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Old 04-07-2015, 12:32 AM
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Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania
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At 80, my mom was still signing up for 10-day international trips with friends. But some 80-year-olds are less active. Does she still drive? Or maybe only during the day? If so, you could offer to arrange a dinner for her and her friends, deliver all of them to the restaurant, and then go back and pick them up when they're finished.

Buy her two or three season tickets for matinees at the local theater, whether it's Broadway-on-tour or strictly local performers. That way she can always invite a friend or two to go with her.

If she's still quite active, get her a year's membership in a local fitness center that has a nice pool and a nice variety of classes -- in and out of the water -- aimed at older people.

Sign her up for a multi-session art class and one of you go with her if you're close enough.

Get her a gift certificate for Amazon. Or buy her a Kindle and help her learn how to use it.

Does she have a DVD player? Get her a subscription to Netflix DVD by mail -- that's where most of the older movies are available.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:57 AM
 
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Make her a framed photo montage of various important stages of her life or family life.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Cash. Can't go wrong there.
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Old 04-07-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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Take her to a "painting" class. That is what my DIL and son did for me. Never done anything like that before. Really enjoyed it. Here the franchise is called "Painting with a Twist" but I'm sure there are other businesses like that.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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note cards and greeting cards and the stamps for them; if she has a kindle reader maybe a prepaid credit card to stock up; restaurant gift card for going out or delivery; gift certificates for car wash and detail.

did that car wash an detail x 6 for Christmas and she never takes the car.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Kountze, Texas
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Thanks all for the great suggestions. I love Painting with a Twist - did it in Texas with friends - will see if they offer it where she lives.
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Old 04-07-2015, 03:42 PM
 
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I have a dear friend in her mid 80's and she loves getting jewelry (not expensive, but larger kind of chunky jewelry that is in style right now). All her friends compliment her jewelry!
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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My MIL is turning 80 - she really doesn't need anything - but what are nice ideas for gifts for the elderly?
Does she like to read? I think books on CD are great gifts.
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Old 04-07-2015, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Does she lunch/dinner with friends? A gift card to a restaurant where she could treat a friend would probably thrill them both.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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A new spouse for her child. You were never good enough.
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