Gift ideas for the adults on your list
Gift ideas for the adults on your list
Elderly loved ones in your family reach a point where they no longer need things; they don’t
there’s room for more stuff to collect dust. It is difficult for them to take care of their homes and keep them safe
neat and clean. They do not have the strength and stamina for housework.
Seniors like gifts that provide fun and companionship; gifts that make their lives more
pleasant, less stressful and uplifting. They like those special items that they would never buy
for themselves or that their budget does not allow.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, give them time. Take on a task that is too difficult for you
your loved one, such as cleaning their house or tending to their yard. Complete orders or pick them up
shopping. Cook them healthy meals. Give them a gift certificate from you with a promise to take
Take care of these chores every week or every month and keep your promise! Spend time visiting or reading to them.
Many of the following gift ideas come from seniors themselves.
- Tickets to a local movie, theater, concert, symphony or lecture. If they live alone, you can give them two tickets so they can invite a friend.
- A subscription to a magazine such as Taste of Home, Country Woman, Birds and Blooms, Reminisce, a craft magazine, a sports magazine or a gardening magazine.
- A proposal to host a holiday dinner at your home instead of theirs.
- New portable phone.
- Blank CDs for recording music or graphics.
- A box of their favorite candies; a box or two a year won’t hurt. (If their health permits.)
- A gift card for a restaurant, department store, pharmacy, grocery store or supermarket.
- The latest book from a favorite author, a bookstore gift certificate, or a book club subscription.
- Phone cards so they can call family members and friends without feeling guilty about the phone bill.
- A new computer, computer accessory or program with tutorials. The computer allows them to keep in daily contact with online friends and family. If they have a printer, they may like paper, ink, or toner cartridges.
- A computer class at your local computer training center or community college.
- For the crafter, gift certificates from Michaels, Richards or Hobby Lobby.
- Membership in a gym or interest group.
- Membership in a local discount shopping club such as Sam’s Club or Costco.
- A gift certificate for dinner for four at a local restaurant and a note telling them to invite three friends who don’t have family to celebrate with. It empowers them to give!
- Favorite foods they love but are too expensive for their budget.
- Take them to church on Christmas Eve and for a walk to look at the lights and decorations.
- Help them move furniture or hang new draperies, paintings, decorations, etc. just in time for the holidays.
- Get the tree and decorations out of storage and help decorate. And most of all, help put it all back together after Christmas is over.
- Make a payment to the phone or electric company.
- Pay for furnace cleaning and maintenance.
- Warm winter clothes, gloves, underwear, nightgown or pyjamas, casual clothes, tracksuits, socks or slippers.
- Take the time to hear their stories and record them for future generations. Sharing their recorded voice with future generations would mean a lot to them.
- Many seniors go through bouts of depression in January and February. Why not add some flair by inviting them to lunch or dinner? It doesn’t have to be an expensive restaurant; just a place to eat and spend time together.
- Cook lunch or dinner at their home and help them clean up afterwards.
- Many seniors don’t drive, so get them out of the house; take them to the market, to visit relatives or out to see the sites.
- All children and grandchildren go together to give one big gift. One family donated a new trash can filled with everyday items such as cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, and non-perishable foods. Grandchildren can make a card or craft to include.
- Digital camera.
- Food gifts. There are several fresh fruit companies that ship once during the holidays, once a quarter, or once a month. The adult can share the gift with his friends and neighbors.
- A coupon book filled with a list of chores that need to be done.
- Cleaner every week or once a month.
- Change the sheets on their bed once a week or hire a neighbor’s kid to help. The difficult task is completed and the adult enjoys the companionship of the child.
- A gift certificate for a favorite beauty salon or barber shop. They can go once a week to get their hair done and when they need a permanent haircut or haircut.
- Nail Art Gift Voucher. Since it’s getting harder and harder to take care of your own feet, give a pedicure gift certificate.
- A kitchen timer to remind them when food is cooking on the stove, when the laundry is ready to be put in the dryer or taken out of the dryer, to wake them up after a short nap, to remind them not to stay up too late if they read before going to bed. Give more than one timer for different rooms in the house!
- A roll of postage stamps with a special holder, cards, stationery and pens.
- Coupon for spring cleaning or car wash.
- For the gardener, give tools, seeds, planting starter kits, peat pots.
- Spring Yard Cleaning Coupon.
- Gift certificates to Amazon or other online stores so they can order gifts for themselves.
- If they have a favorite hobby, give a gift that they can use with their hobby.
- Music and movie DVDs or CDs if they have a DVD or CD player. If your budget allows, give them a new DVD player!
- Prepaid mobile phone for emergency use.
- A new kitten, puppy or bird if they are pet lovers and can care for one.
- Wheelchair users need help shopping. When you deliver, stay for a snack or dinner picked up from a favorite restaurant.
- Take them shopping that makes them feel safe and not vulnerable to the car and bag thefts that happen in parking lots.
- A promising shopping offer brochure, a shopping date, a gift of supplies, whether simple supplies or luxurious indulgences, are always appreciated and add to a sense of abundance and assured comfort. Having a reliable supply of things to use is a wonderful gift.
- Go out for a relaxed brunch at a very nice restaurant with the kids and grandkids. Allow them to invite a friend.
- Give them a special catered dinner with their favorite foods.
- Rechargeable flashlight.
- Airline tickets to visit a relative or friend.
If you are still wondering what gift to give, talk to them and listen to their needs. Give them yours
time and yourself to show you care.
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