Gift Ideas for 85-Year-Old Women [2023]

Are you shopping for an 85-year-old woman but not sure what to get for her? It can be difficult to shop for older people who already seem to have everything they need. Get ideas for the perfect present today!

Safety and Comfort Gifts for 85-Year-Old Women

Digital Meat Thermometer

The ThermoPro Digital Meat Thermometer is a great present when you are looking for a simple kitchen gadget that will be used a lot. We are showing this thermometer in tropical orange, but it is also available in orange-red, and pitch black.

A meat thermometer is an absolute must for anyone looking to be as safe as possible when cooking meat in the kitchen. All meat needs to reach a specific internal temperature before it can be consumed. This is different based on the type of meat being cooked.

Although most people already own a meat thermometer, it may be time for an upgrade. This model has fast instant read timing; it only takes3 – 5 seconds to get an accurate temperature. It also has an easy-to-read LED display, so no guesswork will be involved when deciding if the meat is safe to eat.

Indoor/Outdoor Motion-Sensing Light

The Mr. Beams Indoor/Outdoor Motion-Sensing Light is a Battery-operated light that will assist people in seeing better when walking up and down stairs or steps. You can get these lights in either a 1 pack or a 2-pack.

Since these lights can be used indoors or outdoors, they can be used in many different places. If there are steps to come up to the front door, steps to a deck, or even near a pool – these lights can be placed near these steps for safety.

Of course, these can also be used indoors on stairs to go into the basement or up to the 2nd or 3rd level of the home. Since they are motion-activated, the light will only go on when needed. The lights will cover approximately 120 square feet, making the surroundings safe for everyone, even at night.

Wall Plate with Night Light

The Snap Power Guidelight Wall Plate with Night Light is another item that promotes safety in the home. This is a 5 pack of outlets which comes in two different styles and 3 different colors. We are showing it in white, but you can also get these covers in light almond or ivory.

These outlet covers are really cool because they are effortless to install. They work off the actual electricity from the outlets, so no additional wires or batteries are required. This also means that you can free up any outlet space currently being used for nightlights, as these have nightlights built right in.

These covers are even safer to use than a traditional nightlight because, unlike plug-in nightlights, these outlet covers do not heat up and get warm to the touch.

Calf Compression Sleeves

The Calf Compression Sleeves are a present you may want to get for someone who suffers from calf pain. We are showing these compression sleeves in black, but they are available in many different colors. This is great if she wants to have a favorite color or to have the ability to match these to her outfit.

The other colors available are beige, blue, grey, neon green, neon yellow, orange, pink, purple, red, and white. It is also available in several patterns. These patterns are dark blue with hearts, celebration pink, blue and white stripes, bubble gum turquoise, purple, lavender, yellow stripes, and the American Flag.

Compression sleeves and socks help warm up the muscles and take away the person’s pain wearing them.

Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

The Homwe Professional Silicone Oven Mitt is a great gift for women who still enjoy cooking and baking but are concerned about safety. These mitts are extra long to ensure that part of the forearm is also being protected while using them.

We are showing these in red and black, but they are available in many different colors. You can easily match her personal style, favorite color, or the existing kitchen decor with various color choices. The other colors available are aqua, beige, black, canyon red, empire red, grey, green, navy blue, royal blue, turquoise, and yellow.

We are showing the extra-large in-length oven mitt, which is 14.7 inches long, but it is also available in 13.7 inches in length. These oven mitts are flame retardant, heat resistant, steam resistant, and waterproof. They are made of silicone and are textured with a non-slip grip. Finally, they are stain-resistant, easy to clean, and machine washable.

Back Support Belt

The Back Support Belt by Sparthos is an excellent present for anyone who suffers from back pain. This belt is available in 3 different sizes-small, medium, or XXL. It has a breathable mesh design with a lumbar pad and adjustable support straps. Wearing this belt can help anyone who is suffering from back pain, including people who have scoliosis, sciatica, or a herniated disc.
The brace will give back pain sufferers extra support with this medical brace. They will be able to wear it under their clothes, providing not only pain relief but comfort and the confidence to wear the clothes they want again, without a back brace getting in the way.

There is a convenient sizing chart to determine which size is best for you to buy as a gift.

Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket

The Sunbeam Heated Throw Blanket is the perfect gift to give when you are looking to gift someone with comfort. This blanket is available in multiple colors, including walnut brown (shown), Charlotte gray, Garnett red. Olive green and royal blue. This blanket is 50 inches by 60 inches in size.

This microplush heated blanket is perfect for when they are cuddled up on the couch, loveseat, or a recliner. There are 3 different heating sets to choose from, and it has an auto 3 hours shut off built-in, so you do not have to worry that they will fall asleep with it on for an extended period of time.

Home and Kitchen Gifts for 85-Year-Old Women

Hamilton Beach Electric Can Opener

The Hamilton Beach Electric Can Opener is another excellent present for the kitchen. This can opener takes up almost no counter space and comes equipped with an easy push-down lever. This lever makes this a great choice of a can opener. It does not require a lot of strength to use or a lot of dexterity in the hands and wrists like similar handheld can openers require.

This can opener is 4.7 inches in length by 5 inches in width by 10.5 inches in height. It is a slim model that will fit almost anywhere. It is also made of plastic and stainless steel with a black and chrome color scheme. This makes it seamlessly fit in with any kind of kitchen decor already in place.

Multi-Purpose Reach Tool

The Ettore Grip and Grab Multi-Purpose Reach Tool is a tool that can help in reaching hard-to-reach things in small spaces, and it even has a rotating rubber grip head. This is specially built for reaching items in tight spaces. It is made to be rust-proof, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It is lightweight as it is made of aluminum and plastic. Still, it has a comfortable handle, so holding and twisting it will not cause unnecessary pain. The jaws are rubberized and can hold up to 5 pounds of weight.

Keurig Coffee Maker

The Keurig Coffee Maker is an excellent present for any coffee-lover in your life. We are showing the K-cup machine that comes with a 32 pack of Espresso Italiano k-pods. This is a great way to get her started on single-serve coffee and espresso.

K-cup coffee machines are a great way to enjoy various hot beverages one at a time. This machine not only allows you to make anything you like with a k-cup like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa. No, this machine also allows her to enjoy a cappuccino and hot or iced lattes. What could be better than that?
It comes with a dishwasher-safe frother.

Duxtop Cooktop Burner

The Duxtop Cooktop Burner is a good present for someone who still loves to cook but does not want to always have to turn on the stove. Induction cooktops only work with magnetic cookware. This relies on magnetic cookware to create the heat used for cooking. We are showing this burner in black and white. It is also available in black and gold.

There are multiple reasons why someone may like this type of countertop cookware – here are a few:

  • They do not want to heat up the whole house by turning on burners. Traditional stoves create much more heat than this model.
  • They want to save on gas if they have a gas oven.
  • They need an extra burner for bigger meals.
  • They want to use a burner outside of the kitchen.

Stainless Steel Cookware

The ELO Skyline Stainless Steel Cookware is the perfect pots and pans to go with an induction burner. This set includes 10 pieces – 4 different sized pots, 1 pan, and 5 matching transparent glass ventilated lids. The pan is 6.5 inches, and the pots are 6.5 inches, 7 inches, 8 inches, and 9.5 inches. They are made of 18/10 stainless steel and have ergonomic handles, a high gloss finish both inside and outside, and they are all dishwasher safe.

Although these are induction-safe pots and pans, they can be used for all types of burners and stovetops, including induction, gas, or electric. These pots and pans are also safe for cooking inside the oven.

Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush

The Phillips Sonicare Healthy White Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is a present that she could get a lot of use out of. Many people consider electric toothbrushes superior to manual toothbrushes. Some of the reasons for this belief are that they are super easy to use, have more cleaning power, and are typically designed by dentists. Electric toothbrushes use technology to offer a deeper cleaning and have different modes. They usually have timers, and the brush head usually rotates for a better, more thorough brushing.

This electric toothbrush has patented sonic technology that gives up to 31000 brush strokes per minute. When fully charged, the battery will last for us to 3 weeks.
It comes with a handle, a brush head, a charger, and a travel case.

iRobot Roomba Vacuum

The iRobot Roomba Vacuum is a great gift for someone who does not have the time or the energy to constantly vacuum the house with a traditional upright vacuum cleaner. We are just showing the robot vacuum alone. Still, you could also get a package with a replenishment kit, a virtual barrier, or a 2pk of virtual barriers.

This type of vacuum cleaner can be used on all floors, including carpeted rooms and hard floors. It has a 3 step cleaning system that will loosen dirt, hair, and other particles from the floor, lift the particles, and finally suction everything up!

The Roomba is designed to navigate throughout the home, charge itself (it returns to the home base automatically), and sweep the floors and any dirt or debris that is trying to hide against the walls.

The 5 Cup Food Saver

The 5 Cup Food Saver is a great way to safely save leftover food and get the most use out of all the groceries and takeout brought into the house. You can buy one of these as a present or give her several as they are very useful.

They are so easy to use, but best of all, they check all the right boxes. They are freezer safe, so if she wants to save food for a longer period of time, she can use this container. It bothers dishwasher and microwave safe. The Food saver is also stackable and nestable. So, if she has several in use, she can stack them easily to use less space in the fridge or freezer. However, when they are not used, they can be nested together and stored away without taking up too much cupboard space.

Book Gifts for 85-Year-Old Women

Word Search Bible Book

Are you looking for a fun activity book for an 85-year-old woman? If her faith is important to her, you might want to get her the Word Search Bible Book. This book is 8.5 inches by 11 inches and has 85 pages. There are a total of 70 Bible-themed word search puzzles in this book.

This is specially made for older people as it is large print; the puzzles are printed with a 20 point font. Also, if any of the puzzles are too complex and she has issues finding all the words, the solutions to all the puzzles are printed in the back of the book.

The specific Bible theme of this book is hymns and Psalms. There are 35 of each type of puzzle, and the alternate throughout this puzzle book.

Wild Words From Wild Women

Another book she may really like is Called Wild Words From Wild Women, and it is by Autumn Stephens. This book is 254 pages, and it is available in a Kindle Edition, Hardcover, or Paperback.

This is an inspiring book of quotes from strong women with wild ideas. It is an easy read as it is a book of quotations – so it would make an excellent book for the coffee table or her bedside table. It is a perfect book for any woman to pick up when looking for a little bit of inspiration. Of course, it can also provide wisdom, humor, and feminine spunk.

The Essential Wizard of Oz

If you are shopping for someone who loves movies, The Wizard of Oz is a great subject. We like the book, The Essential Wizard of Oz: 101 Thinks You Didn’t Know About the Most-Watched Movie in Film History

This is a short book, only 114 pages, and it is a paperback. Although this is a relatively small book, it is packed full of stories and myths about this movie and its production.

Did you know that more than 1 billion people have seen this movie at one time or another? Many of those people have seen it many times. Because it is the most-watched movie of all time, there are tons of different myths and stories all about this movie. She will love reading the different stories and learning more about this classic.

Laugh Out Loud

If you are looking for a funny book, you should buy her Laugh Out Loud: Stories to Touch Your Heart and Tickle Your Funny Bone (Women of Faith) by Thomas Nelson. This is a 240-page book that is available on the Kindle or as a paperback edition.

Although this is a book of humorous stories, it is also a book of faith. This book of devotionals is written mainly by women (but there are a few stories by men here as well), and these stories are a fun and entertaining read.

This is the perfect book for someone looking for faith-based stories that are funny, wise, and insightful. Also, the storybook organization is a book she can pick up when she only has a few minutes to spare.

Wise Women

Wise Women: A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage and Beauty by Joyce Tenneson is another lovely choice of a book for an 85-year-old woman. This book is 144 pages and is available in a paperback or hardcover format.

This is as much of a picture book as it is a reading book. The author presents 80 portraits of women who are between 65 and 100 years old. This inspiring coffee table book shows that beauty does not end as a woman reaches her golden years.

Women’s Murder Club Box Set

Instead of giving her fiction books as a present, you can get her the Women’s Murder Club Box Set. These are books 1 – 18 of the women’s murder club series by James Patterson. There is a chance that she has read some of these because they are all best sellers, but she will love reading them in order!

The books in this box set are as follows:

  • 1st to Die
  • 2nd Chance
  • 3rd Degree
  • 4th of July
  • The 5th Horseman
  • The 6th Target
  • 7th Heaven
  • 8th Confession
  • 9th Judgement
  • 10th Anniversary
  • 11th Hour
  • 12th of Never
  • Unlucky 13
  • 14th Deadly Sin
  • 15th Affair
  • 16th Seduction
  • 17th Suspect
  • The 18th Abduction

More Gift Ideas for 85-Year-Old Women

Apple Watch Series 5

The Apple Watch Series 5 is a fantastic smartwatch to give as a gift. I am showing this in gold with a pink sand sports band. You can also get it in silver with a white band or all black. These watches have a bright and large retina display, making it easy to see the time and check any notifications.

This smartwatch also helps monitor her heartbeat. It will give alerts for a low heartbeat, high heartbeat, and irregular heartbeats. It also has a built-in GPS, compass, emergency SOS function, and it is swim-proof.

This is a stylish yet functional smartwatch that she will love to receive as a gift and will be able to wear every single day.

Powerful Magnifying Glass

The iMagniphy Powerful Magnifying Glass is a great gift for people who have difficulty reading smaller print. This magnifying glass has 2 interchangeable lenses allowing for 5 times and 10 times magnification.

There are two different magnifying glasses you can choose from. You can either get the 2 lens option shown, or you can get the 3 lens option. The 3 lens option has interchangeable lenses of 2.5 times, 5 times, and 16 times magnification.

These are specifically designed for elderly people who are suffering from deteriorating eyesight. However, anyone can use these powerful magnifying glasses. Besides just being a magnifying glass, it is also lit up with 2 powerful LED lights, which can be turned off and of with a simple on/off switch.

Not A Day Over Fabulous Mug

The Not A Day Over Fabulous Mug is a wonderful gift for women of all ages. This is a present that can be given for just about any occasion, including birthdays, Christmas, or Mother’s Day. We are showing this mug in pink, but it is also available in black, white, or gray. The black and white cups are solid in color; however, the pink and gray mugs are marbled.

It comes in a gift box which makes it easy to give as a present and includes a matching lid and a mug. The cup itself is large in size, holding up to 14 ounces of liquid.

This is a nice present to give, and adding the lid and spoon accessories makes it ever better.

85th Birthday Mug

The 85th Birthday Mug is a great choice when you are looking to highlight her age. 85 is a big deal; after all, there is no reason not to get a mug that celebrates her long life. This is a white ceramic coffee cup that holds around 11 ounces of liquid.

The cup says:

“Happy 85th Birthday. Not everyone looks so great at 85! Best Wishes.”

This cup is safe for both hot and cold beverages, so she can enjoy a nice cold drink or a hot day or use it for her morning coffee or tea. It is durable and made out of high-quality ceramic, and is printed on both sides with vibrant colors.

Math Coffee Cup

The Math Coffee Cup is another great selection of coffee cups to give as an 85th birthday present. This coffee cup says the following:

“85 Years 1020 Months 31025 Days 744600 Hours 44676000 Minutes 2680560000 Seconds Of Being Awesome.”

This is a white ceramic coffee cup that holds 11 ounces of fluid. It is a high-quality cup that is both microwave and dishwasher safe. It is super durable and can be used for any liquid she drinks, or she could just keep it on display to remember this moment in time.

Funny Wine and Coffee Gift

This is a Funny Wine and Coffee Gift. For the woman who has everything and you are just not sure what to get her, why not get this wall hanging to hang two coffee cups and two wine glasses.

This is a super cute gift that is easy to install and hang. All the materials needed are included in the package. It also arrives already in a gift box that is gift wrapped, so all you need to do is give her this present!

The coffee mugs and wine glasses are not included, so she can either use her favorite items she already owns, or you can buy her some new cups and wine glasses to go with t his cute present.

What to Look for in Gifts for an 85-Year-Old Woman

Are you shopping for an 85-year-old woman, and you are just not sure what to buy for her? We understand. Sometimes, the older a person is, the harder it is to get them a gift that they will love. However, regardless of a person’s age, some fundamentals about gift buying never change.

  • Shop for the things that they really need.
  • Shop for things they like but would never buy for themselves
  • Shop based on hobbies and activities that they participate in.
  • Shop based upon their most favorite things.

When you shop based on the above four principles, you really can not go wrong! So let’s look at each one a little bit more in detail.

What do they need? Sometimes people need things they can not afford to buy for themselves. Other times they may not even know they need something. For instance, as a person gets older, it might be good to get the items that relieve pain or lessen the amount of housework they do. They may not realize that they need a Roomba, but at 85, should they really be vacuuming daily? If you do not know anything they think they need, buy something they are unaware they need because it will make their life easier.

Shop for things they would love. A great present is one where one person gives another person something they absolutely love and want, but would never buy for themselves. This can be because it is a frivolous purchase, something they like but can live without, or just expensive to the point that the person receiving it would consider it a waste of their money. Just because they love something does not mean they are willing to buy it for themselves.

Think about what they like to do in their spare time. Everyone has hobbies and activities they enjoy. Just because they are not out wakeboarding or traveling the world does not mean they have any interests. Hobbies and activities can be as simple as watching TV, reading a good book, putting together a puzzle, baking, or cooking. So take a minute to think about how they spend their free time and buy something based on the answers you come up with.

Now, what are their favorite things? A person’s favorite things could be many different things. Maybe they always loved Paris, Roman history, or a particular author. Perhaps, they love music theory or Shakesphere. Are they a huge Elvis or Fats Domino fan? When coming up with a list of favorite things – do not forget the people they love, including children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren. Once you have a list of all their favorite things, do something with it. You can buy photo frames, a digital photo frame, or even make a scrapbook for loved ones and family members. You can buy memorabilia, artwork, records, DVDs, or other items based on their favorites for all the physical things they love.

Hopefully, now you have a much better idea of how to shop for the perfect present for the remarkable 85-year old woman in your life.