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148 Gifts for the Elderly [Ultimate List]

by Jessica Hegg August 08, 2018 0 Comments

Happy elderly man looking at the birthday present in his hands

It's not always easy to find the perfect gifts for elderly individuals. With all the options available, figuring out where to begin can be a serious challenge! Luckily, this all-encompassing guide sorts through all of the most popular options for you, whether you’re looking for a birthday, holiday, or retirement gift.  Whoever it’s for, you’re sure to find something suitable for them on this list.

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Gifts for Special Occasions

    Giving a gift is the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, whatever it may be. Check out some of the best gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays that are sure to bring a smile to your loved one's face!

    Birthday Gifts

    Looking for the perfect birthday gift? Here are some awesome suggestions that everyone can enjoy.

    1. Perfume or Cologne

    Extra Strength Human Pheromones Formula by RawChemistryMost people would love to receive their favorite fragrance as a gift. It’s practical and something they’re sure to use. ( See Product on Amazon )

    2. Succulents

    Rosette Succulent by Shop SucculentsA succulent is the perfect plant for someone who loves nature but doesn’t enjoy the upkeep. They are minimal fuss and require almost no work. ( See Product on Amazon )

    3. DNA Testing Kit

    AncestryDNA: Genetic TestingGifting a DNA testing kit, like this one from 23andMe can help your recipient learn more about themselves and their heritage ( See Product on Amazon )

    4. Keurig Coffee Maker

    Keurig coffee makerThe Keurig coffee maker is extremely simple to use requiring very minimal work to brew the perfect cup of coffee–perfect for seniors who can’t operate a drip coffee maker. ( See Product on Amazon )

    5. Sunrise Alarm Clock

    Sunrise alarm clockA sunrise alarm clock is a perfect alternative for a senior who is hard of hearing or just wants a more natural way to wake up.  (  See Product on Amazon )

    6. GrandBox

    The GrandBox is a monthly care package for seniors five full-sized items alongside your own personal note and photos.

    7. Jumbo Playing Cards

    Red & Blue Jumbo Index Playing CardsIf someone you know is having trouble reading his playing cards, a set of jumbo playing cards may be just what he needs. ( See Product on Amazon )

    8. Spa Certificate

    Everyone likes to feel pampered, and a no-cost trip to the spa is the ultimate pampering experience.

    9. Body Buddy

    Exfoliating Back Scrubber by AquisFor seniors who have a hard time applying lotion or sunscreen, the body buddy can make it easier. ( See Product on Amazon )

    10. Walker Bag

    Exfoliating Back Scrubber by AquisA walker bag is a practical gift that can improve the everyday life of seniors who use walkers. ( See Product on Amazon )

    Christmas Gifts

    We all know how stressful the holidays can be! Don't sweat it this Christmas season, check out our top picks for Christmas and Holiday gifts for elderly that will bring the joy! There’s no better feeling than giving a gift that makes someone really happy.

    11. Boombox with CD

    ZSRS60BT CD Boombox by SonyWhat’s better than receiving an old-school Boombox with a CD with your favorite artist on it? It’s the perfect reminder of the good old days. ( See Product on Amazon )

    12. AM/FM Radio

    If you like to keep the latest music in your life, a classic radio can be a great gift. ( See Product on Amazon)

    13. Key Locator

    Key Finder Pair by KeyRingerIf your elderly parents are constantly losing their keys, a key locator will improve their lives. Consider a small square that you clip onto your keychain–or attach it to anything else you don’t want to lose–that acts as a GPS. ( See Product on Amazon )

    14. Soundbar

    Key Finder Pair by KeyRingerA sound bar can help anyone who’s hard-of-hearing have a better time watching TV without straining their ears or needing captions. ( See Product on Amazon )

    15. Sound-Amplifying Headphones

    Amplifying Headphones Headset by ClarityFor a more personalized TV watching experience, sound-amplifying headphones allow elderly adults hear the TV while others can listen to it at a regular volume. ( See Product on Amazon )

    16. Home Cleaning Service Gift Certificate

    A home cleaning certificate is a perfect gift for those who have a hard time cleaning themselves or just want their chores taken care of.

    17. Magnifying Glass Necklace

    Silver Magnifying Glass Necklace by 1928 JewelryIf your senior friend has trouble reading the newspaper, a magnifying glass necklace is a convenient and practical gift. ( See Product on Amazon )

    18. Photo Phone

    Future Call FC-1007 Picture Care Phone with 40dBDoes your grandmother complain that she has trouble dialing using a conventional phone? A photo phone is a great alternative. ( See Product on Amazon )

    19. A Texture Subscription

    Texture is a subscription service that delivers literally any magazine you could ever want to read to your tablet for a single monthly fee.

    20. Warm Sweater

    AD Womens Basic Open Front Knit Cardigan Sweater Top With Pockets by Alexander + DavidAround Christmas time, everyone could use a warm, comfy sweater. And for the quirky grandpa, an ugly Christmas sweater will do the trick. ( See Product on Amazon )

    Valentines Gifts 

    Get a little sentimental on this one. Think of incorporating memories of the past and the feeling of love! Give your loved one a gift to let them know how much you appreciate them.

    21. Custom Photo Blanket

    Your loved one will really enjoy receiving a custom photo blanket filled with photos of the family.

    22. Essential Oils

    Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils by LagunamoonEssential oils not only smell great, but they have many health benefits. Your lovely lady would definitely enjoy this essential oils. ( See Product on Amazon )

    23. Flower of the Month Club

    A flower of the month club is the gift that keeps on giving. Give your loved one fresh flowers delivered every month.

    24. Vintage Perfume

    Bora Bora by Liz Claiborne for WomenGive your grandmother a bottle of her favorite vintage perfume. The fragrance will remind her of another time. ( See Product on Amazon )

    25. Candies and Chocolates

    Valentine's Milk Chocolate by DoveThe standard valentine's day gift, a box of heart-shaped chocolates or some heart-themed candies is never a bad choice. ( See Product on Amazon )

    26. Photo Mug

    If your gift recipient drinks a lot of coffee or tea, a photo mug with their favorite people can bring them joy every day.

    27. Roses

    Another classic Valentine’s day gift, give a bouquet of roses to your lovely lady.

    28. A Special Ring

    Engagement Ring by Sonia JewelsNothing screams romance like jewelry, and a ring takes the cake. If you’re looking to give a gift to your elderly wife, consider a ring. ( See Product on Amazon )

    29. Their Favorite TV Show Box Set

    Andy Griffith ShowGive the gift of a favorite TV show box set. Some older shows aren’t available online, and even if they are, there’s something special about owning a physical copy. ( See Product on Amazon )

    30. Bathtub Caddy Tray

    Andy Griffith ShowGive the gift of relaxation. Nothing beats enjoying a luxurious bath while reading your favorite book or watching a show on your tablet. A caddy tray can help you do that safely. ( See Product on Amazon )

    Retirement Gifts

    Celebrate retirement with a great gift to keep your loved one feeling cared for.

    31. Weighted Blanket

    Amy Garden Weighted Blanket for AnxietyWeighted blankets are beneficial because they can provide the same benefits you’d receive from person-to-person contact. They make you feel safe and secure, perfect for the senior. ( See Product on Amazon )

    32. Jigsaw Puzzles

    Buffalo Games Cats Collection - Kitten Kitchen CapersTo keep senior’s minds healthy, it’s important to keep them active, and jigsaw puzzles are a classic mind-testing game. ( See Product on Amazon )

    33. A Comfortable Chair

    Traditional Rocking Chair by Coaster Home FurnishingsWhen you get older, you inevitably become a bit more sedentary. A comfortable rocking chair can keep seniors happy and even prevent sores that old chairs can cause. ( See Product on Amazon )

    34. A New TV

    Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV by TCLA new TV is just what seniors need when they’re relaxing in their chairs. Large screens and updated speaker systems let them see and hear more clearly. ( See Product on Amazon )

    35. Medication Reminder Clock

    LiveFine Automatic Pill DispenserYou don’t want your grandparents to forget to take their medication, as it could cause health problems. A medication reminder clock is just what they need. ( See Product on Amazon )

    36. New Running Shoes

    Men's Flex 2017 RN by NIKEAchy joints are something that every senior has to deal with. Comfy, supportive shoes can make it easier for seniors to stay active and get the exercise they need. ( See Product on Amazon )

    37. Our Best Days Accent Light

    This light doubles as a home decor piece that your grandparent could use to remind themselves of all the important dates in their lives. The Our Best Days Accent Light is a real feel-good gift.

    38. Destination Map

    World Traveler Map by Map Your TravelsThere are different types of destination maps on the market. You could get one that’s also a corkboard, and you can stick a pin in every location you’ve been to. ( See Product on Amazon )

    39. A Journal

    Vintage Refillable Journey DiaryA journal is a great gift for everyone. Seniors could use journals to record their thoughts, write about their past, and it also helps them keep their mind active. This vintage journal is sure to make them happy. ( See Product on Amazon )

    Anniversary Gifts

    Anniversary  gifts for seniors are not to be forgotten. Commemorate an anniversary, whether it’s for a relationship or a friendship with some of these awesome gift ideas.

    40. A Trip

    If you’re an elderly couple, you might enjoy going on a relaxing vacation to a resort where you can have all of your needs taken care of.

    41. Photo Album

    Cufflinks by UHIBROSFill a custom photo album with photos of you and your partner together during your happiest moments. Also include photos of your kids and other loved ones. They’re sure to love it. ( See Product on Amazon )

    42. Cufflinks

    Cufflinks by UHIBROSIf a man in your life wears a lot of shirts that use cufflinks, then they’re a great gift. Keep their style in mind when picking one. ( See Product on Amazon )

    43. Hidden Message Tie

    Another cute gift to get your senior husband, a hidden message tie can act as a reminder of your love whenever they have it on.

    44. Shari’s Berries

    Consider getting chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered straight to your gift recipient using Shari’s Berries. They deliver fresh strawberries for a great price.

    45. Men’s Shave Subscription

    Subscribe your husband to Harry’s, a shaving kit that will deliver fresh blades on a regular interval.

    46. Engraved Personalized Jewelry

    Everyone loves a personalized item, and personalized jewelry is no different. You can gift a ring or necklace with a personalized message. She’ll love it.

    47. Golf Towel

    Greens Towel MicrofiberIf your husband plays a golf, consider gifting him a set of golf towels. These microfiber golf towels can fit in your pocket and clip to your golf bag. ( See Product on Amazon )

    48. Favorite Candle

    PHLUR Annica 6 oz Luxury Scented CandleDoes your wife enjoy candles? If so, gift her favorite scented candle. You could take it even further by running a nice bath for her too. ( See Product on Amazon )

    49. Cocktail Bar Set

    Stock Harbor 9 Piece Stainless Steel Bartender Set If you enjoy having a drink on occasion, a fancy cocktail bar set will allow you to make more drinks in style. ( See Product on Amazon )

    Gifts for Elderly in Nursing Homes

      To help your loved one feel at ease in their nursing home. Gifts for elderly in nursing homes aren't as tricky as one may think. Keep it practical, give them a gift that’ll remind them of you. 

      50. Flower Arrangements

      Sometimes, staying in a nursing home can be uninspiring, which is why we recommend giving floral arrangements as a way to brighten someone's day.

      51. Framed Photos

      8 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor by NIXFind a beautiful photo frame and put a picture inside you think your gift recipient would love. It could be a photo of their children, spouse, or friend. ( See Product on Amazon )

      52. Stuffed Animals

      Joy Elephant Plush with Blue RibbonStuffed animals are another great way to help the elderly brighten their day and add some character to their nursing home. ( See Product on Amazon )

      53. Loungewear

      Luxurious Soft Womens Loungewear SetIn nursing homes, a lot of time is spent relaxing and lounging around. And to make sure it’s done comfortably, a nice set of loungewear is crucial. ( See Product on Amazon )

      54. Slippers

      RockDove Women's Two-Tone Memory Foam SlipperA pair of memory foam slippers are not only comfortable, but they support the joints and make it easier for seniors to get around without pain. ( See Product on Amazon )

      55. Mind Games like Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles

      Funster Tons of Sudoku 1,000+ Easy to Hard PuzzlesTo keep the brain active, seniors should do puzzles like sudoku and crosswords. It’s also a great way to keep them occupied in the nursing home. ( See Product on Amazon )

      56. Personal Item

      Natural Soap Bar Gift Set,Since nursing homes often have standard, non-luxurious personal items, bring them some of their favorite soaps and body washes. ( See Product on Amazon )

      57. Bird Feeders and Seed

      Squirrel Buster Standard 5One thing that a lot of seniors do at their nursing home is watch birds. A bird feeder can help attract more exotic birds. ( See Product on Amazon )

      58. iPod with Their Favorite Music on it

      Apple iPod classic 160 GB BlackLoad up a classic iPod with all of your recipient's favorite artists. iPods are easier to operate than smartphones and you can put thousands of their favorite songs on it. ( See Product on Amazon )

      Budget Friendly Gifts for Elderly

        Remember, a special gift does not have to break the bank. We had to think a little outside the box for this one, but there are plenty of ideas that save money and show you care. The simplest of gifts may be more appreciated than you think.

        59. Flameless Candle

        GiveU Flameless Plastic Led Candle with TimerA flameless candle is a perfect alternative to a real candle, which could be dangerous when seniors are at home alone. ( See Product on Amazon )

        60. Adult Coloring Book

        Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal DesignsAdult coloring books excel at not only promoting relaxation but also at keeping the mind active. You can get many different designs, like these animal designs. ( See Product on Amazon )

        61. Zipper Puller for Her

        Button Hook by ViveEven without mobility issues, zippering up a dress can be challenging. Gift a zipper pull tool to help your lady put on her dress with ease. ( See Product on Amazon )

        62. Ergonomic Pen

        ErgoSof Pen by PenAgainTo make writing notes easier, gift an ergonomic pen, which supports the wrist and makes gripping easier. ( See Product on Amazon )

        63. A Pill Organizer

        Daily Pill Organizer by ViveIf your loved one is on a lot of medication and has trouble remembering to take them, a pill organizer can help with that. ( See Product on Amazon )

        64. Comfortable, Warm Socks

        Pack of 5 Womens Thick Knit Warm Casual Wool Crew Winter SocksYou can never have too many warm socks. Purchase a bundle of warm, wool socks if for your loved one who lives in a cold climate. ( See Product on Amazon )

        65. Something Homemade

        Homemade gifts are always great because they’re sentimental and thoughtful. Draw your loved one a picture or craft something. They will definitely love it.

        66. A Card

        If chosen correctly, cards convey a message that will make the recipient feel good. You could even hand write your own message.

        67. Shampoo for Grey Hair

        Jhirmack Shampoo Silver Plus Ageless 12 OzAs we age, our hair naturally grays, and it requires a different type of shampoo that keeps it healthy and glowing. It’s an inexpensive and practical gift. ( See Product on Amazon )

        68. Lip Balm

        Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip BalmLip balms are always useful, inexpensive, and easy to find. If you’re going to buy one as a gift, consider a multi-pack and make sure it’s a type the recipient likes. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Useful Gifts

        There is nothing better than a gift that can be put to good use. Spend some time and check out the gifts below, I am sure you'll find something useful and practical that you know would lend a hand one way or another!

        69. GoGoGrandparent Gift Card

        GoGoGrandparent is an incredibly useful ride-service that sends Lyfts or Ubers to your home and doesn’t require the use of a smartphone, which many seniors don’t have.

        70. Step Stool

        Cosco 2-Step Household Folding Step StoolWhen reaching becomes difficult, a step stool becomes a necessity to allow individuals to reach things with ease. ( See Product on Amazon )

        71. Magnetic Jewelry Clasp

        Aiskaer 16 Pcs Gold Color and 16 Pcs Silver Color Magnetic Lobster ClaspsSome elderly adults have difficulty putting on their jewelry due to weak or shaky hands. A magnetic jewelry clasp solves that problem with ease. ( See Product on Amazon )

        72. Squatty Potty

        Squatty Potty The Original Bathroom Toilet StoolFor anyone having trouble using the bathroom or just wanting to do so more naturally, the Squatty Potty is the perfect gift. ( See Product on Amazon )

        73. Foldable Cane

        Folding Cane by ViveIf your senior parent is having trouble moving around on their own, considering giving them a foldable cane. Not only will it improve their mobility, but they’re very easy to store. ( See Product on Amazon )

        74. Reach Tool

        Reacher Grabber by ViveThere comes a day when it becomes difficult to reach items in cupboards, but a reach tool could solve that problem. ( See Product on Amazon )

        75. Netflix Subscription

        If your grandparents are spending a lot of time watching TV, consider gifting them a Netflix subscription. They’ll be able to watch a lot of their favorite older shows whenever they want.

        76. Heated Blanket

        Sunbeam Microplush Heated ThrowThere’s evidence that seniors get colder more often. If you want to help them stay warm without cranking the heat, a heated blanket will help. ( See Product on Amazon )

        77. Compression Socks

        Compression Socks for Men & WomenTo keep you grandparent’s healthy, compression socks are the perfect gift. They improve blood circulation and can prevent blood clots from forming, which are a real problem for sedentary folks. ( See Product on Amazon )

        78. A Sturdy Umbrella

        Travel Umbrella w/Windproof by EEZ-YA wind-resistant is a good gift for anyone, not just seniors. No one wants to get wet or have their umbrella break when a little bit of wind pops up. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Elderly Gift Ideas for the Home

        Seniors and elderly like to spend time at home, so why not make help make it as convenient and comfortable as possible. Handy gadgets and appliances are a sure way to do both! Check out some of these most common gifts for elderly here.

        79. Automatic Can Opener

        Hamilton Beach 76607 Smooth Touch Can Opener, Black and ChromeIt can be tough to open cans when you get older due to health problems like arthritis. An automatic can opener can help open cans without any pain. ( See Product on Amazon )

        80. Jar Opener

        EZ Off Jar Opener For All Jar SizesLike the can opener, jars can also be hard to open, even for those without health issues. The EZ Off Jar Opener can solve that problem. ( See Product on Amazon )

        81. Easy-Grip Toothbrush

         RADIUS - Original Right Hand ToothbrushToothbrushes, like anything else, can cause hand and wrist pain. This easy-grip toothbrush will make brushing your teeth easier. ( See Product on Amazon )

        82. Gel Support Cushion for Sitting Comfortably

        Gel Seat Cushion by ViveBecause seniors inevitably end up sitting a lot more than they used to, can make that less impactful on your joints. ( See Product on Amazon )

        83. Digital Kitchen Timer

        Wrenwane Digital Kitchen TimerThis digital kitchen timer is easy to read, has a very loud alarm that anyone could hear from a different room, and is very compact. ( See Product on Amazon )

        84. New Bookshelves

        Homissue 5-Tier BookcaseGet your loved one some new bookshelves to store the large number of books they inevitably have! ( See Product on Amazon )

        85. Book Rest

        BestBookStand Actto BST-09 Green 180 angle adjustable and Portable Reading StandGet your loved one some new bookshelves to store the large number of books they inevitably have! ( See Product on Amazon )

        86. Wall Mounted Magnifying Mirror

        BestBookStand Actto BST-09 Green 180 angle adjustable and Portable Reading StandA wall-mounted magnifying mirror is great for senior women who like to do their make-up and have a skincare routine. ( See Product on Amazon )

        87. Roomba

        iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi ConnectivityHonestly, who wouldn’t want a Roomba? Especially when you’re older, getting some assistance cleaning your house can be hugely beneficial. ( See Product on Amazon )

        88. Silicone Oven Mitts

        Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven MittTo prevent burns when cooking, everyone needs a pair of silicone oven mitts. They protect you from higher temperatures and offer better grip than regular mitts. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Technology Gifts for Elderly

        Even the elderly benefit from using the latest tech gifts, as they can help with everyday tasks and make their lives easier. 

        89. Tablet

        Apple iPad with WiFiA tablet, like an iPad, can provide countless hours of entertainment for everyone, including the elderly. ( See Product on Amazon )

        90. Home Assistant like Amazon Echo or Google Home

        Google WiFi systemHome assistants have come a long way, and devices like the Google Home are extremely helpful now. They can answer simple questions for you and also control things like your lights and thermostat. ( See Product on Amazon )

        91. Motion Sensor Lights

        Mr. Beams MB530 Wireless Battery-Operated Indoor/Outdoor Motion-Sensing LED Step/Stair LightImagine getting up late at night, stumbling to the bathroom, and falling. That could be deadly for seniors. Motion sensor lights can stop that from happening. ( See Product on Amazon )

        92. Senior-Friendly Cell Phones

        A lot of seniors don’t want modern smartphones loaded with features, but still need a cell phone for calling and texting. The Jitterbug flip phone is a no-frills phone for them.

        93. Emergency SOS Device

        iMaxAlarm SOS Alert Personal AlarmAn emergency SOS device, like a panic button, can literally save your senior parents' lives. They alert the police or ambulance when something happens. ( See Product on Amazon )

        94. Digital Photo Frame

        8 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor by NIXNowadays, we have hundreds of pictures we want to put on display. A digital photo frame can cycle through many pictures, so you won’t need a ton of photo frames. ( See Product on Amazon )

        95. eReader like Kindle

        Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - BlackWhile reading physical books is quite satisfying, the convenience of an eReader like the Kindle can’t be understated. Seniors can get their favorite books instantly, and the ability to change the size of the text is priceless. ( See Product on Amazon )

        96. Smartwatch to Monitor Vitals

        Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch, Charcoal/Smoke GraySmart watches do a lot more than just tracking your steps. They can take many health measurements, which is important for seniors. ( See Product on Amazon )

        97. Alarm Clock with Physical Alert

        Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker by Sonic AlertMany seniors have trouble hearing, meaning regular alarm clocks have trouble waking them up. There are alarm clocks on the market that can shake and create a physical alert that’ll wake any senior up. ( See Product on Amazon )

        98. Computerless Email System

        If you have elderly grandparents who don’t use the computer but want to use email, the computerless email system Celery is for them.

        Food Gifts for Elderly

        Everyone loves food, which is why it’s a great gift for any occasion. Whether you decide to give sweet treats or a meal delivery service, it’s sure to be a hit. Just a tip, be mindful of dietary needs or allergies! 

        99. Edible Arrangements

        Gifting an edible arrangement is a safe bet for most people. Everyone loves chocolate and candies.

        100. Wine Delivery Service

        You can get anything delivered, including wine. There are wine subscriptions that deliver wine to your door at regular intervals, like Winc.

        101. Food Delivery Subscription Box

        Another way to make the life of your elderly parents easier is to get them a subscription to a food service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. They deliver fresh ingredients with easy to follow recipes, so you can make a delicious meal.

        102. Homemade Treats

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        Consider baking something as a gift, like cookies or muffins. It’s a great way to not only show that you care, but also give some delicious treats to your loved one.

        103. A Gift Certificate to a Favorite Restaurant

        Applebee's Gift CardIf you know your recipient's favorite restaurant, a gift certificate is a safe gift to give. ( See Product on Amazon )

        104. Gift Certificate for Uber Eats

        You could also gift a certificate for Uber Eats or another food delivery service. Especially for seniors, cooking can be troublesome, so delivery is often necessary.

        105. Induction Cooktop for Safety

        Portable Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner by SecuraSeniors often hurt themselves in the kitchen, sometimes burning themselves on the stove. An induction cooktop is a lot safer and convenient to use. ( See Product on Amazon )

        106. Instant Pot for Easier Cooking

        Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker by Double Insight Inc.The Instant Pot is a hugely successful cooking appliance for a reason. It can be used to make just about anything. It’s the perfect gift for a home chef. ( See Product on Amazon )

        107. Grocery List Organizer Device

        Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer by SmartShopperThe SmartShopper is a voice-operated grocery list device that records what you need, sorts the items into categories, and prints off a sheet with the items for when you go out to buy groceries. It’s great for organization. ( See Product on Amazon )

        108. A Cookbook

        The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 VibrantIf your senior friends love cooking, buy them a cookbook that has recipes you know they’ll enjoy. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Gifts for Out and About

        As we age, it becomes more and more important for us to keep moving. Why not give a gift that help get you out and about and moving more comfortably? Check out these ideas below!

        Clothing/Apparel Gifts

        Seniors have different requirements when it comes to clothes due to accessibility. Consider gifting some adaptive clothing.

        109. Adaptive Shoes

        A comfy pair of adaptive shoes from Silverts can make a world of difference for seniors with conditions like diabetes.

        110. Adaptive Clothes

        There are also a lot of adaptive clothes on the market that makes dressing easier for the elderly. Buck & Buck is one of the premium adaptive clothing designers.

        111. Warm Mittens

        Bruceriver Women Snowflake Knit MittensStaying warm in the winter is important for everyone, especially for the elderly. Gift a pair of warm mittens to keep your senior parents warm. ( See Product on Amazon )

        112. Legwarmers

        Loritta Mens Winter Warm Knitting Hats Wool Baggy Slouchy Beanie Hat Skull CapA pair of leg warmers could be a great gift for seniors who live in colder climates, where staying warm is a priority. ( See Product on Amazon )

        113. Winter Hat

        Foot Traffic - Cable Knit LegwarmersAnother great winter gift, a cozy winter hat would keep your friend warm all season long. ( See Product on Amazon )

        114. Gardening Hat and Gloves

        Senior GardenerA common hobby that seniors pick up is gardening, so why not give the gift of a gardening hat and gloves? ( See Product on Amazon )

        115. Apron

        Adjustable Bib Apron with Pockets for Women and Men by HomweFor the chef on your gift list, an apron is a great gift. Make sure it’s styled in a way that your recipient will love. ( See Product on Amazon )

        116. Sock Aid

        Sock Assist Device by ViveFor seniors who have trouble putting on socks due to mobility issues, a sock aid is the perfect gift. It’ll improve their quality of life dramatically. ( See Product on Amazon )

        117. Shoe Horn

        Shoe Horn by ViveLike a sock aid, a shoe horn can also help seniors put on their shoes, which can be a difficult task for some people. ( See Product on Amazon )

        118. Dressing Stick

        Dressing Stick with Zipper Puller by ViveA dressing stick can assist with many things including putting on shoes, socks, picking items off the floor, and even zipping a dress. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Staying Active

        If your gift recipient suffers from joint pain, one of these gifts can help them move around with ease.

        119. Rollator

        Folding Rollator Walker by ViveThe Folding Rollator is a multipurpose tool that assists with mobility and also helps seniors use the toilet. ( See Product on Amazon )

        120. Power Wheelchair

        Sentire Med Forza D09 Deluxe Fold Foldable Power Compact Mobility Aid Wheel ChairThe Power wheelchair is a lightweight and foldable wheelchair that is superior to generic wheelchairs on the market. ( See Product on Amazon )

        121. Standing Aid

        Stand Alone Rail by ViveSeniors inevitably develop trouble doing everyday things, and anything that helps improve that is a great a gift. A standing aid can help your elderly parents get up from chairs with ease. ( See Product on Amazon )

        122. Walker Ski Glides

        Walker Ski Glides by ViveWalker ski glides are great for maneuvering your walker over any surface. They’re a great gift to help your elderly parents stay independent. ( See Product on Amazon )

        123. Auto Door Opener

        Swing Door Opener by OlideWhen lifting and pulling causes stress on fragile joints, it can cause pain. Having doors opening automatically is quite a blessing, so consider this gift. ( See Product on Amazon )

        124. Forearm Crutches

        Forearm Crutches by ViveA functional pair of forearm crutches can improve the quality of life of seniors who need a little assistance getting around. ( See Product on Amazon )

        125. Anti-Slip Shower Mat

        Shower Mat by ViveOne of the places seniors most frequently fall is in the bathroom. Anything to lower that rate is a useful gift. Anti-slip shower mats can help your senior parents stay safe when showering. ( See Product on Amazon )

        126. A Folding Walker

        Folding Walker by ViveLike a folding wheelchair, a folding walker is just as useful with its ability to help seniors move around easily, while staying easy to store. ( See Product on Amazon )

        127. Eyeglasses

        Reading Glasses 5 Pairs Fashion Ladies ReadersSeniors love to read, it’s one of the best ways to pass the time. A pair of eyeglasses can help them do so in comfort. ( See Product on Amazon )

        128. Power Scooter

        Drive Medical Scout Compact Travel Power ScooterFor seniors who aren’t able to use walkers with ease, a power scooter is the next option. Any senior would appreciate this gift. ( See Product on Amazon )

        Exercise Gifts for Elderly

        Gifting something that encourages exercise is perfect for those who are looking to stay healthy into their later years.

        129. Light Weights

        AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with StandIt’s important for seniors to stay active well into their later years. Give the gift of some light weights to encourage activity and muscle building. ( See Product on Amazon )

        130. Yoga Mat

        BalanceFrom GoYoga All-PurposeYoga is one of the best low-impact forms of exercise a senior could do, and a good yoga mat can make it all the more comfortable for someone with achy joints. ( See Product on Amazon )

        131. Exercise Peddler

        Portable Pedal Exerciser by ViveAn exercise peddler can help seniors who aren’t as mobile get in the exercise they need every day. They can be used to work out both the legs and the arms. ( See Product on Amazon )

        132. Resistance Bands

        Balance Board by ViveResistance bands are very versatile exercise tools that can be used to stretch and build muscle. They’re lightweight and perfect for seniors. ( See Product on Amazon )

        133. Stability Board

        Balance Board by ViveAs we age, our balance decreases. Practicing balancing on a stability board can help seniors stay strong, preventing falling and building muscle in the legs. ( See Product on Amazon )

        134. Hand Gripper

        VIVE Finger Strengthener (3 Pack) - Guitar Digit ExerciserSeniors also suffer from poor grip as they lose muscle and the bones in the hands weaken. Regularly using a hand gripper can help keep them strong. ( See Product on Amazon )

        135. Swimming Gear

        Swimming Goggles with Protective Case, Nose Clip and Ear PlugsSwimming is actually the best form of cardio for seniors, as it’s very low impact and doesn’t hurt the joints. Give your friend some swimming gear to encourage them to swim more often. ( See Product on Amazon )

        136. Exercise Bike

        Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with PulseExercise bikes are perfect for seniors as they allow them to exercise without running around hurting their joints. While expensive, they are well worth it. ( See Product on Amazon )

        137. Rowing Machine

        Concept2 Model D with PM5 Performance Monitor Indoor Rower Rowing Machine BlackRowing machines work out the legs, the arms, and the core at the same time. Seniors can use the machine on its lowest setting to build muscle and burn calories. ( See Product on Amazon )

        138. Guided Yoga or Pilates Classes from Home

        Yoga and pilates are great forms of exercise, though they can be hard to get into. To give your senior parents the social aspect of taking a class while working out, consider gifting them a subscription to a online yoga class service like Yogaia.

        Hygiene Gifts for Elderly

        These gifts make showering and using the bathroom easier for seniors, improving hygiene and safety.

        139. Shower Cap

        Betty Dain Fashionista Collection Mold Resistant Lined Shower CapRowing machines work out the legs, the arms, and the core at the same time. Seniors can use the machine on its lowest setting to build muscle and burn calories. ( See Product on Amazon )

        140. Shower Shoes

        Shower Sandal Slippers Quick Drying Bathroom Slippers Gym Slippers Seniors would benefit from shower shoes not only for hygiene, but because they can prevent falls. ( See Product on Amazon )

        141. Toilet Raiser

        Vaunn Medical Elevated Raised Toilet Seat & Commode Riser A lot of elderly individuals have trouble sitting and getting up for the toilet. A toilet raiser makes that a lot easier, and they’re very comfortable too. ( See Product on Amazon )

        142. Gift Certificate for a Home Cleaning Service

        No one likes having a messy home, and seniors need a bit of help to deep clean their homes from time to time.

        143. Foot Cleaning Brush

        Miracle Foot Brush with Scrubbing Pumice Stone and Shower Grip HandleIt’s hard to reach the bottom of your feet in the shower, especially for those who can’t bend without pain. A foot cleaning brush is the best way to fix that problem. ( See Product on Amazon )

        144. Bath Chair with Swivel Seat

        Shower Chair with Back by ViveA bath chair can take the pain out of showering for those who can’t stand for long periods of time. ( See Product on Amazon )

        145. Anti-Aging Serum

        Anti Aging Skin Care Set by Eve HansenIf your grandmother is conscious about her skin, gift her an anti-aging serum to fight wrinkles and fine lines. She’ll love it. ( See Product on Amazon )

        146. Water Flosser

        Water Dental FlosserBrushing your teeth can be difficult for seniors, as can flossing. A water flosser takes the pain out of brushing and flossing and is convenient and easy to use. ( See Product on Amazon )

        147. Denture Cleaners

        Efferdent Anti-Bacterial Denture CleanserIf your grandparents wear dentures, give them denture cleaners to improve their hygiene. ( See Product on Amazon )

        148. Easy Reach Nail Clippers

        Easy Reach Toe Nail ClippersFor seniors who have trouble cutting their nails, this easy reach toenail clipper is ideal. ( See Product on Amazon )

        What to Consider When Buying the Perfect Gift

        Regardless of who you’re out shopping for, it can be difficult to find the perfect gift. But gift shopping doesn’t have to be hard, and if you asked the best shoppers in the world what the golden rules of gift buying are, here’s what they’d tell you.

        • Make it Personal

        All great gift givers make sure what they’re buying is personal. It’s easy to give a gift card, but everyone feels better knowing that time and consideration was actually put into the gift they received. And really, your loved one will appreciate you putting in the extra effort to find the perfect gift.

        Gift giving is how you tell someone that you pay attention and know their wants and needs. Refrain from giving them what you want to give and focus on what you know they want to receive.

        • Stay Within Budget

        Before going out to buy a gift, figure out how much you’re comfortable spending and stick to it. If you can’t afford to buy an expensive piece of jewelry, trust us when we tell you that your recipient won’t mind. As long as it’s personalized and relevant to them, they’ll love it. But with that said, don’t be a cheapskate either.

        • Quality Over Quantity

        The gift you’re giving should add value to the recipient's life, not be something that will end up in the back of the closet. Put yourself in their shoes: is what you’re giving them something they actually want? If it is, great, you’ve done your job. If not, you may need to rethink your gift. With that said, more is not necessarily better, especially if it’s more of a thing that doesn’t add value to their life.

        Tips for Finding that Perfect Holiday Gift

        There are plenty of gift-giving occasions every year, and when they roll around, panic sets in. It doesn’t have to be stressful though. The key is planning ahead, not leaving holiday shopping until the last minute, and really knowing who's on your gift list. It’s easier said than done, but these tips are quite easy to follow and will make your next gift-giving event a breeze.

        • Listen all Year Round

        One big mistake we make is waiting until the last minute to think about what gifts we want to buy. The key to good gift giving is listening all-year round and not waiting until the day before. People tend to talk about things they want and their interests year-round, so pay attention.

        Make a note in your phone every time someone mentions something they really want. When it comes time to actually buy a gift, you’ll have a whole list of things you can use to narrow down the perfect gift. Just make sure it’s not something they would have bought themselves!

        • Keep the Recipient in Mind

        Let’s face it, not many people like receiving the standard holiday gifts. They’re lazy and telltale signs that not only did you leave it ‘til the last minute, but you also didn’t put any thought into it. Giving someone a pair of socks for Christmas is lazy. And if you listen all-year round, you should have a whole list of individualized gifts to pick from.

        • When in Doubt, Choose Food

        Everyone likes food, and most people don’t mind receiving it as a gift. As long as it’s not a fruitcake, that is. Think about what your gift recipient loves to eat and work backward from there. Don't forget creativity! Does your dad really love cake? Then consider giving him a cupcake in a mug. Novel food gifts are exciting, practical, and are usually safe bets.

        • Do Your Research

        If the gift you’re buying comes in many different variations, determine which is the best for your recipient. If you know them well, you should be able to figure out what to buy, but if not, don’t hesitate to reach out to their loved ones for some advice.

        Find the Perfect Gift for Those You Love

        Gifting giving is tough, but it doesn’t have to be. There are hundreds of possible gifts you could give your elderly parent, grandparent, or friend that they would love. You shouldn’t have any problems finding the perfect present on this list, but if you do, use the tips to come up with your own personalized gift.

        Jessica Hegg
        Jessica Hegg

        Jessica Hegg is the content manager at ViveHealth.com. Avid gym-rat and nutrition enthusiast, she’s interested in all things related to staying active and living healthy lifestyle. Through her writing she works to share valuable information aimed at overcoming obstacles and improving the quality of life for others.



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