Buying birthday gifts is always fun, but it can also be stressful. People only get one birthday each year, and that puts a lot of pressure on finding the right gift.
When the gift you’re buying is for someone turning 70, that can make it even more stressful, especially if the person is no longer as active or interested in their old hobbies as s/he used to be.
There’s always something out there for everyone though, and seniors are no exception. Here is our list for the best gifts to give that special senior in your life who is about to turn 70.
70th birthday gifts
The Gift of Gardening: Mini Walk-in Greenhouse 3 Tier 6 Shelves with PE Cover
Being able to do something that makes a visible difference in the world is important for someone turning 70. Finding a way to do that, though, isn’t always easy. Buy the special senior in your life this miniature greenhouse so that she can tend to her flowers, vegetables and whatever else she feels like growing in a safe, contained environment.
It comes with practically everything she’ll need except the plants themselves. It’s waterproof, and the shelves are made from strong, durable metal that can hold even the heaviest of plants. It’s also super easy to set up and take down again.
Ease of Getting Around: Best Choice Products Garden Cart Mobile Rolling Work Seat
Whether your loved one has a greenhouse on his property, a gorgeous outdoor flower garden or a vast vegetable garden, this rolling garden seat will make his gardening endeavors so much easier. There are many 70-year-old people out there who often claim they’d love to garden, but the walking, bending, squatting, etc.
is just too hard on them. With this seat, they won’t have to do nearly as much of any of those things. It’s sturdily constructed and holds up to 300 pounds. All he has to do is sit, stick his tools down in the front basket and roll himself to wherever he needs to be.
Everything They Need: 12-piece UKOKE Garden Tool Set
Your friend isn’t going to get much gardening done without some gardening tools. This convenient, 12-piece set includes a handy apron with tons of pockets to hold everything she needs, a pair of gardening gloves, a plant mister, trowel, pruning shears, kneeling pad, hand rake and more.
Each piece of equipment is designed with a soft-grip, ergonomic handle to minimize any arthritis or joint pain that might occur after using the tools. The whole kit also comes with a convenient carrying case used to transport the tools or store them neatly away when not in use.
Keep Them Connected: Echo Show 5
s people grow older, it’s important they remain in regular contact with their friends and family. Even if your loved one can’t be with the people he loves in person, with the Echo Show 5, he can check in with them regularly, talk to them and even see their faces.
The Echo Show 5 does a lot more than just help him keep in touch with others though. It’s voice-activated for maximum convenience, and with it, he can look up recipes (and cook along with a chef on the screen), listen to music, watch his favorite shows, tune in to the news or even control other devices and smart features in his home.
To Get His Heart Pumping: Epic Adventure Tours From Virgin Experiences
Anyone can take a flying lesson, but it’s another class of man that climbs into the front seat of a vintage 1941 biplane.
With Virgin experience gifts, you can treat him to all kinds of awesome, edge-of-your seat thrills, including piloting, sailing, skydiving, white-water rafting and race car driving. Some of the experiences are everyday bucket list items like scuba diving or going on a hot air balloon ride, but others are tailored to specific interests. If he’s a history buff who would love World War II planes or a surfer who would kill to ride some extreme waves, see what virgin has to offer.
Peace and Tranquility: Cotton Hammock with Space Saving Steel Stand
For the 70-year-old who’s put in her time and just wants to spend her golden years relaxing and enjoying life, this gorgeous, stand-alone hammock is the perfect gift. It comes with its own stand, so she doesn’t have to worry about trying to hang it between two trees or dig holes for posts.
It holds up to 450 pounds, which makes it perfect for one or even two people who want to relax in the sun. It comes with its own carrying bag, and it’s incredibly easy to set up and take back down again.
There are also dozens of colors and patterns from which to choose.
Make Them Laugh: I’m 10 In Dog Years Funny 70th Birthday T-Shirt Gift
If you’re looking for a gift that’ll make your loved one laugh, this shirt just might do the trick. The company offers it in five different colors, and you can buy it sized for men or women. The phrase “I’m 10 in Dog Years” is actually true for the person just turning 70 and is bound to make him chuckle.
This shirt is for anyone that’s 70 and feeling a little cynical about it. It’s also just for the person who has a great sense of humor about aging.
Preserve Their Memories: Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Digital Camera
Whether you’re 18 or 82, capturing pictures of the people you love most and the beautiful moments in life you want to savor is important. It becomes especially important, though, as a person gets older.
Someone turning 70 may not get to see her loved ones as often as she’d like, so having plenty of pictures of them hanging on the refrigerator, sitting on the bedside table or just scattered throughout the house is a nice alternative.
Help your loved one capture all the memories she wants to keep with this Canon PowerShot ELPH.
The Gift of Convenience: Yeedi K600 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Turbo Mode Suction
No one really enjoys cleaning, and the man who’s made it to age 70 has done enough of it to last a lifetime. Buy him this awesome robot vacuum cleaner so he never has to clean another floor again. With the included remote control, all he has to do is hit a few buttons and then sit back and watch as the vacuum cleans all his floors, no matter their surface types.
In fact, he doesn’t even actually have to watch it. He can just go off and let it do its thing. It’ll even self-charge when it senses that the battery is getting low. (Creepy? Or awesome? Either way, it’s super convenient!)
Nostalgia and Laughs: You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children
For the book lover, the child at heart or the person who simply loves Dr. Seuss with all her heart, this book is the best gift you could give. This little-known book by Dr. Seuss is a hilarious account of aging and having to visit the doctor.
It’ll have your loved one absolutely splitting her sides with laughter as she reads about “Spleen Readjustment” and “Muffler Repair” and the “Quiz-Docs” that catch you and “start questionnairing!” It’s typical Dr.
Seuss in every shape and form, only instead of cats in hats and multi-colored fish, it features a gentleman getting a little older and trying to escape all the doctor’s well-meaning prodding and advice.
For the Puzzle Enthusiast: Bits and Pieces The Original Jumbo Size Wooden Puzzle Plateau
When people hit 70, they have more time to sit back, relax and do the things they want to do as opposed to the things they have to do. This gives them more time to do things like paint, read books and work on puzzles.
If you have someone in your life – old or young for that matter – who enjoys doing puzzles, this is a must-have item. Not only will it provide him with a hard, flat surface on which to work his puzzles, it’ll also provide him with storage space for extra pieces he doesn’t need quite yet.
The Gift of Reading: Kindle Paperwhite
For the senior in your life who loves to read, the Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect gift. With the Paperwhite, your loved one can store hundreds of her favorite books all in one spot. When a new book comes out that she wants to read, she simply has to buy it directly from the Paperwhite and have it downloaded onto her device within seconds.
It’s also waterproof, which is great for reading at the beach or in the bath. It’s also the lightest Kindle model yet.
For the Handyman (or Woman!): DEKOPRO 168 Piece Tool Kit
If you have a friend or relative about to turn 70, one way to help him feel useful and needed is by asking him to help you fix something. Grandparents, especially, are never more alive than when helping their grandchildren fix or build things.
For your loved one’s 70th birthday, get him this 168-piece tool kit that has practically everything he could possibly need to fix anything. It comes with wrenches, ratchets, screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers, a box cutter, a hand saw and so much more.
There’s not a single tool he’d be missing with this complete kit.
Fresh Daily Eggs: JAXPETY 58″ Large Wooden Chicken Coop
Sometimes the best way to take care of yourself is to take care of something else. That’s why doctors and therapists so often encourage people who are aging to get a pet. When someone is home alone, it’s easy for her to sit around, eat the wrong things and never exercise.
With a pet to take care of, though, she’s pretty much forced to walk it, feed it, clean up after it and make sure it gets some exercise. With that in mind, this chicken coop (with some chickens, of course) would make an excellent gift for someone turning 70.
Not only will the chickens give her something to take care of and look after, but she’ll also have the added benefit of fresh eggs every morning.
For the Big Spender: ARIEL Platinum BT-150150 Whirlpool Bathtub
If you’re looking for a 70th birthday gift to make up for missing a whole bunch of the other birthdays through the years, this whirlpool bathtub/hot tub could be just the thing. It’s actually large enough to fit two people, and it gives your loved one the ultimate heated bath experience, complete with high-powered jets, multiple features and the best water massage money can buy.
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Pioneer Embroidered Live, Laugh, Love Photo Album
In addition to making new memories, people who are aging also like to remember and look back fondly over the memories they’ve already made. With this gorgeous “Live, Laugh, Love” photo album, your loved one can do just that.
You can give her this photo album empty and let her fill it herself with all her favorite pictures, or you could gather pictures of her, her family, her friends, places she’s been, etc. and create the album for her, giving it to her full of pictures of some of her very best memories and absolute favorite people.
For Making Repairs: MissLytton Wooden Hand Home Sewing Repair Tool Kit
Whereas many senior men like to tinker with tools and fix things for others, senior women often prefer to fix different things with a sewing kit. This kit comes with everything a “quicker fixer upper” needs to help out with mending, patching, darning, etc.
The whole kit comes in a beautiful, wooden box and includes all kinds of great stuff. There’s a pair of gorgeous, golden handled scissors, 24 different colors of thread, two additional, extra-large spools of black and white thread, various sized needles and buttons, a needle threader, measuring tape, seam ripper and more.
Everything she’ll need to fix something small is included in this box.
For Creating New Things: Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine
If the special senior in your life prefers to make larger things, she might want an actual sewing machine instead. When it comes to sewing machines, the Brother brand is one of the very best. This model, the XM2701, is the most lightweight, easily portable machine the company makes.
It comes equipped with 27 different types of available stitching, an automatic needle threader, six sewing feet, an instructional DVD and manual to teach her how to use it and so much more. With this machine, she’ll be able to make everything from clothes to face masks to baby blankets.
For Pain Relief: AUVON Unit Muscle Stimulator Machine
There are a lot of great things about getting older. As people age, they get to retire; they get lots of great discounts, and they get to spend a ton of time doing the things they want to do. One of the not-so-great things about getting older, though, is that their bodies start hurting in places they’ve never hurt before now.
If your loved one has been suffering from joint and muscle pains lately, get him one of these TENS units to help stimulate his muscles and keep them from hurting quite so much. This machine comes with everything he’ll need to get started.
For the Senior with the Sense of Humor: 69 + 1 Middle Finger – 16 oz Pint Glass
The next item on the list might be quite vulgar to some, but most folks don’t make it to 70 without a great sense of humor and a little bit of mischief in their blood. This pint glass is for those kinds of people.
It’s a not-so-subtle answer to all those people who suddenly start asking, “How old are you now?” This clever glass answers that question by telling them, “I’m 69 + 1,” which is factually accurate, even if the one is being “said” by an upraised middle finger.
If you’re looking to give your friend a belly laugh for his birthday, this glass ought to do the trick.
For the Media Enthusiast: TCL 4K Smart LED TV, 65″
Although a lot of things just get better with age, eyesight and hearing often aren’t two of those things. Help your loved one enjoy his favorite shows a little more by getting him this crystal clear, big screen, 4K television for his 70th birthday.
It comes in sizes all the way up to 75″, which is a really, really big tv that your friend shouldn’t have any problem seeing or hearing. Because it’s a smart tv, it also comes with several pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube and more.
If your friend loves to watch tv or movies, he’ll go nuts over this gift.
For Tired, Sore Feet: Foot Spa Bath Massager with Heat Bubbles
Aching feet are another one of those things that often come along with age. Help your loved one pamper her painful feet after a long day of walking, standing or shopping by buying her this massaging foot spa bath.
In addition to giving her a place to simply soak her feet, this bath massages the feet and heats up the water to a steaming 118°F. (If she prefers a cooler bath, the temperature is adjustable.) It has Jacuzzi-like bubbles, is easy to clean and even easier to use.
The Gift of Ambiance: Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set
A human being’s sense of smell is one of her most powerful senses. Breathing in deeply and smelling a certain scent can completely transport someone to an entirely different time and place. That’s why candles, incense and other forms of home fragrance are so popular.
Why not give the special senior in your life the combination of a house that smells wonderful and the numerous benefits of essential oils? This aromatherapy diffuser looks great and fits in with most any decor.
It also has a color-changing band that alternates between seven different colors. Finally, it comes with 10 different essential oils to help your friend relax, breathe more deeply, sleep better and more.
Make Tidying Up Easier: Reacher Grabber Tool 32″
Whether your friend likes to clean up around the house or enjoys walking along the roads picking up trash and aluminum cans, this 32″ “reacher grabber” tool will help him do just that. Taking consistent daily walks is especially beneficial to seniors, and many seniors enjoy giving back to their communities and doing a little neighborhood clean-up as they walk.
Bending over and stooping down can get painful fairly quickly, though, which is why this tool is so handy. It can also be used to pick small, easily picked fruit from out-of-reach branches.
Give Them Peace of Mind: Home Guardian Caregiver Call Button System
Although this gift is one that no one ever wants to use, it’s still something every senior citizen should have, especially if she lives alone. This three-piece kit comes with the wall speaker, which connects your loved one 24/7 with someone who can help in case of emergency, a medical alert bracelet and a medical alert necklace.
Both the bracelet and the necklace are waterproof, so they can safely be worn in the shower, while in the bath or in the pool or hot tub. The wall speaker has full cellular coverage that blankets up to 1,300 feet of your loved one’s house.
You can pray she never needs it, but you certainly want her to have it.
For the Senior with a Sweet Tooth: Vintage Candy Co. 70th Birthday Retro Candy Gift Box
Gifts don’t always have to have a deep significance, sentimental meaning or even a practical use. Sometimes a birthday gift should just be fun. That’s what this giant box of “Happy 70th Birthday” candy is – FUN.
It comes from the Vintage Candy Co. and has all kinds of delicious candy that’ll make even a 70-year-old feel a little nostalgic for his youth. All the candy in the box is actual candy that was sold in the 1950’s! It even contains a faux newspaper insert made in the style of 1950’s newspapers.
There are at least 58 pieces of candy in this box, ranging from wax coke bottles to Boston baked beans.
For the Western Film Buff: Clint Eastwood – The Blu-ray Collection
If your loved one is a fan of westerns, this box set collection of some of Clint Eastwood’s best movies could be a very thoughtful gift for him. This is the ultimate collection for any Clint Eastwood fan.
It contains eight of Clint’s best movies on high definition blu-ray discs. A few of the movies included are High Plains Drifter, Coogan’s Bluff, Breezy and Two Mules for Sister Sara among others.
The Gift of Peace and Beauty: REZIPO Hand Blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder with Perch
One of the very best things about turning 70 is that you have time to just sit and enjoy the peaceful, more easy-going things in life. Younger people often feel rushed and can’t take the time to admire the world’s beauty like a 70-year-old can.
If your loved one is someone who enjoys relaxing and watching beautiful things, buy her this gorgeous, hand blown glass hummingbird feeder. The feeder is absolutely stunning, but taking the time to watch the tiny hummingbirds come to feed from it every day is even more magical.
The feeder comes with its own hanging wires and a moat hook, and it has perches and feeding trays for up to four different hummingbirds to use at once.
Just in Case: Roadside Assistance Emergency Kit
Having your car break down on you is never a fun experience. Having your car break down on you when you’re 70 years old is even less fun. This roadside assistance kit is another one of those gifts people hope they never have to use but are so glad to have when they do.
It comes with everything your friend would need in case of an automobile emergency, including jumper cables, a pulley kit with tow ropes, a safety hammer, seat belt cutter, emergency blanket, rain poncho, flashlight and more.
For the Forgetful Mind: TESLYAR Natural Walnut Wood Phone Docking Station
If you have a loved one who’s often forgetting where he puts things when he comes inside, this is the perfect gift. It may not look like much at first, but when you see how conveniently it keeps everything in one place, you’ll quickly change your mind.
This is a phone docking station for his cell phone. Additionally, it’s also a place to hang his watch and car keys, a storage spot for his glasses and/or small jewelry and a convenient location for his wallet and change.
It even has a place for a couple of pens in case he needs to jot down a quick note.
A Good Night’s Sleep: Leg Elevation Pillow with Full Memory Foam Top
If your friend suffers from leg cramps or pains in her lower back, it’s very likely keeping her from getting a good night’s rest. Help her relax her tired and aching legs, back and ankles by buying her this leg elevation pillow.
It’s specifically designed to reduce swelling and cut down on pain in the legs, ankles, back, knees and hips. It can also promote better circulation and help provide support to her muscles and ligaments.
She is sure to thank you after seeing the difference using it for only a single night makes.
What Seventy Year old seniors Want
Today, people are living longer than ever. In fact, most people in the world – including the developing world – can actually expect to live at least into their sixties. In developed countries like the United States, the average life expectancy is even higher, ranging from the early-70’s and even into the 80’s for countries like Norway and Iceland.
Having a longer life expectancy is only worthwhile, though, if people have lives worth living. So what do seniors want from life? A recent study shows that the most important thing for seniors is to feel like they’re still useful, contributing members of society. They need to feel valued and needed.
With that in mind, finding gifts for seniors is a little easier. Of course there are many people turning 70 who still have lots of hobbies and interests. For those people, buying gifts that relate to those hobbies and interests is always a good idea. For others, though, give them things they can use to make them feel useful. Give them gifts that allow them to do something to change the world and leave it better than they found it. These are the types of gifts that’ll have the most impact for them.
Finally, if all else fails, give them gifts that either make them laugh or that make their lives more convenient. You’ve probably heard it said a thousand times before that “laughter is the best medicine.” While that’s not always factually true, it does hold a lot of merit. Something that makes turning 70 fun, enjoyable and worthy of laughter and celebration is always a good idea, as is something that just makes life easier. 70 years is a long time to live and work and worry. If someone has made it to 70, it’s now time for them to relax, do things the easy way and not worry quite so much.
Do you have someone in your life who recently turned or is about to turn 70? What kind of gift did you decide on for that person? Did this guide help you get some useful ideas? Let us know all of that and more in the comments down below, and as always, don’t forget to like and share this post.
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