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Thoughtful Gifts for Elderly Men and Women in Nursing Homes

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Elderly people in nursing homes appreciate small gifts from time to time. But, you have to take into account the size and usefulness of the gift. Also, check to see if the nursing home has rules about personal possessions too!

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Making the transition into a nursing home is never easy for anyone. It is hard for the soon-to-be resident. And, also for their family.

When the holidays and birthdays approach, people naturally want to find a nice give to give to older family members who are being cared for. But, figuring out just what to give can be a serious challenge.

Here are the best gifts for elderly men and women with special consideration given to those in nursing homes.


Gifts with Little or No Cost

Not every gift has to break the bank! In fact, creativity is more important than anything. Personal mementos go a long way for those living in nursing homes.

  • If residents do not already have a large address book, for example, you can compile a list of their most common addresses in one place.
  • You can enlarge a favorite family photo or a photo of the resident in their younger years and put it in their room.
  • Customized items like coffee mugs or photo frames can remind family members and friends of their loved ones.
  • Given the limited space and décor provided by nursing home facilities, small decorations can make a world of difference.
  • Consider, for example, a beautiful vase with flowers that you refill each time you visit.
  • If there is a tree outside their window, the nursing home might permit a bird feeder to be hung and refilled periodically.
  • Air fresheners or flameless candle burners can give the space the comfortable feeling of home.
  • Cozy gifts that remind them of home, magazine subscriptions or Netflix subscriptions can help give them something to do.

That said, the gifts below are perfect ideas for making the nursing home environment seem a bit cozier. Some will encourage socialization too among friends within the community.


Practical Gift Ideas

Many people appreciate more practical gifts. They show you care and understand what her needs are. Here are a few examples:

  • Stationary kits and stamps, especially for those who live far away from their family, are an interesting idea.
  • Electric toothbrushes or personalized toiletry kits make for nice gifts.
  • If your loved one or friend has a hobby they still enjoy, help keep them active by giving them the tools or supplies they need to engage in that hobby. Hobby based gifts are unique, a personal reflection on the recipient. They are also a chance for the person to feel good about their achievements.
  • A small flashlight can be an accompanying gift to help them feel safer. There are even canes that have built-in flashlights too.
  • Women who rely upon walkers to get around might benefit from a basket or bag that attaches to the walker. This gift makes it easier to cart around personal items from their room to common areas.

That said, below are 30 great ideas for tangible items that do not take up too much space and can be a beautiful way to say “I was thinking about you”:

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Scrapbook

Features

  • ❤ALBUM SIZE : 11.6*7.5 inches, inner page size: 11.1*7.3 inches, come with 40 sheets/80 pages of blank and thick craft paper
  • ❤HIGH CAPACITY: Ample space scrapbook album, holds more than 160 photos of 4*6, to showing all your favorite photos forever
  • ❤SPECIAL GIFTS: Great for anniversary gifts, personalized gifts, valentines day, mother's day gifts, gifts for dad, boyfriend gifts, girlfriend gifts, birthday gifts, holiday gifts, baby shower gifts, wedding guest book, photo storage, travel record, very stylish and classy way to store and present your photos
  • ❤MULTIFUNCTIONAL: Can be used as a wedding album, anniversary scrapbook, travel journal scrapbook,baby photo album, diary, notebook, guest book or sketchbook, keep precious memory all of your life
  • ❤WHAT YOU GET: My adventure book photo album x 1 , Refill pages x 10, Pixar Up Movie Postcards x 5, self-adhesive photo corners x 2, free random UP stickers, worry-free 12-month warranty and friendly customer service

A scrapbook is a great way to recall happy memories together. Moreover, if you provide not only the book but the crafts, stickers, and pictures to go with it, the scrapbook becomes a family activity that everyone can enjoy during visits. Your loved ones are sure to love the highlights of family gatherings and the afternoons spent putting everything together at home.

These scrapbook can be filled with different themes, like pictures and keepsakes from a lifetime of birthdays, anniversaries, or travels. Larger sized books are ideal for women with sight concerns too.


Scented Lotions

Features

  • Pamper her with THE ULTIMATE GIFT BASKET of Indulgence & Relaxation. Purelis Berry Spa Basket will give her a crash course in the Three R's Treatment. Renew... Recharge... Rejuvenate.
  • Sensational Spa Goodies with our breathtaking coconut milk & berry crush to nourish the skin & body and soothe the soul. Starting with Loofah Back Scrubber, Wooden Massage, & Shea Butter Bath Bombs
  • We then add Luxurious Shampoo, Conditioner Body Wash, Bubble Bath,Bath Salts, and Perfumed Body Lootion all in our nourishing coconut & berries specialty formula
  • For the premium collection we make it even better with Shea Butter Hand Cream, Hand Scrub &Body Mist. To complete the spa experience light the soy scented candles to ensure the greatest home Spa Experience. Redefine Luxury with this 1-of-a-kind DELUXE SPA PACKAGE!!
  • Wrapped & Ready for delivery. Just add your personalized gift note & WOW your loved one today! We know its hard to buy a gift online.. Buy with peace with this basket you are covered by our 1000% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Scented gifts like lotions, in their favorite scent, can enhance memory and bring back fond memories. They are also a nice touch to have in the home. This particular sensory gift offers a combination of different scents so that your friend or loved one can find a scent they love.

Unless you know of a scentthey specifically enjoy, stay away from bold, overpowering smells like heavy floral scents. Light aromatics, vanilla, and food smells are often the best choice. You can find some of my favorite lotions for seniors in this guide.


Afghans

Features

  • Size: 50" x 60"
  • Knitted Perfectly For Air Movement
  • 100% Polyester
  • EXCLUSIVE BOON BRAND: Experience The Difference in BOON products, always made with the highest quality care. High grade fibers, designs and construction distinguish our products from others.
  • PROTECT AND CARE FOR YOUR THROW: Machine Wash On Cold, Delicate Cycle and Tumble Dry On Lowest Heat Seating as Sherpa and Fur Easily Becomes Matted And/ Or Tangle If Exposed to Excessive Heat. For Best Results Dry Clean.

Try to include a cozy comfort, basically anything that will keep your loved ones warm and comfortable. The easier it is for them to put the item on and take it off, the better. Things like shawls, blankets, and bed jackets are good too. And while we often consider them “kids toys”, adults appreciate stuffed animals now and again, especially if given by a grandchild as a gift.

Warm afghans like these make for the perfect senior gift. Prone to cold more than in younger years, elderly women will appreciate the opportunity to wrap up tightly no matter the weather.


Aromatherapy Diffuser

Features

  • INTERMITTENT DIFFUSION: New with the SpaVapor 2.0 air mister for essential oils is the ability to diffuse in intervals allowing for much longer run times.
  • ULTRASONIC TECHNOLOGY: The SpaVapor 2.0 is uses revolutionary ultrasonic diffusion technology to fill any medium sized room with a cool ultra fine soothing mists.
  • EASY TO USE: To operate remove our easy to remove top and use a cup to fill the reservoir halfway with room temperature water. Add 5 to 6 drops of an oil of your choice if desired replace the top and enjoy.
  • TRANSFORMATIVE AROMA THERAPY: It is the easiest way to maintain a fresh odorless environment in your home or office. In both places enjoy the beneficial scent of aromatherapy. Minimize unwanted smells relieve stress and improve your mood.

An aromatherapy diffuser is a wonderful way to release a healthful mist into the air. This gift will transmit at various settings, so you can let it run for 6-8 hours with a tank of water. Anyone who lives in a home with a furnace or heating system that dries out the air needs a humidifier to put some moisture back into the air. And what better way to do that than with favorite aromas too.


Manicure Pedicure Kit

Features

  • 10 STAINLESS STEEL ATTACHMENTS: The kit includes 10 stainless steel attachments that are made from durable sapphire and felt as opposed to plastic and 10 sanding bands. Replacement pieces are available for purchase on Amazon.
  • 18 SPEED SETTINGS: With enough adjustable speed to customize your mani or pedi, get the spa experience right from your home.
  • INTEGRATED LED LIGHT: The LED light feature highlights & brightens view during use, achieving a precise nail file. Includes a dust shield, for safe & clean use at home. This shield controls the dust.
  • DUAL ROTATION: With clockwise and counterclockwise speed and rotations, the cordless MP62 is extremely convenient to use. Enjoy an RPM of 2,000 – 5,600 +/- 20%
  • PREMIUM CARRYING CASE: Both the device and attachments can easily be stored into the premium zippered storage pouch for convenient storage or travel.

When the weather is too cold, mobility is a problem, or if the purse strings are a bit tight, this at-home kit is an ideal solution. Trimming in-grown toenails and calluses can be dealt with from the comfort and privacy of the home. The kit has all of the pieces needed for a manicure or pedicure. Moreover, it includes an instructional guide that explains when/where to use each of the attachments.

There is a small LED light built into the tool so that the nails are well lit when being worked on. This makes it easy to tend to cuticles or ingrown toenails no matter the lighting limitations in the room. Such a kit also gives women a bit of independence and control over the management of their hands and feet. For many, walking around becomes painful as aging sets in with problems like ingrown toenails or calluses. These can be removed as soon as they arise before they get worse.

Consider adding to this gift with a small set of nail polishes, nail polish remover, and toe separators so that they can paint their nails too.


Memory Games

Features

  • The memory improvement board game designed to measure and improve your ability to recall information
  • Recall does not require exceptional memory capabilities but rather relies on organizational techniques to help you systemize information
  • The object of the game is to place tiles face down on one of the game boards and use cues from the picture on the board to recall which object is on each tile as you turn them over
  • Winner of the Academics' Choice Mind Spring Award in recognition of mind-building excellence
  • Improve your ability to recal imformation through play; for ages 6 years through adult

Research shows that memory games are for everyone. Even if you know an elderly woman with a memory as sharp as a tack, that does not mean she won’t benefit from this game. Games like these improve memory and by doing so, help to grow new neurons in the brain and clean out the plaque that builds up inside the brain.

Recall is not reliant upon memory exclusively, but upon organizational techniques that allow the brain to keep a better filing system. The more we practice this, the better we get at it regardless of age.

This game is fit for anyone ages 6 and older so it is a fun game to break out when family or friends visit too. If you still are not sure, note that it was the winner of the Academics’ Choice Mind Spring Award.


Magnifying Glass

Features

  • ✅ EXTREMELY CLEAR MAGNIFICATION - Say goodbye to squinting while trying to read the small print on maps, newspapers, and other printed materials. This optical glass dome is free of any marks or engravings providing you with clear and obstruction free magnification. You will see the magnified text clearly and without distortion.
  • ✅ GENUINE CRYSTAL GLASS - Do not compromise with anything less than perfection when it comes to reading magnifiers and your precious eyes. Unlike less expensive acrylic magnifiers, image is sharp and resolution clean. Magnificent magnifiers are used by surveying and construction companies because they are designed from high quality real K9 crystal glass and will provide you with an effortless magnification experience.
  • ✅ BETTER THAN HANDHELD MAGNIFIERS - You don't have to hold it in your hand! Just place the magnifying crystal dome on top of your book, newspaper, magazine, map or catalog and effortlessly slide along the surface for reading. Leave it in place, and then come back to it later, because this paperweight will remain right where you left it. It displays nicely on your desk as an attractive paper weight and you will always have it available at your reach.
  • ✅ MULTIPURPOSE TABLE MOUNTED MAGNIFYING GLASS - Upon designing this optical dome, we tried to make it as multipurpose and convenient to use as possible. Besides reading your favorite newspaper or literature book, you can place it on maps, desks, catalogues, magazines and more. It is ideal as a paperweight as well or simply as a sophisticated home décor that fits perfectly everywhere!
  • ✅ ELEGANTLY DESIGNED MAGNIFIER IN A CASE WITH MONEY BACK GUARANTEE - Invest on this strong magnifier dome that comes in a marvelous gift box and help your eyes read without squinting. Ideal for people of all ages and especially those who have poor eyesight. Since your satisfaction is our top priority, this product is backed both with a 12-month manufacturer's warranty and Amazon's money back guarantee policy!

As eyesight goes, this magnifying glass helps women to read small print on medication, newspapers, maps, and books. The optical glass dome provides obstruction free viewing without any distortion.

These magnifiers are better than handheld designs because they can be put on top of books, catalogs, newspapers, and then slid across the surface while reading. It can be left in place because of the paperweight and will stay right where it is left.

If reading is a problem all together, think about an easy to use audio book player.


Game Sets

When visiting grandchildren arrive, it is always best to have an engaging activity that is something other than sitting in front of the television. Here and there, small things like coloring books, activity books, and markers can make a trip to see grandma or grandpa a lot more exciting for the little ways, and teach them to stay in one place while the adults enjoy a visit too. Large print games can even be played with seniors who have poor vision.

However, as kids age, a great way to keep them engaged is to give the gift of games. This particular design 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 fifteen different games using just one set.


Medical Shower Chair

Features

  • SHOWER OR BATHE IN COMFORT AND SAFETY with a bath chair with back and arms
  • COMFORTABLE PADDED ARMS provide support and stability to get up and down from the bath seat. Arms are easily removable.
  • ASSEMBLES IN MINUTES – TOOLS FREE ASSEMBLY. Push button - snap together design requires no tools and assembles and un-assembles in just minutes. Great for storage or travel.
  • DURABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT design is made of blow molded plastic and rust proof aluminum. Skid resistant rubber tips have a wide base and drainage holes.
  • SPECIFICATIONS: Weight Capacity: 300 lbs., Width between arms: 19.25"; Seat height: 16" to 20.75"; Seat dimensions: 15.75"W x 13"D; Overall dimensions: 21.25"W x 19.25"D x 33.75”H, Overall footprint at the lowest adjustment: 18.5”W x 17”D; Overall footprint at highest adjustment: 19.25”W x 18.25”D, Product weight: 6.7 lbs.

As mobility is reduced, chairs like these can make showering much easier. For women who live alone, this is especially important as it provides another layer of safety against serious injuries.

Easy to install, you can help set it up as part of the gift and then rest assured that your loved ones will be safer at home and less prone to injuries. You can learn more about shower chairs in this article.


Bird Feeders

Features

  • The feeder is constructed of reforested, kiln dried, inland red cedar
  • Feeder has polycarbonate windows and roof has anodized aluminum hinges for easy cleaning and filling
  • Holds up to 5 lbof mixed seed and two suet cakes
  • Hangs with an attached cable
  • Made in the USA

Bird feeders are great for when people are distressed or agitated. Sitting by the window or on a porch and watching the birds can help to calm people down. This is just one of many bird feeder designs available. 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.


Gardening Tools

Does your loved one have a green thumb? Why not upgrade her gardening tools with a complete set of tools and carrying case? Everything she’ll need to tend to her plants, inside or out, is included here.

Keep her hands safe with high-quality gardening gloves as well. Even if she doesn’t have a garden or plants to take care of, why not spark a potential new hobby for her with this gift?


Planter/Terrarium

Features

  • HIGH STANDARD MATERIAL: Adopt superior ceramic material, durable and artistic. Our Ceramic Elephant Succulent Pot has smoothly surface and excellent handmade. Decorating with white color, the house will be more unique.
  • DIMENSION OF CUTE ELEPHANT: Our package includes 2 pcs elephant succulent pots. The big one size is 5 x 3.6 x 2.8" (L* W * H), and the small one is 4 x 3 x 2.4" (L* W * H). Please allow 0.1 inch mistake due to the different measurement.
  • THOUGHTFUL DESIGN: Different from other boring succulent plant pots, our plant pot adopts elephant shape which can bring a little pleasure to our lives. When you are at home or on work, our white elephant succulent plant pot can relieve your pressure briefly.
  • PERFECT SUCCULENT PROJECT: Except for shape, a normal design also should be mentioned. Under bottom, there is a small hole for succulent plant. It's a needed design. Also it will be easy to carry as the weight of big one is 8.6 oz and the small one is 5.4 oz.
  • WIDE USING PLACE: White elephant succulent plant pot can be used to many places. Home, office, festival exhibition decor are all the best choice to display. What customer need to know is the plant that picture shows is not included, just for display effect.

Along those lines, if she doesn’t have room for a full garden (or just doesn’t want one), a planter or terrarium is a great little gift to put some life into her living space. Many come with all the seeds and nutritional additives you’ll need to grow the plants themselves, and they’re incredibly easy to take care of. They often come in fun, quirky styles, like these little elephant-themed terrariums.

For something a little more creative and aesthetically pleasing, check out macrame hanging planters as well.


Jewelry

Features

  • WHAT'S IN THE BOX? 1) Our Authentic stainless steel and glass magnetic locket and 22 inch chain 2) All of the charms pictured 3) Full set of 12 Birthstone color crystals 4) Birthstone color chart 5) Choose from Gold, Silver Etch or Silver and Crystal finish lockets.
  • MESSAGE: "The best thing about having you as Mom is my kids having you as a Grandma" is engraved on the floating message plate that goes in this locket one of the best gifts for Grandma you will find.
  • YOU ARE THE DESIGNER: A Touch of Dazzle is the originator of the floating locket theme set. We give you a full set of charms and crystals, more than can possibly fit in the locket at one time. Why? We want you to have fun with your charm locket, it's a constantly changing piece of jewelry. Put in 1 or 2 charms and a few birthstones or what ever is YOUR favorite look. We give you the choice and you have the fun.
  • CRAFTED WITH LOVE: Each charm and message plate is designed by our artist, Goldie and is hand painted. You will love the quality and beauty of this charm locket Mothers necklace. Each locket necklace, together with the charms, birthstones and plates are carefully gift boxed in our signature gold and black boxes. They are a Mom Necklace, Gift for Grandma and Gifts for Mom from daughter.
  • WARRANTY: We are a small US company run by Moms. We love producing quality jewelry for you to enjoy for years to come. We offer an unconditional 60 day warranty, just contact us if you have any concerns.

A beautiful piece of jewelry can make your loved one feel beautiful and pampered, especially if it has significant meaning to her. Find one that matches her style, or maybe take a look at birthstone necklaces if this is a gift for her birthday. Pick her brain a little and find out what her favorite stone is, and maybe get her a whole matching set (necklace, earrings, rings, and a bracelet) that features that stone.

She’ll also need a place to house all of this new beautiful jewelry. Have you noticed that the jewelry she has is just laying on her vanity? Help her organize and showcase it with a quality jewelry box, like this one.


Journal

Features

  • ✅ GENUINE DURABLE LEATHER :- Soft & Supple Dark Brown Genuine Leather with a real leather scent. Naturally tanned with special oil, a special keepsake for your thoughts, plans & ideas.
  • ✅ NON BLEEDING ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY COTTON UNLINED HANDMADE PAPER :-Paper is produced using Cotton Bio-Mass and is also acid free. Any kind of pen and pencil can be used on this paper. 200 pages (counting both sides Approximate)
  • ✅ PERFECT SIZE FOR MANY USES :- Length 5.7", Width 1.25", Height 8.5" inches, easy for handwriting, drawing or sketching and compact enough for carrying in your bag. Ideal for alternative Artists, Travelling, Business, Teen Journals, Poetry Work, Journalists, Food Planner, Scrapbook etc.
  • ✅ HANDMADE AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP:- Rustic Town is proud to bring more than 100 years’ experience of traditional Indian craftsmanship. Providing support to many Artists.
  • ✅ VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE APPEARANCE :- Designed to stand out from the crowd. This old-fashioned leather has an amazing smell!

A journal/diary is a great gift for people of any age, but especially for an elderly woman because it allows her to relive her life’s experiences, recount her favorite parts of her day, or can serve as a creative outlet as well. Whether she was a writer, wants to take it up, or has never written in a diary in her life, a journal is always a great gift.


Family Tree

Check out an ancestry service that can help you trace your family’s roots on her side back generations, and allow her to explore her history and learn things about herself and her family she may have never known. This is a deeply personal gift, and a great conversation starter.


Candle Set

Features

  • The aromatherapy candle gift set includes 4 Fragrances : Jasmine, Lilac, Lotus& White Gardenia. A portable tin candle, which can be sealed and taken with you wherever you go.
  • Each votive candle is 2.2 oz & burns for a 12-15 hours. Size: Diameter 1.8" x 2.6 H
  • Ideal Gift Set: The ideal relaxation set for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, Mother’s & Father’s Days, or other holidays that will delight people of all ages
  • ECO-FRIENDLY 100% SOY - These candles are made with naturally biodegradable and eco-friendly pure soy wax.
  • WE GUARANTEE 100% SATISFACTION - We provide full refunds & returns if there's any problem after receiving the product.

You can also help her relax with a therapeutic candle set. The natural light of the flame, along with some scents she enjoys being diffused into the air, can create a sense of calm and peace in her home, and allow her to relax and pamper herself. If she has candles that she enjoys already, you can also get her a beautiful candle holder that matches her home decor.


Teapot/Set of Tea

Features

  • PREMIUM QUALITY LEAD-FREE GLASS TEAPOT WITH INFUSER - The Celebration Glass Teapot is as elegant as it is durable. Crafted of crystal-clear handblown borosilicate glass, the teapot and infuser give you a 360-degree view of the tea leaves unfurling within. Presented with two Teabloom jasmine-infused tea flowers; also perfect for use with loose-leaf tea. Holds up to four 8-oz. cups, and safely goes from stovetop to dishwasher. This makes a great gift for Christmas, Birthdays or Anniversaries!
  • STOVETOP SAFE & MICROWAVABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE - Because this tea kettle is all clear borosilicate glass (including the tea strainer), brewing up a cup of hot tea has never been easier. Simply fill with water and pop it in the microwave to boil your water. This teapot eliminates the need to boil water separately and lets you do everything right in one teapot.
  • AIR PRESSURE RELEASING LID AND RUST-FREE INFUSER - A well designed glass lid includes a small hole for air pressure release and can be used with or without the loose leaf tea glass infuser. The crystal clear glass looks great in any kitchen, is easy to wipe clean and adds elegance to your kitchen table. The removable glass infuser is rust-free and allows you to steep any type of loose tea leaves and brew your tea to any desired strength.
  • GIFT SET INCLUDES TWO BLOOMING TEAS: This blooming tea gift set comes with two blooming green tea flowers. Your guests will delight as they watch the drama unfold slowly when the tightly woven tea ball blooms dramatically while it steeps, becoming a delicate flower. Each bouquet is as unique as it is delicious.
  • FULL 1 YEAR WARRANTY: This premium borosilicate glass teapot can go directly from stovetop or microwave to dishwasher without missing a beat. Buy with confidence knowing we’re backing your purchase with a full one-year warranty. Add a teapot to your shopping cart today for a risk-free tea brewing experience!

If she’s a tea lover, get her a high quality set of tea accessories including a beautiful, but functional, teapot, a tea infuser, and a set of flavors you think she’ll enjoy. She may have been using the same teapot for decades now, so she’ll appreciate the upgrade.


Slippers

Everyone loves a good pair of slippers. A soft, comfy, stylish pair of slippers can be a huge relief on older feet and make their daily life much more comfortable and enjoyable. For elderly women, there are some specific things you should keep in mind when shopping for slippers, though. Read about it here.

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Therapeutic Eye Pillow

Features

  • ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS: The Asutra Silk Eye Pillow is made of 100% silk to make a luxurious yet affordable eye pillow. It can be used as a sleep mask, for meditation, migraine and headache relief, as well as shavasana during yoga. This lavender-scented eye pillow is filled with lavender and flax seeds.
  • GET VENUS WILLIAMS' FAVORITE EYE PILLOW: Our Silk Eye Pillow is a must-have for tennis great Venus Williams. She sleeps with it every night to maximize her sleep. See Venus bedtime routine video below.
  • 100% SILK EYE PILLOW: We use 100% silk that is free of toxic materials to produce a luxurious yet affordable eye pillow that will help you float away on a cloud of relaxation. It comfortably fits around the nose, blocks out light, and makes it easier to breathe.
  • NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS: This pillow includes ingredients that haven't been tested on animals. We take pride in making products with high-quality ingredients that do not endanger our furry friends.
  • FREE SOOTHING EYE GEL MASK: This gel mask relieves eye fatigue and feels so nice. Place it in the fridge for a soothing, cooling effect. It is fully adjustable to fit everyone and comes packaged with your purchase.

Along the lines of comfort and pampering, a therapeutic eye pillow, particularly one that is infused with lavender (one of the most relaxing essential oils), can add a level of calm and relaxation to your loved one’s life that they may have never experienced. Having a weighted pillow rest on your eyes can provide a lot of relief, especially in this age of screens. This is an especially thoughtful gift if she has eye issues and needs some relief.


iPod

Features

BindingElectronics
ColorSilver
EAN0885909565405
EAN ListEAN List Element: 0885909565405
Item DimensionsHeight: 301; Length: 21; Weight: 7; Width: 156
LabelGadgetCenter
ManufacturerGadgetCenter
ModelMD480QB/A
MPNMD480QB/A
Package DimensionsHeight: 189; Length: 622; Weight: 40; Width: 370
Package Quantity6
Part NumberMD480QB/A
PlatformWindows Vista Business; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows XP Home Edition; Windows XP Professional
Product GroupWireless
Product Type NameMP3_PLAYER
PublisherGadgetCenter
SKUMP-AF-APL-151 (AmazonFr/KOMQJ)
StudioGadgetCenter
TitleApple iPod nano 16GB 7th Generation - Silver (Latest Model - Launched Sept 2012)
UPC885909565405
UPC ListUPC List Element: 885909565405

A great gift for an older adult who is a lover of great music, or even a tech-savvy relative, will truly appreciate an iPod. Research indicates that music reaps positive impacts on seniors. This is especially true for those battling memory loss or who are far away from their family. Music can bring back positive memories, increase stimulation, and provide a chance to interact with those around them. Go one step further and pre-load the iPod with their favorite music. You can expound upon this gift with a speaker dock to go with it, That way friends in the nursing home can enjoy the music too. Look for easy to use models that most seniors can use even when alone.


Electronic Photo Frame

Features

  • THE SUPERIOR NON-WIFI DIGITAL PHOTO FRAME: Enjoy crisp, vivid photos (JPEG) and videos (MPEG-4) on the NIX Advance's 8 inch 1024x768 High Resolution IPS (4:3) LED backlit display and built in stereo speakers
  • DISPLAY THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS AND VIDEOS: Enjoy all your favorite memories on the NIX Advance Digital Photo Frame; Choose from different slideshow transitions: Play them according to their date or their file name, or shuffle them
  • EASY PLUG AND PLAY: Set up your Frame in minutes; Just insert a USB stick or a memory card (SD/SDHC) to instantly display your favorite photos and videos on the NIX Advance Digital Picture Frame; does not connect to WiFi
  • PACKED WITH FEATURES: Built-in Clock and Calendar functions; Energy saving Hu-Motion Sensor automatically turns the frame on and off; intuitive remote control included
  • SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT: Our Customer Service team is here to help you with your NIX Digital Frame; We want to do everything we can to make you happy with your frame

A digital photo album is a fun way to load up family photos and set them on display. Rather than having space for just one or two happy photos, you can add or change the pictures on display in concurrence with major events or holidays throughout the year, assuming your loved one wants this. They could even use a camera to take some of the photos themselves.


E-Readers

Features

  • 7" IPS display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (add up to 512 GB with microSD)
  • Faster 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, browsing the web, watching video, and listening to music
  • Now Alexa hands-free
  • 1 GB of RAM

Amazon Kindle is a reliable electronic reader that is available in many sizes and weights. The owner has the freedom to enlarge the fonts, change the styles, and otherwise make adjustments to their liking. If the gift is going to a parent, you might consider linking it to an account that you can pay for as a long-term gift (so that they can make purchases of books or music). Conversely, you can set it up to have some of their favorite books ahead of time. Take it one step further and load an app like Skype onto a newer Kindle version so that they can sign in and chat with family when you are apart.


Gift Basket of Food Items

Features

  • Have a snacker in your life who only enjoys the finest? or maybe someone who just appreciates great taste?
  • This gift is for those who enjoy gourmet snacking!
  • Perfect for office gifts, just because, birthdays, sympathies, and many other occasions
  • Delicious snacks such as gourmet pretzels, smoked almonds, chocolate truffle cookies, bistro chips and more
  • Sending this as a gift? Be sure to check the "gift" option at checkout and include a personal gift message!

Gift baskets can be easily ordered online and shipped to seniors in nursing homes. Inside, you can customize the contents to include the senior’s favorite cheeses and meats, jams and crackers, cookies, and more.

You can order themed baskets too, like a movie night themed basket. You could send a copy of their favorite movie with it so that they can watch and snack at the nursing home with some of their friends. The bigger the basket, the more food there will be to share with other residents.

If you cannot find a basket with a theme you like, get a customizable basket which let you pick and choose food items. You can sometimes add things like mugs, movies, stuffed animal bears, and more.

Keep in mind too if the senior has any special dietary restrictions like a low sodium diet, diabetic diet or pureed food diet.


Wireless Headphones

Features

  • Professional Active Noise Cancelling Technology. Significant noise reduction for travel, work and anywhere in between. Advanced active noise reduction technology quells airplane cabin noise, city traffic or a busy office, makes you focus on what you want to hear,enjoy your music, movies and videos. The noise cancellation function can work well both in wire and wireless mode.
  • Proprietary 40mm Large-aperture Drivers. Deep, accurate bass response. The Active Noise Cancelling around-ear headphones from COWIN give you crisp, powerful sound and quiet that helps you enjoy your music better. The goal that provide Customers with better sound quality, is our constant pursuit.
  • High-quality Built-in Microphone and NFC Technology. COWIN E7 provides high-quality built-in microphone for hands-free calls, Which is convenient for you to free yourself from wires. NFC pairing aided by voice prompts, promises quick and stable connection with your Bluetooth enabled devices, Powerful Bluetooth Function.
  • The Professional Protein Earpad and 90° Swiveling Earcups. More durability and comfort, Enjoy high-quality, Long-listen comfort. Skin texture, lightweight comfortable around-ear fit you can wear all day long. Gentle Reminder: please take off the headphone every 2-3 hrs to get your ears relax, in order to get better hearing enjoyment, and keep the head comfortable.
  • 30 Hours Playtime Per Charge at Bluetooth Mode. A built-in 600mAh battery won't allow your headphones power off, you can enjoy your world without noise for 30 hours' long time. Don't need to worry the power shortage problem on the long travel. 18-month warranty and quick response & friendly customer service. Note: The exclusive authorized seller is COWIN.

Wireless headphones will let your loved one enjoy their TV viewing or audiobook listening experience. With high tech wireless headphones, seniors can cancel out the noise around them in an otherwise noisy common area. Some have flexible ear hook designs that are comfortable and stay in place.

These newer options have the longest battery life so the owner can, for example, listen to 8 hours of music before they need to charge. Bluetooth abilities mean you can link the headphones to a phone or kindle. That way, seniors can make calls to loved ones and turn up the volume as much as they need.

Pay for a subscription to a service like Netflix to go alongside the wireless headphones so that they can enjoy access to classic films, the latest documentaries, and more.

Check out my guide to buying headphones for seniors and the elderly in this article.


Craft Kits

Features

  • Have a snacker in your life who only enjoys the finest? or maybe someone who just appreciates great taste?
  • This gift is for those who enjoy gourmet snacking!
  • Perfect for office gifts, just because, birthdays, sympathies, and many other occasions
  • Delicious snacks such as gourmet pretzels, smoked almonds, chocolate truffle cookies, bistro chips and more
  • Sending this as a gift? Be sure to check the "gift" option at checkout and include a personal gift message!

For elderly residents, having activities like a craft kit can make a regular afternoon into a fun, social event. Such gifts can be shared with friends in the nursing homes and give an opportunity to engage with others. This might be an ideal gift choice for a resident who is new and in need of ways to make friends.


Visitor Journal

Features

  • A fine fusion of fashion, form, and function!
  • Handcrafted of natural walnut wood, the durable keepsake journal cover has a natural beeswax finish that highlights the attractive woodgrain
  • The journal is bound with a hand-sewn coptic binding, an ancient method of bookbinding that allows the book to lay flat when open
  • With 140 lined pages of archival cotton paper, the book serves as the perfect guestbook, visitor register, comment book, or journal for your personal musings and literary keepsakes
  • Made by hand in the USA

This gift idea is a fun way to keep track of visitors and get some great stories along the way. Having a sign-in journal in their room can encourage guests, family, and friends to leave notes, stories, and other keepsakes.

This particular design is bound with a hand-sewn ancient Coptic method of bookbinding so that it will lay flat when it is open. Made from natural walnut, the book is a place for visitors to leave daily comments, or to keep track of personal musings.


All-Occasion Greeting Card Set

Features

  • Fun and festive boxed set contains everything you need to celebrate throughout the year: 24 individually-wrapped greeting cards with coordinating envelopes, gold Hallmark seals, and a storage box.
  • Every card is individually crafted with different embellishments and graphics, making this box an incredible deal. Total value of entire pack is $120! A great gift for anyone who loves to send cards.
  • 24 premium cards showcasing warm, heart-felt wishes and hand-embellished ribbons, pom-poms, beads, and other attachments make any recipient feel extra special.
  • This set includes 14 birthday cards; 2 baby cards, wedding cards, sympathy cards, and thinking-of-you cards; 1 thank you card; and 1 blank card. Each card size varies, extra postage may be required.
  • Hallmark cards are made with paper from well-managed forests.

This set of greeting cards prepares your loved ones or friend for any and all upcoming events. They can write out cards for holidays, send letters of appreciation, condolences, or congratulations. Throw in a set of lifetime stamps while you are at it so that they can mail their cards straight from the nursing home.


Reading Lamp

Features

  • Durable and flexible: durable full metal body and multi-angle adjustable head and arm
  • More colors, more light: 5 Color modes and 6 brightness levels up to 1200 Lux for the desk lamp with USB
  • Easy on your eyes: light guide panel transmits light sideways for glare-free illumination
  • Multiple functions: 5V/2A smart USB port, memory function, 60-minute timer, night light, office desk lamp, bedroom desk lamp
  • Your favorite light: press a single button to set and activate your favorite Color/brightness setting

Not all nursing homes come fully furnished with the daily accessories that we so often rely on. Reading lamps fall into that category. This design charges in a USB port if necessary, so it can be plugged right into a tablet or kindle device while elderly owners are reading or working. There are different color modes as well as brightness levels. It also has a timer setting, night light settings, and a “favorite” function that lets users save their favorite color/brightness settings.


Toiletry Set

Features

  • BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED - This tropical coconut bath and body spa gift set in this natural wood liquor caddy is a unique gift which will easily blend in to your kitchen, bathroom, or conference room decor.
  • SHEA BUTTER AND VITAMIN E ENRICHED - Contains a 200ml Coconut Shower Gel, 200ml Coconut Bubble Bath, 260g Coconut Bath Salts, 200ml Coconut Body Butter, 200ml Coconut Body Scrub, and 200ml Coconut Body Lotion, with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to Moisturize Skin
  • ABOUT THE FRAGRANCE - Enjoy the rich sensual aroma of Tropical Milky Coconut scent and indulge your body and sole in a creamy heavenly coconut fragrance bath for an experience of relaxation of all senses that you well deserve.
  • FREIDA AND JOE QUALITY PROMISE - Made from ingredients sourced from high quality suppliers, fragrance sourced from the United Kingdom for an exquisite spa experience, We say no to animal testing
  • BATH GIFT BASKET FOR WOMEN & MEN - Treat yourself or your loved one to this beauty gift basket with multiple bath and shower products. The coconut bath gift set will make the special person in your life feel loved and lucky.

This toiletry set will put standard nursing home toiletries to shame. This kit is presented in a natural wood liquor caddy and has shower gel, bath butter, bath salts, body scrub, bubble bath, and lotion. These toiletries have essential oils that are ideal for keeping skin healthy and soft, something that becomes even more necessary with age.


Quality Time!

While tangible gifts are appreciated, what loved ones want more than anything is quality time with friends and family. If you are not much of a talker, you don’t have to visit your family member and make awkward, forced small talk for an hour.

  • Schedule an activity for your visits, perhaps one associated with the gift you give.
  • Volunteer to help out with events in the nursing home. So, that way, you give your friend or family member something to brag about to other residents.
  • Read aloud to them during your visits or show off footage you filmed from family birthday parties or school performances they may have missed.

Tips for Giving Your Gift

  • If you have them, don’t forget to bring the kids with you. Time with smaller children is always welcome.
  • If family members are too far to visit regularly, sending recorded messages or stories can be listened to by elderly members over and over again. Letters, cards, even just to say “hello” and share something silly from the day can be sent throughout the year.
  • If you have a family pet, you probably won’t be able to bring them into the nursing home. But when you bring their gift, see if you cannot arrange to have them meet you and the animal outside.
  • Alternatively, give your gift on a small outing. Residents appreciate small trips outside of the nursing home, even if it is just to get an ice cream, see a soccer game, or walk around town looking at decorations.

Gifts to Avoid

No matter if you are buying gifts for seniors in nursing homes or who live with you, remember that this is a situation where less truly is more. Heavier or bulkier items will take up a lot of space they probably don’t have. And even small trinkets can eventually lead to clutter. Avoid incredibly expensive gifts on the off chance that another confused resident mistakenly wanders off with something that is not theirs.

At this stage in their lives, simple pleasures are the things that matter the most. And it will truly make them the happiest just to know that you care.

Do you have any gift ideas to add to this list? Have you given a gift to an elderly person in a nursing home that was loved? Or, maybe it went horribly wrong?  Tell me about 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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