Choosing gifts for an older dad or grandfather is a real puzzle – no matter if they are 65, 75, or even 90 years old!
Like me, if you are unsure what he likes, you may have to try your luck and pray.
But, after spending “several” Thanksgiving and Christmas together with my dad and grandpa, I can now suggest a few gifts for a 65 year old man (and older!) to make your search easier.
If none of these seem quite right, check our more general gift guide for senior and elderly men here.
Cool Gifts for Older Men
This cool gift box features 2 lbs of candy that was popular in your loved one’s selected decade packed into a gift box. Decade options include the 1920s to the 1990s – and all the decades in between.
For the older guy who is a true candy lover, there is a 4 lb choice and a monthly subscription box option to keep the candy coming regularly.
Candles don’t have to be feminine or use only floral scents.
The Manly Indulgence line of candles from Colonial Candle includes more masculine scents such as Bachelor Pad, Fresh Shave, 5 O’Clock Shadow, or Mahogany Leather.
Choose from their Adventure, Rebel, or Sophisticated Collections.
Does your recipient enjoy a bit of brew every now and then (or frequently!)
Get hand-crafted beers shipped directly to him monthly that are curated from more than 10,000 US and international breweries.
A panel of brewmasters selects each month’s beer selections. Includes a personalized gift message.
If he loves dark liquors and coffee, this blend will make them want more of each.
I drink this same blend for my Sunday afternoon cup of Joe.
The unique taste is outstanding but doesn’t cost a fortune either.
Get him this useful boot jack if your senior man has difficulty removing his work boots or snow boots.
Taking off boots or other footwear can be a pain for older seniors.
Boot jacks will make this process much easier for him without him losing his balance.
Mahabis Curve slippers feature a flexible, grippy rubber sole with a luxurious Italian wool lining.
They are made to be durable and easy to care for. Plus, they have a neoprene heel cup to ensure they say secure on your feet, reducing the chance of a fall.
Available in multiple colors and men’s and women’s sizing.
Does the senior guy in your life love to read books while sitting in the backyard?
Maybe they come to the ballpark frequently to watch the grandkids play?
These foldable chairs are incredibly lightweight and highly durable, and the adjustable canopy on top keeps his head out of the sun too.
Almost anyone would appreciate a gift pair of stylish whiskey glasses.
If your father is aging like fine wine, a couple of whiskey glasses might be the perfect gift.
His “on the rocks” evenings will go to the next level as he pours some of the 15-year Glenlivet into these glasses.
These handmade treats feature dark chocolate ganache (made with just cream, salt, and vanilla) blended with Remy Martin XO Cognac.
There are 5 pieces per box, and you can order multiple packs up of up to 6 boxes.
Does he often forget where his glasses are?
Does he have trouble remembering where he put them?
Then this painted wooden pup has his back, so he will always know where they are!
Other designs are available if he’s more of a cat guy…
This is one of my favorites.
I got a collection of pickles in a handmade gift basket for my grandfather one year.
You know what? He laughed but ate every single one.
This basket has a wide variety of both pickles and pickle and dill flavored items he’s surely never tried before!
Caramel apples are one of those treats that can bring back childhood memories in a flash.
This unique gift basket consists of 6 petite caramel apples in a rustic wood gift basket.
There are assorted flavors, too, so he won’t get bored with any particular one!
Every guy seems to love having snacks and sweet treats on hand.
Did you know that personalized M&M candies are a real thing?
And, they make a great gift that is truly unique. Choose the message, the color, and even the graphics on the bag.
These simple little attachments make mobile phones easier to hold onto – which means they are less likely to be dropped.
Just use the adhesive to apply to the back of your case and go.
Note: If you don’t already have a base, make sure you buy a PopGrip for a full set, not a PopTop which is the top piece only.
As we age, it’s not uncommon to begin wondering where we came from and wanting to learn more about our roots.
A gift subscription for Ancestry® can help aging adults begin the journey just by plugging in what they do know about their ancestors.
A gift like this can also create an opportunity to spend time together by working on the family history together!
Practical and Useful Gifts
These Podiatrist-approved slippers for older men feature a roomy and wide-toe box with built-in orthotic insoles.
Designed to improve the ease of walking and alleviate pain on the heel and ball of the foot from numerous conditions.
These are a great choice for older adults who need arch support without sacrificing style.
If the older man you are buying for complains about always being hot, check out these moisture-wicking pajamas.
They are breathable and temperature-regulating to help older men establish a comfortable sleeping environment.
Plus, they are lightweight, low maintenance, and as soft as cotton.
They are even available in separates, with pajama pants, and long sleeve/tank options too to match his sleeping style.
Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
This book reading light charges in a USB port, so it can be plugged right into a tablet or kindle device while elderly owners are reading or working.
There are multiple color modes and brightness levels, including a night light setting.
The best part is that it slips easily around the neck – no difficult-to-use clamps to cause pain for arthritic hands.
Men’s All Elements 3.0 Touchtip Gloves
These stylish and waterproof gloves do more than just protect and warm the hands of senior men.
They also feature “touchtip” technology, allowing them to be used with touchscreen devices.
This is an excellent option if the older man on your shopping list needs a new pair of gloves.
YakTrax Pro Traction Cleats
YakTrax are nifty little gadgets that slip over your existing boots and shoes to improve traction on snow and ice or when hiking on rougher surfaces.
These are the perfect gift for senior men in the northern climates especially!
Did you know you can gift quality Gillette razors and shaving products to seniors?
And, you can have them delivered on a schedule that you prefer.
This starter kit includes a rechargeable heated razor and all the needed accessories.
Sign up for their subscription service and get refills delivered every month for three months or six months.
Minnetonka Hardsole Moccasins
These traditional moccasins with indoor-outdoor soles are for more than just the house.
Ideal for walking the dog or grabbing coffee, your feet will stay warm on chilly days.
The warm and thick pile lining cushions every step.
This stylish and masculine journal is packaged in a gift box and has a unique style and look.
It’s been said that journaling helps improve memory and mental processing – and it’s a great way to record memories or private thoughts.
It could also make a good travel or garden diary too.
With these medical tags, it’s easy for first responders to get essential information about a patient.
The tags are laminated and completely weatherproof, so they’ll be in great shape for years. The set includes both a keychain tag and a wallet card.
It’s a wonderful way to protect the people you love most.
This is a great gift for the dad or grandpa in your life who loves to grill.
The unique spin on a multi-tool means this BBQ accessory actually folds up into a small pocket knife.
Then, when grilling for the family, it opens to include a spatula, basting brush, bottle opener, corkscrew, and BBQ fork.
The wood handle is laser engraved to highlight your grandpa’s greatness. It even comes with a storage pouch.
Ever lose your wallet? Me too! Daily!
So, the best gift this season will be a smart wallet with a tracker.
He only needs to charge the wallet once a month, and the built-in GPS tracker will always know exactly where his wallet is!
Heartguide Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor & Watch
The HeartGuide is the first accurate wearable blood pressure monitor.
This one product tracks heart data, activity level, sleep, and more.
The accompanying app analyzes data for personal health recommendations.
This TV Speaker/FM Radio combination is completely wireless, portable, and rechargeable.
Simple charging by sitting the radio on the included charging dock. Familiar knob-style station dialing with easy-to-use controls.
Also works to boost sound from the TV wirelessly!
This HD video doorbell makes it possible to see who’s at your door from a phone or tablet. It can also record video footage of your porch.
It’s a great gift for someone who might struggle to answer their door or for anyone with concerns about security.
If he authorizes you to use their account, you can also use Ring to check in on him throughout the day.
Garmin vívofit® 4 Fitness Activity Tracker
The Vivofit 4 Fitness Tracker is a great choice for active senior men who work hard on their health.
It tracks steps, distance, and calories burned.
The always-on color display features large, easy-to-read numbers – it’s simple to operate too!
A digital photo album is fun to load up and display family, vacation, and travel photos.
Rather than having space for just one or two happy photos, he can add or change the pictures by uploading them from his phone to the frame when you come to visit.
It can also be updated via WiFi too! For fun, he can even use a camera to take some of the photos himself.
For less tech-savvy senior men, you might ease the transition into the modern world by getting them a new computer and some basic computer lessons from an instructor who comes to the house.
This can teach them how to use things like Skype to reconnect with family and introduce them to senior-friendly programs and apps contingent upon their level of comfort with technology.
Fun Gifts That Entertain
Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar
This calendar gives a full page to each day with full-color images and humorous examples of real-life “senior moments” throughout history.
However, this is not a gift for elderly men who are easily offended!
This MP3 player offers an easy-to-use touchscreen interface and has built-in speakers – no headphones are required.
This multifunction device is also an FM radio receiver, video player, e-book player, and voice recorder.
Many senior men love solving puzzles, so why not provide them with puzzles to work on all year long?
These puzzles help keep the mind active and sharp, which can improve memory and keep away boredom.
With a subscription, he’ll get nine issues a year!
The Craftsman Crate is a great way for seniors to try out new hobbies while keeping their hands active and busy.
Each box is a complete project box with complete instructions and even includes the tools needed.
Past boxes have included candle-making, mosaics, and soapstone carving.
We have an entire guide dedicated to subscription gifts and boxes for older adults for more info.
For outdoor-loving 65-year-olds who also love to fish, fishing kits like these can be a great gift.
Plus, you can even add to this gift by purchasing a fishing or hunting license in his favorite areas for the upcoming seasons.
Good for beginners, it has everything one needs, including a carry bag, fishing rod, reel, line, different lures and hooks, and more.
Magazine subscriptions provide many benefits for older guys: education, entertainment, and a way to pass some time.
They can also be a great link to the outside world.
Look for large print magazines like Reader’s Digest for seniors with vision problems.
This planter is bursting with easy-to-care-for succulents in a keepsake Chevy Camaro.
Ford Mustang and Pick-ups are also available.
You might just start a new gardening hobby with a gift like this.
Sadly, when our senior loved ones leave us, their stories and history go with them.
Senior men, especially, aren’t prone to talk about their past or history.
This workbook encourages them to share this history with your and provides a place to record memories through a series of questions and prompts.
It will quickly become a treasured heirloom for the entire family.
Research shows us that music reaps positive benefits.
In fact, just listening to music regularly makes people happier, improves health, reduces stress, aids in sleep, reduces depression, and elevates moods when driving or exercising.
Gifts of Comfort
Acorn Fleece-Lined Rambler Mule Moccasins
The Acorn Men’s Rambler Mule Slipper combines comfort and support for senior men.
The slip-resistant indoor/outdoor sole is flexible and supportive. Inside, your bare feet will be comforted by 100% wool fleece.
Removable contoured footbed can be traded for your custom insoles. Machine washable too!
Burt's Bees Hand Repair Gift Set
Everyone loves Burt’s Bees hand care products – from young to old.
It’s a great gift for senior men who’ve used their hands their whole life and suffer from dry, cracked, and painful hands, including gardeners and travelers.
This gift set includes 2 hand creams, a cuticle cream and a set of cotton gloves.
If the older person in your life travels a lot, a 2-in-1 travel pillow will keep them comfortable during long flights with luxurious fleece and soft cover.
It also quickly converts to a more rectangular shape for lumbar support, which is handy to have in the car.
Does he enjoy working with his hands in the landscaping or out in the yard, maybe?
Does he think himself a gentleman farmer?
Durable work gloves like these that also look great might be the perfect gift.
My Top Picks
If I had to pick my favorites from this list, I would probably choose the Orthofeet slippers, the Beer of the Month club, or the Aria Me headphones. Although the whiskey glasses and the Craftsman craft box are interesting ideas too.
Food gifts are always a great choice, especially if they are sweet! What older man doesn’t like to eat? What does your grandfather like? Find out, and pick from this list of gifts today.
Tell me some of the best gifts you ever got from the senior men in your life in the comments below. Also, please share this guide on your favorite social media!