It is not easy for an elderly loved one is homebound. Not only is the situation frustrating for them, but it also makes things difficult in terms of staying happy and positive.
And while you cannot change their situation, you are in a position to make it easier.
How can you help your homebound loved one to maintain a positive mindset? Try giving them a thoughtful gift that will enhance their surroundings.
In light of helping you find the right gift, here are some suggestions you can run with.
Best Gifts for Homebound Seniors
Here are my recommended gifts for homebound seniors who may feel stuck in one place. Some are fun, some are practical, and some might just make daily life a little easier.
The Horti Box: Happy Plants Subscription Box
My next recommendation is designed for older adults who want to learn to care for plants and build their confidence in their green thumb. This can also serve as an activity to keep away boredom.
Each box contains a hardy plant along with well-researched instructions on how to care for that month’s selection. They even offer a friendly customer service line to answer your plant growing questions.
There are pet-friendly subscriptions and your recipient receives only one or several plants each month. They even have a plant resurrection guarantee if you lose one!
Like an idea like this? You can see more subscription box gifts for seniors here if so.
Orthofeet BioSoft Padded Sole Socks
The BioSoft line of socks from Orthofeet are specifically designed to address foot pain and increase overall foot comfort. 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, ankle, and calves.
Snug Safety – Free Daily Check-In Service
Looking for a unique gift idea for a senior or elderly person 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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AudioRange TV Headphones
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.
Orthofeet Asheville & Charlotte Orthopedic Slippers for Men & Women
These Podiatrist-approved slippers for men and women 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 while looking good as they stroll around their home.
Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love
Yep, magazines are still a real thing! And, they are a great gift for seniors who are homebound because they provide entertainment and come on a regular basis.
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.
People who spend most of their time at home typically choose to wear comfy clothing, right? This loungewear set doubles as house wear and as pajamas too.
Specially designed for hot-natured people or women in menopause, this cooling loungewear is moisture-wicking, breathable, and temperature regulating too.
Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets seem to have benefits for seniors and I love the Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket because it has a soft, homemade feel and appearance with all the benefits of a standard weighted blanket. The knitted fabric keeps you cool when you use it and is also easier to maintain than beaded weighted blankets too. Learn more about weighted blankets for seniors here.
Sleep & Beyond myProtector Mattress Pad
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.
World of Puzzles & Games Subscription
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.
Sensory Jigsaw Puzzles Subscription Box
Boredom is a frequent complaint of the housebound life so entertainment gifts are always a great idea. This seasonal/quarterly box contains sensory jigsaw puzzles that are designed to use multiple senses: sight, touch, and smell. Plus it’s a fun activity!
There has been lots of research in using activities that stimulate the senses with dementia patients for improving memory. But, these activities are good for all seniors and elderly folks.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a puzzle that also has a pleasant aroma and you can actually feel the textures?
Individually Packaged Gourmet Scones Subscription Box | Seven Sisters Scones
Who doesn’t like snacks? A gift like this is a great option for keeping snacks handy in your loved one’s room.
These artisan scones are backed and shipped the same day for fresh flavor and taste. Plus each is unique because they are hand-scooped too. Each scone is individually packaged so that fresh flavor can be maintained as long as possible.
You have lots of flavor choices and flavors are changed from time to time for some variety. There are gluten-free options as well as cookies and bars too.
Choose the subscription option for monthly or quarterly deliveries of assorted scone boxes right to your loved one’s home.
Relish Radio for Dementia
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.
WoolFit® Taiga Ankle High Felt 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?!?
Zeba – Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers
Zeba’s fashionable sneakers are a great choice for seniors 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!
CareBoxCo Monthly and Quarterly Care Boxes | Crate Joy
CareBoxCo offers monthly and quarterly subscriptions and includes a range of practical and comfort items as well as little treats. Use a gift like this to remind your loved one stuck at home that you are thinking about them.
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.
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LegXercise PRO Passive Exercise Machine
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. So, if your loved one is unable to get out and explore their community or take an outdoor walk, a gift like this can keep their legs moving.
Read my Full LegXercise PRO Review here.
Audio Range Wireless TV Speaker & FM Radio (SPK-1000FM)
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
Decade Candy Gift Box from 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.
American Lifetime Day Clock
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 effect seems to be compounded for folks who can’t safely leave their homes.
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.
Remedic Medicine Bottle Opener with Magnifier and LED Light
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!
Mahabis Curve Supportive Slippers for Men and Women
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.
Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy
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.
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.
Audiobooks.com Monthly Audiobook Club
Many seniors can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscriptions: from active seniors who like to exercise to elderly people who are homebound or even bedridden. Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment, education, and enlightenment. Plus, they keep seniors’ minds busy as they pass the time.
Fruit Gift of the Month Club | GreatClubs.com
With this gift, the recipient will receive 5 pounds of fresh fruit delivered each month featuring both traditional and exotic varieties. Only the highest quality fruit is selected and it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 2,3,4,6, and 12-month options.
Mini Bites Cookie Box | Cookies By Design
Poppy’s Hobbies Seasonal Craft Kits | Crate Joy
This subscription box has craft projects that seniors and beginning crafters will love. Each box is themed around a particular season or holiday and are usually decor items that are show-off worthy! Each box includes complete instructions and all accessories needed.
Stylish Adult Bibs and Clothing Protectors for Seniors
These superior and stylish bibs and clothing protectors for seniors come in all kinds of fun and classy designs. They are extra large for maximum coverage, a strong but easy to open velcro closure, and a pocket/crumb catcher at the bottom.
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.
Matr Boomie Eyeglass Holder | GreaterGood
Forget where your glasses are? Can’t remember where you put them? Then this cat has your back. Hand carved from Indian Rosewood in India. Other designs available if cats aren’t your thing.
Hunt A Killer – Do You Have What It Takes?
Enjoy a good mystery? Can’t put down an Agatha Christie novel once you get started? Then HuntAKiller.com may be just the subscription service for you.
Each month you get a box of clues to help you solve a murder. These monthly boxes are laid out like an episode of a TV show and they tell a bigger story. Six episodes complete a season. There are puzzles and ciphers to solve too for the puzzle lover.
Each box takes between 90 min and 3 hours to complete and can be used as a group experience too. Worried about content? The boxes are “PG-13” because some clues may be graphic (autopsy reports and such).
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 are available.
Give Us This Day Small Bread Tray – Mikasa
Able to withstand temperatures up to 1000 degrees, food stays hot. Designed and crafted by hand, these beautiful products are perfectly suitable for displaying as well. Hand wash. Bread tray measures 9-1/4 x 6-1/2 inches.
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.
Flower of The Month Club | MonthlyClubs.com
Get fresh-cut seasonal bouquets that were cut just days before they arrive. Only top-quality blooms and greens. Shipped overnight for ultimate freshness. Includes a monthly newsletter that highlights the flower’s history and source.
Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe
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.
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.
Microplush Electric Blanket with Foot Pocket | Amazon.com
Don’t you hate it when you are trying to cuddle on your couch and your feet slip outside the blanket? This cool (but warm too) electric throw blanket has a foot pocket at the bottom. Just tuck your feet into the pocket and throw the blanket over the rest of your body and warm on up.
Acorn Women’s Spa Wrap Slipper
The Spa Wrap Slipper from Acorn pampers your feet while providing support and a flexible fit. The soft terry cloth fabric feels like velvet on the feet. But, these slippers also have a contoured footbed with an enhanced arch and heel for support and comfort. For swollen feet, the adjustable strap offers a custom fit and makes them easy to take on/off. Machine washable!
Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor & Watch | HeartGuide by OMRON
The HeartGuide is the first accurate wearable blood pressure monitor. Tracks heart data, activity level, sleep, and more. Accompanying app analyzes data for personal health recommendations.
Desert Beauty Succulent Garden Plant – Teleflora
This garden includes green sedum succulents, a large green echeveria succulent, small green echeveria succulents, and small natural river rocks packaged in a round slate pot. Easy to care for and admire.
Super Snacker’s Gourmet Gift Box
This basket is a snacker’s dream and loaded up with chocolates, pecan cookies, peanut brittle, chocolate popcorn, white frosted pretzels, toffee coated peanuts. All packaged in a decorative gift box.
Family Photo Scrapbook Album
A scrapbook is a great way to recall happy memories together. Include the crafts, stickers, and pictures to go with it, and it becomes a family activity that everyone can enjoy during visits.
These scrapbooks can be filled with different themes, like pictures and keepsakes from a lifetime of birthdays, anniversaries, or travels. Larger sized books are ideal for seniors with vision problems too.
Bath and Body Gift Basket For Women and Men
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.
Unless you know of a scent they 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.
Home Soft Things Cable Knitted Throw
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.
Essential Oil Diffuser with Quiet Humidifier
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.
Call to Mind Conversation Game For Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Research shows that memory games are for everyone. Games like these improve memory and recall – even if the senior you are buying a gift for is sharp as a tack. 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.
3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light
Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set
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.
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 your homebound senior 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.
Animals Ceramic Flower Pot
If there isn’t room for a full garden, a planter is a great little gift to put some life into the living space. Look for fun, quirky styles, like these little elephant-themed terrariums. Include some seeds, soil, or some low maintenance succulents for a complete gift.
A Weighted Silk Eye Pillow for Sleep
For comfort and pampering, this therapeutic eye pillow is infused with lavender (one of the most relaxing essential oils), and adds a level of calm and relaxation to your loved one’s life. 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 for seniors with sleeping problems.
TIMMKOO Easy to Use MP3 Player
A great gift for an older adult who is a lover of great music, or even a tech-savvy relative, will truly appreciate a senior friendly MP3 player. Music can bring back positive memories, increase stimulation, and provide a chance to interact with those around them.
Load it up with their favorite music before giving it to them. This easy-to-use model has simple instructions and a large easy-to-read screen.
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.
Fire HD 8 Tablet and E-Reader
Amazon Kindle is a reliable electronic reader that is available in many sizes and weights plus the fonts can be enlarged for easier reading. 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.
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Wireless headphones will let your loved one enjoy their TV viewing, audiobook listening experience, or just shut the world out for a little while. These headphones fit right over the ear and cancel out the noise around them in an otherwise noisy common area.
This model has a 30-hour battery life and can be synced to a wide range of devices via Bluetooth. Check out my guide to buying headphones for seniors and the elderly in this article.
American Made Hardwood Visitor Register or Guestbook
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 encourages guests, family, and friends to leave notes, stories, and other keepsakes. I chose this one because it looks great and will lay flat and is made from natural walnut.
100 All Occasion Greeting Cards with Envelopes
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 when it’s time. For forgetful seniors or those with dementia, fill them out in advance and hold onto them until it’s time to mail them.
Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light
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.
Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cup Pods and Ground Coffee
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.
Esky Wireless Key Finder
PRUNUS Portable Radio
Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener
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!
All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa
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.
US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set
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.
Entertainment Gifts for Homebound Seniors
Spending so many hours inside the house is challenging. So, consider the following gift ideas to make this challenge easier for your friend or loved one.
1. Music Albums
Vinyl albums made a huge comeback in recent years, and what can be more nostalgic than putting on a record? However, these can be a little pricey. The alternative is to buy a cd or a senior-friendly MP3 player with their favorite songs as part of the playlist. Because at the end of the day, music is a universal language that everyone can enjoy. It also helps the imagination to be free and careless.
2. Jigsaw Puzzles
Another excellent entertainment gift for homebound seniors comes in the shape of jigsaw puzzles. In addition to keeping elderly individuals engaged and entertained, it helps them to maintain their mental health. And what about using the finished puzzles as decor?
3. Coloring Books
Not all coloring books are created for kids. There are some with more detailed drawings worthy of a place on the wall once the colors are added. These large print coloring books are fun, engaging, and mentally stimulating.
4. Digital Assistant
Digital assistants can really make life interesting at home. While they cannot cook or clean the house, they are able to read news and books, search the internet, play music, and much more. The best part is that digital assistants are voice-activated.
Communication Gifts for Homebound Seniors
One of the biggest challenges for homebound seniors is based on losing touch with the outside world. Hence the reason for these communication-related suggestions.
Most people avoid buying tablets or computers as gifts because many seniors have difficulty operating them. But there are many tablet models available specifically with seniors in mind.
Everything is straightforward and much easier to understand, which allows homebound seniors to stay in touch with the outside world. This includes sending emails and skyping
Just like you get senior-friendly tablets and computers, there are easy to use smartphones for seniors that function with the same direct approach. Icons and buttons are bigger while making video calls or accessing the internet is incredibly simplistic.
Decor Gifts for Seniors
One of the reasons why being homebound can be so frustrating is the view. Sure, most people feel comfortable in this space. But if the walls of their home are all they really get to see every day, consider the following gifts to cheer the place up.
1. Digital Photo Frames
These are great for two specific reasons. Firstly, they look very stylish and present well. Secondly, one frame can slide between hundreds of photos and bring a certain magic to a room. Nothing is more precious than the memories we make. And with a digital photo frame, there is no need to dust off the albums every time you want to take a trip down memory lane.
2. Novelty Items From Different Locations
Novelty items are not really expensive and they can bring another dimension to a home, especially when a person is unable to personally visit the location where the items come from. These items spur the imagination and help to break away on a mental level.
Homebound seniors often suffer from loneliness and boredom. So, think about gifts that can help solve these problems. Gifts that link the senior to the outside world, change their daily view, or help occupy their mind are always best.