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

By: Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

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.

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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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    RATIVE Anti Slip Socks with Grips | Amazon.com

  2. RATIVE Anti Slip Socks with Grips  | Amazon.com

    This is one of the gifts that satisfy both functionality and fashion. Elders usually don’t tend to purchase new socks frequently. Some of them even wear double socks to keep them warm in winters. These socks keep the feet nice and cozy and reduce the chance of a slip and fall.

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  3. Grandbox Subscription Box for Seniors | Crate Joy

  4. Grandbox Subscription Box for Seniors | Crate Joy

    The Grandbox Premium Subscription Box that is sent out once a month. The deliveries coincide with important dates such as birthdays, major public holidays, Christmas, etc.

    Grandbox deliveries are built around a theme and are often seasonal. The boxes include a range of gifts with items that are full sized, not fun-sized. Past boxes have included seasonal snacks, puzzle books, fall decor, calendars, and even an Elf on the Shelf!

    Plus, Grandboxes can be deeply personalized. I love that you can even add 5 of your own photos and a personal note in each box! It’s a great way to keep long distance relatives involved and up to date along with some nice gifts!

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  5. Decade Candy Gift Box | OldTimeCandy.com

  6. Decade Candy Gift Box | OldTimeCandy.com

    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.

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  7. ProGlide Shield™ Shaving Starter Kit | Gillette®

  8. ProGlide Shield™ Shaving Starter Kit  | Gillette®

    Did you know you can gift quality Gillette razors and shaving products to seniors? And, you can have them delivered on a schedule that you prefer.

    This starter kit includes the Gillette FlexxBall raxor handle, five blade refills and a travel-size sensitive shave gel. Sign up for their subscription service and get refills delivered every month, 3 months, or 6 months.

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  9. YakTrax 8611 Pro Traction Cleats

  10. YakTrax 8611 Pro Traction Cleats

    YakTrax are nifty little gadgets that slip over your existing boots and shoes to improve traction on snow and ice or when hiking on rougher surfaces.

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  11. Men’s All Elements 3.0 Touchtip Gloves

  12. Men’s All Elements 3.0 Touchtip Gloves

    Many wheelchair users need to wear gloves to protect their hands. These stylish men's gloves aren't just waterproof. They also feature touchtip technology, allowing them to be used with touchscreen devices. If someone on your shopping list needs a new pair of gloves, this is an excellent option.

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  13. Ring Video Doorbell – Satin Nickel with Ring Chime | Amazon.com

  14. Ring Video Doorbell – Satin Nickel with Ring Chime | Amazon.com

    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. 


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  15. Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System | Amazon.com

  16. Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System | Amazon.com

    When people have limited mobility, many basic tasks, like tying shoelaces, can be a challenge. Thankfully, with these shoelaces from Xpand, it's possible to avoid tying your shoes. These laces can used with all kinds of shoes and consistently provide a great fit. A present like this could make for a great stocking stuffer. 

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  17. Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar

  18. Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar

    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! 6" x 5" with 365 days.

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  19. Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors With Memory Loss | RazMobility

  20. Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors With Memory Loss | RazMobility

    This easy to use cell phone for seniors features photo dialing, an emergency button, and displays the time, remaining batter, and signal strength. And, that's it! Plus caregivers can manage and control the phone settings through a simple portal.

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  21. PLUSINNO Spinning Rod and Reel Combos | Amazon.com

  22. PLUSINNO Spinning Rod and Reel Combos | Amazon.com

    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. Good for beginners, it has everything one needs including a carrier bag, fishing rod, reel, line, different lures and hooks, and more. 

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  23. Beer of the Month Club | Beer Subscription Box

  24. Beer of the Month Club | Beer Subscription Box

    For the senior beer drinker, this gift is a no-brainer. Each month they will receive 12 hand-curated beers (4 different varieties) delivered to their door along with a newsletter and a personalized gif letter from you. 2,3,4,6, and 12 month options.

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  25. Best Grandpa Ever BBQ Grill Multi Tool Accessories | Amazon.com

  26. Best Grandpa Ever BBQ Grill Multi Tool Accessories | Amazon.com

    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. 

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  27. Corningware® French White 20-ounce Meal Mug™ with Lid

  28. Corningware® French White 20-ounce Meal Mug™ with Lid

    This stoneware mug is made to go from microwave to table and includes a vented, splatter-free lid. Great for heating up oatmeal, hot chocolate, chilis, and soups and then eating right out of the bowl. Seniors can warm their belly and their achy hands by holding onto this warm mug/bowl combo. Dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe.

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  29. XO Cognac Truffles Premium Chocolate Sampler | Ethel M

  30. XO Cognac Truffles Premium Chocolate Sampler | Ethel M

    These handmade treats feature dark chocolate ganache (made with just cream, salt and vanilla) blended with Remy Martin XO Cognac. 5 pieces per box, choose from 2 to 6 boxes.

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  31. Garmin vívofit® 4 | Fitness Activity Tracker

  32. Garmin vívofit® 4 | Fitness Activity Tracker

    The vivofit 4 fitness tracker is a great choice for active seniors who work hard on their health. Track steps, distance, and calories burned. The always-on color display features large, easy to read numbers. It is easy to operate too!

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  33. Sun Country Box Set | Amazon.com

  34. Sun Country Box Set | Amazon.com

    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. 

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  35. Milk Chocolate Hazelnut G Cube Box, 22 pcs. | GODIVA

  36. Milk Chocolate Hazelnut G Cube Box, 22 pcs. | GODIVA

    A tasty combination of rich hazelnut praline and famously smooth Godiva chocolate individually-wrapped and packaged in a modern cube gift box. 22 pieces.

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  37. Glorybrew Variety Pack Pods for Keurig | Gourmesso Coffee

  38. Glorybrew Variety Pack Pods for Keurig | Gourmesso Coffee

    These premium coffee pods are compostable and filled with sustainable farmed beans while giving you a delicious cup of coffee from your Keurig machine. 3 box of 12 each for a total of 36 pods.

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  39. Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

  40. Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

    Magazine subscriptions provide a ton of benefits for seniors: education, entertainment, a way to pass some time. They can also be a great link to the outside world. Look for large print magazines like Reader's Digest for seniors with vision problems.

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  41. Lively Mobile Plus Medical Alert Systems | greatcall

  42. Lively Mobile Plus Medical Alert Systems | greatcall

    Seniors can get help anytime and anywhere they need it with the small, easy to carry Lively Mobile Plus. Includes a helpful fall detection feature too.

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  43. Lima Ceramic Nonstick 8-Piece Cookware Set | Greenpan

  44. Lima Ceramic Nonstick 8-Piece Cookware Set | Greenpan

    This lightweight cookware with ergonomic handles is a great choice for seniors who are having trouble with heavy cookware. Set Includes: 2QT saucepan, 5” egg pan, 3QT skillet with lid, 9. 5” frypan, solid bamboo turner, slotted bamboo turner, and bamboo fork.

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  45. California Fruit and Cheese Box Gifts at Just Flowers

  46. California Fruit and Cheese Box Gifts at Just Flowers

    Treat them to the fresh tastes and flavors of California! Give the gift of the Golden State in a classic gift box that holds fresh fruits and delicious sweet and savory gourmet snacks.

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  47. Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner | La-Z-Boy

  48. Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner | La-Z-Boy

    The Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner is designed for smaller framed seniors and has a short seat height. Simply press a button on the wired remote to get in or out, or fully recline. Plus, the causal look blends with your existing furniture. Other sizes and colors avaialable.

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  49. Convertible Slippers with Removable Soles | Mahabis

  50. Convertible Slippers with Removable Soles | Mahabis

    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.

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  51. Good for You Tea Gift Sampler - Adagio Teas

  52. Good for You Tea Gift Sampler - Adagio Teas

    This selection of loose teas was specifically chosen for their anti-inflammatory benefits and are loaded with anti-oxidants. 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.

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  53. World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent

  54. World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent

    Many seniors love working puzzles so why not provide them puzzles to work all year long. Puzzles help keep the mind active and sharp which can improve memory and keep away boredom. 9 Issues per year.

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  55. 13-Inch Pizza Crisper | Anolon

  56. 13-Inch Pizza Crisper | Anolon

    This pizza pan is a great way for seniors to heat up frozen pizzas or leftover pizza at home for a crispy delicious crust. Can also be used to make homemade pizzas too. Oven safe to 450 degrees and dishwasher safe.

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  57. Saturn Ruby Glass Covered Candy Dish – Mikasa

  58. Saturn Ruby Glass Covered Candy Dish – Mikasa

    The Mikasa Saturn collection features an elegant but traditional pattern. This candy dish features a festive ruby red color and is perfect for offering your guests (or grandkids!) candy and other sweet treats. Measures 6-1/4 inch diameter x 5-1/2 inch high (with lid). Available in clear too.

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  59. Pile Lined Hardsole Moccasin Slippers | Minnetonka Moccasin

  60. Pile Lined Hardsole Moccasin Slippers | Minnetonka Moccasin

    These traditional moccasins with indoor-outdoor soles are for more than just the house. Ideal for walking the dog or grabbing coffee, your feet will stay warm on chilly days. Thick pile lining cushions every step. Available in Men's and Women's styles.

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  61. Design Your Own Club | MonthlyClubs.com

  62. Design Your Own Club | MonthlyClubs.com

    Looking for a gift with some variety? Check out the Design Your Own Club from MonthlyClubs.com. Choose from beers, wines, cheese, flowers, cigars, and chocolate and decide what you want in your box.

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  63. Woodsy Caramel Apple Gift Tray | Mrs Prindables

  64. Woodsy Caramel Apple Gift Tray | Mrs Prindables

    This unique gift basket consists of 6 petite caramel apples in a rustic wood-patterned gift tray. Three flavors are included: Triple Chocolate Petite, Milk Chocolate Walnut, and Toffee Walnut.

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  65. Personalizable M&M's Candy Bags

  66. Personalizable M&M's Candy Bags

    Every senior seems to love having snacks and sweet treats on hand. 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, the color, and even the graphics on the bag.

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  67. Men’s Fleece-Lined Rambler Mule Moccasins

  68. Men’s Fleece-Lined Rambler Mule Moccasins

    The Acorn Men's Rambler Mule Slipper combines comfort and support for senior men. The slip resistant indoor/outdoor sole is flexible and supportive. Inside, your bare feet will be comforted by 100% wool fleece. Removable contoured footbed can be traded for your custom insoles. Machine Washable

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  69. PopSockets PopGrip Phone Holders | OtterBox

  70. PopSockets PopGrip Phone Holders | OtterBox

    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.

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  71. Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

  72. Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

    This senior meal delivery service send chef-prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online or via phone and set your delivery schedule. Rest assured knowing your loved one is easting well

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  73. Create Simple Wall Tile Pictures From Photos | StoryBoards

  74. Create Simple Wall Tile Pictures From Photos | StoryBoards

    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!

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  75. Teleflora's Chevy Camaro Plant Garden - Teleflora

  76. Teleflora's Chevy Camaro Plant Garden - Teleflora

    This planter is bursting with easy to care for succulents in a keepsake Chevy Camaro. Ford Mustang and Pick-ups are also available.

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  77. Home Soft Things Cable Knitted Throw | Amazon.com

  78. Home Soft Things Cable Knitted Throw | Amazon.com

    A gift like this provides cozy comfort that will keep your loved ones warm and comfortable. Warm afghans like these make for the perfect senior gift. Prone to cold more than in younger years, elderly people will appreciate the opportunity to wrap up tightly no matter the weather. I chose this one because it is super soft and large enough to cover up without being hard to manage.


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  79. 3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light | Amazon.com

  80. 3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light | Amazon.com

    As eyesight goes, this magnifying glass helps seniors read small print on medication, newspapers, maps, and books. The optical glass dome provides obstruction free viewing without any distortion. If reading is a problem all together, think about an easy to use audio book player.

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  81. Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set | Amazon.com

  82. Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set | Amazon.com

    When the grandkids come to visit, have an engaging activity ready to keep them busy. Playing games is also good for a senior's memory, mental health, and socialization too. This particular game set is not only beautiful, with two reversible wooden tables, but it has drawers for storage built into it so none of the pieces get lost along the way. Play one of seven different games using just one set.

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  83. Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle |Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle | Amazon.com Amazon.com

  84. Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle |Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle | Amazon.com Amazon.com

    Does your loved one have a green thumb? Why not upgrade their gardening tools with a complete set of tools and carrying case? Everything needed to tend to plants, inside or out, is included here. These tools have large ergonomic slip-free handles for people with arthritis or hand or wrist pain. Even if the senior doesn’t have a garden or plants to take care of, why not spark a potential new hobby with this gift?


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  85. Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy | Amazon.com

  86. Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy | Amazon.com

    Sadly, when our senior loved ones leave us, their stories and history goes with them. This workbook encourages them to share this history with your and provides a place to record memories through a series of questions and prompts. It will quickly become a treasured heirloom for the family.

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  87. Leather Journal in Gift Box with Pen | Amazon.com

  88. Leather Journal in Gift Box with Pen | Amazon.com

    This stylish journal is packaged in a gift box and has a unique style and look. It's been said that journaling helps improve memory and mental processing - and it's a great way to record memories or private thoughts. Would make a good travel or garden diary too.

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  89. PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com

  90. PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com

    A digital photo album is a fun way to load up 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. It can also be updated via WiFi too! For fun the senior could even use a camera to take some of the photos themselves.

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  91. Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light | Amazon.com

  92. Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light | Amazon.com

    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.

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  93. Burt's Bees Hand Repair Gift Set | Amazon.com

  94. Burt's Bees Hand Repair Gift Set | Amazon.com

    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.

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  95. How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man | Amazon.com

  96. How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man | Amazon.com

    Do you know someone who is starting to reach “senior age”? If so, poke fun at them with this quirky paperback. This book is full of joking tips about the characteristics of Crotchety Old Men and how to avoid becoming one of them. Can you see the characteristics of a Crotchety Old Man in your boss, older brother, or parents?

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  97. Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear

  98. Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear

    This well made jewelry features a hidden panic button that you can press when you need any kind of assistance from friends, family, or even the authorities. Once received, the jewelry syncs up to an app on your cell phone. Then, once the panic button is pressed, your cell phone will notify the people that your designate.

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  99. Dynotag SuperAlert Medical ID Tags | Dynotag

  100. Dynotag SuperAlert Medical ID Tags | Dynotag

    With these medical tags, it's easy for first responders to get essential information about a patient. The tags are laminated and completely weatherproof, which means they'll be in great shape for years. The set includes both a keychain tag and a wallet card. It's a wonderful way to protect the people you love most.

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  101. Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer | Amazon.com

  102. Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer | Amazon.com

    No matter how old some of us get, that morning cup of coffee is a mandatory start to the day. This single serve coffee maker is a great gift to provide that single cup of coffee - quickly and easily. No waste, no hassle, just a simple and strong cup of caffeine to get going in the morning.


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  103. Memory Loss Digital Calendar Day Clock | Amazon.com

  104. Memory Loss Digital Calendar Day Clock | Amazon.com

    Even on my best days I’m not always on top of what day of the week it is or what 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 as it shows the date, day of the week, time, and year all there at once to make it very handy.

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  105. Esky Wireless Key Finder | Amazon.com

  106. Esky Wireless Key Finder | Amazon.com

    Featuring a transmitter kept at one location and six receivers that can be attached to car keys, house keys, remote controls, phones, or whatever else you might frequently lose or misplace. Hit the button, hear the loud beeps, and find what you’re missing!

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  107. BEDSURE Sherpa Soft and Fuzzy Fleece Blanket Throw | Amazon.com

  108. BEDSURE Sherpa Soft and Fuzzy Fleece Blanket Throw | Amazon.com

    If you’ve never spent the money on a truly special luxury blanket or quilt, you’re missing out. This one is a truly outstanding blanket that is comfortable, warm, cozy, and really will change the entire experience whether getting a good night’s sleep or just taking a little nap.

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  109. HandyBar Car Transfer Handle by Stander | Arthritis Supplies

  110. HandyBar Car Transfer Handle by Stander | Arthritis Supplies

    If you have arthritis, it can be difficult to get in and out of a vehicle. The car cane featured here provides a non-slip grip as well as the leverage needed to lift themselves up from the car seat. It is capable of supporting up to 350-pounds.


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  111. The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler | Amazon.com

  112. The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler | Amazon.com

    Peeling eggs can even frustrate people who don't have arthritis. This simple egg peeler helps break up the egg shell with a few simple shakes and a little bit of water. Then, the shell slips right off - often in one piece!

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  113. PRUNUS Portable Radio | Amazon.com

  114. PRUNUS Portable Radio | Amazon.com

    This basically simple radio for seniors has a very easy and intuitive interface. Large, easy to press buttons are perfect for seniors with arthritis in their hands. Scan for local stations with one touch.

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  115. Maddak Tan Hand To Hand Mug | Amazon.com

  116. Maddak Tan Hand To Hand Mug | Amazon.com

    The hand to Hand mug is specifically designed for seniors and the elderly and is lightweight at only 6.4 oz. The large handle is easy to hold onto which is important for seniors with arthritic hands. Holds 10 oz and is microwave and dishwasher safe.

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  117. Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener | Amazon.com

  118. Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener | Amazon.com

    This automatic jar opener is a great choice for seniors because it operated at the touch of a button. It even comes with a video to show seniors how to use it. It even helps reseal jars too!

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  119. TimerCap Smart Pill Bottle Cap

  120. TimerCap Smart Pill Bottle Cap

    This smart pill organizer helps seniors manage medication by displaying the last time the bottle was opened. This is a great gift for forgetful seniors who can't remember if they took their medicine or not. Reduces the chance of them duplicating their meds.

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  121. All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com

  122. All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com

    This is probably one of the most useful gifts for any senior. Alexa Echo will tell them the time, date, weather forecast, play them their favorite songs, and also remind them to have their medicines. However, you may need to set it up for them.

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  123. Montem Ultra Strong Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles | Amazon.com

  124. Montem Ultra Strong Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles | Amazon.com

    These walking poles 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, these might help them move around easier for longer walks and hikes.

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  125. Passport Holder Travel Wallet with RFID | Amazon.com

  126. Passport Holder Travel Wallet with RFID | Amazon.com

    If your recipient travels a lot, or enjoys taking cruises regularly, get this travel wallet. Throw in some luggage tags while you are at it. 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. 

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  127. US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set | Amazon.com

  128. US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set | Amazon.com

    Help revive a senior's old hobby or passion 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. 

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  129. Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe Bathrobe | Amazon.com

  130. Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe Bathrobe | Amazon.com

    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.


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  131. ASUS Chromebook C202 Laptop | Amazon.com

  132. ASUS Chromebook C202 Laptop | Amazon.com

    For less tech savvy seniors, 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. 

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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.

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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