Every year my brother and I have conversations about how difficult it is to shop for our parents and/or grandparents. It seems that they have everything they need and now that they have downsized and retired, there is no space for frivolous decorative items or knickknacks. Shopping for seniors who are in assisted living or memory care is even more difficult, both because of the lack of space and their changing needs and cognitive abilities.
Here is a list of holiday gifts for seniors that won’t take up much space and don’t include the normal perfumed powders, slippers or socks that your parents or grandparents frequently receive for gifts:
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In my family, unusual stocking stuffers have become a competitive tradition but we can usually count on Mom to provide practical items.
Here are some of the small gifts she has tucked into our stockings over the years:
Shopping for seniors can be a bit more challenging than shopping for a child, but in the end it is just as much fun to see their reactions when you find the perfect gift for them.
Did you get any holiday gift ideas from this list? What are you planning to gift your senior loved one this season? We’d love to hear your holiday plans and suggestions in the comments below.
Angel Ridout has been a content writer and SEO editor at A Place for Mom since 2012. She’s put her psychology degree to use working in residential care homes in Washington and writing about mental illness in the elderly. She loves interacting with families and professionals dedicated to seniors’ well-being and sharing their experiences.