33+ Gifts for Lonely Elderly People (Help Them Feel Loved)

Many elderly people spend a lot of time alone especially after the loss of a spouse or the kids have grown and gone. Here are some gifts for lonely elderly people to help them pass the time – and feel loved.

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Lonely elders long to spend some time with their family members. Even if it’s just a chat on the phone or a Sunday afternoon visit. Unfortunately though, if the family lives in another city, it is hard to make that wish come true.

I can understand this because my grandmother felt this way for 15 years after my grandfather passed.

That’s why I came up with a few gift ideas that I think will cheer up any lonely elder. Many of these gifts will help them pass the time, communicate with loved ones, or make them feel safer in general.

Gifts That Will Cheer up Lonely Seniors

Light Therapy Lamp
Light Therapy Lamp by TaoTronics | Amazon.com

Light Therapy Lamp by TaoTronics | Amazon.com
$34.99

Studies have shown that light therapy can elevate mood and reduce the risk of dementia. This UV-free lamp is able to simulate natural sunshine. Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and a lamp like this is a way to remedy that. It's common for wheelchair users to spend time cooped up indoors, but with a gift like this, they'll be able to soak up the sun even when they're stuck at home. 

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Designed Especially For Seniors
Grandbox Subscription Box for Seniors | Crate Joy

Grandbox Subscription Box for Seniors | Crate Joy
$30.00

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

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

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

Popular Candies by the Decade
Decade Candy Gift Box | OldTimeCandy.com

Decade Candy Gift Box | OldTimeCandy.com
Starts at $27.99

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.

Super Simple Mobile Phone
Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors With Memory Loss | RazMobility

Easy-to-use Memory Cell Phone for Seniors With Memory Loss | RazMobility
$309 plus service

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

Home Decor Crafting Kits
Poppy's Hobbies Seasonal Craft Kits | Crate Joy

Poppy's Hobbies Seasonal Craft Kits | Crate Joy
$37.92

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.

Solve a Murder At Home!
Hunt A Killer - Do You Have What It Takes?

Hunt A Killer - Do You Have What It Takes?
Starts at $25/month

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 ans such).

Complete Craft Kit with Tools
Craftsman Crate Skill Building Subscription Box

Craftsman Crate Skill Building Subscription Box
$30.77

The Craftsman Crate is a great way for seniors to try out new hobbies while keeping their hands active and busy. Each box is a complete project box with complete instructions and even includes the tools needed. Past boxes have included candle-making, mosaics, and soapstone carving.

Self Care Therapy Subscription Box
TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box | CrateJoy.com

TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box | CrateJoy.com
Starting at $30.79

For lonely seniors, check out Crate Joy's TheraBox Self Care Box. Each box has healthy ways to spend your time by concentrating on your self and your own care. You get a happiness activity and several self care wellness products to try out. The best part? Each box’s selections are chose by therapists!

New Puzzles Delivered Every Month
World of Puzzles & Game Book Subscription | MagazineAgent.com

World of Puzzles & Game Book Subscription | MagazineAgent.com
$29.95

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.

Jewelry With Built-In Emergency Button
Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear

Smart Jewelry with Panic Button | invisaWear
Varies

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

Heat and Massage Sore Muscles
Zyllion Back and Neck Shiatsu Massager with Heat | Amazon.com

Zyllion Back and Neck Shiatsu Massager with Heat | Amazon.com

Perfect for heating, massaging, and relaxing sore back and neck muscles, this is a great gift that can provide much needed relief to muscle soreness, muscle tightness, or even pain resulting from these issues. All without having to book an appointment, go across town, and deal with the uncomfortable aspects of getting a massage from a professional.

Loud Personal Safety Alarms
Safe Sound Personal Alarm | Amazon.com

Safe Sound Personal Alarm | Amazon.com
$18.99

Accidents don’t come invited and lonely adults with severe health conditions have a higher chance of emergencies. So, gifting a personal alarm makes sense. Whenever they feel something wrong about their health or they are in the middle of an emergency, they can push the alarm button to alert the neighbors or anyone around.

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

Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer | Amazon.com
$49.95

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


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Soothing Weighted Lap Blanket
Weighted Sensory Lap Pad | Amazon.com

Weighted Sensory Lap Pad | Amazon.com
$35.99

Experts believe that sensory lap blankets can help calm the nerves of those who have early dementia. They help to increase melatonin and serotonin levels overnight. This helps them to sleep comfortably for long periods.

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Take Longer Walks and Hikes
Montem Ultra Strong Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles | Amazon.com

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

These walking poles are actually quite useful for those with mobility issues or those who simply want to take some of the strain off their legs. Using the sticks to simply walk incorporates more of the upper body in the walking movement much the same way as an elliptical. So, for those who have knee problems, these might help them move around easier for longer walks and hikes.

Make Reading Easier
3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light | Amazon.com

3X Large Magnifying Glass with Light | Amazon.com
$23.95 ($23.95 / Count)

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

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Easy to Store Step Stool
Folding Step Stool | Amazon.com

Folding Step Stool | Amazon.com
$9.99

Whether needing a sturdy non-slick step stool to reach the top of the shelves in the bathroom, the kitchen, or the basement, a reliable folding step stool is an incredibly practical and extremely useful gift. This encourages that all-important sense of independence and self-reliance while helping to reduce the chances of preventable accidents.

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White Noise Sleep Machine
Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner | Amazon.com

Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner | Amazon.com
$29.99

Don’t go by the name of this gift. In fact, it makes pleasing sounds that can help elders go to sleep quickly. They have a variety of sound variations and also active noise cancellation facilities, allowing lonely elders to drift off to sleep.

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Senior Friendly Prepared Meals
Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD

Senior Home Meal Delivery | Silver Cuisine by bistroMD
Varies

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

Monthly Flower Deliveries
Monthly Flowers - 3 Months, 6 Months, or A Year of Flowers

Monthly Flowers - 3 Months, 6 Months, or A Year of Flowers
Starting at $170.00

Who doesn't like getting flowers? 1-800-Florals offers monthly flower shipments with 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions in seasonal fresh cut flowers and rose options. You choose when and where each shipment is delivered. International delivery is available.

Listen to Your Favorite Novels
Audiobooks.com Monthly Audiobook Club

Audiobooks.com Monthly Audiobook Club
3 Free Books with 30 Day Trial

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.

Filled With Nostalgia
Let the Good Times Roll 1000pc Puzzle

Let the Good Times Roll 1000pc Puzzle
$14.99

Nostalgia abounds in this flashback puzzle - you'll quickly be transported back to your days as a child. Features images of tin toys, advertising signs, homemade foods, and classic games. 1000 pcs. 19.25" X 26.75" when completed.

Fragrant Flowers Every Month
Monthly Fresh Flower Delivery | Great Clubs

Monthly Fresh Flower Delivery | Great Clubs
Varies

With this gift, your loved one will receive 1 fresh bouquet of exotic and fragrant flowers for the best growers throughout the world. Included in each shipment is a newsletter and a personalized gift letter from you. 2,3,4,6, and 12 month options.

Brightens Everyone's Day
Smiling Face Daisies Cookie Bouquet | Cookies by Design

Smiling Face Daisies Cookie Bouquet | Cookies by Design
$47.99 to $94.99

Brighten someone's day with this bright and cheery Daisy Cookie Bouquet from Cookies by design. Options include 5, 7, or 12 cookies in a garden style planter basket. Can by personalized or include a personal message

Senior Friendly Smartphone
Jitterbug Smart2 Smartphone for Seniors | GreatCall

Jitterbug Smart2 Smartphone for Seniors | GreatCall
$149.99 plus plan and activation

This easy to use smartphones for seniors has simple, list basted menus with a large, easy to see screen. Even offers voice typing and mobile internet access.

Every Purchase Helps Rescue Pets
Gift Baskets Boredom Buster Care Package | GreaterGood

Gift Baskets Boredom Buster Care Package | GreaterGood
$39.95

The Medium Boredom Buster Care Package includes: Word search book, Crossword book, Deck of cards, Wooden puzzle brain teaser game, Tootsie Rolls, Camouflage hackie sack, camouflage bandana, 2 Quaker Oaks Granola bars, Smiley face stress ball, Juicy fruit gum, Blank note cards with envelopes, Planters asst deluxe nuts, Chex mix, Oreo cookies, Combos Cheese filled pretzel nuggets, Kraft gift box

Sunlight Therapy Lamp
TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp | Amazon.com

TaoTronics Light Therapy Lamp | Amazon.com

In winter, you could have 16 to 18 hours of darkness. This keeps elders from getting out in the sun which can depress some elders. A light therapy lamp mimics natural outdoor light so that elders don’t feel they are missing out on anything outside.

Display Photos of the Grandkids
Create Simple Wall Tile Pictures From Photos | StoryBoards

Create Simple Wall Tile Pictures From Photos | StoryBoards
$13.00

Storyboards are a great way to keep seniors updated with photos of their family and your lives. Simply upload photos and they will be converted to 8X8 photo boards that can be stuck to the wall. The best part? They don't leave any marks on the wall when removed so they should be nursing home or assisted living approved!

Weekly Meal Deliveries
Hello Fresh Meal Kit Delivery Service

Hello Fresh Meal Kit Delivery Service
Varies

Hello Fresh Meal Kits are a great way to provide meals for seniors and the elderly - especially if they enjoy cooking or have a caregiver to help. Choose from a variety of menus and healthy food plans. Weekly meal box deliveries.

Deal of the Day Flowers
Deal of the Day Flower Gifts at Just Flowers

Deal of the Day Flower Gifts at Just Flowers
Starts at $39.99

Leave it to the experienced florist designers to arrange the perfect gift with the freshest and most beautiful flowers available. Choose your price and delivery date and they'll take it from there!

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Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love

Magazine Gift Subscriptions That Seniors Will Love
Varies

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.

Decadent Jumbo Caramel Apples
Apple of the Month | Mrs Prindables

Apple of the Month | Mrs Prindables
Varies

Send a beautiful and delicious jumbo caramel apple each month when signing up for a 6 or 12 month program. Each apple comes with a festive ribbon or seasonal ornament.

Your Favorite Scents Delivered
Auto Ship & Save | Yankee Candle

Auto Ship & Save | Yankee Candle
Varies

Yankee Handle has an Auto Ship program where you can get your favorite scents delivered on a schedule you choose. Choose from candles, car fragrances, home fragrances - mix and match. Set your own schedule too from every 4 weeks to 16 weeks.

Garden Planter
Small Garden Dish Flower Arrangement - Teleflora

Small Garden Dish Flower Arrangement - Teleflora
$49.99

Lush green plants add life and fresh air to any room, and are a versatile gift for any occasion. This mix of living potted plants is arranged in a green ceramic dish for a stylish, monochromatic look.

Simple MP3 Music Player
TIMMKOO Easy to Use MP3 Player | Amazon.com

TIMMKOO Easy to Use MP3 Player | Amazon.com
$45.99

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.

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Remotely Updated Digital Photo Frame
PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com

PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com
$104.99

A digital photo album is a fun way to load up and display family, vacation, and travel photos. Rather than having space for just one or two happy photos, you can add or change the pictures by uploading them from your phone to the frame when you come to visit. It can also be updated via WiFi too! For fun the senior could even use a camera to take some of the photos themselves.

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Small Tablet With Electronic Books
Fire HD 8 Tablet and E-Reader | Amazon.com

Fire HD 8 Tablet and E-Reader | Amazon.com
$89.99

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.

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Noise Blocking Wireless Headphones
COWIN Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | Amazon.com

COWIN Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | Amazon.com
$59.99

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.

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Brain Games to Sharpen the Mind
399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges | Amazon.com

399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges | Amazon.com
$13.25

There are many options when it comes to good brain games. Crossword power, Sudoku books, word searches, or something else entirely, brain games are important. This book is a great option among many for creating and interacting with games that not only pass time and keep you entertained, but also keeps the mind firing on all cylinders!

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

US Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set | Amazon.com
$69.96

Help revive a senior's old hobby or passion give your loved one the tools to take up a new one with this artistic kit. Doing creative tasks like this is good for better developing the more creative part of the brain. While challenging, it will help to teach a new skill, occupy their time, and give them something to be proud of. 

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Choosing a Gift for Lonely Elders

Selecting a gift for lonely elders is not a daunting task.

You should understand what would make them happy to counter their loneliness. As for me, I like the idea of the large print puzzle books and subscription boxes. Gifts like this will help them stay busy and keep their minds sharp. Plus, knowing something else is coming later will give them something to look forward to!

Do you have a gift you recommend for elderly people who might be lonely? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS® 374 Articles
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. Learn More

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