Gardening is a hobby that appeals to those who love to nurture new life as it grows towards its fullest potential. There is nothing quite as satisfying as sowing a patch of bare earth with seeds or planting bulbs and seeing those first shoots reaching upwards. The fact that gardening can provide both beauty in the form of shrubs and flowering plants and sustenance in the form of vegetables and herbs only adds to its allure.
Both have their place in the table and in the home, the one to bring the warmth of the sun and the beauty of nature to enliven our senses and the other to provide us with the raw produce that allows for the creation of meals that will bring a smile to the faces of friends and family.
Gardening also allows seniors to get some gentle exercise and gets us out of doors – in a day and age where the siren call of electronic entertainment makes it all too easy to simply sit back and let the glow and flicker of machine supplied distraction wash over us.
Recommended Garden Gifts for Seniors and the Elderly
The Soundbyte is a pocket-sized, multi-purpose radio that can also serve as a TV speaker, a Bluetooth speaker, and an MP3 player. The player interface is pretty basic, easy to see, and easy to understand. No need to purchase batteries either because it uses a rechargeable battery that is also replaceable if needed.
This calendar features images of gardens around the world that will have even the best gardeners drooling. Use as decor or as a functional place to keep track of appointments, birthdays, holidays and more. 12"x12" closed and 12"x24" open. 12-months.
Have an awesome senior gardener in your life? Send them this genuinely smart garden basket loaded up with gardening treats and devices. A special present for the gardener in your life that has everything.
This popular pattern of colorful fruits and leaves from Mikasa is great for everyday serving and will be loved by any gardener. Dishwasher safe, oven safe, freezer safe and microwave safe. Crafted of stoneware. Other matching accessories available.
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.
This stylish journal is packaged in a gift box and has a unique style and look. It's been said that journaling helps improve memory and mental processing - and it's a great way to record memories or private thoughts. Would make a good travel or garden diary too.
This simple, basic pedometer is a great choice for seniors because of the bold numbers, easy to read screen, and easy to press buttons. Encourage a healthy active lifestyle. Can even be kept in a purse or a pocket for consistent monitoring.
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.
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.
Does your loved one have a green thumb? Why not upgrade their gardening tools with a complete set of tools and carrying case? Everything needed to tend to plants, inside or out, is included here. These tools have large ergonomic slip-free handles for people with arthritis or hand or wrist pain. Even if the senior doesn’t have a garden or plants to take care of, why not spark a potential new hobby with this gift?
Everyone loves Burt's Bees hand care products - from young to the old. It's a great gift for senior men and women who suffer from dry, cracked, and painful hands including gardeners and travelers. This gift set includes 2 hand creams, a cuticle cream and a set of cotton gloves.
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 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.
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.
General Gardener Gift Buying Advice
These are some of the reasons why seniors find gardening such an attractive hobby or pastime – and as we approach the season of giving it may be time to turn our minds to the sorts of gifts we can provide the senior gardener that will enrich their experience of growing things.
A gardening gift that will always be welcomed and valued is a book on the subject. Thankfully gardening books never go out of style. One that features vibrant images and easy to follow explanation of approaches to gardening in various regions and during various seasons can be an invaluable aid. Books are the perfect companions for those days where the weather does not allow for an outdoor excursion. An open book can transport one into a world where the sun is shining and the hum of bees can be heard – and the air is filled with the scent of growing things.
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A great artist is one that is gifted with imagination and a deft approach to the use of their chosen medium. They can make a canvas come alive or clay sing in its depiction of life. However, even the greatest of these creative geniuses requires tools of the highest caliber if they are to bring their imagination to life.
The same can be said of the gardener.
The senior gardener will appreciate the thought that has gone into a gift of gardening tools of the highest quality. They will know that it is that quality that will allow those tools to deliver over time. Many of them grew up during a period where quality was taken for granted – it was a world very different from today’s society of disposable and easily replaceable products.
As we age our bodies may not always provide us with a gardening experience that will be delivered without complaint from joints and muscles. However, there are a number of products on the market that can make the gardening efforts of seniors that much less painful – and much more rewarding. Products like kneeling pads take the strain off the knees which are always among the first body parts to suffer as one spends time close to the earth.
Gardening appropriate clothing items and accessories are another type of gift that will always be appreciated. A large sun hat or a peak (or lightweight cotton short) will protect delicate skin and lend an air of style to the senior gardening experience. As we age our skins become more delicate and can do with all the protection we can provide.
Gardening can provide hours of fun, allowing seniors to engage with the world of growing things – and have a topic of conversation that will allow them to find common ground with others who enjoy the same pastime. A great gardening gift can enhance that experience – and will always be appreciated for what it is – a gift from the heart.