Gift baskets are a great means to ensure that your elderly loved one has what they need and more in a very special way.
But what do you put in the basket and how do you know what is appropriate and what is not?
The fact is that you can place anything in a basket to gift to an elderly person. However, not everything is suitable or of use to the person that the gift basket is intended for.
Some Great Gift Basket Ideas for Seniors
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.
Scented gifts like lotions, in their favorite scent, can enhance memory and bring back fond memories. They are also a nice touch to have in the home.
Unless you know of a scent they specifically enjoy, stay away from bold, overpowering smells like heavy floral scents. Light aromatics, vanilla, and food smells are often the best choice. You can find some of my favorite lotions for seniors in this guide.
Everyone loves Burt's Bees hand care products - from young to the old. It's a great gift for senior men and women who suffer from dry, cracked, and painful hands including gardeners and travelers. This gift set includes 2 hand creams, a cuticle cream and a set of cotton gloves.
This is one of my favorites. I got a collection of pickles in a handmade gift basket for my grandfather one year. You know what? He laughed but ate every single one. Includes: Spitz Big Bag Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds, David Jumbo Dill Pickle Sunflower, Bigs Vlasic Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds, Van Holten Big Papa Dill Pickle, Kettle Dill Pickle Chips, Flavor Mill Creamy Dill Potato Chips and Green re-usable slotted basket
This monthly coffee subscription service specializes in pour over style coffee with pre packaged pods that hook onto your cup. No need for a pour over filter so they can be taken anywhere. All you need is hot water from your favorite senior-friendly teakettle and you are ready to go.
They offer straight black coffee as well as flavored variety packs and some boxes even include creamers and free flavor samples too. Coffee and tea bundles are another option.
These artisan scones are backed and shipped the same day for fresh flavor and taste. Plus each is unique because they are hand scooped too. Each scone is individually package so that fresh flavor can be maintained as long as possible.
You have lots of flavor choices and flavors are changed from time to time for some variety. There are gluten-free options as well as cookies and bars too.
Choose the subscription option for monthly or quarterly deliveries of assorted scone boxes right to your loved one's home.
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.
People with limited mobility often find it hard to pick up both essentials and luxury items. With a beautiful gift basket, like the ones sold at GiftBasket.com, you can treat someone to all kinds of amazing goodies. There are fresh fruit baskets, spa baskets, and many more options to choose from.
Types of Gift Baskets to Give Seniors
1. The Memory Basket
It is a truly sad fact that as we age, most of us are going to start having a few forgetful moments and perhaps even progress to memory loss. A good way to keep your loved one in touch with what is going on with family and friends is to send a memory basket every now and again.
Every basket can hold a treasured memory from the past as well as a current event that perhaps the senior could not be part of. This helps them remember what happened a long time ago as well as stay in touch with what is happening with their family and loved ones now.
Photos with captions and even short stories are all great ideas to include in a memory basket. This can be a low-cost item or you can spend as much as you like on photo frames, professional photos and journals.
2. The Activity Basket
Seniors have plenty of time on their hands that can result in boredom and loneliness. An activity basket including items like crossword/sudoku puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and other games will provide the opportunity to stay occupied. These games and puzzles are also believed to help prevent cognitive decline in seniors.
Another great gift to include in the basket are some professional coloring pencils and some large print coloring books or pages. The latest research has shown that coloring for adults is a relaxing and stress-relieving activity. It also distracts a restless mind from negative thoughts and and inspires creativity and mindfulness.
You can download coloring pages online for free or buy coloring books. The Alzheimer’s Store has a great selection of these types of products.
3. Pamper Basket
Every woman likes to be pampered (and some men too) no matter their age. A senior friendly pamper basket is a great way to pamper an elderly loved one while ensuring that they are taking care of their own personal hygiene. Personal hygiene can become a challenge for the elderly.
Choose products that are suitable for seniors. Go for bath oils or milk instead of salt which can dry the skin out. Make sure soaps and potions and lotions for seniors are all pH balanced, moisturizing and low on fragrance, dyes and other artificial additives that can irritate the skin and result in contact dermatitis. The elderly commonly have more sensitive skins that require special care and attention.
If you don’t have the time or don’t want to go to the trouble of assembling your own gift basket, you can order a whole range of baskets online to be delivered directly to your loved one. However, doing it yourself or getting your kids involved is half the fun and teaches the young about the importance of the gift of giving.
It also gives you the chance to ensure that the products placed in the basket are suitable for your elderly loved one. A little time and thought can go a long way to creating a gift basket that is memorable, appreciated and of use.