No matter the time of year, who doesn’t love getting gifts? Finding perfect gifts for people however, can prove difficult at times. And even more so when you are buying gifts for the elderly. Their age puts them in an entirely different bracket when it comes to gift ideas. Most “gift ideas” are not geared towards the elderly. This just means it is up to you to come up with some fun and exciting things for them to enjoy. Here are some terrific gift ideas to keep any senior citizen in your life happy.
Go old school:
Just because you are seeking out a senior citizen’s gift, does not mean it can’t be a fun gift. No matter your age, everyone loves toys. Everyone should remain a kid at heart, and focusing your sights on a toy may be just the thing they need to lift their spirits. Take the time to inquire what their favorite toys and trinkets were when they were kids. Maybe skip Twister or a new bike, but choose something to bring them back to the joy of their childhood. Not only will this put a smile on their face, it will hopefully warm their heart as well.
Home Made Love:
This idea focuses more on family members or close friends. A coupon book is a wonderful gift idea for an older person. Because they already have a lot of what they want, this allows them to share experiences with you. Some ideas would include a trip to their favorite restaurant, a trip to the beauty shop or barber, or any activity they enjoy. You can also make them baked goods. When made with love, home cooking can be a perfect gift for the elderly.
Keep the Cozy & Warm:
Older people tend not to be able to retain heat as well as you or I. This makes anything warm and cozy a perfect present for them. There are many different kinds of colorful warm throw blankets that you can find to meet their specific style and that can be useful. Also, slippers, robes, and as they once called them, “house coats” are great present ideas for the elderly.
The Tech Savvy:
Just because you are shopping for an older person, this doesn’t mean you should overlook newer technology. I would have to say products such as an Apple iPad, or an Amazon Kindle are the simplest and easiest to use. This will make them feel young to have the newest tech gadgets. This will also cognitively stimulate them and help them keep in touch with their loved ones.
The perfect, no hassle gift for any senior citizen who still lives at home would be anything aiding them with their homes’ maintenance needs. Hire a local maid service to come out once a week and help them deep clean, reaching places the elderly may not be able reach anymore. There is also lawn services and snow removal that can be purchased for a certain length of time. As people age this physical labor can be taxing on their bodies. This will allow them to be able rest and relax.
It’s a great feeling when someone opens your gift and lights up at the sight of it. Don’t overthink your gifts ideas for the old people in your life. Make sure that you ask them what their likes are, if you don’t know already. Don’t be afraid to look at newer technology or to take it back to their childhood. No matter what you get them, they will be sure to love it!