A 90th birthday is worthy of a huge celebration. Your loved one has made it through nine decades full of countless memories, blessings, and a whole lot of love. You want to get something truly special for your loved one’s 90th, but what kind of gift merits such a celebration? Luckily, we’ve picked out ten amazing choices to help you in your quest.
How to Choose a 90th Birthday Gift
Choosing a 90th birthday gift can be a bit stressful. You want to get your loved one a truly special gift, but it can be difficult to know exactly what she likes – especially if she lives far away and you don’t get to spend a lot of time with her. Even if you are close, you probably don’t know what she wants that she doesn’t already have.
When it comes to picking out the perfect gift, you can never go wrong with a personalized memento. Whether it’s a photo frame, blanket, or necklace, she’s sure to adore it if it includes a mention of her kids, grandkids, or possibly even great-grandkids. If you’re looking for something a bit more out of the box, consider a delicious fruit arrangement that looks like a bouquet of flowers, but is really filled with fresh fruit. Or, choose something that can keep her safe, such as a smartwatch with the technology to connect with an emergency operator with the touch of a button.
Consider a box of decadent chocolate dipped fruit featuring chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped apple wedges, and white and semisweet chocolate dipped banana bites, or a box of our signature chocolate dipped strawberries decorated with swirls of white chocolate Swizzle®. How about a box of scrumptious mini cheesecakes and gourmet brownies? Pair it with a bundle of festive Happy Birthday balloons for a complete gift she’s sure to love.
For more fabulous 90th birthday gift ideas your friend or loved one will absolutely love, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite 90th birthday gift ideas.
Jodi RR Smith
Jodi RR Smith, president and owner of Mannersmith, is an etiquette consultant specializing in social and professional conduct. Working with individuals, corporations, and other organizations, Jodi educates in a way that is both instructional and entertaining, helping her clients increase their confidence levels and achieve success in today’s world.
“An ideal 90th birthday gift has two parts, something to enjoy now and a trip down memory lane. At the impressive age of 90, the last thing the person needs is another thing to dust; instead, something sweet to enjoy is preferred. Think cake, chocolates, gourmet cookies, or fruit platters! (Baskets of fruit may be difficult for the elderly who have dexterity issues if they require cutting or peeling. Fruit arrangements are pre-prepared and ready to enjoy.)
Then, for the second part, a guided tour down a carefully curated memory lane. Make an effort to skip or minimize any negative life events and focus on the positive and uplifting. Friends and family from near and far can be invited to send birthday greetings, fond memories, and pictures. Immediate family members can be invited to write longer messages about what this person means to them. All of these memories and messages can be combined into a binder or keepsake book.”
Ajmal Dar had over 20-years of experience across supply chain and procurement. However, he gave that up to follow my passion and start his own business – Moccasin Guru, a site for people who have the same mentality and want an edge through the information available, be it the best shoes, the best training programs, the best way to treat injuries – anything.
“My idea for the best 90th birthday gift would be a before and after portrait, or a collage of faces from different years. At this age, there’s nothing more delightful than being surrounded by the people you care for and seeing things that remind you of your cherished younger years. As a result of old age, they may develop some deficiencies – one is failing to remember names, people, things, and places. This gift would serve as a reminder of their young self and help them remember those memories. At home, when I ask my grandma about a picture from a family album, I can expect that it may end up as an hour-long talk. And I love it!”
Bertie Cowan here founder of Effortless Outdoors, an avid hiker, camper, and lover of everything outdoor-related.
“Buying the right gift for a 90th birthday is challenging, but here are a few suggestions:
- A personalized 90th Birthday photo album that you have filled with their memories caught on camera over the years. Adding comments about the photos makes this a really special gift.
- The Book of Myself is a DIY autobiography that lets the recipient write their memories to be shared for generations to come. It really is the perfect 90th birthday gift, especially if you help them to fill the pages.
- A handprinted and crafted photo quilt is the perfect gift for a 90th birthday. Choose photos from events throughout their 90 years to remind them of the fun times with their children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.”
Phil Watson is the Founder of Barbecue Grill Review.
“The Sleep Machine HoMedics Sound Spa would be a great and meaningful 90th birthday gift. The HoMedics Sound Spa, Adaptive Sound Sleep Therapy System is the ultimate sleep aid tool for light sleepers or people who want to get a deeper night’s rest.
The machine has 30 distinct sound profiles that are designed to promote deeper sleep. It reacts to intrusive noises in less than a tenth of a second and responds by remixing sound profiles and adjusting the volume to neutralize the outside sounds. It uses naturally recorded, high-definition sounds up to 30 minutes long to create a real-world sound environment. Definitely a great value for our senior beloved ones.”
Trond Nyland is the Founder and CEO of Cordless Drill Guide.
“I have a gift idea for a 90th birthday that is both personalized and heartwarming. It is always a tradition for grandmothers to crochet blankets for newborns, and of course, patchwork quilts pass down through the generations.
To reinvent this idea of patchwork quilts, put a smile on your elderly relative’s face with a homemade patchwork quilt contributed by all the family – kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, nieces, nephews, and so on.
It doesn’t have to be overly complicated and needs only one seamstress at the end to sew all the pieces together. You can use this guide as a general go-to when designing the quilt.”
Phillip Ash is the Founder of Pro Paint Corner.
“It is very rare to know someone celebrating their 90th birthday with great vision.
What I propose is to offer him or her a magnifying desk lamp so they can read those special cards with ease, and perhaps even take a wander down memory lane. So many memories are often in small print!
Amazon has a Magnifying Desk Lamp with a removable handheld magnifying glass. It is available for $19.96 with variable shipping costs.”
Denise P. Kalm
Denise P. Kalm is a Writer, Speaker, and Coach at DPK Coaching.
“My suggestion also applies to anyone over 65. We don’t want/need stuff. We want activities, adventures, and fun with our loved ones. A gift of a meal out, a concert, or even something as simple as bringing over a special meal and then offering help in fixing something around the house can be most appreciated. Many older people are lonely – they want to spend time with you, and that’s a big gift. Even now, there are ways to make this happen. And we can always wait – give us a gift of an event for when things open up (or your loved one has been vaccinated).”
Stacy Caprio works with Renuw Skincare.
“One great 90th birthday gift idea is a custom photo pillow or blanket that has a picture of you and the 90th birthday gift recipient on it.
This is a great gift because it is so easy for the recipient to use in their daily life and every time they see it, it will remind them of you and your relationship with them. It’s a great way to memorialize something special to you both and give them a gift they can use in their everyday life.”
Stephen Light is the Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer at Nolah Mattress.
“Melatonin pills are great gifts for 90-year-olds with age-related sleep problems. Age-related sleeping problems are common, but sleeping aid products can help make good sleep more accessible to older adults. One example is melatonin supplements, which contain melatonin hormones that help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm.
Sleep is an essential activity in older adults — they need it as a vital process to keep their bodies healthy. When sleep-deprived, they are at a higher risk for diseases since they’ll have a compromised immune system,
The body naturally produces melatonin, but the production of the hormone decreases as people age. When melatonin levels in the body are low, people might experience sleeping problems. Taking melatonin pills can help with that problem by helping older adults fall asleep faster.”
Jacob is the Founder of the blog Seniors Who Move.
“As a 90th birthday gift idea, I would recommend a family trip to Vegas. Watch the golden show at Caesar’s, or see a show or dancing at the MGM. You must visit the Bellagio’s flower exhibit and stop by the Star Market nearby for food. If anyone is a gambler, I would visit the one and only Wynn. You can enjoy wine tasting, pool parties, and top-shelf cocktails at the Wynn, as well as rock climbing and the roller coaster at the terrific Circus Circus, miles upon miles of slot machines, and free fun shows. Stay on the Strip; you can rent a car or take a cab. When do you want to live it up if not for your 90th birthday?”
Julien Raby is the CEO of Thermo Gears.
“Here are two of the best 90th birthday gift ideas.
This is a perfect gift for any 90 year old to preserve their memories. The book has a lot of questions for them to answer, which they will enjoy responding to. This book can be an entertaining way for them to spend their free time. They will know that their precious memories are being stored, and the young generation will always have something to read about them and remember them by.
A plate signed with the names of all your loved ones and messages is one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone can receive. When it is something as special and big as their 90th birthday, I think nothing would make them happier than this. The best part about this gift is that the messages and signatures on it are not temporary. The messages seem as though they were engraved or printed onto the plate. The package also comes with a wall stand, and a free-standing piece so that the person you give this beautiful gift to can place it wherever they want as per their desire. The marker that comes with it is washable. So, if you write something on the plate and change your mind, you can always wipe it off with a wet napkin. However, once baked, no changes can then be made.”
Steve is the owner of BootMoodFoot, a website dedicated to all things shoes and footwear.
“One of the best 90th birthday gift ideas would be a monthly subscription box. That said, I am suggesting Care Box. What I like about this is the assortment of items inside. You get healthy snacks, teas or coffee, amusement tools, and self-care products. They may not say it, but they do love getting presents from time to time. Get them signed up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription. They would surely love it!”
Sarah Logan is the Editor at The Bunny Hub.
“What I would give to someone celebrating their 90th birthday is a Wingback Recliner Chair. I remember my grandparents, who always have that favorite spot in the house where they sit back and relax or talk about the same subject over and over. Sometimes, they fall asleep on their chair. I love to see that sight; they look so peaceful. Someone turning 90 would love to have a comfortable chair like this one.”
Sam Lowy is the CEO of Life Insurance Star, a New Jersey Insurance agency.
“If you want to be really sentimental, create a scrapbook with a collection of photos and mementos that remind you of the person.
If this is a parent or grandparent, it’ll be a lot easier since you can find a lot of stuff around the house to fill it up.
When it comes to seniors, going the sentimental route will always work well. Anything that brings back fond memories of specific parts of their life would be greatly appreciated.”
Leo Young is the Founder and Editor of OptimizedFamily.com.
“The last year has brought new and unexpected challenges to us all, perhaps the elderly most of all, through the enforced isolation and shielding that COVID prevention measures have imposed on them. As the son and son-in-law of two sets of elderly parents, their well-being was a constant concern. However, technology has been a lifeline to those who have been able to grasp it – and fortunately, there are tablets available that are remarkably easy to use. It makes staying in video contact with family as easy – if not easier – than a phone call. My own choice would be the Amazon Fire Tablet. The main selling point for me was that it is voice-controlled with Alexa so seniors don’t need to do much fiddling with control or buttons. But its huge, clear screen and an amazing repertoire of other easy-to-access entertainment options make the device perfect to keep my kids’ grandparents connected on video and amused and mentally active too.”
Jonathan Frey is the CMO of Urban Bikes Direct.
“The longer people live, the more they tend to appreciate a good spa treatment.
Consider treating the special 90-year-old in your life to an unforgettable spa day. Be sure the calibrate the package to their particular needs and limitations – you may want to skip any vigorous scrubbing and leave plenty of time for Reiki and other light, pain-reducing massages. Every part of them will thank you.
Remind them they’ve led (and continue to lead) a beautiful life worthy of celebration. Gather photos and other mementos that mark milestone events throughout their lives – weddings, births, graduations, award receptions – and hire an artist or graphic designer to assemble all of it into one stunning piece of wall art.
Invest in a nice ink pen and personalized luxury stationery to write a heartfelt note or letter. It may have been a while since they’ve received such thoughtfully composed correspondence.
This idea may not be for everyone, but if you ride a bike and your 90-year-old grandparent happens to have a winningly silly sense of humor, you can make them laugh by ordering a customized triangle banner bearing their likeness and attaching it to the back of their bike. They may get a kick out of seeing their own face trail and bobble in your wake as you ride down the street.”
Dave Pedley is the Founder and Editor of YourCub.com.
“Not many people of the younger generations actually use pen and paper nowadays. But those over pensionable age probably still do. I found a quite unique gift idea recently for the older generations that they’ll love, even if they don’t use it: hand-crafted, bespoke, wooden fountain pens intricately decorated with Indian artisanal designs that YOU choose for the recipient. The quality is outstanding (the actual nibs and mechanics are modern) and the design and workmanship are stunning. Each pen is unique. They’re not cheap of course – but very very special. The company is called FOSFOR, and you can find them here. They deliver worldwide.”
Paige Arnof-Fenn is the founder and CEO of global marketing and branding firm Mavens & Moguls based in Cambridge, MA. Her clients include Microsoft, Virgin, The New York Times Company, Colgate, and venture-backed startups as well as non-profit organizations. She graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Business School. Paige is a popular speaker and columnist who has written for Entrepreneur and Forbes.
“When my great aunt celebrated her 90th my family threw her a big party to celebrate with friends from all over. She was very social and had friends from every generation and part of her life, so it was a weekend filled with food, dancing, music, and fun. We took tons of pictures and made an album after as a lasting gift. We found great photos of her and made pins for everyone to wear and keep as a memento. She loved it. In our family at least, the best gift was being together with the people you love and having a sentimental reminder of the time you shared.”
Mark Hayes is the Head of Marketing at Kintell.
“One great gift for a 90th birthday is a photo book of memories. Sometimes, the most memorable gifts are the most simple ones. Giving your loved one a chance to reflect on great times with family is priceless. Create a photo book and fill it with funny, embarrassing, or meaningful photos, each with a story to tell. When you reach 90 years old, expensive material goods tend to come second to time spent with family. This is a gift that they’ll cherish and hold dear for the rest of their life.”
John Stevenson is the Marketing Specialist at My GRE Exam Preparation.
“At that age, most people would value comfort over most things, so a nice thoughtful gift would be a warm, personalized blanket for them to use! This will ensure that they will stay warm and cozy, all while remembering you as they use their blanket.”
A member of the CanvasDiscount.com team, Maria writes about interior design and custom printing. She’s convinced that every home can be beautiful and enjoys helping readers choose the most appropriate home decor and photo gifts. She loves dogs, cats, and budgies.
“Any 90th birthday is an extraordinary event – which means your birthday gift needs to be extraordinary too! Show the seniors in your life that you care with customized photo gifts printed with photo memories from their amazing lives. Personalized photo wall art or unique custom photo gifts will bring joy on the big day and for years to come.
These days, you can create personalized photo gifts online. All you need is the perfect photo (it will need to be in digital format). Take your time and search your family photo archives – and don’t hesitate to ask friends and relatives across the globe if you think they can help you find the best pictures!
Custom photo gifts aren’t limited to wall art – printed home textiles make excellent 90th birthday gifts, too. Anyone’s who’s made it to the big nine-oh deserves a bit of comfort in their life, so how about a cozy, extra-soft photo blanket for getting properly snug? Towels and pillowcases are available, too, so you can get a whole set of cozy gifts printed with heartwarming photos.
Let’s face it, anyone who’s been receiving gifts for nice decades will probably want something a bit different! If you want to bring a smile to the face of your 90th birthday boy or girl, custom photo prints have a unique appeal that works every time.”
Cindy Moore is the co-founder and managing partner of Senioridy LLC. The Senioridy website helps simplify the process of searching, finding, and selecting senior living and senior care options. Cindy is the staff senior writer and can be found featured in many popular news articles and blogs.
“There is no gift greater than the dedication of a little free time. Time with loved ones, whether it be on the phone or in-person, is the ultimate gift that you can give to a 90 year old. But if you feel compelled to show up with a pretty, paper-wrapped package, try to look for things that are of a more homemade or personal nature. A hand-knitted scarf, a mug with grandchildren’s faces, or a bookmark made of pressed flowers will help the nonagenarian feel loved and remembered.
Those who are lucky enough to cross the 90s bridge have lived through some rough times, and many of those affected by the Great Depression have a hard time dealing with wastefulness, so they tend not to throw things away. It’s not uncommon to find closets full of pretty, unboxed decorative items for which no utility was found. It’s important to remember that the real gift you give when you bring a gift to a ninety year old is usually you.”
Johana Schwartzman is the founder of Sprout Works Connection.
“While many seniors may have difficulty with extensive physical activity, something small and simple could make a world of a difference.
The Clay Date kit from Sprout Works Connection does just that. Not only is this an amazing gift idea, but it is also an easy way to push seniors to be creative. The kit is made of soft, premium clay that’s easy on the hands. A simple arts and crafts project not only helps ease stress, giving them something to focus on while actively stretching their arms and hands, but working with clay has also been proven to enhance hand-eye coordination.”
Piyushi Dhir is a businesswoman by profession and a writer by passion. She is a published author of two bestsellers and is currently working on her third book. Piyushi has a unique perspective on healthcare as she is managing the health of four generations in her family, including her very elderly grandparents and elderly parents.
“The best gift for a 90th birthday involves time and care. From experience caring for my elderly parents and grandparents, when you reach a certain age, the best gift you can receive is time with a loved one. Creating a memory book or photo book together using old photos with room for handwritten notes opens a flood gate of memories that can be documented for generations to come.”
Alexander Knobloch is the founder of BowAddicted.com.
“Ultimately, it comes down to your relationship with the recipient and what you know about their lifestyle and interests.
But assuming that someone that just turned 90 years old has children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, a wonderful gift could be a tablet.
Yes, I mean a tablet, like an iPad or a GrandPad, especially for seniors. Why? Well, especially in times of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to stay in contact with the elderly.
Install Skype. Skype offers different settings aimed at easy accessibility (larger text size, flash for alerts). Turn off updates and alerts, remove all other icons from the screen, and keep the device on charge.
Make it as simple as possible to use. Be patient, go slowly, and don´t give up. Your parents, grandparents, and relatives will thank you for the opportunity to connect.”
Dan runs the blog Sir Golfsalot.
“The ultimate gift for a 90 year old is to provide them with a great memory. While I’m far from this milestone age, I have had the pleasure of planning for two 90th birthday parties in the last few years. And let me tell you, planning parties that include family, friends, and strangers that you’ve never met is a lot of work!
I realized the most important aspect of planning the celebration was that it had to be unique and reflect their life. Dad golfed, so we incorporated the sport into the event. At the party, we were going to serve golf-themed finger foods and have golf-related door prizes. We had the venue decorated in golf memorabilia and there were golf courses on the big screen for guests to watch. We also set up a putting green for players to try their hand at a Chip & Putt competition. We had some great door prizes donated from local golf courses and golf retailers. It was a huge success because we went with what he really enjoyed.”
Dena Goldsmith is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist and president of Home Safe Home, an aging in place home modification company.
“The great thing about gifting 90-year-olds is that the sentimental things matter more. They don’t care too much about expensive, branded stuff. What draws them in more are gifts that tug at the heartstrings.
A good idea would be a family photo book filled with pictures from past years. Include the most memorable events, from weddings to birthday parties and other milestone occasions. It won’t cost you much, but the happiness and nostalgia you’ll give them would be priceless.”
Brandon Walsh is the CEO at Dadsagree.com.
“I have a great 90th birthday gift recommendation: The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions.
Nearly everyone has thought about writing an autobiography at least once in their lives. So, I thought why not give my grandfather a DIY autobiography book, in which he just has to fill in already written questions? I loved the idea of giving my grandfather this book for his 90th birthday. It not only made him feel happy but also gave me a chance to understand and get to know him better. All the 201 questions were memory-evoking queries, each bringing a smile on his face as he answered the questions one by one.
If you’re thinking of getting either of your grandparents a 90th birthday present, I would highly recommend this DIY autobiography book. It is definite to make them smile and have them pay a trip down memory lane.”
Tracy Anderson is a blogger on Top Reveal, a site dedicated to helping consumers make smart decisions. She loves writing about gift ideas, reviewing gadgets, and finding ways to improve our quality of life.
“Here are some great gift ideas that I love:
Letsfit Sleep Machine: As you get old, your sleep gets disturbed. And, a person who has almost lived a century might be getting disturbed sleep almost every night. Gifting a product that helps them to get the sleep that they deserve would be the best gift for them.
The Letsfit Sleep Machine is one of the top-selling sleeping machines on Amazon that can help them to get a deep sleep. This machine has 14 soothing soundtracks that can help you to fall asleep.
1931 Nostalgic Look Book: 1931 Remember When Nostalgic Look Book can be the best birthday gift for a 90 year old. We can not bring their childhood back, but we can gift a nostalgic look book that can help them to remember their childhood memories.
This book has the highlights of world news, national news, sports events, advertisements, top music, top movies, and much more top memories of their childhood.”
Daniel Walsh is the owner of a smart home technology blog, Smart Home Perfected.
“For the best 90th birthday gift, I would recommend the Alexa virtual assistant, built into the Amazon Echo smart speaker. For seniors, there is no learning curve as they simply just ask Alexa questions and she provides the relevant answer.
It is a great way for those with poor eyesight to access information without having to read a newspaper, book, or search the web. For seniors who are socially isolated, Alexa can become a digital companion who they can regularly speak to!
You can call or drop in on family members who also have Alexa devices. Alexa can remind seniors to take medication at the correct time.
Finally, there are lots of ways to extend Alexa to control your home such as closing the blinds or curtains, locking the door, turning off your lights, etc. These home automations can really improve the quality of life of seniors who have mobility issues.”
Top 10 90th Birthday Gifts
If you’re still stumped on what to get the 90-year-old in your life, here are ten birthday gift ideas she’s sure to love:
This birthday set is packed with everything your loved one needs to have a great birthday, including a 12-count box of chocolate covered strawberries, a Belgian chocolate Happy Birthday pop, a festive balloon, and a cuddly teddy bear. All the sweet gifts are bound to make the 90-year-old in your life smile.
Your loved one might not be able to imbibe in the real thing, but this oversized martini glass is packed to the brim with treats she’s sure to love. It includes apple fruit truffles, star-shaped pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, and so much more.
Professionally crafted on artist canvas, this piece of wall art memorializes the day your loved one was born. With fun facts like the cost of living, popular movies, and top songs, it will make your loved one reminisce about the old days and realize how much times have changed.
This beautiful diamond pendant can be personalized with up to six names and birthstones. Handmade with sterling silver, this necklace features a unique open-heart design with the birthstones in the center, symbolizing the family bond.
You already know the 90-year-old in your life is the most awesome. This pillow just makes it official. Made with a high-quality 100% polyester knit, it’s soft and comfortable and will never wrinkle.
For a loved one with a sense of humor, this t-shirt remarks on how great your loved one looks. It comes in 100% cotton that’s pre-shrunk so it’s always a perfect fit.
Delight your loved one with a photo collage of all her most treasured memories. You can add between 10 to 65 pictures, and the seller will create a truly unique JPEG image that you can print out and frame.
This fleece blanket can be personalized with up to 21 names, so the entire family can be represented. It comes in five color options and is made with a silky, soft polyester fleece that will keep your loved one warm all winter.
Give your loved one the gift of a little greenery – without the need for watering or providing sunlight. This orchid looks as beautiful and natural as the real thing, but it will never wilt or die.
This smartwatch acts like a lifeline for seniors who live alone. In case of an emergency, it can connect to an emergency operator with the push of a button, who can communicate with your loved one through a powerful speaker.
Whether you want to choose a sweet, personalized memento or something that could literally save your loved one’s life, you’ll find the perfect gift for your loved one on this list. Whatever you pick, your loved one is sure to appreciate the thoughtful attention you put into choosing her gift.