Subscription boxes are becoming an incredibly popular way for time-strapped people to find new products and to get things they love and enjoy delivered, saving them time and often saving money too. Subscription boxes are available for almost anything that you can imagine, from video games to sporting goods.
They also make great gifts for seniors and the elderly. You think of them often but get busy in your own life, right? Signing up for one of these services will let them know you care no matter how busy you get. They get sent each month automatically on a set schedule.
Through subscription box gifts, you can send them snacks, treats, activities, and even personalized items each and every month! Seniors in nursing homes, assisted living centers, and those who live alone will especially look forward to their monthly delivery with anticipation!
So, to help you gather ideas for which subscription might be best for you or your loved one, here are a few of my top picks. These are the best subscription boxes for the elderly that will make great gifts for your senior parents, grandparents, or other senior citizens you love.
1. Grandbox – Designed Especially for Seniors
The Grandbox Premium Subscription Box that is sent out once a month. The deliveries coincide with important dates such as birthdays, major public holidays, Christmas, etc.
Grandbox deliveries are built around a theme and are often seasonal. The boxes include a range of gifts with items that are full sized, not fun-sized. Past boxes have included seasonal snacks, puzzle books, fall decor, calendars, and even an Elf on the Shelf!
Plus, Grandboxes can be deeply personalized. I love that you can even add 5 of your own photos and a personal note in each box! It’s a great way to keep long distance relatives involved and up to date along with some nice gifts!
2. Monthly and Quarterly Care Boxes – Comforting Treats
Many care box companies offer monthly subscriptions. But because they want to keep the price of the box low, the items included tend to be smaller, budget items.
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.
3. Hunt A Killer – Solve the Mystery!
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).
Click here to choose your plan, Detective!
If you think they will like the idea of solving a mystery but want to check out something more geared towards seniors, check out Senior Sleuths at CrateJoy.com.
4. Keep the Mind Sharp with Puzzle Book Subscriptions
While not technically a box service, Magazine Agent offers more than 25 different puzzle books on an annual subscription basis at prices as low as $3.00 per issue!
They have a large selection for even the most shrewd puzzle solver: Crosswords, Circle-a-Word puzzles, Sodukus, Number Fill-Ins, Cryptograms and more. For seniors with vision problems, there are even large print editions that are easier to see.
5. The Golden Years Box for “Glam-mas”
Does your favorite senior prefer glitz and glamour to baking and crafts? Then the Golden Years Box from Crate Joy is an excellent gift choice for them!
The Golden Years Box is a monthly collection of luxury beauty item, health and fitness items, and accessories specifically curated for women over 50. Each package contains 5 to 8 uniquely chosen items.
Like most of the subscription boxes for seniors and the elderly that I recommend, each box revolves around a central theme. Past box themes have been The Foot Box, Rainy Days & Saturdays, and a Welcome Box.
6. We Craft Box Senior for Crafty Seniors
Is the senior in your life crafty and enjoy making things with their own hands? If so, the We Craft Box for Seniors might just be a great gift.
Each box is assembled around a central theme and story that links the crafts together. All the materials needed are included too (except scissors) so you won’t be running around looking for pens or markers to complete the task! Photo directions are provided for each step for a stress-free and fun experience.
7. Love With Food for the Snack Lover
This affordable subscription box ships internationally and is a good choice for those who have dietary restrictions.
It is a box of treats that includes ‘free from’ goodies. There are lots of options for those who need to avoid wheat, gluten, common allergens, and even dairy products. They offer lots of Organic and All Natural snacks too!
This box is a nice way for someone who has to avoid common snacks for the elderly to treat themselves.
Learn more about their food and snack choices by clicking here.
8. Loved and Blessed for Christian Encouragement
Are the seniors in your life religious? If so, the Loved and Blessed gift boxes might go down well with them.
The Loved and Blessed gift subscription offers Christian encouragement delivered to your loved ones on a monthly basis. The boxes include scriptures and workbooks to help people stay on track with their faith and face the struggles of life. It also includes video lessons as well as a connection to the Christian community.
If you are looking for a gift that would suit someone for whom their faith is important, then this is a great choice. Whether you share their faith or not, this is a great way to say that you love them and support them. It lets them know you are thinking of them and their personal quest for faith.
9. Peet’s Coffee for the Coffee Nut
Are you or a senior in your life a coffee nut? Yeah, me too. And I know I would love receiving this subscription service as a gift.
For a low monthly subscription, Peet’s coffee will ship a different coffee each month – within 24 hours of roasting it! Their service is flexible too. You can chose which coffee you want, how much you get and how often you get it. You can pause or cancel at anytime.
Don’t know for sure what type to order? Then let their curated service choose for you.
10. Gentleman’s Box for that Dapper Senior
If you have an older male relative who likes to look smart and feel fresh, then this is a great box for them.
This subscription box includes ties, socks, sunglasses, cufflinks, aftershave, creams and other small personal grooming items fit for a real gentleman.
There are two tiers of subscription. The standard box is nice and quite luxurious. Plus, there is a premium version that steps it up again with some stunning items in it that would make great gifts individually, let alone in a subscription.
The Gentleman’s Box is suitable for all ages. It could even be a good gift from an older relative to a young man, or the other way around.
It’s a top quality gift set that helps you dress to impress.
11. Bespoke Post for Gadget Freaks
Bespoke Post is the gift box service for people who are passionate about “something.” The service includes lots of different options, including mixology, travel, fashion, cooking, and more. If you’re looking to give an elderly relative something that matches their lifelong hobby, this is a brilliant option.
These boxes do cost a little more than most other subscriptions, but they are filled with small batch gifts that will delight the geek or enthusiast in you. If you want to rest easy knowing that you’re buying quality gifts from manufacturers that care as much as you do, then this is a great choice.
Gift boxes for the elderly don’t have to be full of socks and slippers (although socks and slippers are great choices for some). As you can see, there are plenty of subscription box options out there to suit the senior parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles in your life.