What Seniors Want For The Holidays

By Hadas AbouafIt's that time of the year again, and once more, you're racking your brain on what to get for Grandma, an elderly holidays, elderly, senior helpaunt, or your nice neighbor who retired many years ago and who has a house full of "stuff." Let's face it- these days we all need to be frugal with our money, environmentally aware, and space conscious as to people's clutter. The following are some ideas on what to get for your elderly family and friends for the holidays-

- A box of herbal teas
- The recipient's favorite coffee
- A box of assorted greeting cards
- A box of assorted holiday cards
- A box of thank-you cards
- Fancy gift boxes and bags / wrapping paper
- Hand lotion / body lotion
- Great smelling soaps / shampoo

For those who are visually challenged-
- Large number telephone
- Large face wall clock
- Bedside clock with large numbers
- Magnifying glass (or several of them, one for each room used)
- Large print books

For pet owners-
- An appropriate supply of dog/cat food
- Bones, toys, new leash
- Pet insurance (if the cat or dog is no longer young)
- Pet bed

For the active senior-
- Cloth shopping bags
- Generic movie tickets, from the movie theater closest to the recipient's house
- Supermarket gift card

For everyone-
-Knitted items, such as sweater, scarves, gloves, pot holder
-Emergency radio (that works with power and without power) Slippers
-Home baked cookies / cake

And the most valuable gift of all is, your time. Be there to listen, be there to help, to hang a picture, go shopping or just play a board game. You will be remembered and appreciated for it.

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2 Responses

  1. Ron
    Thank you for this article! I know that we all have a difficult time trying to get something that "won't sit around!", and often times we end up getting something that sits around anyhow. I enjoy your closing statement, "And the most valuable gift of all is, your time", because we all take this Holiday to be about gift giving and impressing. We all need to realize that people enjoy company, and good company is priceless.
  2. Thank you so much for your list of ideas. I have included a link to your article in my blog because you had some really useful ideas. Last year I made the mistake of buying one of those digital photo frames for Mama, and she looked at it once all year (when I showed it to her after loading tons of her favorite photos). I realized then that regular photos she can hold in her hands are more enjoyable than the digital frame. So this year I'll put a Great-Grandma's Brag Book together with pictures of her and our little granddaughter. That way she can tuck it in her purse and look at it whenever she wants to--the old-fashioned way. So I'm still learning as I go. I know that many of your ideas are things that would appeal to Mama. Thank you again! Blessings, Joan Caregiver at Home

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