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Creative Gifts for Older Men

Older men are undoubtedly one of the hardest groups of people to buy gifts for. Gifts for older men are hard to come up with!

I have a few theories on why this is:

  1. They have hobbies, but over the years have amassed EVERYTHING they need for said hobbies.
  2. They have money, and like men often do, when they want something they just get it for themselves
  3. They have no known hobbies

I like to get creative when it comes to choosing gifts for older men. Choosing DIY Gift baskets means you can personalize your gifts to fit the older man in your life perfectly.

I tried to think of gift ideas that will work for all types of older men so that you can find a gift that he will love. These creative gifts for older men will be great for birthday gifts, Father’s Day gifts, Christmas gifts or just because gifts! Besides being creative, they are also practical gifts for older men because he will be able to use them and have fun doing it!

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Road Trip Gifts for Older Men

Black Car Divider Basket with Aatlas, Road Trip Book and snacks with printable Road Trip Gift tag Gifts for Older Men

There is something about men and being out on the open road. They love it! How about a gift that encourages older men to have great road trip adventures?

included this Travel Cooler Bag for drinks and food. You can also throw in this beautiful book Road Trip USA that has hundreds of possible road trip itineraries, detailed driving maps, and tips including “roadside curiosities, parks and local histories.”  The large scale Rand McNally Atlas will fill in when GPS isn’t working and it’s always good to add some tasty snacks.

There’s a free printable Gift Tag to go along with the Road Trip DIY Gift for Grandpas (and something for every gift!) . You just sign up for the Gifty Girl Printable library by entering your email below. You’ll also get my newsletter so you will stay up with all the fun gift ideas!

DIY Astronomy Gifts for Older Men

Picture of telescope, star chart and astronomy books Astronomy Gift basket gifts for older men

When thinking of gift ideas for older men it is important to note that men are just little boys in grown-up bodies. Little boys LOVE outer space…and so do older men! Another thing I love about this gift is that it will give Grandpa a chance to spend time looking at the stars with his grandkids.

This gift includes a telescope.  This Orion 10015 Starblast is an entry-level telescope that you can program to actually MOVE to the constellations you want to see.

I also included Nightwatch-A practical Guide to Viewing The Universe.  This book is hailed as “the ideal first book for the backyard astronomer…that will grow along with the observer’s skill.” Another great book is The Stars-A new way to see them. This book has star charts,  constellation explanations and facts and figures of planets and stars. Lastly I added The Night Sky-Planisphere. Have you heard of a planisphere before? It is a rotating star chart. You put the date in and it rotates to show you want constellations you can see in the night sky. SUPER COOL and a wonderful part of a unique DIY Astronomy Gift Basket for Older Men!

DIY Breakfast Tour Gifts for Older Men

Picture of custom DIY Breakfast Tour Gift for Older Men, a Map with attached gift cards for different breakfast locations

We gave this gift to my dad a few years ago and he (and my mom!) both enjoyed it. My dad LOVES to go out to breakfast and this was a gift that let him explore some new breakfast haunts. We chose four breakfast places (some we loved and some that we read about online) and got him gift certificates for each.

I then mounted a map to foam board, made some cute gift card envelopes and a “Grandpa’s Breakfast Tour” banner. It’s a cute and simple gift to put together. This gift is also easy for grandpas who live far away. You can look for highly-rated breakfast joints on Yelp or this list of restaurants by state shown in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.   Amazon has gift cards you can purchase or you can buy them straight off of the restaurant web sites. You can download the envelopes and banner for free from my Gift Printables Resource Library Below (and get a bunch of other great gift printables!)

Cookie of the Month Gifts for Older Men

A platter of homemade cookies in front of a certificate that says Cookie of the Month Club Gifts for Older Men

This is perhaps the easiest (and one of the most fun) gifts you can put together if you live nearby the older man on your gift list. It is a perfect last minute DIY Gift for Grandpas! We have done it several years for my dad in different forms. Basically you print off the certificate (I have cookie, soup and dessert-of-the-month) in my Gift Printables Library. Choose a designated day each month (we liked to do the first Sunday of each month) and then you deliver treats! My kids LOVE to help make grandpa his monthly treat and it was fun to visit with him when we delivered. This gift gives a little something each month and grandpas love it! For the Dessert-of-the-Month I came up with a list of dessert ideas and let him pick 12. You could do the same or just surprise him with the cookie/soup/dessert. Easy-peasy and so fun!

DIY Family History Gifts for Older Men

Journal with a gift tag saying Tell me your stories Gift for older men

Grandpas are always good for a great story. This gift allows them to tell their best stories and as an added bonus you get to have treasured memories that you and your kids can have forever. The way this gift works is that you gift Grandpa a way to record his stories. You could go the old-fashioned book to write in OR use this amazing technology for voice recording!! This tiny device is a digital Audio Voice recorder USB Pen Drive.  It can record 150 hours of audio which you can then PLUG into your computer and download the audio.

You can add an oral history prompt book like this one, or a fill in the blank autobiography book. Everybody has a story, and it is a gift for the whole family for older men to record his life stories. (Plus I think most Grandpas would love the opportunity to share stories of days gone by.

If none of these creative gifts for older men quite fit the guy on your list, please check out these other great gift ideas for guys!

Happy Guy Gifting!


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If none of these gifts work for your grandpa, you might want to check out some of these other great gifts for men!

The Ultimate Grilling Gift Guide for Men (with free Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags)

Gifts for Men who Love Watching Sports

Gifts for Dads who Don’t Want Anything (But Love Food)

Happy Grandpa Gifting!


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Melissa Styler

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

The road trip gift would be great for the papas in our family!

Lori W.

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

These are great ideas - grandpas ARE hard to buy for! My grandpas are not around anymore, but my dad is a grandpa, so I think about him. We used to take some epic road trips when I was a kid. To continue the tradition, We have been including my parents in some of our family trips. The memories are priceless! The roadtriongifts would be a great idea! Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 3rd of December 2017

My grandpa would love Mimi’s Cafe, because Mimi is what we call my grandma! My grandpa is a total meat-and-potatoes guy.

Allison Kimball

Friday 1st of December 2017

Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas and saying such kind things about #52stories. This is a great list

The Gifty Girl

Saturday 2nd of December 2017

Thank YOU Allison! Your prompts are amazing!!

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