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Buying Gifts for Elderly Men That Are Useful, Fun, or Helpful!

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Elderly men can really be difficult to buy gifts for. Many won't say what they want or need. Here is a mix of gifts for elderly men that are useful, fun, or helpful.

Here are my Top Picks:

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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. 

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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:

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. 

Features

  • PREVENT FALLS: The HandyBar provides users with stability and balance when standing or sitting from the car; compatible with most vehicles, the grab bar fits parallel to your car when inserted into a U-shaped door striker or door latch, providing optimal leverage; no installation or modifications required
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND PORTABLE: Easily store the 1-pound car assist grab bar in your glove box, door compartment, or purse; always have your assistive mobility handle within reach when traveling; measuring 9 inches long and 1 inch wide, the car assist cane is easy to carry
  • PROVIDES INDEPENDENCE: Perfect for the elderly, injured, or anyone needing mobility assistance; easily maneuver in and out of cars using the ergonomically shaped, non-slip grip handle without caregiver assistance, preventing back pain from lifting and skin tears from pulling
  • 3-IN-1 SAFETY TOOL: Includes a built-in window breaker and seat belt cutter for emergency escape; practical gift idea for loved ones, provides peace of mind when traveling
  • HEAVY DUTY: Safely supports up to 350 pounds; designed for everyday use, the durable car assist bar is the perfect travel accessory

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. 

Features

  • ✅【EASILY ADJUSTED】Adjustable quick locks allow you to QUICKLY & EASILY lengthen the poles from 24” to 53” in order to achieve the perfect height for your needs.
  • ✅【FREE LIFETIME REPLACEMENT PROMISE】We at Montem promise to replace your poles for life. Shop the most trusted brand in trekking poles today!
  • ✅【ULTRA STRONG & LIGHT 】Montem trekking poles weigh only 9.6 ounces per pole so you don’t feel weighed down - you’ve already got enough to carry, your poles are here to help you, not hinder. Crafted out of Aluminum 7075 - the same material used to build airplanes. Experience truly strong trekking poles. Lifetime Replacement Promise(!)
  • ✅【COMPACT & TRAVEL READY】Our trekking poles pack up easily for storage in luggage, backpacks, and duffle bags. Montem hiking poles also come with easily storable rubber tip protectors, pole connectors, and mud baskets.
  • ✅【NEW IMPROVED MODEL!】Strap up - Your trekking poles come with padded straps to ensure the most comfortable and ergonomic grip. Never worry about dropping your trekking poles again.

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. 

RELATED GUIDE: Walking Canes vs. Walking Sticks

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. 

Features

  • BE DIFFERENT WITH ULTIMATE GIFT FOR TRAVELERS – Our travel organizer can be used as a leather clutch wallet by women or as a leather travel wallet by men so you can choose it for anyone – it will be perfect Christmas or Birthday gift ever.
  • NO MORE STRESS trying to recall where your documents passports valuables are. Our leather neck pouch lets you keep all your travel accessories in one place. It will fit easily all your passports cash credit cards and cell phone. Problem Solved.
  • ENJOY YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE with Organizer Solution and have time to grab a coffee read a book and use your iPhone or tablet because you do not have to carry all your valuables in your hands. Everything is safely carried in your black leather wallet.
  • FAMILY PASSPORT HOLDER FOR INTERNATIONAL TRIPS– We Simplify Travel Experience with your hands free while in the airport so you can hold little hands care for your child without the fear of dropping docs knowing everything is safely all together in your passport holder with neck strap.
  • TRAVEL UNDER PROTECTION – Our leather organizer wallet is an anti theft wallet with RFID protection designed especially to keep all your credit cards and passports totally secured.

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. 

Features

  • Exclusive deluxe drawing kit for the beginner or as an intro set
  • Solid Solana Adjustable Wood Desktop Table Easel with Drawer
  • Wood Box Drawing Set Includes: 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 3 Mixing trays, 2 drawing pencils, 2 paint brushes, sharpener, sanding block, eraser
  • FIeld Sketch Book, Watercolor Pad, Drawing Sketch Pad
  • 15-Piece Brush Set, 10-Well Plastic Palette & Color Mixing Wheel

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. 

Features

  • Soft, long sleeved bath robe features two convenient side pockets
  • Large, loose sleeves provide ultimate comfort and is not restricting
  • This luxuriously plush kimono robe is suitable for both women and men
  • Size: Shoulder: 18", Chest: 53", Length:51", Sleeve Length: 21"
  • Bathroom wrap includes belt tie at waist and double belt loops for a customizable fit; Comes in retail packaging; Compact and perfect for traveling, gifts, and everyday use

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.

Many people suggest that a bathrobe be given with slippers. But, you have to take into consideration safety issues with slippers and the flooring the recipient has.

Features

  • A great Fathers Day gift or birthday gift for a Grandpa who loves to grill.
  • This unique gift contains 5 useful grill accessories, including a spatula, basting brush, BBQ fork, corkscrew, and bottle opener. This BBQ accessory folds just like a pocket knife.
  • The spatula can be detached from the other utensils when opened if desired. Spatula measures 17" long when opened. Fork and Brush measure 14" when opened.
  • An easy to hold, laser engraved wooden handle is both handsome and durable. Please note, because every piece of wood is unique, engraving coloration may be slightly lighter or darker than pictured.
  • Stainless steel grilling tools are easy to clean and durable. Tool measures just under 12" when folded and includes a convenient pouch for storage.

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. 

Features

  • Ready for drops and spills with rugged construction with reinforced rubber guards, easy grip handles, and a spill resistant keyboard
  • Lightweight 2.65 pound body and rugged construction that can be dropped from 3.9 feet* so you can take it anywhere without disruption
  • 11.6 inches HD 1366x768 Anti-Glare Display, with 180 degree hinge for easy viewing
  • Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz) for fast and snappy performance
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB Flash Storage; No CD or DVD drive; Power adapter: Input: 100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

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. 

Features

  • Warm Prompt: Full Kit with Carrier Case: 1 Fishing Rod + 1 Fishing Reel + Fishing Line + Various Fishing Lures + Fishing Hooks + Some Necessary Accessories + Carrier Bag.
  • Full Kit with Carrier Case is specially made for novice, including necessary fishing accessories. With this set, there is no need for you to buy any other fishing stuff.
  • Perfect elasticity, high density Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass makes your fishing pole hard & durable. Stainless Steel Hooded Reel Seat is anti-seawater corrosion; EVA Fore Grip for comfort. The telescopic fishing rod is portable, and closed length design is convenient carrying around. Power: Medium.
  • Instant anti-reverse; Power drive gears equipped for high strength. Deep aluminium spool with double color and one line hole; More short body with large spool and large line capacity. Line capacity: mm/M 0.20/240 0.25/200 0.30/140. Model: HA 3000; Gear ratio: 5.2:1.
  • It's the best gift to send father, son, husband,fiance, boyfriend for the upcoming Christmas. Want to buy single rod or single reel? Please search the ASIN: B01MQ1MRIA or B07YFP8KV3.

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!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

Assistive Technology Professional, Custom Wheelchair Specialist, Medical Equipment Guru, Dad and Grandfather | I am a lucky dad to four awesome daughters and grandfather to three pretty terrific grandkids. When not working as a custom wheelchair specialist at a regional home medical equipment company, I enjoy early morning runs and occasional kayak trips. I am also a self-admitted nerd who loves anything from the 1980's.

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