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

Scott Grant ATP CRTS
by: Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS®

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

Basically, Invisawear Safety Jewelry is jewelry that is designed to keep you safe from things like robberies and getting hurt. The products that you can purchase look like well made jewelry but feature a panic button that you can press when you need any kind of assistance from friends, family, or even the authorities. For senior citizens, this kind of product can even save your life if you were to fall and couldn’t get back up or had some other health issue. Instead of having to live in fear, you can count on the jewelry to help you out when you need it the most.

With Invisawear Safety Jewelry you’re going to be able to hook it up to an app that works through your smartphone. In other words, it will work with your phone so you can activate it and have it call emergency services or just friends and family so they can come check on you. There are detailed instructions on the website that sells this kind of product and generally when you buy it, you’ll get an easy to understand guide with it. Either way, learn how it works before putting it on so you can benefit the most from it.


As a senior or elderly person, it’s more important than ever to be as prepared as possible for an emergency situation. You want those responding to you to know exactly what your health conditions are and whether or not you have specific allergies that would react poorly with specific treatment. The more information first responders and the treating doctor have about your medical history, the better the chances you are able to get treated successfully.

A Medical ID Tag from DynoTag is a specially durable tag that is designed to provide ready-to-use Emergency Contact Information to first responders and medical doctors. You can add everything from your insurance information to other important health information that you will need in the event you become unconscious and you need emergency medical attention.

By having one of these tags on your person, you will be able to readily offer the necessary information to your caregivers if you are unable to respond and provide the information yourself. It will also give your family members the peace of mind they need to know that you are always going to be able to get immediate emergency help without needing to constantly be available to provide the vital information themselves.


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.

RELATED GUIDE: Best Coffee Makers for Seniors


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.


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!


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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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