70th Birthday Gifts for Men: Best Present Ideas for a 70-Year-Old Guy
What to Get a 70-Year-Old Man?
Of all the milestone ages, 70 may be the one with the least fanfare. By the time a man reaches his 70th birthday, he's already had enough over-the-hill celebrations to last him a lifetime. For a father, husband, relative, friend, or male coworker entering his eighth decade, appropriate gifts range from funny gag gifts to personalized items and elegant offerings to nostalgic presents that will take him back to a time gone by.
These gift ideas for 70-year-old men are good to give at a milestone birthday party, Christmas gift, or for any smaller celebration.
Gag Gift for a 70-Year-Old Male
A man 70 years of age who can laugh at himself is a prime candidate for receiving a gag gift for his birthday. A funny present can be anything from a true joke gift to a real present that explores the lighter side of turning 70.
These are great to present at work parties or family events:
Amazon has a wide selection of funny, cool t-shirts for his 70th birthday. This one, for example, is 100% cotton and printed with eco-friendly ink, so it is safe for you and the environment.
This hilarious author tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with a funny, empathetic tone. These vignettes are filled with wise advice and reflections on marriage, milestones, and other concerns relevant to the 70-year-old.
"If the bags under your eyes are larger than your shoes, if your wife has more hair on her face than you do on your head, if you both can sleep soundly and irritate the other drivers on the road. . . you need this book."
If he's a connoisseur of wine, try the Laid Back Old Winey corkscrew. It's a corkscrew with attitude! Resin handle hand-painted with the flippant phrase: Screw 70! This gift will make opening a bottle of wine even more fun.
Whether he's retired or not, this business card holder will make for a great birthday gift. Made of stainless steel, the cover image depicts a car driving over the hill with a caption that reads, "Over the Hill & Picking Up Speed: Guess Who's 70!!!" He'll enjoy pulling this out of his pocket every time he hands someone his card.
As you can see, funny gifts don't have to be tacky or tasteless. But if you insist, and of course if the "old guy" has a wicked sense of humor, try an over-the-hill gift basket on him for size. He'll either groan and accept it or throw it back at you.
Remember-When Presents for a Guy
Milestone birthdays are opportunities for looking back with nostalgia on the people we once were. When a man reaches 70, his memory stretches back to the World War II era of the 1940s, through the prosperous 1950s and the radical 1960s and 1970s. These were exciting times in the world—whether the man was in the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, India, China, Russia... the world experienced a boom in babies and many other radical changes, from the introduction of television to the explosion of computers and the Internet.
- As a creative project, fill a 70th birthday photo album with pictures—preferably those he hasn't seen (or may have forgotten) of his family, himself as a child, places he's been, and friends.
- Music is a wonderful way to trigger memories, so consider putting together a CD or playlist of the most popular (or his favorite) songs from each decade of his life.
- Consider taking him on a road trip down memory lane by taking him on a trip to that place he lived or visited once and hasn't stopped talking about since then.
Here are some other gift options that will be sure to jog his memory:
For something a little more unusual, the funny—not to mention yummy—gift of the 70th Birthday Gift Box of Retro Candy. This candy tastes just like his childhood: Good and Plenty, Atomic Fireballs, Goldenberg's Peanut Chew, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Bit-O-Honey, Boston Baked Beans, Candy Buttons on Paper, Candy Cigarettes, Candy Lipstick, Candy Necklace, Chick-O-Stick, Lemonheads, Chiclets Gum, Bubble Gum Cigar, Chuckles, Coconut Long Boy, Dubble Bubble Gum, Fun Dip, Giant Taffy, Nik-L-Nip, and many more nostalgic flavors!
First assemble this huge, colorful 500-piece jigsaw, then let him test his memories by identifying the political figures, celebrities, and other popular icons from the 1940s worlds of science, sports, and the arts.
You can get him reminiscing about the days of his youth by playing nostalgic music at his birthday party, such as the Top Jukebox Requests of the 1940s. Or, if he was strongly into the music scene in the '60s and '70s, get him the Superstar of Seventies Soul DVD, a wild journey back in time to the beat of a '70s drummer.
When You Don't Know What to Get, Give Him a Gift Basket
One of the nicest gifts you can give someone is the awareness that you know them really well. Get him a "customized" gift for his 70th birthday by turning your knowledge of his hobby into a gift basket.
- If he's into golf, make him a basket full of tees, balls, sunscreen, a new hat, a golfing book, and other golf-related paraphernalia.
- If he's the literary type, make him a basketful of the latest books, a book of crossword puzzles, a gift certificate to the local bookstore, and a cozy new pair of slippers.
- If he's a gourmet foodie, design a basket full of jars and tins full of delicacies, the latest and greatest cookbook, and snazzy gadgets from a cooking store.
Yes, you can make your own, but here are some options if you'd prefer to buy one pre-made:
Presented in a cardboard gift bag designed to look like a toolbox, a bunch of manly, snacky food items are gathered here. With his real toolbox in one hand and this one in the other, he can go putter around fixing things all day with delicious snack breaks between projects.
70th Birthday Gift Ideas for Readers
Gift books are a great idea for 70-year-old men: If there's a book you know he'd love, present it to your husband, friend, family member, or colleague with a special dedication written inside.
Or, if you're not sure what he likes to read, here are a few suggestions:
This is a collection of cartoons about the truly important issues: retirement, old age, and death. It features The New Yorker's most talented cartoonists, so you know these cartoons will inspire, amuse, provoke, and sometimes unsettle.
Author Caroline Taggart discovered two things while doing interviews for this book: One, everybody has been to school, and two, they have all forgotten entirely different things. Here are the facts that you learned in school, but may have forgotten or twisted over the years. This book covers all the most important phrases, ideas, and rules we were taught.
Simple to use: no computer, cables, or syncing. It has a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. Wireless connectivity enables him to find, purchase, and read instantly, wherever he is.
Unusual 70th Birthday Greeting Cards
Sometimes, a 70-year-old man has everything he could possibly want or need. If this is the case, a special card is the best gift you can give.
- Make it as personal and heartfelt as you can by making your own card. On the cover, do a collage of things or photos that are meaningful to him.
- Take some time to find a special quote to include inside. This can be a line from a song or a poem or something someone else worded perfectly.
- Instead of handing him a paper card, get creative and think of other ways to deliver your message: tacked up all over the neighborhood, written all over his car, written on the tray you deliver his breakfast on.
Here are some store-bought cards that are almost as unique:
When he opens this card, it will feel like the celebration jumps out at him! This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill birthday card.
Why settle for plain old paper when you can give chocolate? This card will definitely not end up in the recycling bin.
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