What Are The Best Gifts for Elderly Neighbors? [34+ Great Ideas]

By: Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

The holidays are a great time to let senior neighbors know that you care and are thinking about them. Here are some of the best gifts for elderly neighbors that do just that.

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Whether it’s the holiday season or you simply want to give something to them as a way of deepening connections, there are countless gift options that you think of and numerous items that you can give to your elderly neighbors.

While giving gifts for the seniors that live beside your house or apartment is certainly fun, it could be a challenge since most seniors have different preferences or needs. Nevertheless, it’s the thought that will always count, and you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money just to give them something.

With that, here are some useful tips that you can follow when thinking about the next gift that you will give to your elderly neighbors.

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Some Examples of the Best Gifts for Elderly Neighbors

General Gift Buying Advice for Elderly Neighbors

1. Give something useful

It could be sometimes tricky to find something that you can give to your elderly neighbor because they wouldn’t really need much material things in their life. Nevertheless, it’s always best to give something that they could actually use.

You can give your elderly neighbors with a green thumb some senior friendly gardening tools which they could use, ranging from gardening gloves and rakes to weeding knives and foldable garden carts. Even a simple calendar or a wall clock with big numbers would be a great gift to give for your elderly neighbors, since there is a possibility that they would no longer know what time or date it is.

It’s also possible that they would sometimes forget where their keys or their mobile devices are, so a locator device could be just the gadget they need. A gadget, a tool, or even a simple item like a lightweight coffee mug could make your elderly neighbor’s day great and make their lives easier.

2. Try Something D.I.Y.

As mentioned earlier, a great gift for your senior next door does not have to drain your bank account.

You can try making D.I.Y. gifts that your elderly neighbors would surely appreciate. D.I.Y candles are a great example of items that you can give to them as a gift, and there are a lot of tutorials on YouTube that you can watch to learn how to make D.I.Y. candles, such as this video from Buzzfeed Nifty​.

Since we talked about mugs earlier as well, did you know that it’s possible to customize a mug and give it as a gift? Yes, you can! However, if you don’t know how to design a mug, you can either refer to tutorials on the web or ask someone to help you on this craft.

Nevertheless, D.I.Y. gifts don’t always have to revolve around crafts. In fact, you can bake some cookies for your elderly neighbor instead of having to buy a pack of cookies or you can also create a greeting card with your own design and message instead of purchasing one from Hallmark.

Let your creativity and thoughts flow as you make a perfect gift for your elderly neighbor.

3. Consider Experiences Instead of Tangible Gifts

There could be some instances when your elderly neighbor already has more stuff than they need that something material wouldn’t just be a good gift for them.

That’s okay, and you know what? You don’t necessarily need to give a tangible item to your elderly neighbors as a gift! You can spend more on experiences that they will surely never forget. You can invite them for a meal at a restaurant or purchase a movie ticket for them. Even an online class that teaches different skills will make for an excellent gift.

Most seniors tend to live alone as well, and not all of them are visited by their family members. A simple visit to someone’s house with some chit-chat might be something that most young people often take for granted, but most seniors would definitely appreciate if you give them some of your time for some talk and a warm cup of coffee or tea.

Your time and concern alone could be the greatest gift you could ever give to your elderly neighbor.

Wrapping Up!

There are so many options that you can choose from when buying or making a gift to help out an elderly neighbor. But no matter what you pick, what will always matter is the love and time that you invested in making or purchasing the gift that you will give to them.

Whether you give them a warm blanket, a D.I.Y journal, a visit to the salon for a makeover, or simply your precious time, your elderly neighbors will definitely be thankful for it, and they will treasure this moment for the rest of their lives.

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