Figuring out what to get anyone can be difficult as it is. For a senior, it can be even more so. A lot of seniors are happy with what they have. They’ve lived long enough to know that material goods don’t always bring about happiness.
However, that doesn’t mean no gift would make them happy. There are plenty of things that you could gift that would add value to their lives whether they know it or not.
We’ve gone ahead and come up with some of the best cool gift ideas for seniors.
A Few Of The Best Cool Gifts For Seniors
This probably seems like an odd choice, but stick with me for a minute. Seniors are using more tech than ever which means tons of passwords to remember! With this service, they only have to remember one. If set-up is a problem, just have one of the grandkids come over.
This exquisite and stylish teapot makes great tasting tea in addition to looking good. Includes stainless steel infuser, glass pot, and stand. The beauty is enhanced when the glow of the candle shines through the teapot. Plus, it keeps the tea warm too. 96% approval rating from actual users.
For the burger lover, consider this gift of 8 half pound USDA Prime steak burgers mage from steak trimmings and aged perfectly. Only 2-3% of beef qualifies to be labeled USDA Prime! Individually packaged and vacuum sealed and delivered in a black and gold gift box.
Enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started? Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you.
Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and they tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve too for the puzzle lover.
Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports ans such).
This wooden crate holds a delicious sample of gourmet treats including healthy California pistachios, sweet dried fruit, Monterey Jack cheese, Brie, Merlot cheddar cheese. Napa Valley mustard, dried sweet apricots, Dried Fruit and Nut mix and three flavors of salami. Fabulous!
Mahabis slippers are unique because they are convertible depending on the environment you are in. The natural rubber sole is removable for indoor use or pops on quickly for a run out to the mail box. Supportive felt upper with 100% organic wool lining. Men's and Women's styles and sizes are available in tons of color combinations.
These simple little attachments make mobile phones easier to hold onto - which means they are less likely to be dropped. Just use the adhesive to apply to the back of your case and go. Note: If you don't already have a base, make sure you buy a PopGrip for a full set not a PopTop which is the top piece only.
Storyboards are a great way to keep seniors updated with photos of their family and your lives. Simply upload photos and they will be converted to 8X8 photo boards that can be stuck to the wall. The best part? They don't leave any marks on the wall when removed so they should be nursing home or assisted living approved!
If your gift recipient's a tea lover, get them a high quality set of tea accessories including a beautiful, but functional, teapot, a tea infuser, and a set of flavors you think she’ll enjoy. She may have been using the same teapot for decades now, so she’ll appreciate the upgrade.
For comfort and pampering, this therapeutic eye pillow is infused with lavender (one of the most relaxing essential oils),and adds a level of calm and relaxation to your loved one’s life. Having a weighted pillow rest on your eyes can provide a lot of relief, especially in this age of screens. This is an especially thoughtful gift for seniors with sleeping problems.
A great gift for an older adult who is a lover of great music, or even a tech-savvy relative, will truly appreciate a senior friendly MP3 player. Music can bring back positive memories, increase stimulation, and provide a chance to interact with those around them. Load it up with their favorite music before giving it to them. This easy to use model has simple instructions and a large easy to read screen.
Amazon Kindle is a reliable electronic reader that is available in many sizes and weights plus the fonts can be enlarged for easier reading. Set it up to have some of their favorite books ahead of time. Take it one step further and load an app like Skype onto a newer Kindle version so that they can sign in and chat with family when you are apart.
Wireless headphones will let your loved one enjoy their TV viewing, audiobook listening experience, or just shut the world out for a little while. These headphones fit right over the ear and cancel out the noise around them in an otherwise noisy common area. This model has a 30 hour battery life and can be synced to a wide range of devices via Bluetooth. Check out my guide to buying headphones for seniors and the elderly in this article.
This book reading light charges in a USB port so it can be plugged right into a tablet or kindle device while elderly owners are reading or working. There are multiple color modes and brightness levels including a night light setting. The best part is that it slips easily around the neck - no difficult to use clamps to cause pain for arthritic hands.
Perfect for heating, massaging, and relaxing sore back and neck muscles, this is a great gift that can provide much needed relief to muscle soreness, muscle tightness, or even pain resulting from these issues. All without having to book an appointment, go across town, and deal with the uncomfortable aspects of getting a massage from a professional.
I have found that using a waiter’s corkscrew can be complicated even though I don’t have arthritis. If your loved one loves his/her wine, an automatic wine opener can be the perfect gift. The wine opener is electric and does all the work of opening wine bottles without the need for turning and twisting, which can make it a difficult task for a person with arthritis.
This trackball from Logitech features an ergonomic design to provide maximum comfort. It is wireless which means that your loved one with arthritis can control their desktop, laptop, or even home theater from up to 30 feet away. You can connect up to 6 compatible wireless devices.
Almost anyone would appreciate a gift pair of stylish whiskey glasses. If your father is aging like fine wine, a couple of whiskey glasses might be the perfect gift. His on the rocks evenings will go to the next level as he pours some of the 15-year Glenlivet in these glasses.
This cool gift box features 2 lbs of candy that was popular in your selected decade packed into a gift box. Decade options include the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s.
For the true candy lover, there is a 4 lb choice as well as a monthly subscription box option to keep the candy coming on a regular basis.
This HD video doorbell makes it possible to see who's at your door from a phone or tablet. It can also record video footage of your porch. It's a lovely gift for someone that might struggle to answer their door or for anyone that has concerns about how security. If the user authorizes you to use their account, you can also use Ring to check in on them throughout the day.
When people lose mobility, they often struggle to type. With Dragon's speech recognition software, however, it's possible to dictate and record messages without lifting a finger. This is a great way to send out emails and messages to loved ones, and it can also be a thoughtful gift for someone that's always wanted to write a novel.
Don't you hate it when you are trying to cuddle on your couch and your feet slip outside the blanket? This cool (but warm too) electric throw blanket has a foot pocket at the bottom. Just tuck your feet into the pocket and throw the blanket over the rest of your body and warm on up.
General Advice for Buying Cool Gifts for Seniors
1. Smart Speaker
This is perhaps one of the coolest gift ideas you can get anyone. For a senior, they will feel as if they are in the Jetson’s cartoon show. From someone who has no Internet growing up along with black and white television, it’s amazing to look at what is possible with artificial intelligence. A senior would love a smart speaker.
Not only can it prove to be a decent companion device, but it can make the entire home much more accessible. Whether it’s linking the smart speaker up with the television or to the ceiling lights. A smart speaker can be one of the coolest and most useful gifts you can get a senior. This is especially true if you can figure out other gift ideas they can pair it with to make it even more practical and useful.
2. Easy to Use Tablet
A tablet is another exceptional gift that you could consider giving to a senior in your life. A tablet is such a good device for seniors because it can do so much. Along with being able to do so much, it comes with a large screen that is easy to navigate.
Also, you can get a stylus with the tablet which can allow for artistic expression. Seniors will appreciate being able to video call their children and grandchildren with the press of a button.
A tablet is one of the best options available because it offers such an accessible experience for seniors and it can add so much value to their lives.
3. Smart Robot Vacuum
Any gift that can make someone’s life easier is one that is the definition of ‘cool.’ A smart vacuum is exactly that. A smart vacuum is another one of the devices that seniors probably never even dreamed of having.
Some vacuums can accurately map out rooms and auto-clean on schedule. These vacuums can be fully automized which can make them extremely useful for seniors. Sweeping the floor or vacuuming is a fairly simple task for younger people, but it can be tedious, difficult, and downright dangerous for seniors.
After all, a lot of seniors suffer from accidental spills every single day and end up in emergency rooms. The less time spent doing tasks like vacuuming and sweeping, the better.
4. Get Handy
There are all kinds of different things that you could consider making on your own if you are looking to gift something from the heart. If you are good at sewing, you may consider sewing a blanket. Another good option would be a scarf.
If you are good at woodworking, you may want to make coasters or even a custom medicine dispenser. There are plenty of different ways you can use your creativity to come up with unique gift ideas for seniors.
Finding the best coolest gifts doesn’t have to be too difficult. Find something that will add value to their lives and you should feel confident about your gift. Use your imagination and come up with something that would be useful – and fun – to a senior in your life.