15 Gift Ideas for Seniors
Shopping for elderly loved ones can be difficult. They’ve accumulated a lifetime of gifts and may feel they have everything they need. However, needs change with age and it is possible to find a treat to make a senior’s holiday season a little more special.
It doesn’t have to be exhausting or expensive to be heartwarming and practical. Here are a few suggestions:
- Blankets – Modern customizable options make them personal and fun.
- Gift basket – Make practical gifts more personal. Choose favorite soaps, lotions, foods or even basic items like stamps and stationary!
- Technology – Smartphones and tablets are a great way to stay in touch through programs like Skype and Facetime.
- Kitchen and household tools – There are stores for senior-friendly products, such as Arthritis Supplies and Seniors Emporium.
- Photos – Frame a favorite picture or fill an electronic frame with photos of family, friends and fond memories. Or, set aside time to create a scrapbook together or go through and update old albums.
- Calendars – Help keep track of the date and remember appointments, as well as events to look forward to. You can also create custom calendars with familiar and favorite photos.
- Food items – Bake favorites, healthy snacks, or anything to enjoy together or with a friend – just make sure it won’t interfere with any of the elder’s medications or conditions
- Activities for grandchildren – This can be puzzles and games for grandparents to enjoy with their grandchildren, or coloring books and toys to play with while the adults catch up.
- Music and movies – These can be enjoyed together. Also, music has been proven to benefit seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Time – Time together is the best gift of all. Plan a dinner date or get a gift certificate for elder loved ones to use with friends or family at a favorite place.
- In-home assistance – This is a great way to introduce home care to someone who is hesitant or opposed to it. An occasional helper can show the benefits of getting a bit of assistance, which will also make it easier if future care is needed.
Home care is also a great way to treat yourself or a family caregiver in your life. The gift or respite allows family caregivers to enjoy stress-free time with loved ones, or provides an opportunity to get out to enjoy holiday functions or do a bit of shopping.
If you or someone you know would benefit from the help of private duty home care, please contact us. We’re here to help make your season bright.
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