Tags: Seniors

Givingiving your senior parents slippers or a robe as a holiday or birthday gift is like giving children clothes or your husband a tie! If they really wanted or needed these items, they would have them. And yet, knowing what to buy—for either your finicky folks or elder loved ones who seemingly have everything—can be a challenge. I hope these ideas help!

When I worked with elderly women and men in an Adult Day Care Center and a nursing home, everyone would look forward to their birthdays, the December holidays, and the exchange of gifts. Invariably, they would share their disappointment afterward when the typical gift was a pair of slippers, a robe, an umbrella…you get the idea. These somewhat unimaginative gifts can send a message that either, ”I think you have everything you need,” or “What could you possibly need at your age?” Without intention, this is another example of ageism.

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Seniors

Why not try to be a bit more creative this year by considering some of these gift suggestions for the senior woman or man in your life? With price options for any shopper, the gift ideas listed below range in cost from under $25 to over $100.

Senior-Accessible Electronics

Don’t necessarily steer away from technology gifts for the aging, over 65 crowd. There are plenty of options that can be easy to use and greatly improve one’s quality of life—some specially designed as assistive devices or gadgets for seniors who want to remain independent.

Keepsakes to Make Them Smile

As we get older, the volume of personal belongings and “stuff” accumulated over a lifetime can start to feel overwhelming. No matter, there is always room and appreciation for a personalized, heartfelt memento of your most important memories and the people you love.

Relaxation Gifts Seniors Swear By

They may not be working nine to five anymore, but retirees still experience aches and pains and the stresses of change, uncertainty, and loss. Consider giving your loved one the gift of comfort, or a little time-out to refresh and renew.

Special Gifts (for the Senior Who Has It All)

Sometimes good gifts for seniors aren’t something they needed, but a little extra they didn’t know they wanted. Think about how you could surprise your loved one with something that makes their life easier or more enjoyable.

And the very best gift of all, that costs nothing—YOU and YOUR TIME! Visit often, plan to have lunch together (in or out of doors), and please do take them shopping for your gifts! Many elders have expressed to me how sad they are that they are no longer able to go gift shopping for their loved ones. It is not as fulfilling for them to give cash or a check. To help the seniors in your life feel more engaged in the joy of giving, visit with a picnic lunch and help them shop online for the gifts they would like to give their children, grandchildren, and friends.

Now, doesn’t that sound better than slippers?

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