72+ Gift Ideas for Seniors in Assisted Living

By: Scott Grant, Certified Senior Advisor®, ATP, CRTS®

These gift ideas for seniors in assisted living homes are personal in nature, help them pass the time, keep their minds busy, and even offer a little pampering. But, most of all, these gifts remind them they are loved and not forgotten.

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Choosing a gift for seniors can be tricky, especially because you just cannot buy them regular gifts like a pair of high heels or a tie. Instead, you must look for something they can use and enjoy.

Some seniors in assisted living may have health complications such as memory loss, which may make some items offered as gifts, either useless or lifesavers.

Gift ideas for seniors are not always at our fingertips. However, worry not because if you are looking to gift a senior in assisted living with a mothers’ day, fathers’ day, or a just-because gift, this article has you covered.

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Best Gifts for Seniors in Assisted Living

Here are my recommended gifts for seniors in assisted living. Some are fun, some are practical, and some might just make daily life a little easier.

  • Orthofeet Asheville & Charlotte Orthopedic Slippers for Men & Women

  • Orthofeet Asheville & Charlotte Orthopedic Slippers for Men & Women
    $94.95

    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 without sacrificing style.

    Men's Style At Orthofeet Women's Style at Orthofeet
  • Snug Safety - Free Daily Check-In Service

  • 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.

    The Dispatch Plan is $9.99 per month but Graying With Grace readers can save 15% by using my discount code GWG15 or the button below.

    Learn More at Snug Safety
  • Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket

  • 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 keep 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.

    Learn More at Bearaby
  • Orthofeet BioSoft Padded Sole Socks

  • 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.

    See Them at Orthofeet
  • Sensory Jigsaw Puzzles Subscription Box

  • Sensory Jigsaw Puzzles Subscription Box

    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?

    See it at CrateJoy
  • PartyLite ScentGlow® Home Fragrance Warmer

  • PartyLite ScentGlow® Home Fragrance Warmer
    $9.99

    This two-toned ceramic wax warmer with glass dish will bring a warm glow to your home with this two-toned ceramic wax warmer with glass dish. Releases your fragrance of choice from Party Lite's Scent Plus® Melts (sold separately). Plugs in to electric - no open flame!

    Shop Now at PartyLite
  • Individually Packaged Gourmet Scones Subscription Box | Seven Sisters Scones

  • Individually Packaged Gourmet Scones Subscription Box | Seven Sisters Scones
    Starts at $30.00

    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 package 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.

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  • Relish Radio for Dementia

  • 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.

    See it at Relish Life
  • WoolFit® Taiga Ankle High Felt Slippers

  • 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?!?

    See them at German Slippers
  • Zeba - Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers

  • Zeba - Revolutionary New Hands-Free Sneakers
    $159.00

    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!

    Learn More at Zeba Shoes
  • CareBoxCo Monthly and Quarterly Care Boxes | Crate Joy

  • CareBoxCo Monthly and Quarterly Care Boxes | Crate Joy
    $33.15

    CareBoxCo offers monthly and quarterly subscriptions and includes a range of practical and comfort items as well as little treats.

    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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  • AudioRange TV Headphones

  • 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.

    Learn More at AudioRange
  • The Horti Box: Happy Plants Subscription Box

  • 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.

    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 receive 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,

    Learn More at Horti
  • LegXercise PRO Passive Exercise Machine

  • LegXercise PRO Passive Exercise Machine
    $179.94 (Get 10% Off Your First Purchase! With Code FIRST10)

    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.

    Learn More Read My Full Review
  • Audio Range Wireless TV Speaker & FM Radio (SPK-1000FM)

  • 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!

    See It At AudioRange
  • 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.

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  • Sleep & Beyond myProtector Mattress Pad

  • 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.

    See it at Sleep & Beyond
  • World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent

  • World of Puzzles & Games Subscription | Magazine Agent
    $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.

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  • 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.

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  • American Lifetime Day Clock

  • American Lifetime Day Clock
    $74.95

    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’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.

    See It At Alzheimer's Store
  • Remedic Medicine Bottle Opener with Magnifier and LED Light

  • Remedic Medicine Bottle Opener with Magnifier and LED Light
    $11.99

    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!

    See It At Amazon
  • Mahabis Curve Supportive Slippers for Men and Women

  • Mahabis Curve Supportive Slippers for Men and Women
    $130

    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.

    See Them at Mahabis.com
  • Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy | Amazon.com

  • Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy | Amazon.com
    $17.99

    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.

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  • Good for You Tea Gift Sampler - Adagio Teas

  • Good for You Tea Gift Sampler - Adagio Teas
    $12.00

    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.

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  • Fruit Gift of the Month Club | GreatClubs.com

  • Fruit Gift of the Month Club | GreatClubs.com
    Varies

    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.

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  • Mini Bites Cookie Box | Cookies By Design

  • Mini Bites Cookie Box | Cookies By Design
    $21.00

    This gift includes 32 bite sized gourmet cookies in assorted flavors. Wrapped in packages of 8 to preserve the freshness. Available with and without nuts too!

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  • 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.

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  • Stylish Adult Bibs and Clothing Protectors for Seniors | Classy Pal

  • Stylish Adult Bibs and Clothing Protectors for Seniors | Classy Pal
    Starts at $14.99

    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.

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  • Corningware® French White 20-ounce Meal Mug™ with Lid

  • Corningware® French White 20-ounce Meal Mug™ with Lid
    $10.00

    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.

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  • Glorybrew Variety Pack Pods for Keurig | Gourmesso Coffee

  • Glorybrew Variety Pack Pods for Keurig | Gourmesso Coffee
    $25.47

    These premium coffee pods are compostable and filled with sustainable farmed beans while giving you a delicious cup of coffee from your Keurig machine. 3 box of 12 each for a total of 36 pods.

    Shop Now See Keurig Machines at Amazon
  • Matr Boomie Eyeglass Holder | GreaterGood

  • Matr Boomie Eyeglass Holder | GreaterGood
    $39.95

    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.

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  • 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).

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  • California Fruit and Cheese Box Gifts at Just Flowers

  • California Fruit and Cheese Box Gifts at Just Flowers
    $71.99

    Treat them to the fresh tastes and flavors of California! Give the gift of the Golden State in a classic gift box that holds fresh fruits and delicious sweet and savory gourmet snacks.

    Shop Now More Gift Baskets from Just Flowers
  • Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner | La-Z-Boy

  • Margaret Bronze Power Lift Recliner | La-Z-Boy
    Starting at $899.99

    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.

    Shop Now See More Lift Chairs at La-Z-Boy
  • Give Us This Day Small Bread Tray – Mikasa

  • Give Us This Day Small Bread Tray – Mikasa
    $27.99

    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.

    Shop Now Moe Gifts from Mikasa
  • Pile Lined Hardsole Moccasin Slippers | Minnetonka Moccasin

  • Pile Lined Hardsole Moccasin Slippers | Minnetonka Moccasin
    $49.95

    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.

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  • Flower of The Month Club | MonthlyClubs.com

  • Flower of The Month Club | MonthlyClubs.com
    Starting at $38.95

    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.

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  • Personalizable M&M's Candy Bags

  • Personalizable M&M's Candy Bags
    $17.99 - $32.39

    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.

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  • Microplush Electric Blanket with Foot Pocket | Amazon.com

  • Microplush Electric Blanket with Foot Pocket | Amazon.com
    $54.99

    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.

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  • Acorn Women's Spa Wrap Slipper

  • Acorn Women's Spa Wrap Slipper
    $45.95

    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


    See them at Acorn.com Also at Zappos
  • Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor & Watch | HeartGuide by OMRON

  • Wearable Blood Pressure Monitor & Watch | HeartGuide by OMRON
    $499.00

    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.

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  • Desert Beauty Succulent Garden Plant - Teleflora

  • Desert Beauty Succulent Garden Plant - Teleflora
    $79.99

    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.

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  • Super Snacker's Gourmet Gift Box

  • Super Snacker's Gourmet Gift Box
    $44.99

    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.

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  • Scrapbook Album with Gift Box | Amazon.com

  • Scrapbook Album with Gift Box | Amazon.com

    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.

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  • Bath and Body Gift Basket For Women and Men | Amazon.com

  • Bath and Body Gift Basket For Women and Men | Amazon.com
    $41.99

    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.

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  • Home Soft Things Cable Knitted Throw | Amazon.com

  • Home Soft Things Cable Knitted Throw | Amazon.com
    $37.90

    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.


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  • ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser with Quiet Humidifier

  • ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser with Quiet Humidifier
    $25.99

    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.

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  • Call to Mind Conversation Game For Dementia and Alzheimer's

  • Call to Mind Conversation Game For Dementia and Alzheimer's
    $62.00

    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.

    See It At Alzheimeer's Store
  • Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set | Amazon.com

  • Wooden 7-in-1 Board and Card Game Combo Set | Amazon.com

    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.

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  • Animals Ceramic Flower Pot | Amazon.com

  • Animals Ceramic Flower Pot | Amazon.com
    $15.99

    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.

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  • ASUTRA Weighted Silk Eye Pillow for Sleep | Amazon.com

  • ASUTRA Weighted Silk Eye Pillow for Sleep | Amazon.com
    $21.99 ($21.99 / Count)

    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.

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  • TIMMKOO Easy to Use MP3 Player | Amazon.com

  • TIMMKOO Easy to Use MP3 Player | Amazon.com
    $49.99

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

  • PhotoShare Smart Frame | Send Pics from Phone to Frame | Amazon.com
    $109.99

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

  • Fire HD 8 Tablet and E-Reader | Amazon.com
    $44.99

    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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  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Cancelling Headphones

  • Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Noise Cancelling Headphones
    $53.99

    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.

    See Them At Amazon
  • American Made Hardwood Visitor Register or Guestbook | Amazon.com

  • American Made Hardwood Visitor Register or Guestbook | Amazon.com
    $69.99

    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.

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  • 100 All Occasion Greeting Cards 4 x 6 with 100 Envelopes | Amazon.com

  • 100 All Occasion Greeting Cards 4 x 6 with 100 Envelopes | Amazon.com
    $21.95

    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.

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  • Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light | Amazon.com

  • Glocusent LED Neck Reading Light | Amazon.com
    $21.99

    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.

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  • Single Serve Coffee Maker for K Cup Pods and Ground Coffee

  • 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.


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  • Esky Wireless Key Finder | Amazon.com

  • Esky Wireless Key Finder | Amazon.com
    $16.14

    Featuring a transmitter kept at one location and six receivers that can be attached to car keys, house keys, remote controls, phones, or whatever else you might frequently lose or misplace. Hit the button, hear the loud beeps, and find what you’re missing!

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  • BEDSURE Sherpa Soft and Fuzzy Fleece Blanket Throw | Amazon.com

  • BEDSURE Sherpa Soft and Fuzzy Fleece Blanket Throw | Amazon.com
    $24.99

    If you’ve never spent the money on a truly special luxury blanket or quilt, you’re missing out. This one is a truly outstanding blanket that is comfortable, warm, cozy, and really will change the entire experience whether getting a good night’s sleep or just taking a little nap.

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  • PRUNUS Portable Radio | Amazon.com

  • PRUNUS Portable Radio | Amazon.com
    $19.99

    This basically simple radio for seniors has a very easy and intuitive interface. Large, easy to press buttons are perfect for seniors with arthritis in their hands. Scan for local stations with one touch.

    See It At Amazon
  • Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener | Amazon.com

  • Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener | Amazon.com

    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!

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  • All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com

  • All-New Echo Dot (4th Gen) | Smart speaker with Alexa | Amazon.com
    $34.99

    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.

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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
    $59.99

    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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  • Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe Bathrobe | Amazon.com

  • Simplicity Unisex Plush Spa Hotel Kimono Bath Robe Bathrobe | Amazon.com
    $34.99

    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. Many people suggest that a bathrobe be given with slippers. But, you have to take into consideration safety issues with slippers and the flooring the recipient has.


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  • Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System | Amazon.com

  • Xpand No Tie Shoelaces System | Amazon.com
    $9.99

    When people have limited mobility, many basic tasks, like tying shoelaces, can be a challenge. Thankfully, with these shoelaces from Xpand, it's possible to avoid tying your shoes. These laces can used with all kinds of shoes and consistently provide a great fit. A present like this could make for a great stocking stuffer. 

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  • LapGear Designer Lap Desk with Phone Holder and Device Ledge | Amazon.com

  • LapGear Designer Lap Desk with Phone Holder and Device Ledge | Amazon.com
    $34.99

    With this gift, it's possible to use laptops, write letters, and even engage in crafts while sitting in a wheelchair. This lapdesk is comfortable to use thanks to the built-in cushion, which conforms to the shape of the user's lap. It's available in a range of styles and colors, allowing you to select the perfect style for the person you're shopping for. 


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General Gift Advice for Seniors and the Elderly in Assisted Living Homes

1. Personal Gifts

The best way to show affection and care to seniors in assisted living communities is to gift them with personalized gifts. This shows that you put some thought and heart into choosing the gift, which makes it more meaningful. Sending a bouquet of their favorite flowers wrapped in a thoughtful message is a sure way to cheer a senior up. You can also simply give them a call and talk about their favorite topics and memories.

Putting a balloon and a card outside their door is a great way to brighten their day, especially when they find your gift first thing in the morning. You can also write them a personal letter or paint a picture for them. If you still need more gift ideas, you can choose to video call them and include their favorite pets and family members. Not only do these personal gifts cheer them up, but they also make them feel remembered and treasured.

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2. Music and game gifts

Seniors in assisted living communities have a lot of free time, and buying games and music for them is an excellent way of engaging them. If they love music, buy them musical merchandise from their favorite artist. Record players and the traditional music box is an amazing way of helping seniors enjoy their time.

You can also purchase board games for seniors and even play with them when you visit. Not only does it make their mind active, but it also provides a bonding platform with the loved ones. Crossword puzzles, playing a game of cards, video games, and large print coloring books are amazing games gift ideas for the elderly.

3. Recreation of Memories Gifts

All seniors have a list of memorable times of their lives. It could be a place they visited or a sport they used to play when they were younger. A great gift idea would be to recreate such precious memories to help them feel young again. If your loved one’s favorite memory was their visit to France, you could order them some French cuisine to help them recreate their fond memories. You can also decorate their room with photos of France to keep their special memories alive.

If your grandpa loved and played baseball when he was younger, spend time with him watching an old baseball series together and bring his favorite ballpark snack. When seniors relive their old memories, they feel alive and young again. In fact, a recreation of memories is a less costly gift that could mean so much to a senior.

4. Pampering Gifts

One way to make seniors feel loved and appreciated is by pampering them physically. The best way to do so would be to spend a day with them at the salon or spa. They can get their hair done or enjoy a massage altogether. Spa and salon activities such as manicure, pedicure, haircutting, coloring, facials, and eyebrow treatments are all bonding opportunities for you and your loved one.

Wrapping Up

There is no end to the list of gift ideas for seniors in assisted living. The secret to a good gift is making sure it is useful and applicable to the senior’s lifestyle. Also, to make it special, thoughtful, and personalized, always remember that handwritten messages are more memorable than typed ones.

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