Mahatma Gandhi said that the way the disadvantaged are treated is the true measure of a society. This includes the needy elderly.
Best Gifts for Needy Seniors
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.
Playful and elegant, this stylish dinnerware set from Corelle is sure to please. Features the triple layer strongand chip-resistant plates that Corelle is known for. Service for 4 includes dinner plate, appetizer plate, round bowl, and mug. Other patterns available.
This basket is perfect pick-me-up for that loved one who's on the mend. Packaged in a doctor's bag gift box, this basket includes include toffee pretzels, Sonoma cheese straws, dried fruit, seasoned almonds, Lipton's chicken noodle soup, soothing tea, Too Good Gourmet lemon tea cookies, snack mix, Ghirardelli® chocolate bar, Beth's chocolate chip cookies and a crossword puzzle book. Guaranteed to cheer them up!
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 avaialable.
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.
I have had plenty of times where I just wanted a blanket or wanted to be a little bit warmer, even inside the house. A good electric heating blanket can bring that extra bit of comforting warmth that overcomes cool weather, bad circulation, or any other reason. This is a great gift that helps provide that nice comfortable and toasty relaxing feeling at home
This affordable subscription box ships internationally and is a good choice for those who have dietary restrictions.
It is a box of treats that includes ‘free from’ goodies. There are lots of options for those who need to avoid wheat, gluten, common allergens, and even dairy products. They offer lots of Organic and All Natural snacks too!
This box is a nice way for someone who has to avoid common snacks for the elderly to treat themselves.
Plus Snack Nation donates a meal to needy families for every box sold!
These feminine razor products from joy + glee are designed to give you a smooth shave and come in pink and teak. Each starter kit includes a starter handle, 2 refills, and a joy shower hook for keeping the razor close. Optional add-ons include additional handles, refills, and shave mousse. Get refills delivered based on shaving frequency.
General Gift Ideas for Needy Seniors
Some resourceful and thoughtful gifts for needy seniors that they can actually use include:
1. Gift Certificates Or Cards
Giving a gift certificate may seem like the least thoughtless gift that there is but it is very useful to seniors in need. The gift certificate can be used to buy what they really need and not simply receive a gift that they won’t actually use.
You can choose whether to gift a certificate from a variety of different stores. However, a supermarket or store where a wider range of items are available for sale is the best option. A gift certificate for a grocery store is also not a bad idea for seniors who are struggling to put food on the table. A gift card that you can add to regularly is ideal.
In a day and age where communication has become so simple, it is amazing how many seniors struggle to to stay in contact with family and friends. A simple cellular phone, smartphone, tablet or notebook can give them the ability to communicate better with those they love and feel less lonely in the digital world they have grown old in. Keep in mind devices that are extremely user-friendly, low-tech or designed specifically for the elderly who may not be that tech savvy.
This is an especially thoughtful gift during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seniors are at the highest risk of contracting the disease and suffering fatal consequences. They are therefore more homebound than ever before in and need of a means to communicate with the outside world. Remember that a device can also be used to do online shopping, banking and other tasks that a senior citizen may no longer be able to easily accomplish.
3. Personal Hygiene Products
This is another one of those gifts that may not seem all that appropriate but will be gratefully received by needy seniors. Most seniors struggle to keep up with their own personal hygiene and the items they need are often last on their shopping list.
Gifting a basket of tastefully packaged and arranged soaps, loofahs, sponges, lotions, shampoo and other items may make the perfect gift. This is also a good low-cost alternative for those who are on a tight budget.
4. No-Cost Gifts
Giving of your time can be one of the most precious gifts that any senior can receive. It costs you nothing while it provides them with companionship and perhaps even assistance in achieving the most basic tasks. Helping your elderly neighbors clean house or take care of their yard while chatting away are both good ways to contribute your time.
Outings to parks or other public areas that are free-of charge will also be of great value to a needy senior and cost you nothing. A day out can lift the mood of any person but especially a lonely, elderly person. However, it is important to keep in mind safety and take the necessary Covid-19 precautions when taking seniors out.
There is a list of safe outdoor activities that can be found on the CDC and WHO websites.
As mentioned above, many needy seniors struggle to put food on the table. To compound the issue, seniors also struggle to cook for themselves and keep up with their daily nutritional requirements.
Cooking meals that can be frozen for seniors and delivering them every few days or on a weekly basis can help ensure that they are eating a healthy diet. You can also buy or subscribe to a delivery service offering ready-made nutritious meals to gift to the elderly.
Also, don’t forget treats. Needy seniors may not spend their own money on decadent treats but that doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate receiving them as gifts.
I hope these gift ideas for seniors who are in need was helpful. Remember, many of these gifts can be given anonymously if you worry about embarrassment or awkward exchanges. The best part is you’ll be doing some good for people who need the help.