Have you ever spent days or even weeks thinking about what to get for a grandparent or a loved senior? You're not alone. I'm one of those people who just won't give up. I try my best to pick up subtle hints, spend hours online or go rummaging at specialty stores to find a perfect present. Over the years I have been thanked for choosing some personalized presents that were quite unique and useful to the recipients, and didn't break the bank. This year I've decided to share some of my time-tested gift ideas with you. If I may....here's my little gift to you, I hope I am able to provide you with some inspiration and save you some time.
Exercise balls or stress relievers
LED flameless candles
Wake-up Light alarm clock
White noise machine
Battery operated / electrical kitchen gadgets like can openers
Heated throw or jacket
Gifts for safety and keeping in touch:
Adaptive clothing and shoes
Voice-controlled smart devices
Home security systems or subscriptions
Install motion-sensor light switches
Digital photo-frame (make sure you upload some precious pics for them to enjoy right away)
Something you made yourself, or with them (take them to a pottery class or painting class)
Brain teasers and mindfulness:
Card games, Crossword books or Sudoku books (or app subscriptions to digital versions if they prefer).
Mindful coloring books
Things related to their favorite hobby or activity
A membership or subscription to a seniors' club or service (gym, activity, social)
Pay for a Personal Support Worker (PSW) or a cleaner to visit their home and help with chores
Tickets to a game, show or movie
TV channel subscription
Haircut, massage or mani-pedi gift voucher
Ready meal delivery subscription
Check if they would like to upgrade or replace their dentures, hearing aids or reading glasses
Pre-paid car wash vouchers
Check if they might need a new mattress or armchair
Ask if they would like a new pair of shoes or a jacket
Donate to their favorite charity
As a health advocate, this list would be incomplete if I didn't remind you to look into their healthcare needs. Do they need to visit a dentist, a foot nurse, a physiotherapist, or maybe they need a health advocate? ......just saying!
There is however, no gift more valuable than love and time. Spend some time with your loved ones. If you can't see them in person, see if you can schedule regular phone calls or video chats. Someone very dear to me once said that the best gift I had ever given them was taking them on a short holiday. Trust me, that holiday is one of the most memorable experiences I have had. I hope this list has helped you narrow down your choices, if not pick a special present for someone special.
As always, feel free to connect with me or leave a comment.
Healthcare Consultant, in4MED
The author of this blog post is a Physician with over 10 years of experience working in the healthcare system as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is passionate about healthcare for older adults and strives to be a resourceful inspiration to caregivers.
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