With holidays right around the corner, you might be wondering just what kind of gifts you should get for the elderly men in your family.
Finding appropriate gifts for elderly friends and family can be challenging, especially those they will appreciate. I am often told that senior and elderly men are especially hard to buy gifts for.
Why is that? Many older men aren’t going to come right out and say what they want!
Recommended Gifts for Senior and Elderly Men
To help you get some ideas you hadn’t considered, narrow down your list, or even find that perfect present, we created this list of great gift ideas for seniors and elderly men.
Foods, Sweets, and Treats
What elderly man doesn’t like to (secretly) chomp on some candy every now and then?
This unique candy gift feature candies grouped by the decade when they were popular. So, you can choose the decade (1920s to 1990s) your recipient was a child and send them the specific candies they probably ate as a child.
Not only will they enjoy the gift itself, but it might just resurface some old memories. I’ll bet you get to hear a story or two you’ve never heard!
This senior meal delivery service sends fully cooked meals, prepared by chefs meals from doctor-designed diets, straight to your door.
Simply choose from a wide selection of meals from a menu online (or via phone if tech isn’t your thing), then set your delivery schedule. You even have choices of snacks and desserts too!
This is an excellent gift if you worry about how well he eats when you aren’t around!
Enjoy a tasty combination of Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate truffle candies all covered with Godiva’s famously smooth Godiva chocolate.
The truffles are individually wrapped and packaged in a modern cube tin gift box and have 15 piece total.
This is a great gift for a senior man with a sweet tooth!
For the senior beer drinker, this gift is a no-brainer.
Sign them up for one of these beer clubs and your loved one will receive 12 hand-curated beers (4 different varieties) delivered to their door.
Each shipment comes with a newsletter and a personalized gift letter from you.
If a long-term subscription isn’t at you are looking for, then there are two, three, four, and six-month options as well.
Does your recipient enjoy the flavors of sweet boozy treats?
These handmade treats contain rich, dark chocolate ganache (made with only real cream, salt and vanilla) that is blended with Remy Martin XO Cognac!
This sampler box contains five pieces and comes in packs of two to siz – because you know one pack won’t be enough!
Maybe your guy is more of a teetotaler? Nothing wrong with that!
This specific selection of loose teas was chosen because of their anti-inflammatory benefits and high amounts of antioxidants.
Oh, and they are delicious too.
Varieties included: Turmeric Bliss, Happy Belly, Skinny Tea, and Tea-Tox. A great choice for seniors with arthritis or who just enjoy warming themselves with a cup of tea.
Looking for a gift with some variety? Like the idea of a food subscription gift but are afraid of getting the same thing every shipment?
Check out the Design Your Own Club from MonthlyClubs.com. With this club, you can mix and match your selections!
Choose from beers, wines, cheese, flowers, cigars, and chocolate, and decide what you want in your box. Flexible subscription terms are available too.
Here is another sweet treat gift that is a bit nostalgic and any senior man would love. I think it’s a fun gift to give also!
Did you know that personalized M&M candies are a real thing? And, they make a great gift that is truly unique.
Choose the message (from birthday, holiday, or “just because” messages), the color, and even the graphics on the bag.
Gifts for the Home
Squatty Potty Moonlight Toilet Stool
Ok, give us a chance to explain this one! Because a toilet stool is a fun and practical gift when given in the right circumstances.
Sitting on the toilet can be quite painful for many older adults due to various conditions. And being able to elevate your knees while seated on the toilet relieve pressure on the knees.
Combine this with a padded toilet seat to comfort the bottom as well.
Plus, he will benefit from the “more natural” squatting motion when relieving himself.
We chose this model because it has a motion-activated light right on the front for all those nighttime bathroom visits.
Candles don’t have to be feminine or smell like flowers!
The Manly Indulgence line of candles from Colonial Candle includes more masculine scents that any older man will enjoy. This sampler pack includes Bachelor Pad, Fresh Shave, 5 O’Clock Shadow, or Mahogany Leather scents.
Other collections include Adventure, Rebel, or Sophisticated Collections.
Sleep & Beyond myProtector Mattress Pad
The myProtector mattress pad from Sleep & Beyond adds comfort to bedding while its waterproof barrier protects it simultaneously.
These mattress pads are filled with washable wool that helps regulate body temperature while sleeping. So, it makes a great gift for people who get too hot or too cold when sleeping. It also wicks away moisture to prevent that clammy feeling.
Plus, it saves your mattress from damage caused by fluid from sweat and spills. If it gets soiled, just throw it in the machine for a quick wash!
Portable radios are an excellent gift for the man who likes to listen to music and news while working around the house or out in the garage.
This basic and simple radio for seniors has a very easy and intuitive interface. The large and easy-to-press buttons are perfect for seniors with arthritis in their hands.
It scans for local stations with one touch and easy programming. And the small but powerful speaker is just loud enough!
Lima Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set
This lightweight cookware with ergonomic handles is a great choice for seniors who are having trouble with heavy cookware.
This full cookware set includes everything an older adult needs to prepare their meals: a 2QT saucepan, 5” egg pan, 3QT skillet with a lid, 9. 5” frypan, solid bamboo turner, slotted bamboo turner, and bamboo fork.
Clean-up is easy to do because of the nonstick finish and durable, long-lasting construction.
I know. The old man in the recliner is such a stereotype!
But regardless of your age, there is nothing better than a comfortable piece of furniture to stretch out and relax on at the end of the day.
This recliner from La-Z-Boy is power-operated making it very easy to extend and retract when it’s time. Plus, if he has any trouble standing, it has the lift chair function to help him get to a standing position.
Lots of colors and options to choose from also.
13-Inch Pizza Crisper
Is frozen pizza your guy’s idea of fine dining?
This pizza pan is an awesome way for seniors to heat up frozen pizzas or even leftover pizza at home because it makes the crust extra crispy. You can even use it to bake homemade pizzas too.
It is oven safe to 450 degrees, dishwasher-safe, and has silicone handles to reduce the chance of a burn.
This gift idea is perfect for the man who likes to garden or care for plants and also has a love for sports cars.
This planter is bursting with easy-to-care-for succulents packaged that add some atmosphere to a room without requiring much maintenance.
To make it fun, it’s packaged in a keepsake Chevy Camaro. If he’s not a Chevy man, there are also Ford Mustang and Pick-up options available too.
A digital photo album is a convenient way to store and display family, vacation, and travel photos.
Rather than having space for just one or two happy photos, you can add or change the pictures by uploading them from your phone to the frame when you come to visit!
Photos can also be updated via WiFi too! For fun, he even use a camera himself to take some of the photos and then add them to the frame.
No matter how old we get, that morning cup of coffee is a mandatory start to the day. It is for me at least.
This single-serve coffee maker is a great gift to provide your guy with a single cup of coffee – quickly and easily. It takes both coffee pods and has a basket for ground coffee too if that’s his preference.
Because it makes just one cup of coffee at a time, there is no waste and no hassle. He gets just a quick and simple cup of caffeine to get him up and moving in the morning.
Most older guys have probably never invested in a luxury blanket or quilt. Because of that, they are missing out on a better sleep experience!
This soft fleecy, blanket is comfortable, warm, and cozy, and will change the entire experience whether he’s trying to get a good night’s sleep or just taking a little nap.
And, because it’s sherpa, it still has a bit of a masculine feel if soft, fuzzy blankets aren’t normally his thing.
The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler
Many people find peeling eggs to be frustrating, even those with young, strong hands.
This egg peeler helps break up the egg shell with a few simple shakes and a little bit of water so that the shell slips right off – often in one piece!
A gift like this makes having breakfast easier and less stressful for older men who struggle to free a boiled egg from its shell.
Maddak Tan Hand To Hand Mug by Ableware
The hand to hand mug is specifically designed for seniors and the elderly who may have difficulty holding onto a hot coffee mug.
The large, ergonomic handle is easy to hold onto which is an important feature for a coffee mug for seniors with arthritic hands!
The mug is lightweight and only weighs 6.4 oz. Holds 10 oz and is microwave and dishwasher-safe.
One of the first places many senior men begin to notice age-related weakness is opening jars. I am in my mid-fifties and I’ve noticed a difference already.
This automatic jar opener makes an excellent gift for a senior or elderly man because it works at the touch of a button. Just attach it to the jar lid and press the button and it does the work for home.
It even helps reseal jars too!
Plus, it is small enough that it stores easily in a drawer or cabinet if he’d prefer no one know he has it!
Clothing and Wearable Gifts
The BioSoft line of socks from Orthofeet is specifically designed to address foot pain and increase overall foot comfort for elderly men with foot problems.
They are made of super-soft, moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial bamboo fibers and come with padded soles. Plus the super stretchy cuffs are designed to fit swollen feet, ankles, and calves better.
These socks are an excellent choice for men who need supportive but comfortable socks they can wear with the shoe of their choice.
These Podiatrist-approved slippers for elderly men feature a roomy, wide-toe box and supportive, built-in orthotic insoles.
These slippers are easy to put on but also alleviate pain on the heel and ball of the foot caused by numerous conditions. These are a great choice for older adults who need arch support without sacrificing style.
Orthofeet has a wide range of colors and styles of shoes for older men who need the comforting support of an orthopedic shoe.
If the elderly man in your life complains about being a hot sleeper, check out these moisture-wicking pajamas from Cool-Jams.
They are breathable and made of a temperature-regulating material to help older men maintain a comfortable sleeping environment.
Plus, they are lightweight, simple to care for, and as soft as cotton. Available in separates, pajama pants, and long-sleeve/tank options too.
Acorn Fleece-Lined Rambler Mule Moccasins for Men
I recommend the Rambler slipper for men who like the look of standard moccasin-styled slipper shoe they can wear indoors and outdoors too.
The Rambler Mule Slipper from Totes is designed for comfort and support, with a slip-resistant indoor/outdoor sole and 100% wool fleece lining.
The contoured footbed is removable to accommodate custom insoles, and the slipper is machine-washable for easy care.
Does the older man in your life find it difficult to get his shoes on and off easily and safely?
These fashionable sneakers from Zeba are a great choice for elderly men because of their patented no-tie system. Instead of dealing with fasteners, they slip right on – even from a standing position.
This reduces the chance of losing your balance because you won’t need to bend over to tie your shoes!
Looking for a nice pair of supportive slippers that look good too? Take a look at these Taiga wool felt slipper boots from German Slippers.
They sent me a pair to try for myself, and I am very happy with them! They have many of the features I recommend in my post about safe slippers for seniors: stretch opening for swollen feet, support for the heel, and non-skid rubber soles.
Plus, your feet sink into the wool insoles while also giving you good arch support. If you like to keep things “green” they are also sustainably sourced with a zero-waste policy. Would you believe they even smell good?!?
Men’s All Elements 3.0 Touchtip Gloves
Even many older men carry cell phones in our modern age and using a cell phone in a cold climate is difficult for many of them.
The gloves featured here are not only waterproof but also equipped with “touch tip” technology, allowing them to be used with touchscreen devices. So, there’s no need for them to expose their hands to the cold to answer your call!
If someone on your shopping list is in need of a new pair of gloves, this is an excellent option.
If you know a senior who is living in a cold environment, you may want to consider getting them a thick, plush robe like this one.
A gift like this makes their life much more comfortable.
Not only is this robe super thick and comfortable like the bathrobes of 5-star hotels, but it is also highly absorbent to help them dry off quickly and efficiently before getting dressed.
Tech Gifts for Older Men
This easy-to-use cell phone for seniors and the elderly features photo dialing and an emergency button. It also displays the time, remaining battery (with charging reminders), and signal strength. And that’s about it!
Plus, family members and caregivers can manage and control the phone settings through a simple app on their phones. You can even control who can call your loved one to protect them from scams.
This is a great option for older men with dementia who may find a standard smartphone too difficult to use.
Day Clock With Reminders
Even on my best days, I’m not always on top of what day of the week or the date is. That’s not likely to get better as I continue to age over the next several decades.
This large clock/calendar is perfect for older men who might have a little trouble keeping up with the time because it continually displays the date, day of the week, time, and year all there at once to make it very handy.
You can even set it to remind you of special events and activities.
Is your elderly loved one having difficulty hearing the TV… so they blast the volume? Maybe driving their relatives or other residents crazy?
This TV Speaker/FM Radio combination is completely wireless, portable, and rechargeable. The base connects easily with a single cord that plugs into the TV’s headphone jack. It’s also easy to charge with the included charging dock.
It has a familiar-feeling knob-style station dialing with easy-to-use controls. Also works to boost sound from the TV wirelessly!
Looking for a unique gift idea for an elderly loved one who lives alone? Here is a great alternative to expensive medical alert systems.
Snug is a free – and friendly – check-in service for people living alone. It works via an app on a mobile phone and alerts a senior’s emergency contacts if they don’t check in by their assigned time.
There are free and paid subscription plans available.
The free plan sends text messages to emergency contacts, while the paid Dispatch plan takes additional steps, including phone calls to ensure the person is safe. If dispatchers can’t reach anyone, they will request a Wellness Check to the cell phone’s last location.
AudioRange TV Headphones
Have you noticed their TV keeps getting louder and louder each time you visit? It might be time for TV headphones like these.
These headphones are easy to set up and work with any TV made in the last 20 years. Just plug the transmitter into the back of the TV using one of the cables in the box, then turn the headphones on. No pairing or syncing procedure to go through!
A simple charging dock is included and the batteries last 10 hours. It is also available in a single or dual pack for couples.
Ring Video Doorbell – Satin Nickel with Ring
The Ring Doorbell HD video doorbell lets you see, hear and speak to visitors at your door from your phone, tablet or PC. It also records video footage of your porch and sends alerts to your device when someone is at your door.
The Ring Doorbell is a great gift for someone who might struggle to answer their door or for anyone who has concerns about security.
If the user authorizes you to use their account, you can also use Ring to check in on them throughout the day.
Vive Health Mach V Fitness Tracker Watch
This fitness watch from Vive Health is a comprehensive activity and sleep tracker. It even tracks heart rate and blood pressure throughout the day to promote good cardiovascular health.
It has a simple interface with a bright, clear screen and is easy for most older adults to read. It lasts seven days between charges and recharges fully in less than 2 hours using a simple magnetic charger!
Finally, it is water-resistant and can be worn in the shower or while washing hands, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing it. Two color options and a 60-day satisfaction guarantee are included.
This is probably one of the most useful gifts for any senior which may surprise a lot of people.
Smart speakers like the Alexa Echo are helpful for even tech-averse older adults because they can control it just by speaking to it.
Just speak a few words and Alexa will tell them the time, the date, and the weather forecast, play them their favorite songs or remind them to take their medicines.
ASUS Chromebook C202 Laptop
Less tech-savvy seniors may find it difficult to keep up with modern technology.
To ease the transition, you could get them a new computer and arrange for some basic computer lessons from an instructor who comes to the house. This can teach them how to use things like Skype to reconnect with family and introduce them to senior-friendly programs and apps contingent upon their level of comfort with technology.
Helpful and Useable Gifts
Look Optic’s reading glasses aren’t anything like your standard pair of drugstore readers. They are very lightweight, have crystal-clear prescription-quality lenses, and have great style too.
I personally have a pair of their “Bond” frames that I use instead of my progressive bifocals when I am doing computer work because I can see better with them. And there’s no awkward head tilting too!
You get a 90-day risk-free trial to ensure your recipient loves them!
The #BoxesofLove from Send Senior Citizens Love offers monthly and quarterly subscriptions and includes many practical, comfortable items and little treats. It’s a great way to show the elderly man in your life that you care – regularly.
For example, a box might include soaps, socks, a hat, and a full-size jigsaw puzzle. Another box may have hot and cold heat treatment packs, candy, and cookies.
It is also available for a single purchase if you aren’t up for a subscription gift for the senior in your life.
YakTrax 8611 Pro Traction Cleats
YakTrax is a nifty little gadget that slips over an elderly man’s existing boots and shoes to improve traction on snow and ice or when hiking on rougher surfaces.
They are designed to work with most shoes and boots. Rubber straps hold them in place but also allow you to remove them easily when they are no longer needed.
Xpand Tieless Shoelaces
If you or someone you know has limited mobility, Xpand shoelaces are a great solution that eliminates the need to tie shoes.
They work with all types of shoes and provide a great fit every time. Xpand shoelaces make a great stocking stuffer for anyone on your list.
The LegXercise PRO is an easy-to-use, automatic leg exercise machine that can help seniors and the elderly. By providing passive movement to the feet and legs, it can help stimulate blood flow and reduce leg pain, cramps, and swelling.
It does the work for you by gliding your feet back and forth which is beneficial for older adults with limited mobility. See my full review here for more details.
There are many benefits to using this Remedic Medicine Bottle living aid, especially for seniors.
It helps seniors open medication bottles by fitting tightly on the lid and giving them better grip and leverage. Additionally, the magnifying glass with LED light allows seniors to read the tiny print on bottles, which could help prevent a medication mix-up.
It’s a great gift for the guy who appreciates a good, multi-use tool!
Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar
This gift falls into the category that I like to call ” useful gag gifts”“!
Sure, it teases the reader about becoming forgetful as you age, but it is also a functional daily calendar that provides helpful reminders to make you less forgetful at the same time.
This calendar gives a full page to each day with full-color images and humorous examples of real-life “senior moments” throughout history. Not for the easily offended!
Corningware® Meal Mug™ with Lid
This mug is super handy because it can go straight from the microwave to the table. It comes with a lid that prevents splatters, which is great when you’re reheating oatmeal, soup, or chili.
It’s also big enough to double as a bowl, which is perfect for seniors who want to warm up their bellies and their achy hands.
Plus, it’s dishwasher-, freezer-, and microwave-safe.
If you’re having trouble reading, this magnifying glass can help you out with the small print on things like medication bottles, newspapers, maps, and books.
The optical glass dome provides a clear view without any distortion.
Or, if reading is a problem altogether, you could try using an audiobook player instead.
If your loved one enjoys taking care of plants, you may want to consider upgrading their gardening tools.
This set includes everything they need to take care of plants, both indoors and outdoors. The tools have large handles that are easy to grip, making them a good option for seniors with arthritis or hand pain.
Even if the senior doesn’t have a garden, this gift may help them develop a new hobby.
When our senior loved ones leave us, it is important to keep their stories and history alive.
This workbook provides questions and prompts to encourage them to share their memories with you so that their story can be passed down for generations.
What is a gift today will become a generational keepsake in the future.
Journaling has been shown to improve memory and mental processing and is a great way to record memories or private thoughts.
This journal comes in a gift box and has a unique and masculine style. It can be used as a simple notebook or journal, but would also make a good travel or garden diary.
Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
This book reading light for older adults 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.
Burt's Bees Hand Repair Gift Set
Everyone loves Burt’s Bees hand care products – from the young to the old.
It’s a great gift for senior men who suffer from the pain of dry, cracked hands even gardeners and travelers!
They will especially appreciate the neutral scent too compared to more floral-smelling and feminine hand care products.
This gift set includes 2 hand creams, cuticle cream, and a set of cotton gloves.
These medical tags provide first responders with the important information they need during an emergency. Especially if the wearer is unconscious.
Each tag is laminated and completely weatherproof and carries a bar code and a secure web address that stores your medical information.
The set includes both a keychain tag and a wallet card. It’s a wonderful way to protect the people you love most.
HandyBar Car Transfer Handle by Stander
If your dad or older relative has a little trouble getting up and out of a car that’s low to the ground, he will love this handy little device. Arthritis, bad knees, or tight hips are just a few things that can cause this.
It hooks to the latch on the inside of the door opening and adds leverage helping him get in and out of the car more easily.
The HandyBar provides a non-slip grip and is capable of supporting up to 350-pounds. It is small enough to fit in the center console in between uses too!
When many men retire, the first thing they want to do is travel now that they have the time (and,. hopefully, the money!).
So, if your recipient travels a lot, or enjoys taking cruises regularly, this travel wallet is an excellent gift. Throw in some luggage tags while you are at it too!
This arthritis-friendly wallet is perfect for keeping valuables safe while on vacation, big enough to hold a passport, money, cards, phone, and a few other necessities.
Fun Gifts That Entertain
Seems like many older guys love to watch the old westerns. If this sounds like your recipient, take a look at this gift set of the top western films.
This will not only take them back to their younger days but also give older members of the family a chance to share something they enjoy with the younger members of the family.
For outdoor-loving seniors who also love to fish, fishing kits like these can be a great gift.
Plus, you can even add to this gift by purchasing a fishing or hunting license in their favorite areas for the upcoming seasons.
This particular rod and reel set is good for beginners and has everything an older man needs including a carrying bag, fishing rod, reel, line, different lures and hooks, and more.
Relish Radio for Dementia
This nostalgia-inspired radio is specifically designed to be extremely easy to use. So easy in fact that many people with dementia and Alzheimer’s even use it.
The easy-to-use control panel has big buttons that are easy to see. And, there are only a few of them to worry about. It’s lightweight and durable too!
Caregivers can program the person’s favorite stations into the one-touch buttons on top allowing them to still have variety and choice in their music and programming.
This may seem like an old-fashioned gift, but many older men would rather hold a book or magazine in their hands than an electronic device.
Magazine subscriptions provide a ton of benefits for seniors too because they educate, entertain, and provide a great way to pass the time. They can also be a great link to the outside world keeping you updated with the world around you.
There are magazines for every passion and interest out there too. If your receiver has vision problems, look for large print magazines like Reader’s Digest for seniors with vision problems.
This gift suggestion is another version of the magazine theme because you can buy these puzzle books as a recurring subscription so that your recipient will always have fresh pules to work.
I also like this particular option because it offers a variety of different puzzles in each book rather than containing a single style of puzzle. This is a better option for people who tend to get bored easier or like some variety.
If you choose the subscription option, there are 9 issues per year.
When the grandkids come to visit, it’s an excellent idea to have an engaging activity ready to keep them busy. Playing competitive games is also great for a senior’s memory, mental health, and socialization too.
This particular game set is not only beautiful, it has two reversible wooden tables and storage drawers built into it so none of the pieces get lost along the way.
Play one of seven different games using just this one set.
Bird feeders can help to provide entertainment and relief for those who are bored or frustrated, especially seniors in nursing homes or assisted living, or those who are bedbound.
If they have mobility issues, just put it outside their window where they can easily see it.
By doing some research about local birds in the area where they live, you can ensure that you include some bird seed that will be attractive to neighborhood guests. Throw in a book too to help them identify their new friends.
If you have a friend or family member who is reaching an age where they may be considered a senior citizen, you may want to consider giving them this book as a light-hearted way to poke fun at the situation.
This book is full of joking tips about the characteristics of Crotchety Old Men and how to avoid becoming one of them.
It may also help them see the characteristics of a Crotchety Old Man and learn to not become one!
This smart pill organizer is an ideal gift for seniors who have difficulty remembering whether they have taken their medication or not.
It displays the last time the bottle was opened reducing the chances of them taking their meds more than once!
You can even set up to 24 alarms per day to remind them to take their medication making it a full medication management tool!
Montem Ultra Strong Hiking, Walking, Trekking Poles
These walking poles are beneficial for those with mobility issues or who want to reduce strain on their legs.
Using the sticks to walk incorporates more of the upper body in the walking movement, similar to an elliptical. This also helps with balance and provides a safer way to exercise.
So, for those who have knee problems, these might help them move around more easily for longer walks and hikes.
This arts and crafts kit is the perfect way to help a senior loved one rediscover an old hobby or passion, or possibly take up a new one.
The creative tasks involved in making art and crafting help to better develop the creative side of the brain.
It also provides a challenge and can teach them a new skill to occupy their time and provide a sense of pride!
General Gifting Advice for Senior Men
- If the recipient lives in a nursing home or assisted living facility, take into consideration space limitations and whether they are allowed to travel outdoors often. We have gift ideas specifically for people living in nursing homes and those living in assisted living communities if you are facing this challenging situation.
- If they live with their spouse, maybe a gift that benefits both people would be appreciated. There are lots of gift options for senior couples.
- Around the holidays, maybe bring them some holiday decorations as an early gift and stick around to help them set them up.
- Gifts that are both practical and provide some value are appreciated by more “sensible” older men. Think about their hobbies, or activities they enjoy doing. Do they prefer outdoor-based activities or are they more of a homebody? For example, a gift certificate to play golf won’t be as meaningful to a father who prefers staying indoors.
- Consider their health and if there is a gift you could get them to help them with their situation. For example, a walking stick to get around or an assisted door handle to get in and out of the car.
- Finally, what do they like to do when they wind down or relax? Do they like to read books or listen to music? If so, find out what their preferences are and choose a few selections in their favorite genre or style.
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The Gift of a Helping Hand
In addition to these tangible gifts, consider purchasing the gift of help.
If the elderly man you know no longer drives, hire someone to take them out once in a while or set up a taxi service with a prepaid amount in it. Some local programs let you purchase memberships and rides just for this purpose.
Alternatively, add an extra gift of cleaning services so that the house or yard can get a spring cleaning early.
If your loved one now lives alone, consider gifts that might help make that transition easier. For example, elderly men may have relied upon their spouses in the past to connect with the grandkids, send birthday cards, or tend to the garden.
So, they might need a calendar that has a list of birthdays alongside a box filled with greeting cards and even a few books of stamps so that they can start reaching out.
Perhaps their significant other was responsible for the contacts and phones, in which case getting them set up with a photo phone (one which has memory buttons programmed inside with photos next to each number) or a mobile phone on a prepaid plan is better.
Gifts of Home Safety or Improved Health
It’s important to always take into consideration safety and health concerns when choosing a gift.
Some gifts that you might think are beneficial, could be insulting to the recipient. If there is a negative reaction to a gift, try to understand the reason behind that reaction and remain sensitive to any feelings of loss, loneliness, or dependence they might be feeling.
Try to find a tactful way to bring up the subject of things like trekking poles to gauge their feelings before you invest the money in the gifts. If you don’t know if they would be interested in a craft kit, talk to them about their hobbies and what things they would be interested in trying.
The Best Gift of All: Spending Time
Remember, too, that what people value most is you.
As a family member or friend, your loved one will appreciate knowing that you care, even if they don’t say it or show it.
So when you give them a gift, try to set it up so that you have an afternoon or day together not just to exchange gifts, but to enjoy a family meal or share homemade crafts, pictures, or poems from younger family members.
Fun things you might consider in addition to a tangible gift are an outing with the grandkids, games or puzzles they can do together or trips to the museums nearby.
Do you know of other gifts that an elderly man would enjoy or need? Please share your ideas in the comments below!