67+ 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.

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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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Recommended Gifts for Senior and Elderly Men

Decade Candy Gift Box

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Old Time Candy

What elderly man doesn’t like to (secretly) chomp on some candy every now and then?

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 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.

Manly Indulgence Scented Candles

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Colonial Candle

Candles don’t have to be feminine or use only floral scents. The Manly Indulgence line of candles from Colonial Candle includes more masculine scents that older men will enjoy like Bachelor Pad, Fresh Shave, 5 O’Clock Shadow, or Mahogany Leather. Choose from their Adventure, Rebel, or Sophisticated Collections.

Orthofeet BioSoft Padded Sole Socks

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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 and super stretchy cuffs to better fit swollen feet, ankles, and calves.

Raz Mobility Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors

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Raz Mobility

This easy to use cell phone for elderly men 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. No tech knowledge required!

Orthofeet Asheville & Charlotte Orthopedic Slippers for Men & Women

These Podiatrist-approved slippers for elderly men feature a roomy and wide toe box with built-in orthotic insoles. Designed to improve the ease of walking and alleviate pain on the heel and ball of the foot from numerous conditions. These are a great choice for older adults who need arch support without sacrificing style.

Stylish & High Quality Reading Glasses from LOOK OPTIC

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Look Optic

Look Optic’s reading glasses aren’t your typical drug store readers. They are lightweight, stylish, with crystal-clear prescription quality lenses. I personally have a pair of their “Bond” frames that I use instead of my progressive bifocals when working because I can see better with them. And without the awkward head tilting too.

I personally like the “Bond” line best for older men. But, they have so many styles and color choices you are sure to find a pair that you or your senior gift recipient will love. Their 90 day risk-free trial guarantees it!

Men’s Moisture Wicking Pajama Sets

If the elderly man you are buying for always complains about being hot, check out these moisture-wicking pajamas. They are breathable and temperature regulating to help older men establish a comfortable sleeping environment.

Plus, they are lightweight, low maintenance, and as soft as cotton. Available in separates, with pajama pants, and long sleeve/tank options too.

Snug Safety – Free Daily Check-In Service

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Snug Safety

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 the emergency contacts while the paid Dispatch plan takes additional steps including phone calls to make sure the person is safe. If they can’t reach anyone, they will request a Wellness Check to the cell phone’s last location.

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Mahabis Curve Supportive Slippers for Men and Women

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Mahabis Curve slippers feature a flexible and grippy rubber sole with a luxurious Italian wool lining. They are made to be durable and easy to care for. Plus, they have the neoprene heel cup to make sure they say secure on your feet reducing the chance of a fall. Available in multiple colors and men’s and women’s sizing.

The Great Western Collection – Volume 1 (6-Disc Box Set)

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Seems like many older guys love to watch the old westerns. Give the elderly man in your life a box 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. 

Zeba – Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers

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Zeba Shoes

Does the older man in your life have trouble getting his shoes on and off easily or safely?

Zeba’s fashionable sneakers 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 you losing your balance because you won’t need to bend over to tie your shoes!

Vive Health Mach V Fitness Tracker Watch

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Vive Health

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 an easy to use interface with a screen that is bright, clear and easy for most older adults to read. It last 7 days between charges and recharges in 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 it getting misplaced. 2 color options and a 60 day satisfaction guarantee.

American Lifetime Day Clock

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Alzheimer’s Store

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 for elderly men who have trouble keeping up with the time as it shows the date, day of the week, time, and year all there at once to make it very handy.

Audio Range Wireless TV Speaker & FM Radio (SPK-1000FM)

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Is your elderly loved one having difficulty hearing the TV so they blast the volume? Maybe bothering the other residents?

This TV Speaker/FM Radio combination is completely wireless, portable and rechargeable. Simple charging by sitting the radio on the included charging dock. Familiar knob-style station dialing with easy to use controls. Also works to boost sound from the TV wirelessly!

WoolFit® Taiga Ankle High Felt Slippers

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German Slippers

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 literally 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?!?

CareBoxCo Monthly and Quarterly Care Boxes

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CareBoxCo offers monthly and quarterly subscriptions and includes a range of practical and comfort items as well as little treats. It’s a great way to show the elderly man in your life that you care – on a regular basis.

For example, a box might include soaps, socks, a hat, and a full-size jig saw puzzle. Another box may have hot and cold heat treatment packs as well as candy and cookies.

They even offer the option to personalize the boxes by printing out a personal note or photos that you send them. This is a great way to add a personal touch.

Sleep & Beyond myProtector Mattress Pad

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Sleep & Beyond

The myProtector mattress pad from Sleep & Beyond adds comfort to a senior’s bedding while also protecting it at the same time.

These mattress pads are filled with a washable wool that helps regulate body temperature while sleeping and is a great gift for people who get too hot or too cold when sleeping. It also wicks away moisture to prevent that clammy feeling.

It also protects the mattress from fluid from sweat and spills. If it gets soiled just throw it in the machine for a quick wash.

AudioRange TV Headphones

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Does your older loved one seem to be turning their TV up louder and louder each time you visit? It might be time for TV headphones like these.

These headphones are easy to setup and even easier to use. The work with any TV made in the last 20 years. You simply plug the transmitter into the back of the TV using one of the included cables and turn the headphones on. There is no syncing or pairing 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.

YakTrax 8611 Pro Traction Cleats

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

ProGlide Shield™ Shaving Starter Kit | Gillette®

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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 razor 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.

Men’s All Elements 3.0 Touchtip Gloves

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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.

LegXercise PRO Passive Exercise Machine

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The LegXercise PRO is a capable and easy to use automatic leg exercise machine for seniors and the elderly. It is designed to provide passive movement to the feet and legs to stimulate blood flow which, in turn, reduces leg pain, cramps, and swelling.

Ring Video Doorbell – Satin Nickel with Ring

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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.

Relish Radio for Dementia

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Relish Life

This nostalgia-inspired radio is specifically designed to be extremely easy to use. Even for seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

If features an easy-to-use control panel with big buttons that are easy to see. The volume never goes completely off so that the user will know it’s still on. it’s lightweight and durable too!

Caregivers can program their favorite stations into the one-touch buttons on top allowing them to still have variety and choice in their music.

Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System

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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. 

Remedic Medicine Bottle Opener with Magnifier and LED Light

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Personally, I love having one tool that does multiple jobs. This living aid from Remedic solves many problems seniors have. First, it helps open medication bottles by fitting tightly on the lid and giving older adults better grip and more leverage. This is a great idea for seniors with weakness or arthritis in their hands especially. Plus, it also has a built-in magnifying glass with an LED light for reading the tiny print on those bottles. This could help prevent a medication mix-up!

Unforgettable Senior Moments Desk Calendar

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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.

PLUSINNO Spinning Rod and Reel Combos

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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. 

Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

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Bistro MD

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

Beer of the Month Club | Beer Subscription Box

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Monthly Clubs

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.

PRUNUS Portable Radio

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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.

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

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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.

XO Cognac Truffles Premium Chocolate Sampler

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Ethel M Chocolates

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.

Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

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Magazine Store

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.

Milk Chocolate Hazelnut G Cube Box

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

Lima Ceramic Nonstick 12-Piece Cookware Set

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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.

Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner

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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 available.

Good for You Tea Gift Sampler

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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.

World of Puzzles & Games Subscription

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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.

13-Inch Pizza Crisper

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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.

Pile Lined Hardsole Moccasin Slippers

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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.

Design Your Own Club

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Monthly Clubs

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.

Personalizable M&M’s Candy Bags

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M&M Gifts

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.

Acorn Fleece-Lined Rambler Mule Moccasins for Men

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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 too!

Teleflora’s Chevy Camaro Plant Garden

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

3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light

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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.

Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set

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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.

Woodlink Deluxe Cedar Bird Feeder with Suet Cages

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Bird feeders are great for when people are bored or frustrated. Sitting by the window or on a porch and watching the birds can help to calm people down. Place the birdhouse where seniors in nursing homes, assisted living or who are bedbound can see it out their window. Do some research about local birds in the area where they live so that you can also include some bird seed that attracts neighborhood guests.

Ergonomic Gardening Tools Set with Rubber Non-Slip Handle

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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?

Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy

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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.

Leather Journal in Gift Box with Pen

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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.

PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame

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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.

Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light

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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.

Burt’s Bees Hand Repair Gift Set

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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.

How Not to Become a Crotchety Old Man

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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?

Dynotag SuperAlert Medical ID Tags

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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.

Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cup Pods and Ground Coffee

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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.

BEDSURE Sherpa Soft and Fuzzy Fleece Blanket Throw

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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.

HandyBar Car Transfer Handle by Stander

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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.

The Negg Boiled Egg Peeler

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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!

Maddak Tan Hand To Hand Mug by Ableware

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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 an important in a coffee mug for seniors with arthritic hands. Holds 10 oz and is microwave and dishwasher safe.

Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener

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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!

e-Pill TimeCap and Bottle

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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.

All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa

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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.

Montem Ultra Strong Hiking, Walking, Trekking Poles

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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.

Amazon Basics RFID Travel Passport Wallet Organizer

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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.

US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set

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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. 

Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe Bathrobe

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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.

ASUS Chromebook C202 Laptop

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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.

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!

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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