There are a few points that can however help you at such times. First, you can think of items that are anyway required at this age such as medicine boxes and subscription to magazines of their interest. There are some unique present ideas mentioned here that you can gift them.
What You Can Gift to Older Men
There are a few good books you can gift your husband or father. You can gift books from the non-fiction literary work of Stephen R. Covey called, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Others include - Life by Keith Richards, Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
If you want to give something that is surely going to prove useful, then gift a walking stick that has a bell on it, a lamp to help walk in the dark etc. Take care to choose the gifts as they should be able to use it without any hassle. Be sure to make their life easy!
The timeless gift for men over 50 would be 'The Reunion'. Hunt for all the long-lost contacts and throw a surprise party on his birthday. There are a lot of ideas that can make gifts for older men much more meaningful and special. It's your time to get back in action, and choose one of these gifts to make their day special. Best of Luck!