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.
It can be challenging to find appropriate gifts for elderly friends and family, especially those that they will appreciate. Elderly men living in assisted living facilities or dealing with health issues can especially prove a challenge to buy for.
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.
- If they live with their spouse, maybe a gift that benefits both people would be appreciated.
- Around the holidays, maybe bring them some holiday decorations as an early gift and stick around to help them set it up.
- Beyond that, you should find a gift that is both practical and provides some value. Think about their hobbies, or what hobbies they might enjoy trying. Consider whether they prefer outdoor based activities or indoor activities. A gift certificate to play golf won’t be as meaningful to a father who prefers staying indoors.
- Consider their health as of late and whether there is something they could truly use, like a walking stick to get around or an assisted door handle to get in and out of the car.
- Finally, consider what things they like to do when they relax. Maybe they are active all day but don’t really have any DVD’s at home or music that they can play when not in the car. In such cases you can find out what their preferences are and make a sound investment.
- If your loved one suddenly lives alone, consider gifts that 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. Without that, they might appreciate gifts like a calendar that has a list of birthdays alongside a box filled with greetings cards and 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.
Specific Gift Ideas for Elderly Men
Here are a few ideas that can help you to get started:
The Great Western Collection - Volume 1
Give them a box set of their favorite films. This will not only take them back to happier times but also give older members of the family a chance to share something they enjoy with the younger members of the family.
Stander HandyBar - Car Assist Cane Handle
This car aid is great for those who need assistance getting into and out of the car. If you know someone who recently had back surgery, knee surgery, or just has problems with their mobility, this product will make it much easier for them.
This “handybar” is temporary and wraps around the door frame so exiting the vehicle is made easy. What’s more, it doubles as an emergency escape tool should they need it.
Montem Ultra Strong Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles
Trekking poles like these are incredibly popular among the elderly, especially in Europe. In fact, you cannot walk through a small German town today without seeing many of the retired folks going out for their daily “wandern”, or wander, without these poles.
These were originally designed for difficult treks up mountains. But, they are actually quite useful for those with mobility issues or those who simply want to take some of the strain off their legs. Using the sticks to simply walk incorporates more of the upper body in the walking movement much the same way as an elliptical.
So, for those who have knee problems, this can help them move around without needing a walker. Plus, this design is high quality, durable, with rubber handles and a small band that loops around the wrist.
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Sun Country Box / Various
Research shows us that music reaps positive benefits. In fact, just listening to music regularly makes people happier, improves health, reduces stress, aids in sleep, reduces depression, and elevates moods when driving or exercising.
Passport Holder and Travel Wallet
If the recipient travels a lot, or enjoys taking cruises regularly, get this travel wallet. Throw in some luggage tags while you are at it. This wallet is perfect for keeping valuables safe while on vacation, big enough to hold a passport, money, cards, phone, and a few other necessities.
US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set
Help revive an old passion or give your loved one the tools to take up a new one with this artistic kit. Doing creative tasks like this is good for better developing the more creative part of the brain. While challenging, it will help to teach a new skill, occupy their time,and give them something to be proud of.
Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe
Everyone gets cold but seniors especially do. If you know a senior living in a cold environment, consider a plush robe. These are always well-received. Try to make their lives a little more comfortable with a bathrobe.
ThisWear Grandpa Best Grandpa Ever BBQ Grill Multi Tool
This is a great gift for the dad or grandpa in your life who loves to grill. The unique spin on a multi-tool means this BBQ accessory actually folds up into a small pocket knife. Then, when grilling for the family, it opens to include a spatula, basting brush, bottle opener, corkscrew, and BBQ fork.
The pieces detach too so different pieces can be used simultaneously. The wood handle is laser engraved to highlight how great your grandpa really is. It even comes with a storage pouch.
ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6"
For less tech savvy men, you might ease the transition into the modern world by getting them a new computer and some basic computer lessons by 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.
PLUSINNO Spinning Rod and Reel Combos
For the outdoor men who 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 gift is meant for the man who wants to spend his days fishing. After retirement, now he can. Good for beginners, it has everything one needs including a carrier bag, fishing rod, reel, line, different lures and hooks, and more.
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.
Gifts of Home Safety or Improved Health
Always take into consideration safety and health concerns.
Some of the gifts listed you might think of as beneficial, but they might find insulting. If there is a negative reaction to a gift, be mindful of 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.
Maybe if the gift came with homemade gift certificates for family art parties, it might be better received.
The Best Gift of All: Spending Time
Remember, too, that what people value most is you.
As a friend or family member, your loved one will want to know 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 the 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 is an outing with the grandkids, games or puzzles they can do together, or trips to the museums nearby.
Do you know of other gifts than an elderly man would enjoy or need? Please share your ideas in the comments below!