18 Best Gifts for 85-Year-Old Men

Here you will find a variety of gifts that your 85-year-old gentleman will definitely love to receive!

Great Gifts for 85-Year-Old Men

Columbia Steens Fleece

Columbia Men's Steens Mountain 2.0 Full Zip Fleece Jacket, Black, Medium

For an 85 year old man, this Columbia Fleece Jacket is a wonderful birthday present! It is made out of very soft fabric as it is crafted of ultra-soft 100% polyester for the perfect amount of warmth. It has handy features as there are two side zippered security pockets to keep any small items very secure.

With a collared neck and zippered closure, he will definitely be fully protected from the harsh cold. It is a modern classic fit and with a soft, lightweight feel that makes this fleece jacket an absolute staple in his closet for comfort. He will be very pleased to receive this as a present.

399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges

399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young.

This book of 399 Games, Puzzles and Trivia Challenges is a fantastic present! It has been shown that older people who do puzzles or word games are more cognitively intelligent than those who don’t. Just because he has reached 85, that does not mean that the brain has given up!

This is the perfect present to keep your 85-year-old relative or friend’s brain ticking over and entertained. This book is beautifully illustrated and contains 399 games to challenge the reader and regrow the brain. Better still, the games are so fun as well so hours of fun are to be had here with all the riddles and brain teasers. An aging brain specialist has even approved all of them and confirmed that they can improve long-term memory, working memory, the ability to multitask, and processing speed.

Joywell Armrest Organizer

Joywell Couch Remote Holder Sofa Armrest Organizer Non Slip Arm Chair Caddie for Recliner with 6 Pocket Storage for Magazine, Tablet, Phone, iPad, Beige White

The Armrest Organizer is a fun organizer made for the sofa armrest. It is adjustable and can fit on any size of armrests on couches and chairs. The loop design makes it firmly attached to the couch. There are six large pockets that are designed for your necessities. The non-slip fabric at the bottom of the armrest organizer is used to avoid sliding and rolling off.

It is made of line fabric, which is extremely durable. It’s wrinkle resistance, shrink-proof, and machine washable which could be used for a long time. You can put newspapers, magazines, books, and iPad into the two largest pockets and glasses, cell phones, TV remote controls, and other portable devices into the four large pockets. He will really enjoy this gift as it’s useful.

Asvine Fountain Pen

Matte Black Forest Fountain Pen Extra Fine Nib Classic Design with Converter and Metal Pen Box Set by Asvine

A wonderful present idea for an 85 year old guy is a beautiful Fountain Pen. This is a fantastic gift for any man in your life who is keen to put pen to paper in a more classy manner. Then pen has a unique, stainless steel extra fine nob for an amazing writing experience.

It comes with a bottled ink converter. You can then purchase the 3.4 mm cartridges to go with it. Even the weight of the pen has been carefully made for long-term writing. This is a wonderfully classy present that will definitely be well-loved. No more looking for a pen only then to find one that doesn’t work! He will really enjoy receiving and using this gift.

CouchCoaster For Your Sofa

CouchCoaster - The Original and Patented Armrest Couch Cup Holder – A Weighted, Silicone, Anti Slip Coaster Stops Spills On Your Sofa, Arm Chair Or Recliner and Keeps Drinks Within Reach, Mocha Brown

The CouchCoaster is a one-size-fits-all coaster that fits all his favorite drinks. This CouchCoaster prevents knocks, spills, and stains and keeps your drink within easy reach. It is an ideal alternative to coffee tables and can also be used to store phones and remote controls. It wraps over the arm of the sofa or it can be laid flat tucked between the seat cushions. The design is made of a flexible and weighted silicone body and provides great support for the drink. This is a useful present idea.

Cuisinart Knife Set

Cusinart Block Knife Set, 12pc Cermaic Knife Set with 6 Blades & 6 Blade Guards, Lightweight, Stainless Steel, Durable & Dishwasher Safe, C55-12PCKSAM

These Cuisinart Knives are a household must for the kitchen! If he is still into cooking, he definitely needs this knife set. They are high-quality stainless steel knives and have a non-stick coating which is great for easy slicing. The color-coding feature is useful and makes these knives unique as it reduces the risk of food cross-contamination during preparation. This makes a wonderful present as it is a whole set that will be used on a daily basis.

Fullstar Vegetable Chopper

Fullstar Vegetable Chopper - Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer - Onion Chopper with Container - Pro Food Chopper - Slicer Dicer Cutter - (4 in 1, White)

This Vegetable Chopper is the ideal present for an 85-year-old man who wants to cook healthy meals but has no desire for the hassle of chopping vegetables! This also allows him to have more space on the countertops as he can just use these more compact gadgets. The blades will easily get through the vegetables ensuring him a simple experience. There is a 7-in-1 mandolin slicer and chopper which offers the functionality of multiple kitchen tools with 7 interchangeable cutting blades.

The blades include a medium chopping blade, a fine chopping blade, a spiralizing julienne blade, a ribbon blade, a straight slicer blade, a coarse grater, and a julienne slicer blade. It even includes a catch tray which makes meal prep mess-free and easy. With this present, he will have a fun time slicing and dicing carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, and cheeses! This really is a fun gift that he will use daily and he will gain more motivation to cook!

Hanes Memory Foam Slippers

A 85-year-old man will really appreciate a nice comfortable pair of Hanes Slippers. Padded with thick memory foam, these slippers will mold to your foot giving you a custom fit for the maximum amount of comfort. They are made with Hanes Fresh IQ advance odor protection technology which keeps the slippers fresh season after season. They are very durable as they have a strong gripped sole to prevent slipping or sliding whether you are wearing these shoes inside or outside. He will love using these slippers on a daily basis!

USA Today Puzzle Book 2

USA TODAY Jumbo Puzzle Book 2: 400 Brain Games for Every Day (USA Today Puzzles) (Volume 11)

This is a very thoughtful present for an 85-year-old man! This wonderful Puzzle Book is like no other. It has 400 puzzles to entertain and is sure to really challenge the brain. The challenges include Logic, crossword, Sudoku, Word Roundup, and Hidato so there is plenty to keep busy with! Puzzle books are fantastic for keeping the brain healthy because they improve overall cognitive skills, memory, general knowledge, concentration, and problem-solving skills. This is a wonderful present for a man’s 85th birthday to keep him occupied and entertained!

Taylor Kitchen Scale

Taylor 3842 11lb Digital Glass Top Household Kitchen Scale, Universal, Silver

The Taylor Kitchen Scale is made with quality and precision for accurate weighing. It measures precisely in both standard and metric units up to 11lb/5kg in 0.1oz/1g increments. This product is made with a durable, tempered glass platform. The material is easy-to-clean and resists staining so it is easy to take care of.

It is simple and convenient as weighing foods and small items should be hassle-free so this scale has intuitive features like Auto-Off (to conserve battery life), tare (zero weights between additions), and even a low battery indicator as a reminder for replacement. This is a very useful present for an 85-year-old man!

Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame

The Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame is a wonderful way to display amazing family memories with IPS screen high resolution. You send your photos by email via the 3G/Wi-Fi network on your mobile phone (so he may need some assistance to set this up!). He will love displaying photos of family and friends around his house. This one is fantastic because it’s much more than an ordinary photo frame. Therefore, it makes a very special gift for an 85-year-old man celebrating his birthday. 

Magnetic LED Pickup Tool

VIBELITE Extendable Magnetic Flashlight with Telescoping Magnet Pickup Tool-Cool Gadgets Gifts Idea & Fathers Day Dad Gifts for Men, Husband,Dad,Father,Mechanic,Tech,Handyman,Him Women

The Magnetic Pickup Tool is a handy gadget that will be very useful for him to have around the house. The set includes 3 super bright LED bulbs and a 360-degree illumination that provides light where most flashlights can not go. The extendable stem has a flexible neck and a magnetic head and base. The magnetic ends pick up washers, screws, nuts, or bolts. This will be great for an 85-year-old man who struggles to bend over and pick things up. 

Keurig Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee, Latte and Cappuccino Maker, Nickel

The Keurig Coffee Maker is the perfect treat to complement a simple kitchen with its premium nickel-colored finish, metal handle, and drip tray. Fortunately, it is simple to use as there are easy button controls. The coffee maker heats and then brews in one simple process so he won’t have any problems using this to make his own delicious coffee. Whilst the older generation may struggle with more modern electrics, the ease of this machine will definitely enrich his life with delicious brews every morning.

Vive Walker Bag

Vive Walker Bag - Accessories Wheelchair Basket Pouch (Water Resistant) - Seniors Caddy Accessory Attachment for Folding, Rolling Walkers - Carry Storage Carrier Tote - Lightweight, Universal Size

The Vive Walker Bag is a very useful present for an 85-year-old man. It fits all walker styles and attaches easily to the front, including bariatric walkers, standard walkers, and dual-point folding walkers. It conveniently keeps essentials at hand with the large inner compartment with a secure zippered closure.  In here, he can keep his everyday items such as drinks and snacks, glasses, electronic devices, and more.

The heavy-duty fastening material securely holds the walker bag in place. Seven individual loops are reinforced for a durable accessory bag that easily attaches to any walker. It is very durable and lightweight and even water-resistant to keep the contents safe and dry. He will really enjoy this present!

Full Deck At 85 T-Shirt

Funny 85th Birthday Gift T Shirt - 85 Year Old Cards Shirt

This Full Deck T-Shirt is a perfect way to bring in his favorite hobbies for a very happy birthday. The dark color is flattering and sure to suit every body type with its classic shape and comfortable fit. It has writing on it that says ‘At 85 I’m still playing with a full deck. I just shuffle slower’. This t-shirt is a gift that is sure to bring a smile to any card player’s face and bring some birthday fun. This is a funny t-shirt for a family member to buy him.

Vintage Candy Co. Gift Box

Vintage Candy Co. 85th Birthday Retro Candy Gift Basket - 1939 Party Assortment - Unique Care Package for Women and Men Turning 85 Years Old

The Vintage Candy Co. Gift Box is a really fun present for a 85-year-old guy to receive on his special day! This is a great present idea because sorting through all the candy options in this box will be very nostalgic for him and bring back lots of memories of his childhood. If he feels like he can’t eat them all he can share them out with friends and family!

Never Looked So Good Cap

The Birthday Cap and Sash is a fun present for an 85-year-old guy to receive on his birthday! He will look very festive on his special birthday. The material is premium so it is of great quality and the white sash has blue letters imprinted on it with the words ’85 Never Looked So Good’. The baseball cap is stylish and made of high-quality 100% cotton that making it long-lasting, reusable, and durable. It is a one-size-fits-all with an adjustable snap-back strap. He will love to receive this gift!

85 Years Math Mug

The 85 Years Math Mug is a great gift idea for an 85-year-old man. It has a lot of numbers on it, so will be fantastic for a maths whizz! The mug says how many months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds he has been around for. It is made of a high-quality material and is 11 ounces. Fortunately, it is microwave and dishwasher safe. The imprinted design is printed on both sides of the mug and so is guaranteed to last a long time as it’s so durable. He can use this mug for his favorite coffee, tea, or any other beverage. As an alternative, he could use it to store things like pencils, pens, and office things.

How We Selected Gifts for 85-Year-Old Men

Uniquely Personal

The first thing that we considered when choosing these gift ideas was selecting something that was uniquely personal to him. We wanted to give a variety of options to reflect all sorts of interests and hobbies that make a one-of-a-kind gift for a 85-year-old male’s birthday. That way, he will be sure that you picked the present with him specifically in mind. Hobbies such as reading, golf, simple gadgets, and games are all included in the list.

You will be sure to find something to suit the man in your life perfectly. Some 85-year-olds prefer something fun to pass the time and others enjoy something more useful to make life easier. It is much more caring to buy something that is personal to the birthday man rather than something overly generic.


It is also important to consider how easy it is to obtain these gifts so that you show up to the birthday party with a unique gift at hand, even if you didn’t have much notice beforehand. We have used well-known retailers in order to supply these gifts in a more straightforward way. This makes it easier to buy presents in the first place so that it is a stress-free process with multiple shipping options, such as next-day or even same-day delivery.

Also, if for whatever reason a gift needs to be returned or exchanged (such as if the t-shirt is the wrong size), it is much easier to do that with a reputable brand with renowned customer service. There is more likely to be more availability with the product as well if it is a popular website. Simplicity is so important when it comes to gift buying so using a well-known retailer is a must.

FAQs – Gifts for 85-Year-Old Men

What is a good gift for an elderly man?

Any 85-year-old man would like fun things to do to pass the time. This could be a big puzzle to do alone or with others or board games to enjoy with friends and family. If he is your father or grandfather, he may like something personal, such as a photo display, maybe even in a digital photo frame so it is more novel. Any 85-year-old man would appreciate something comfortable to wear, such as a soft jumper or slippers.

Try to think of an interesting book that he might enjoy, either a fun coffee table style book or a good novel. If he likes foods such as jams, cookies, crackers, nuts or another small snack, you could put together a set of all his favorites for a truly delicious, personalized birthday treat! You could always buy something that is more of an experience, for example, theatre tickets or a voucher to go out for a meal. Either you could invite them to come with you or just give them the gift and they can choose how it is used!

What would an 85-year-old who likes food like as a gift?

He might like to receive a present such as a collection of cheese or chocolate so that he can try new things. You could also put together a hamper with all of his favorite snack foods, such as jams, chips, crackers, etc. This would be a delightful gift for him to look through, and it should last him a while as well.

If he still does some cooking in the kitchen then he might like a vegetable chopper, scales, or another tool that would help him to cook more efficiently. Finally, he would enjoy receiving a recipe book, full of things like meat and vegetable ideas, so that he can discover different ideas of things to cook for dinner.

What are some present ideas from children to their 85-year-old grandfather?

He would definitely love to receive something unique from their grandchildren. If they are younger then perhaps they can draw a picture for their grandpa or grandma with a happy birthday message! Having it framed will make it very aesthetically pleasing. The children could also make a birthday card, something which is personalized will be truly appreciated by their grandparents.

If children have been on a recent trip they could also bring back a souvenir that they have chosen for their grandparents. This can be for their birthday or just to show that they were thinking of them. As long as there has been some thought, any present will be gratefully appreciated!

Jason Collins

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Now, living in Las Vegas. Freelance writer and world traveler. My interests include Pink Floyd and Lemony Snicket.