Gift giving can be tricky, especially for seniors and the elderly. If you’re like me, you want to give something meaningful but also something that will be used. Here’s a list of ideas for some fun and practical gifts.
Assist-A-Tray – This tray functions as a desk, food tray, and also has a built-in mobility handle to help you move from sitting to standing. It has a cup holder and little cubby for reading glasses or pens. Assist-A-Tray can be bought from several sources, including Amazon, here.
A Subscription to Reminisce or Good Old Days Magazine – These magazines are a fun way to take a walk down memory lane. You can order online and give as a gift at www.reminisce.com or www.goodolddaysmagazine.com.
Custom Photo Book or Calendar – There are many ways to build a custom photo book or calendar online. Just about any store’s photo center has the option these days, including Costco, Wal-Mart, Target, and Walgreens, just to name a few.
Flameless Candles – Candles can be a hazard with elderly loved ones, especially if we are worried about issues with memory. Flameless candles are a great option to give the look and feel of real candles without the fire hazard. You can even get scented!
Captioning Phone – The National Association of the Deaf has a page dedicated to captioning telephones. Not being able to speak to friends or loved ones on the phone, especially family far away, can be a very stressful for aging adults. A captioning phone makes it so much easier to communicate.
Large Print & Low Vision Clocks – Everything from talking clocks to standard analog clocks can make something we take for granted much easier for our elderly loved ones. You can find these clocks many places in stores and online, including Amazon.
Giving gifts to our loved ones gives us a good feeling, and it’s especially meaningful when it means so much to the recipient.