12 of the Most Useful Gifts for the Elderly (From the Heart Too)

Scott Grant ATP
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While the best gifts are from the heart, sometimes they can double as useful gifts for the elderly. Practical gifts that improve a senior’s life show that you are aware of their needs and care.

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I don’t know about you, but getting the perfect gift always feels like a bit of a challenge. When I’m looking for a useful gift for one of my grandparents, who have everything they’ve needed for many years at this point, that challenge becomes even more intimidating!

The good news is that I’m apparently not the only one who has run into this issue, and there are many companies creating really useful and amazing gifts that are great for elderly recipients. Take a look at the following and you’re almost certainly going to find something perfect for the special elderly individuals who are currently in your life.

Looking at the Most Useful Gifts for the Elderly

Single Serve Coffee Maker

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. No waste, no hassle, just a simple and strong cup of caffeine to get going in the morning.

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DayClox - The Original Memory Loss Digital Calendar

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.


Esky Key Finder, Wireless RF Item Locator

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!


Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

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.


Folding, Lightweight Step Stool

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.

RELATED GUIDE: Safe Step Stools for Seniors


SnapPower Guide Light 2

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.

RELATED GUIDE: The Best Nightlights for Seniors


Sunbeam Microplush Heated Electric Warming Blanket

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.


URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oils can provide a wide variety of benefits from less stress to better sleep to providing a better overall sense of health through aromatherarpy, this essential oil diffuser can help make sure your loved ones are enjoying those benefits in full. From a bit of extra healing to simply enjoying the lovely fragrance, there’s a lot to love about this little gift.


Fire HD 8 Tablet (8" HD Display, 16 GB) - Black

Technology can be a bit of a challenge, and yet it also offers a great way to keep in touch with family and feel connected with the world around you. Less intimidating than computers and much easier to see and use than a smartphone, tablets really are the perfect gift for helping older members of the family keep in touch and get more used to the positive benefits that technology has to offer.


MedCenter (70265) 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System

Makes organizing the pills needed for the day easy as an entire month can be planned out with this organizer. That makes it easier to plan out various medications, make sure they’re all stored in one place, and a handy alarm can bring your attention back to it if things slip your mind.

RELATED GUIDE: Automatic Pill Dispensers for the Elderly


BEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket Throw

If you’ve never spent the money on a truly special luxury blanket or quilt, you’re missing out. A blanket isn’t just a blanket and 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.


399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges

There are many options when it comes to good brain games. Crossword power, Sudoku books, word searches, or something else entirely, brain games are important. This book is a great option among many for creating and interacting with games that not only pass time and keep you entertained, but also keeps the mind firing on all cylinders!


Always from the Heart

There you have it!

The best gifts are always going to be from the heart. However, if you can also make the gift useful, practical, and helpful, you’ll truly be hitting a home run when it comes to the gift giving department.

Do you know of other useful gifts for the elderly? Please tell me your ideas in the comments below. Also, I’d appreciate a social share if you found this gift guide helpful!

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