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10 Inexpensive Gifts for Older Seniors You Can Buy Today

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When buying gifts for senior or elderly loved ones, the cost isn't usually the most important thing. Most elderly people just want to know they aren't alone and that people care for them. So, here are some inexpensive gifts for older seniors.

Here are my Top Picks:

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Deciding what to gift an elderly senior loved one is a challenge for many.

They are past the stage of enjoying funky clothes or using the latest gadget. So, I found it really tough to choose. But, I did manage to shortlist a few inexpensive gifts, which I think you will also find useful.

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Here are Some of the Best Inexpensive Gifts for Seniors

Features

  • Easy to Use: No alarms & nothing to program or set. Just close the TimerCap and the stopwatch automatically counts up the seconds, minutes, and hours so you can be confident to know the exact time.
  • Stopwatch: These TimerCap organizer automatically show the time when the pill bottles were last closed, helping to avoid dosage mistake, potential overdose, detect or deter others from experimenting
  • Safety taking medication: Whether you are living with chronic issues, recovering from surgery or addressing age related safety issues, this help achieve medication management, simply and reliably.
  • Portable: These TimerCaps easily organize your pill medication to fit in your pocket, purse, medicine cabinet or travel bag. Taking medication can now be anxiety free and simple.
  • Trying to match a bottle: We have many styles to meet your needs or don’t worry because these caps do come with bottles. Just peel off the label, place it on the new bottle and now your protected.

Most senior citizens find it difficult to keep track of their medication. Some of them can’t even remember the names of the medicines they should take after respective meals. That is why my number-one recommendation is gifting a pill organizer that comes with reminder alarms. This is also helpful for elders who have Alzheimer’s. It hardly costs a few bucks but helps seniors a lot.

Many older seniors enjoy spending the entire day reading books or relaxing. Keep them engaged with simple puzzle games, word searches, crossword puzzles, or even Sudoku books. Those who like to solve the crossword puzzle in the newspaper the first thing in the morning will find love this gift.

My grandparents spent hours solving word searches every day. Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune on them. In fact, I would recommend gifting several gifts, such as crossword puzzles and word searches together.

Senior citizens should keep active as much as possible. This helps them to stay fit both physically and mentally. Gardening is one of the activities that elders love. They love taking care of plants and watching them grow inch by inch every day.

If your loved one also has this habit, gift them boot jacks. Taking off boots or other footwear can be a pain for older seniors. Instead, they can make the most of a boot jack that provides support to open their garden boots quickly.

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Features

  • Material : Cotton 97% +Spandex 3% great ventilation tough soft and quick drying
  • Dot grips at sole of socks provide superb grip on slick surface such as wood floors,tile floors. Prevent falling or losing balance while walking or running.
  • Perfect companion yoga pilates house socks for your allows safer practice,fall prevention and enhances balance during exercise.
  • Arch support for a secure fit
  • Use of high quality knitted fabric is not torn or deformed to even wash by washing machine.

This is one of the gifts that satisfy both functionality and fashion. Elders usually don’t tend to purchase new socks frequently. Some of them even wear double socks to keep them warm in winters.

I recently found rubber grip, non-slip socks that provide the same function. They keep the feet nice and cozy and reduce the chance of a slip and fall. You can even choose from a wide range of styles and colors. So, pick a color that suits your grandfather or elderly uncle soon.

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Features

  • ❥Relieve Muscle Soreness & Tension:Neck back massager is ergonomically designed to merge with the contours of different body parts.Neck massager's 4 Powerful 3D Massage Nodes with automatically changes direction every min can relax neck pain,back pain,foot pain,shoulder pain ,leg pain even your full body pain and tight muscles.
  • ❥Multifunctional Shiatsu Massage Pillow:Shiatsu massager has 3 adjustable speeds allows you to get appropriate amount of pressure to relieve your muscle pain.Suitable for human body temperature (113℉/45℃) infrared heating temperature, it can prevent you from low temperature burns, and assist the neck back massager to give you a comfortable deep tissue kneading massage.
  • ❥New High-quality Fabric Design:Neck back massager adopt the sofa fabric with a more comfortable smell,softer touch sense and skin-friendly.Made of high-grade and durable materials for long-term use.Back massage pillow is ideal choose for Birthday gift, Fathers Day gift, Mothers Day gift, Anniversary gift,Thanksgiving present,Christmas gift,Valentine's Day gift,Galentine's Day gift and so on.
  • ❥Safe & Convenient To Use:Neck back massager is equipped with Overheat Protection Device & programmed with 15-minute Auto Shut-Off to ensure safety.Both AC adapter (110-220V ) and Car adapter (12V DC) are included by back neck massager.Perfect for home,office and car.
  • ❥Reliable Seller: Customers' satisfaction is the goal we have been pursuing.Neck and shoulder massager comes with 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason and 3-Year warranty for quality-related issues.If anything happens to your massage pillow,please contact us directly.All of us will try our best to serve you within 24 hours.

There is nothing more comfortable than a warm massage on an aching back. Senior citizens often complain about neck and back pain. A massage pillow will be the most valuable gift this season. They don’t cost a fortune, and you may help to get rid of their constant pain. You can attach these pillows to an armchair. So, your elders can relax the day in their armchair with the massage pillow at the back of their head.

Features

  • SKIN CARE PRODUCTS: Pamper from head to toe with this giftable set including Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, Original Beeswax Lip Balm, Res-Q Ointment, Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream and Coconut Foot Cream,
  • HANDS & FEET: Pamper and soothe dry, rough, cracked skin with moisturizing hand salve, cuticle cream, hand cream and rich foot cream,
  • LIP MOISTURIZER: Made with Beeswax, Vitamin E and a hint of peppermint oil, hydrate and nourish dry lips with the original favorite lip balm,
  • MULTIPURPOSE OITNMENT: This gentle Res-Q Ointment is made with a blend of herbal ingredients to create an everyday salve that soothes and comfort dry skin and minor cuts,
  • BURTS BEES GIFT SET: These natural, moisturizing skin care products gifted in a Burt’s Bees tin nourish skin throughout the winter months and make the perfect holiday stocking stuffer

A gift basket is a universal choice when it comes to gifting elders in the house. They love a collection of items in a single basket. Plus, they are available at very affordable prices. Of course, you shouldn’t get a gift basket that contains candies.

Instead, you can get the ones that have specialty teas, snacks, puzzles, games, books, or other handy items. You can even customize the gift basket by choosing the items you want to keep inside. A set of tea bags and coffee beans will be suitable.

Features

  • The world’s best selling Bluetooth tracker just got 25 percent smaller. Tile Mate easily loops onto keychains or attaches to anything you don’t want to lose so you can find it fast
  • Use your smartphone to make your Tile Mate ring when it’s nearby. Your Tile isn’t where you left it. You can anonymously enlist help in the Tile community. With over 5 million Tile devices sold, it is the world’s largest lost and found network
  • Find your phone. Can't find your phone: Simply double press the button on your Tile Mate to make your phone ring even on silent! Water resistant: Up to IP57 standards. Sound : 88 decibel melody
  • See where you had it last. The easy to use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you’ll always know where to look
  • Battery life: One year from shipment: Charging: None All activity measurements and calculations are estimates. Accuracy is affected by various factors including physiology, location of device, and different movements

Like the pill organizer, this is another useful gift that older seniors will love. I would personally recommend this gift because I know that elders tend to forget where they kept the garage or home keys. This is essential for those who stay alone most of the time.

Some of these key finders can work from 300 feet away. You can connect them to their mobile phone using Bluetooth. This will reduce the chances of losing any key in the house.

Features

  • 10,000 Lux for Effective Light Therapy: Emulating natural sunlight at 6500K, the light therapy lamp helps to fight effects of winter blues, jet lag, and seasonal time changes
  • Energy-Efficient LEDs: The 33 LEDs deliver the full brightness at only 12W and do not emit any UV light or other polluting radiation
  • Adjustable Brightness: Adjust 3 levels of brightness to accommodate the user’s sensitivity to light, environment, and distance from lamp
  • Easy Button & Touch Control: Pressing the button on the bottom or tapping the switch on the top to turn on the lamp or to choose light brightness levels(Long press the switch to turn off the light)
  • Compact Design: The lamp measures just 5.9 x 5.9 x 4.5 inches (15 x 15 x 11.4 cm) so it can be set up even in small places and easily stored away

Winter can be darker in many countries. You may have 16 to 18 hours of darkness, and that can be a pain in the butt for many elders. It drags them down and keeps them in the bed for long hours. Moreover, many elders also have mobility challenges. They can’t go outside and enjoy the natural sunshine. A light therapy lamp is the best substitute for natural light. It mimics natural outdoor light so that elders don’t feel they are missing out on anything outside.

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Features

  • WELCOME TO INDUCTION COOKING - This electric cooktop is your portable stove. It's compact and lightweight enabling you to take this electric burner beyond the top of your counter allowing you to cook almost anywhere
  • SIX USER MODES - Enjoy cooking on your terms with these modes. Choose from Fry Mode, Boil Mode, or Simmer depending on your needs. Control your cooking experience with Boost Mode, Warm Mode and a Timer.
  • TEN HEATING LEVELS - This induction hot plate is a power cooker. A power you control. Set the heat wattage from Level 1 (120W) to Level 10 (1500W) simply from the touch of the induction burner controls
  • DIGITAL LCD ONE-TOUCH CONTROL PANEL - Manage this portable induction stove easily with just the tip of your finger. Features a child safety lock system for the maximum in kids safety
  • FOR USE WITH COMPATIBLE MAGNETIC INDUCTION COOKWARE - This electric cooktop works with induction ready cookware such as cast iron or steel pots pans or plates. Also works with stainless steel cookware with a magnetic bottom

Do your grandparents only use the stove to heat water for their tea or coffee? Give them a portable induction cooktop so that they don’t have to deal with fire. This is an incredibly inexpensive gift for senior citizens, especially for those who stay alone. It also helps improve their safety in the kitchen.

Features

  • SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dance your way into dreamland with the enjoyment of 5 sound options including White, Brown and Pink Noise as well as 2 Nature Sounds, Thunder Storm and Rain. Whether the sound of weather helps you relax or the gentle hum of different frequencies, falling asleep never sounded so good
  • RECHARGEABLE RELAXATION: Sleep is how we recharge our batteries, and you shouldn’t have to keep recharging your sound machine. Enjoy up to 12 hours of relaxing on one charge and rest without worry.
  • PEACEFUL PORTABILITY: Whether it’s in the comfort of your home or traveling the world, the cordlessly capable Fabric Sound Machine keeps satisfying sleep a priority. Perfect for travel, any room in your home or anywhere else you need your sleep.
  • TIMED TRANQUILITY: Loud enough to drown out a snoring spouse or gentle enough to ease a baby to sleep, you control the tone and volume of the Fabric Sound Machine. No need to get up and turn it off as a 30, 60- and 90-minute auto-timer is built in.
  • SUPPORTIVE SLEEP: Sometimes we need assistance on our way to sedative slumber, and the guided sleep mediation is just what you need to help get you there. In addition to 3 sleep therapy programs, the guided meditation invokes complete relaxation and restfulness.

Many elderly seniors suffer from insomnia. They can’t sleep at night then remain drowsy throughout the day. A sleep sound machine can come to their rescue. These make calming, soothing sounds that can relax their mind and help them drift off to sleep. You can get the ones that come with sound level adjustments based on surrounding noise.

My Top Pick

If you ask me which one is my favorite, I would have to at least choose three from this list: the pill organizer with alarm, the puzzle pack, and key finder.

So, which one are you gifting your elderly seniors this festive season?

What other ideas do you have for inexpensive gifts for senior citizens? Tell me about them in the comments below! Also, please share this article on social if you found it helpful!

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About Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

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.

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