Having trouble finding that perfect gift for the senior(s) in your life? Look no further! We have compiled a list of holiday gift ideas for seniors.
While seniors may have received a lifetime of gifts, there are still valuable gifts out there that they will appreciate. The senior(s) in your life may say they do not need anything, but there is a meaningful gift out there for everyone.
Find some gift ideas below:
Gather up those old photos and photo albums and get them digitized. Once you have them digitally, you can buy a digital photo frame as a gift. This allows happy memories to be on display throughout the day in your senior’s living space.
Another option is a talking photo album, which allows users to record messages to go along with each photo. This can help reinforce memories and the names of those who were part of these memories. With dementia possibly being part of the equation, talking photo albums are an excellent tool to help with cognitive decline issues.
If they are interested in family history and related topics, this may be the perfect gift. Websites such as www.ancestry.com/ allow you to create family trees to map out your family history, as well as can get you discounts on services such as 23 and Me DNA tests, which allow you to dive even deeper into your family history.
The Amazon Echo, or any type of smart speaker, is a great gift for a senior. The Echo can play music, answer questions, conduct google searches, create grocery lists, play games, and more. This device is activated by voice, which can allow seniors to simply talk to the speaker without even getting up. Smart speakers make technology, and life, easier for anyone. For a less expensive version, check out the Echo Dot.
Is your loved one a flower lover? If so, a flower subscription is a thoughtful gift fit for flower lovers. Sign them up for a flower subscription, and a fresh bouquet of flowers will be shipped to their home every month. This gift that keeps on giving will put a smile on your loved one’s face every month.
If flowers aren’t your seniors’ speed, there are plenty of monthly subscription options available- such as foods, beauty products, wine, tea, etc.
Charitable Donation in Their Name
If the senior in your life really is not one for gifts, this may be the best way to go. Choose a charity that they actively support, have supported in the past, or would be happy to support, and donate money to that charity in their name. Create some type of certificate or thoughtful card to showcase the donation and give it to them as a gift. After all, one of the greatest gifts is the gift of giving.
iPad or Similar Tablet
In the age of technology, more and more seniors have been using the Internet. Whether it’s connecting and keeping up to date with family on Facebook, online shopping, or playing games, it may be difficult for seniors to see the screen on small phones. An easier way for seniors to engage in technology is through an iPad or similar form of tablet. These devices allow for a much larger screen which makes for much easier use.
Letters to My Grandchild
A very popular gift this holiday season, the Letters to my Grandchild booklet contains ten prompts and two blank letters to fill out. Grandparents can fill out these letters, seal and date them for future opening, and then give the booklet to their grandchild. This gift is the perfect way for grandparents to share their wisdom and perspectives on life with their loved ones in the future. The booklet is such a thoughtful way to memorialize our loved ones forever and keep them in future generations’ lives and thoughts.
Have a senior in your life who does not prefer to sit still and do nothing? Adult coloring books can be a fun way to relax and relieve stress while also keeping busy. Not to mention, coloring books can help stimulate the mind and keep it engaged.
Massage Pillow, Heated Blanket, etc.
As we grow older, our bodies may begin to feel aches and pains. A nice massage pillow or other types of massage items can help relieve pains as well as help seniors relax. A heated blanket is another gift idea to help with relaxation, stress relief, etc. Overall, gifts that provide comfort can always be appreciated by people of all ages.