As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the gifts you’ll be giving loved ones. If you’re having trouble figuring out what to give your older family members, we have some excellent gift ideas for you.
At Freedom Village, celebrating the holidays is very important to our Active Life Plan Community. We understand how much it means for loved ones to spend quality time together, as well as the positive effect both practical and thoughtful gifts have on older adults.
Choosing gifts for your favorite senior will make their holiday season extra special. Check out our list below.
13 gift ideas for senior citizens
Choose from any of the following gift recommendations for the special senior in your life.
1. A cozy, weighted blanket
Don’t just gift any blanket to your senior family member or friend. Instead, try a soft and warm weighted blanket. Weighted blankets are therapeutic tools used to provide comforting pressure to those who use them, and according to Healthline, they can actually relieve the perception of pain, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improve sleep quality.
2. Digital photo frames
With digital photo frames, you don’t have to worry about digging through old photos and purchasing several styles of frames. Now, you can create a personalized photo album by uploading photos of cherished memories that rotate throughout the day for your senior to admire.
3. Tea or coffee set
There’s something relaxing about preparing and drinking your favorite cup of coffee or tea. A high-quality tea or coffee set can make the process even more inviting, especially if your loved one enjoys having guests visit. Get inspired with these fun designs!
4. A subscription service
These days, there are many subscription services to choose from. There are streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that make it easy for your loved one to watch shows and movies, book-of-the-month subscriptions, meal prep delivery kits, craft kits, clothing subscriptions – you name it. Take into account what your senior loves and see if a subscription exists to pique their interest!
5. Reading material
Large print books, audiobooks, and e-readers help seniors stay connected to their imagination and the world around them. Reading never goes out of style, so this is a tried-and-true way to make your loved one smile.
6. Indoor plants
For the senior who enjoys the presence of greenery but doesn’t want to spend too much time tending to plants, low-maintenance houseplants can bring life to their home. Plants like the peace lily and aloe vera, or even herbs like mint and basil, are easy to grow and take care of.
7. Puzzles or board games
Is your loved one’s favorite pastime playing games or doing puzzles? These types of gifts are great for engaging the mind. There are now jigsaw puzzles with large pieces and thought-provoking games like Scrabble, Scattergories, and Clue to make spending time with your senior more fun.
8. Cozy slippers or socks
This gift idea is practical, especially during the winter months, but who doesn’t love a pair of comfortable slippers or socks?
9. A personalized calendar
Somewhat in line with the idea of a digital photo frame, creating a custom calendar with family birthdays, special dates, and personalized photos will put a smile on your family member’s face and help them remember what’s coming up.
10. A therapeutic massager
A little relaxation goes a long way! If your loved one has aches and pains they’re trying to relieve, a handheld massager or a heated neck wrap can make the perfect gift.
11. A gourmet food basket
Does your loved one have a sweet tooth or a curiosity for trying new foods? A beautiful gift basket filled with a selection of gourmet snacks, chocolates, or fruit is always fun to receive!
12. Digital assistant or smart speaker
Smart devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home can do so much for seniors, like play music, share the weather forecast, update them with the latest news, provide recipes, make phone calls, and answer their most-burning questions. There’s no information or capability that’s off-limits with a digital assistant.
13. A personal safety device
While not the most fun gift, a personal emergency response system or a medical alert bracelet for added safety and peace of mind will still show your loved one that you have their best interest at heart. SafeWise shares some of the most popular devices.
No matter what, when selecting a gift for a senior, it’s important to always consider their preferences and needs, as well as their level of mobility and independence. Personalized gifts and spending time together can often be the most meaningful presents for seniors.
Experience the joy of the holiday season at Freedom Village
With valued traditions and an exciting lifestyle, the holidays are always cherished at Freedom Village. Call us today at (949) 423-6653 to learn more about our vibrant community.