When the most wonderful time of the year comes, so does looking for the most wonderful gifts. Indeed, Christmas is not just about material things—but there’s nothing wrong with getting nice presents for the people you love! After all, isn’t the spirit of giving is what the holidays are all about?
However, it can be a little more challenging to find gifts for our elderly parents or family members. They’re at that point in their lives when they either already have everything or don’t want anything. But as much as possible, we’d love to put smiles on their faces and warm their hearts.
Fortunately for you, we’ve listed down 17 great ideas for gifts to give your elderly loved ones this Christmas!
Most adults, especially when they’re at a certain age, prefer to have things that will be of use to them. They tend to be more practical because they do not have the same enthusiasm and passion for things as they used to when they were younger. They are more inclined to live simply and rationally rather than indulge in things they don’t seem worthy of their time and energy.
If your aging parents are anything like this, then these gift ideas may be ideal for them:
Maintenance meds are no longer a stranger to seniors. When you reach a certain age, you tend to develop health changes that require proper care. If your parents are popping pills here and there to manage their chronic illnesses, then a pill dispenser would make a nice gift.
Oh, and did we mention it comes with its own alarm that beeps to remind them that they need to take their medication? This way, they won’t ever forget to take their pills again.
If your loved ones have limited mobility, then this walking stick would be perfect for them. This is essential for improving their balance and stability. It will reduce the risk of them stumbling or falling down. Plus, it looks dashing! They can still look ‘cool’ while ensuring their safety at the same time.
Do you want to bring your parents healthy snacks every now and then but you’re too far away? No worries—subscription snacks are the real game-changers. You can give this to them as a Christmas gift, delivering the healthiest or tastiest snacks right to their door.
There’s no need to go to actual grocery stores or whatsoever. This is an easy and convenient way for your parents to fill their bellies with your “love”.
For seniors with visual impairments, they can find it difficult to read books normally. But that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy any content! This is where audiobooks come in. An audiobook is a recording of a book or any type of work being read out loud. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and listen.
You can gift them with a subscription to their favorite audiobook. That way, they can listen to their favorite books or desired content for free! They can even do this while doing other things at the same time.
Not all adults are keen on technology but for those who are, why not give them Alexa or Google Nest? This will allow them to experience and enjoy a technological innovation within their very home. By just saying a few commands, Alexa or Google Nest will do stuff for them (such as turning on the tv, locking the doors, etc.). This will save them a valuable amount of time and effort. This is even more ideal for those with parents who have limited mobility.
Aging adults tend to have more pain and discomfort. This is natural for their physical built is slowly starting to deteriorate. That being said, it would be nice to give them things that would make them feel comfier. How they feel with their body affects the way they think and behave.
Giving out this type of gift won’t just make your loved one happy, this will also let them know how much you care for them. They will understand that you don’t want them to suffer or experience difficulties even with the most basic things in life. This is a gesture that’s small in outward appearance but deep with love.
Think of how happy your parents are going to be if you give them these:
Aging typically comes with issues such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and alike. If your parents keep on complaining about these, then try giving them a nice massage pillow. It’s a portable device that they can use to massage painful parts of their body by just lying down on it. This will conveniently save them the trouble of having to hire a masseuse or go to one.
The elderly aren’t always conscious about their clothes, unlike their earlier days. At this point in time, adults prefer to dress casually and comfortably. They desire to have clothes that allow them to move flexibly without any issue. This is why tracksuits are very popular among seniors.
If you’re looking for a cozy gift, then this would probably do. Maybe even choose the one that comes in their favorite color for added fun!
Throw blankets are cute gifts because they can warm your parents whenever they’re cold. Elderly people get cold easier because they have a much thinner layer of fat under their skin. They need a blanket such as this to keep them nice and warm—and they can even bring it anywhere! The plus side? You can have it engraved or monogrammed with their initials to make it more personal.
These socks were made from the wool of Merino sheep, which is finer than the other types of wool. These are ideal for seniors especially those who prefer to sleep with socks on due to the cold weather. It also has an anti-slip feature to prevent them from slipping or falling down on the floor whenever they walk around inside the house. Safe and comfortable—talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
Some aging adults experience sleep disorders like insomnia. However, lack of sleep can take a toll on their health as well. If your momma or papa is having restless nights lately, try giving them a sleep sound machine this Christmas. Listening to this sound will help them feel groggy and eventually take them to their sweet dreams.
Light therapy is heavily associated with issues that affect the brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep. Giving your elderly loved one a light therapy lamp may help them deal with sleep disorders, depression, and other conditions that can be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms.
Gifts that are sentimental or hold memories are also amazing to give to your aging parents. One factor is that a lot of seniors experience separation anxiety or depression from being away from their loved ones, especially their children. Giving them presents that come with deep meaning from your memories with them will make them feel incredibly touched.
On another note, many seniors experience difficulties with their memory. Perhaps giving gifts that will bring on nostalgia remind them of the good times you had. It seems like such a tear-jerking moment—but definitely, it’s going to be worth it.
Here’s a list of nostalgic gifts you can surprise your elderly loved ones with this December:
Giving a family tree as a present is not a new idea but is still a good one! Try creating one for your aging parents either through an old-fashioned scrapbook style or you can go digital. The important thing is that you make a beautiful representation of your family tree, letting your parent see all of their loved ones in one single image.
Does your elderly loved one have a thing for writing? If he or she does, then this would make a great present! This diary is where they write all their life experiences, starting from beginning to finish. They can include their childhood, first love, and moments you shared together as parent and child.
Gentle warning, this can be both a joyful and emotional experience, especially if you do it together! It can be a bonding experience for you both as well.
Does your mom or dad have a favorite food their own parents used to make them when they were a kid? Maybe try recreating that recipe and serve it to them during the holidays as a present. This might bring back so many memories for them and it can be a moment you will never forget.
Who knows? When your time comes and you have a child, they’ll do the same for you.
As much as we love phonebooks, there are other ways we can store photos and have them displayed in your home. You can gift your elderly loved ones with a digital picture frame that’s connected to the wifi so it flashes the photos in a slideshow manner. This way, they can have all the photos of their loved ones displayed in just one frame.
Remember, the holidays aren’t just about the gift-giving but it’s also a time for bonding. If you’ve chosen a gift for your aging parent, then great! But never forget that the greatest gift of all is you making them feel loved and treasured regardless of their condition.