Holiday Gifts for Seniors
Shopping for a senior loved one can sometimes be challenging. If you are stumped over a gift for a senior in your life, here are some ideas to help you find something that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face.
Sometimes it’s hard to choose the right gift for an aging parent, grandparent or loved one. After all, they’ve had a lifetime of gifts and often have a different perspective on life than you may have. Fortunately, we have some great gift ideas to help get you started…
Top Gift Ideas for the Senior in Your Life
- Talking Watches and Alarms: For seniors with vision problems, a talking watch from MaxiAid gives your elder loved one control over their alarms and reminders. Available in ditigial, analog, chrome or comfortable fitting rubber bands. Alarm clocks, like Reminder Rosie, are another great gift that sets voice alarms for your loved one in your own voice. Imagine mom hearing your voice telling her it’s time to take medication or fix lunch.
- Blankets and Throws: While this may sound obvious, you can’t go wrong with a cozy blanket or throw — and there are so many custom options available these days! Whether you’re a talented quilter who can create a homemade masterpiece, or you prefer to customize with a heartfelt photo throw from Costco or Shutterfly, this is a gift option that will warm the soul along with the aging body.
- Fashionable Compression Socks: Nurses who spend all day on their feet love them, and so will the senior in your life. These fun and fashionable compression socks and tights will help your loved one’s circulation, put a spring in their step and a smile on their face.
- Custom Gift Basket: Gift baskets add the personal touch to practical products. So whether you create a care basket that includes slippers with your loved ones’ favorite lotions, bath soaps, cologne or perfume, or would rather create a custom food basket of your loved ones favorite meats, cheeses chocolates or sauces; a gift basket balances practicality with custom personality and love.
- Tablets and iPads: These all-in-one devices are in many ways tailored for seniors with their touch-screen technology and large print options. The social connection is important for elders, and you might be surprised how savvy your senior loved one can be with a quick tutorial on both Kindle Fire and customizable iPads. There are also simplified tablets like GrandPad – good for entertainment, connecting with family and brain-exercising fun, this impressive technology is an excellent option for aging loved one.
- Lap Desk: A lap desk fits most chairs and allows your loved one to writer letters, read and relax for dinner from virtually anywhere in the home. Portable and sturdy, lap desks are a great gift for seniors who wanto be a part of the conversation but may lack a bit of mobility.
- Gift certificates to grocery stores and favorite dining venues: If your loved one is still independent, gift certificates to grocery stores and dining venues allows the senior to not only cut expenses grocery shopping, but also allows them an entertaining lunch or evening out for a special dining experience. This is also a great gift to help prevent senior malnutrition — an epidemic that many are unaware of in the aging population.
- Smartphones for Seniors: Phones are not only important for keeping the social connection — a necessary ingredient for quality of life — but also are crucial for senior safety. Many smartphones for seniors today offer large buttons, simple menus, voice typing and safety features.
- Adult Coloring Books: Believe it or not, coloring is back and it’s not just for children. Adults all over the world are getting into intricate coloring books made just for them. Seniors love them too. If your loved one has memory issues, these adult coloring books feature familiar themes from their past. The only trouble with these books is slowing your loved one down so they don’t finish the whole book at once.
- Kitchens Essentials Set: For seniors who struggle with arthritis or limited hand strength, custom kitchen sets that cater to these conditions can make a perfect gift. Ergonomic kitchen gadgets and arthritis supplies are great gifts for the independent senior in your life .
- Talking Photo Albums: Not only can you create memories for your senior loved through images, you can also record your voices. For seniors with any level of cognitive decline, talking photo albums are special gift. For those in memory care communities, visiting family can pick up their family albums and reminisce for many hours connection and conversation.
- Low Impact Exercise Equipment: It’s important to stay fit in all seasons of life, but especially crucial for seniors to help prevent stroke, heart conditions and other common ailments that come with age. There are plenty of low impact fitness equipment for seniors to keep them moving, help with balance and strengthen extremities.
- Medication Management Devices: Living independently for as long as possible is the goal for many seniors. Now, more than ever, there are tech gadgets that help seniors remain safe while aiding their independence and mobility. Medication Management Systems like MedMinder, a digital pill dispenser allows you to fill your parents medicine tray, and program their medication schedule online.
- Personal Emergency Response Systems: Personal emergency response systems (PERS) are getting more sophisticated. Fall detection pendants and wristbands can be pressed during emergencies to alert professionals and/or family members. Medical Guardian has a full-service monitoring center — always there when you need them.
Do you have any other great gift ideas for seniors? Share your recommendations or additions to this list in the comments below.
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