Giving gifts to the elderly sometimes requires a lot of thought. You want to give a gift that they appreciate and that is thoughtful as well as practical.
Giving a gift that is only going to sit on a shelf and add to the clutter that they have accumulated throughout their lives may not be appreciated.
Recommended Practical Gifts for Seniors
Did you know you can gift quality Gillette razors and shaving products to seniors? And, you can have them delivered on a schedule that you prefer.
This starter kit includes the Gillette FlexxBall raxor handle, five blade refills and a travel-size sensitive shave gel. Sign up for their subscription service and get refills delivered every month, 3 months, or 6 months.
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!
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.
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.
Many seniors can benefit from an Audiobooks.com subscriptions: from active seniors who like to exercise to elderly people who are homebound or even bedridden. Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment, education and enlightenment. Plus, they keep seniors minds busy as they pass the time.
This special edition calendar is filled with everything that is good about home with each page bringing a new scene of peace at home. Upgrades include a brass grommet to reduce tearing, a gift sleeve, and a bonus 9x12 frameable print. 14 inches wide by 24.5 inches tall when open. 12 months.
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.
Seniors can get help anytime and anywhere they need it with the small, easy to carry Lively Mobile Plus. Includes a helpful fall detection feature too.
Enjoy warm beverages from these durable and gorgeous porcelain cups. Another benefit of porcelain is that heat is transferred to your hands for a warming effect that people with arthritic hands will enjoy. Set includes 4 mugs and are available in 9 different colors.
Hello Fresh Meal Kits are a great way to provide meals for seniors and the elderly - especially if they enjoy cooking or have a caregiver to help. Choose from a variety of menus and healthy food plans. Weekly meal box deliveries.
This senior meal delivery service send chef-prepared meals from doctor-designed diets straight to the door. Simply select your meals from a menu online or via phone and set your delivery schedule. Rest assured knowing your loved one is easting well
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.
This easy to use cell phone for seniors features photo dialing, an emergency button, and displays the time, remaining batter, and signal strength. And, that's it! Plus caregivers can manage and control the phone settings through a simple portal.
This helpful little home gadget can vacuum AND mop an entire home on one charge. Works well with pet hair and features a hard floor mode. Automatic mode to always keep a home spotless.
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.
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.
This one-piece stainless steel handle and blade kitchen knife is durable and designed to last. The ergonomic grip makes it easy for older hands to control. It's even dishwasher safe!
This indoor grill pan features GreenPan’s signature healthy ceramic nonstick coating. The high grill ridges sear while keeping away the fat. Lightweight, versatile, and dishwasher-safe
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.
This probably seems like an odd choice, but stick with me for a minute. Seniors are using more tech than ever which means tons of passwords to remember! With this service, they only have to remember one. If set-up is a problem, just have one of the grandkids come over.
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
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.
These simple little attachments make mobile phones easier to hold onto - which means they are less likely to be dropped. Just use the adhesive to apply to the back of your case and go. Note: If you don't already have a base, make sure you buy a PopGrip for a full set not a PopTop which is the top piece only.
KitchenAid is known for mixers and now they have this cordless model. 7 speeds and battery lasts long enough to make 4 batches of cookies. No cords to trip over or deal with either.
This Spoon Rest keeps you from constantly wiping up messy spoon marks. Plus, it's as decorative as functional! Constructed of stoneware. Dishwasher safe. Spoon rest measures 10-3/4 inch long.
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?
A beautiful piece of jewelry can make your loved one feel beautiful and pampered, especially if it has significant meaning. Find one that matches her style, or maybe take a look at birthstone necklaces if this is a gift for her birthday. Pick her brain a little and find out what her favorite stone is, and maybe get her a whole matching set (necklace, earrings, rings, and a bracelet) that features that stone. Pair it with a jewelry box.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This well made jewelry features a hidden panic button that you can press when you need any kind of assistance from friends, family, or even the authorities. Once received, the jewelry syncs up to an app on your cell phone. Then, once the panic button is pressed, your cell phone will notify the people that your designate.
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.
Whether needing a sturdy non-slick step stool to reach the top of the shelves in the bathroom, the kitchen, or the basement, a reliable folding step stool is an incredibly practical and extremely useful gift. This encourages that all-important sense of independence and self-reliance while helping to reduce the chances of preventable accidents. See more step stools for seniors here.
These are easily put over electrical outlets and provide natural nightlights that give enough light to help elderly individuals make their way around the house but not so much as to be a nuisance. These guidelights are a very nice addition to any house and a very useful and practical gift.
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.
This automatic can opener is my top pick for seniors because it has a large lever that can be pressed with the palm of the hand instead of just the fingers. So, poor finger dexterity or arthritic hand pain are reduced when using it. Personally, I think it looks great too.
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.
General Gifting Advice for Buying Practical Gifts
Below are 5 practical gifts for seniors that they are guaranteed to want and use:
1. The Time
Seniors tend to find keeping track of the time and days more challenging as time goes by. An easy to read clock that shows both the time and day and that can be programmed with important dates is an ideal gift. Alarms for when medication should be taken or reminders of other important daily, weekly and monthly tasks is also helpful.
Make sure that the clock is easy to use and that the displays are easy to read without glasses. You can choose between a digital wall-clock, beside alarm or even a large faced digital watch.
2. Key Holder And Locator
We all misplace our keys from time to time and seniors find keeping track of their keys even more challenging. A key holder for them to hang their keys immediately when they walk through the door will mean they always know where they keys should be. Remember to take the time to hang or install the key holder. A key locater that is voice activated is also a good idea and will beep or sound an alarm so that keys can be located easily no matter where they are.
3. Cleaning Service
Another task that seniors often struggle with is basic household chores. Hiring a handyman or cleaning service to give their home a good spring clean, from top to bottom, is an extremely helpful gift. You can even go as far as scheduling regular cleaning on a weekly or daily basis so that you can rest assured that your elderly loved one is living in a safe, clean and hygienic environment. Choose a cleaning service that has experience with dealing with the elderly.
Some seniors may not like strangers in their homes touching their belongings so take this into account. If this is the case, rope in other family members and do the cleaning yourselves. This is a gift that you can give for free.
4. A Journal
Every person has a tale to tell but may never had the time or the initiative to write down their story. A journal is a great way for an elderly person to communicate their life experiences to their children, grandchildren and future generations. It can also be used simply to keep track of daily thoughts and feelings.
This is a low cost gift that can inspire creativity.
A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. If there is a particular magazine or newspaper that a senior enjoys, a weekly or monthly subscription will give them access to good reading material regularly. Alternatively, choose a subscription to a magazine that is relevant to a hobby or other interest that the senior may have.
Don’t limit yourself to magazine subscriptions. Wine clubs, cooking clubs and other organizations offer subscriptions to provide a whole range of products and activities that may be suitable for seniors.
Just a little extra time and research can help you find the perfect practical gift for an elderly loved one that they may not necessarily need but can really use.