Senior Gift Ideas
One of the toughest age groups to shop for can be your elder Mother, Father, Grandmother, or Grandfather. In this day and age, seniors are living longer, healthier, and more active lives. A meaningful gift can be difficult to choose- especially if you live further away and aren’t sure what their daily lives look like. We broke a list of gifts that most seniors would enjoy into categories to help you choose something that they will cherish.
Practical Gifts for Seniors:
Let’s face it – most of our elderly family members are moving a little more slowly than they used to. They may be more tired, more lonely, and weaker than 10 years ago. Although you don’t want to choose a present that is too practical, think: a cane or medical alert necklace, there are plenty of extra services and tools that would be much appreciated. A senior home care service, for instance, can provide transportation and grocery shopping services to make life a little easier for the elderly. Maybe having someone stop in for help once a week can help them get an extra day of relaxation.
These kitchen tools could also help seniors who have difficulty grasping or opening containers:
Kitchen / Food & Drink-related Presents:
Shipping or wrapping food itself can be inconvenient and expensive. Even if you use a special service like Edible Arrangements®, you run the risk of food spoiling quickly and going to waste. On the other hand, many people send dry gourmet cookies and crackers as Christmas gifts for seniors, which may sit in a cupboard for a year or more.
A personal gift basket of nonperishable foods (or nonperishable enough to last a month) that you hand select are a meaningful alternative. It is also cheaper to hand pick your basket inclusions than to hire a service to craft and send a package. Some food-related items you may choose to add to the basket could be: cookies or crackers that you know they love, trail mix or nuts that they enjoy, and a gift card to order their favorite Chinese food, and 4 Godiva chocolate bars.
Now that you picked a couple of their favorite edible things, add some wine glasses, DVD’s, crafty dip or spread knives, and cozy slippers. Now, you’ve created a movie night for your loved one(s) instead of sending a generic basket. This is far more thoughtful and far cheaper than an ordinary themed gift basket. Because of shipping complication, this is probably easiest for those who live close to the person getting your present.
Another creative gift is a personalized cheese and appetizer platter. Etsy is buzzing with platters created from melted wine bottles. These are both creative and easy to personalize for the Etsy vendors who let you send them the wine bottle of your choice. For instance, if your grandmother loves starfish, drink a bottle of “the beach house” brand wine which has a starfish logo on the label. Then, send the empty bottle to be melted into a cheese platter for a one-of-a-kind kitchen decoration that she will use and love.
Another easy and creative gift is personalized refrigerator magnets. People love posting pictures of their families, pets, and friends on their refrigerator. To save them the hassle of hanging a picture or picking them up from the floor once they have fallen; purchase large, picture magnets.
- Plush bathrobe
- Mattress toppers
- Therapeutic pillows
- Blankets and down comforters
- Soft chairs and rugs
Even if someone already owns one of these items, they may be due for a replacement. Usually things that are soft and fluffy eventually deflate or wear out.
Subscriptions or Activities:
Some popular subscriptions and monthly gifts that your senior family member may enjoy include:
- Wine and alcohol clubs
- Coffee and tea clubs
- Food, dessert, or chocolate clubs
- Netflix or Amazon Prime
Although many of us have an image of our parents or grandparents lounging around the house all day, the opposite may be true. Some people are actually far more active than your younger family members after retirement, with extra time to jog, garden, and explore their interests. For seniors falling into this category, they may prefer you give them activities over excuses to lounge around the house and eat. Some examples of activities you can give them include:
- Museum passes
- Yoga, cooking, painting, or other classes
- A weekend vacation
- Massage or spa gift certificate (for a relaxing activity)
Gift of Time and Companionship:
To many of our elder population who can afford their life necessities and whims, spending time with their loved ones is the most precious gift. Going to a restaurant, seeing a movie, spending a day in the park, or a fishing trip on the nearest river may be an easy and treasured solution in these situations.
These gift options cover a variety of categories and price ranges. If nothing jumped out at you as the perfect present, try scanning the options again to see if anything inspires you. Some of these ideas are painfully specific, so you may need to think of some variations on your own that best suit your senior family member.
One of the key concepts here is customization. You can customize almost anything with pictures or a theme that they will love. You may also have noticed that most of these items can be found on Bed Bath & Beyond, so it may be helpful to take a lap around your local store. Needing something beyond the beyond? Try Amazon for the ultimate selection, but make sure you leave extra time for ordering (especially around the Holiday season). Happy shopping, and good luck!