthday presents from the grandkids

Surprise Nana with this modish glass heart collage, a brilliant personalised gift featuring photos of her much-loved grandkids.

Her grandkids are her whole world, so gather all of them together and give them the opportunity to choose which photos they’d like to upload onto this customised collage canvas. Once you have your images, it takes only a few clicks of a button with our easy-to-use template.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Modish Collage

In the centre heart frame, you might like to include a photo of Nana on her own, with her grandkids or even a colourful, fun message like ‘We love you, Nana’.


At age 80, every minute is precious

The idea of living almost 30,000 days is pretty mind-blowing, but when that fact is displayed, it becomes even more amazing!

Gather together all the wonderful achievements your friend or family member has experienced in their 80 years of life.

We’ve done the hard work for you by counting the days, hours and the minutes. Pretty incredible to contemplate, isn’t it? Now all you have to do is think of the other extraordinary things that have been achieved in that time, whether that’s the number of kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, how many holidays they’ve taken or how many degrees they’ve earned?

Really take time to think through who they are and what they value then print it all out on a beautiful glass print.

You can create something yourself in a graphic design program like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, but we love to use Canva. Canvas is a graphic design program for those who aren’t graphic designers. In Canva, you can choose a colourful template then type whatever you like in the text space using a number of different font styles and sizes. Just make sure that once you’ve finished your Canva design, you print it out as ‘PDF: For Print’ as this will ensure the resolution is high enough to achieve a quality result.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Peronalised glass print

For lovers of wine

As a master wine taster, perhaps your loved one knows everything there is to know about wine. For a thoughtful 80th birthday gift idea, add this to their collection.

Now, we’re not saying don’t buy your loved one another bottle of red, we’re just saying that, for their 80th birthday, you might like to add this thoughtful gift to their mixed dozen.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Modish Canvas Collage

This modish canvas design offers three frames, so find photos of your loved one with their favourite glass of wine. For a true wine lover, you should have plenty of images to choose from!

That said if you’re struggling to fill the collage consider using the frame at the bottom of the canvas for a customised quote about wine. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Novinophobia: The fear of running out of wine.

– They say one glass a day is good for you. They never said how many times to fill it.

– You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy wine and that’s kind of the same thing.

– Wine a bit. You’ll feel better.

– I drink wine because I don’t like to keep things bottled up.

Design your quote with a colourful background in Canva, save it as a ‘PDF: For Print’, convert it to a .jpg or .png and upload it to the bottom frame. Too easy!


80th birthday present ideas for travellers

If your 80-year-old loved one has enjoyed a life of travel, gift them a travel collage of treasured memories.

This travel-themed collage is a wonderful way to present five travel photos, perhaps a photo of every place they’ve been to or a collection of images from that ‘one special trip’.

Whether travel is something they’ve put behind them or something they’re still fit and healthy enough to do, it’s a gift of memories they can hang in their home, content in the knowledge they’ve led a life of adventure or inspired to plan that next big trip.

If their travel adventures have covered too many countries to fit into this frame, consider putting together a travel series of 3-5 collages to hang in the home – a hallway is a great place for this.

The traditional collage series would work best here as these feature up to nine frames per collage. Now you just need to ensure that the images are large and clear so your loved one can see them from far away and up close!

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Let the golden girls shine

Got a special lady in your life who is turning 80? Chances are that her friends have always been there for her, so celebrate that friendship with a special gift that will make her smile.

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings and she’s lucky to have a close-knit group at the age of 80.

Remind her of that love and friendship by gifting her a beautiful photo canvas print of her with her golden girls.

Once you have the digital print, upload it to our Canvas App. If you need help along the way be sure to contact us and we’ll look after you.


80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Single Canvas Print

Don’t forget the men’s club

When you’re trying to think of a gift for an 80-year-old gentleman, try to recall all the things he loves to do.

Sometimes the best gift is the one he’d never think of giving himself. Get together with the family or the old boys and create an 80th present showing a series of photos from a hobby he shares with his friends.

It’s a gift for a man from the men in his life – an aspect that is not honoured enough.

Start collecting images, recruiting friends and family to the task if you need to. Once you have all the images you need together, build a collage. Our traditional template is a great one to use as it lets the photos speak for themselves.

When he opens this 80th birthday gift, it will bring a smile to his face and warmth to his heart.

80th Birthday Gift Ideas - Traditional Canvas

Megan is Canvas Factory's resident Social & Content Manager, and has worked with countless other homewares and interior design businesses over the years. It goes without saying that she also has a passion for decorating her own home!

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