As we age our blood vessels lose their elasticity and may thin. In addition, the fat layers that insulate us also tend to thin – the net effect is that the elderly tend to feel the cold much more than those who are in their middle age or younger.
So that is why, when the colder weather sets in (or preferably as the first leaves fall from the trees) a gift that will allow those who are in their ‘Golden Years’ to enjoy a comfortable and warm winter will be tremendously welcome – and a concrete demonstration of the love and care you have for these important family members or friends.
The question is what sort of gift is appropriate?
There are any number to choose from. There is nothing wrong with a traditional quilt or blanket- or even a hot water bottle, but there are new versions of classics, as well as new products that can make the gift that much more meaningful and useful for the elderly.
Here are some great ideas for that extra special gift of love.
Best Gifts to Keep the Elderly Warm and Toasty
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.
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.
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.
Mahabis slippers are unique because they are convertible depending on the environment you are in. The natural rubber sole is removable for indoor use or pops on quickly for a run out to the mail box. Supportive felt upper with 100% organic wool lining. Men's and Women's styles and sizes are available in tons of color combinations.
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
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.
If your gift recipient's a tea lover, get them a high quality set of tea accessories including a beautiful, but functional, teapot, a tea infuser, and a set of flavors you think she’ll enjoy. She may have been using the same teapot for decades now, so she’ll appreciate the upgrade.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Copper Compression Arthritis Gloves keep your hands warm, compressed, and comfortable too. These gloves come in a variety of sizes and are made of a copper-infused material that’s perfect for consistent performance. They have a fingerless design so that you can still move your fingers.
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.
Many wheelchair users need to wear gloves to protect their hands. These stylish men's gloves aren't just waterproof. They also feature touchtip technology, allowing them to be used with touchscreen devices. If someone on your shopping list needs a new pair of gloves, this is an excellent option.
General Gift Giving Advice for Cold Natured Elderly Seniors
1. Classic Electric Blanket
The classic senior friendly electric blanket is still one of the most popular gifts. The modern versions are much safer than has traditionally been the case, and the ability to set the blanket at various levels is a great feature. Many Queen sized and King sized versions also allow each side to be set at separate levels of warmth suitable for individual requirements.
2. Humble Pair of Gloves
Another great gift idea is the humble pair of gloves. However, technology has added to the functionality of the traditional pair of gloves. There are many variants that can now be plugged into a USB outlet and this charges integrated wiring that allows the glove to provide extra warmth for computer work on the coldest of days and nights.
There are also fingerless gloves that will allow for the easy use of touch screen devices – which are great for the tech savvy older person who wants to keep in touch at all times – and access the all-important information on the Internet.
3. Wearable Blankets
It seems unbelievable that no one had come up with the idea of a wearable blanket until only about a decade ago – after all the poncho has been around for countless generations.
However, today’s wearable blanket is available in fleece or wool – or a variety of man-made materials. They feature sleeves and a hoodie design that ensures that ears remain cozy – even on the coldest of nights. They are available in a number of sizes – but most people will find that the ‘one size fits all’ option is more than sufficient to cover all the usually exposed parts.
4. Sherpa Blankets
A great variant on the idea is the Sherpa blanket, which although more traditional in shape, they feature a polyester side (usually it’s this material) and one that imitates real wool. They’re usually a bit heavier than traditional blankets – and this adds to that feeling of coziness when they are used.
4. Heated Furniture Covers and Throws
Settling in for a cozy evening with a book, or to take in a movie can be unpleasant for the elderly person (or persons). Furniture can be cold to the touch and take forever to warm up when the only source of heat is the human body.
But there are now electrically heated furniture covers that can keep that couch toasty right from the get-go. They are available in a variety of sizes so there’s bound to be a version that is suitable for almost any furniture.
A gift of warmth is one that provides not only comfort on the coldest of days or nights – but also provides a heartwarming expression of love and care. With a little thought, it’s easy to find the perfect gift for that extra special older person in your life.