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

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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.

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Looking at the Most Useful Gifts for the Elderly

Features

  • ✔ SINGLE CUP DESIGN WITH QUICK BREW TECHNOLOGY - Compatible for most single cup pods, including Realcups, k-cup pods,etc.And also can work with reusable k cup coffee filter(Not included).You can brews a fresh cup of coffee in only three minutes.
  • ✔ UPGRADED INTERNAL STRUCTURE - Wider water tank mouth of this single cup coffee maker, more convenient to fill water and clean. Removable drip tray and 12 oz water reservoir support more coffee in standard-size cups or 5 1/2-inch tall large mugs at most.
  • ✔ LIGHT-WEIGHT AND PERFECT FOR TRAVELLING - Light weight and compact design of this single serve coffee maker makes it perfect for your desk at home or work, and small enough for travelling.
  • ✔ AUTO SHUTOFF - Smart and simple one - touch button with light indicating coffee is brewing, shuts off automatically when brewing cycle is finished, for safety and energy efficiency.
  • ✔ 2 YEAR WARRANTY - BPA free material for water tank and UL certification, give you a powerful safety guarantee. Note: Please brew water to clean the water tank for the first use every morning, it can be more effective to extract crema from coffee.

No matter how old some of us get, that morning cup of coffee is a mandatory start to the day. The Aicok 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

Features

  • This unique 'High Resolution' digital day clock clearly spells out the full DAY of the Week, MONTH and DATE in large, bold letters - with no confusing abbreviations. Many seniors suffering from memory loss due to dementia, stroke, Alzheimer's or just advancing years, often have difficulty processing abbreviated words.
  • Ideal clock for people of all ages! Great for Home, Office or even Classroom use. The words Dementia, Alzheimer's or Memory Loss are ‘not’ printed on the clock itself so it makes a great gift for those special loved ones, especially Grandma & Grandpa. It is quickly becoming a perfect Senior Care and In Home Care necessity.
  • This DayClox Digital Calendar Clock displays exact time in a large, bright and clear display that can be seen from across the room. It's bold, sharp & non-glare display is invaluable for the visually impaired and the elderly.
  • Features 8 different languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch & Welsh. Display can be easily set to 12 hour or 24 hour (Military Time). Great for people with macular degeneration.
  • Overall Dimensions: 8.5" wide x 6.75" high x 1" deep (4.5" deep with Kickstand) 8" diagonal display screen. Can be used as a Desk clock or Wall clock. The clock requires an A/C adapter (US adapter included) to operate. Does not run on batteries. The clock is shipped with a removable thin plastic screen protector, to protect the screen during transit. One Year US warranty - void when used outside USA.

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.

Features

  • JOIN THE MILLIONS OF TRUSTED ESKY USERS AROUND THE WORLD
  • 6 KEY FINDERS: attach the receives to any 6 items and simply press the color-coded buttons to locate them. Easy to use and operate
  • SOUND : receiver sounds/beeps, leading you to your lost item.
  • POWERFUL, UP TO 30 METERS: Radio frequency can penetrate through walls, floors, cushions, leather, etc to help find your item up to 30 meters away
  • RELIABLE AND FRIENDLY CUSTOMER SERVICE: Ready to respond within 24 hours and lifetime support

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!

Features

  • Features also an optional gentle warmth, to help you unwind from a stressful day
  • Calms and reinvigorates you whether you're in your chair at home, sitting at your desk at work or even while commuting in your car
  • Massages the entire back, from shoulders to waist, while sitting in a chair or lying on a couch or bed
  • Convenient and easy-to-use control allows you to switch the heat on/off
  • Plugs into an ac outlet or dc car plug (ac and dc cables included) / size: 2 ft. Height x 1. 4 ft.

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.

Features

  • Unique, grip-dot textured surface makes the folding step stool safe for everyone, including kids.
  • The anti-skid foot-pads feature makes it safety certified and passes ANSI III requirements.
  • The lightweight, but sturdy folding step stool is easy to use because it opens with one flip of the hand.
  • It’s a great step up for the kitchen, bathroom, closets, RV's, and all those hard-to-reach areas.
  • The maximum standing height is 9", and it easily folds away for convenient storage.

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

Features

  • EASY INSTALL - You don't have to be an electrician or magician to install the Guidelight. It was designed for a truly simple, safe solution to the household nightlight. It does not require brackets, batteries, mounts, or wires. Just snap it on and go.
  • FREES UP OUTLETS - You can finally use all of the outlets in your house. Don't let standard, bulky night lights dominate your hallways, bathrooms or children's bedrooms anymore.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT - The Guidelight cover plate costs less that 10 cents per year to power. With just the right amount of light, you can sleep easy now.
  • SAFE FOR CHILDREN - The Guidelight does not heat up like standard night lights, it does not have open bulbs or glass for kids to burn and cut themselves on.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - With a money back guarantee and the best customer service around, you can buy easy. We have you covered, we have your back.

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

Features

  • America's #1 Electric Heated Throw Blanket! Machine Wash & Dry. Comes with 5 Years Limited Manufacturer Warranty.
  • Experience the luxurious comfort of Velvet Plush heated throw, wrapping you in warmth and elegance on cold winter nights.
  • Made of Luxurious Premium-Soft Velvet Plush. Dimensions: 50" x 60"
  • The ThermoFine warming system senses and adjusts heat to deliver consistent warmth
  • 3 Heat Settings & 3 Hour Auto-Off

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.

Features

  • URPOWER New Version: The URPOWER Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser is an upgraded version. The 2nd generation produces more mist than old version. An ideal way to add moist, comfortable air to small bedrooms, hotel rooms, tabletops and even workplace cubicles
  • Please use 100% pure essential oils with no corrosivity, Ultrasonic aroma essential oil diffuse is safe and does not harm the essential oil of any ingredients
  • Outlet shouldn’t be inserted cord that exceeds the maximum voltage.Fight back against dry air. This stylish cool mist humidifier adds moisture to your air to eliminate dryness and help with your dry chapped skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses. Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to give your room a pleasant scent.
  • Features include 7 color changing lamps for your choice, nightlight, programmable on/off cycles and auto shut-off.once the water runs out,it wil be auto shut-off to protect the device
  • Content: 100ml,Material: PP Hard plastic,Working time: up to 6 hours,Adjustable two mist settings:continuously and intermittently,Whisper-quiet operation won't interfere with your sleep.

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.

Features

  • 8" HD display; 16 or 32 GB of internal storage (up to 400 GB with microSD)
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • Alexa hands-free enabled
  • 1.5 GB of RAM

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.

Features

  • Sold in - 1/ea
  • Dimensions - 10.5 x 7.5 x 8.25 (in)
  • Monthly, 4 daily dose, medication organizer with red and green coding tracks when day is done
  • Loud talking alarm alerts users up to 4 times daily when it's time to take medication
  • Easy set alarm clock

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

Features

  • UNIQUE DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: BEDSURE Dual Sided Super Soft Blanket with Fleece Face and Plush Sherpa reverse offers you different senses of softness to improve your sleep with one side of smooth and fluffy to the other - Bring you ultimate soft and warmth with 220 GSM Fleece top and 280 GSM Sherpa reverse blanket - Bound together with decorative knit-trim edging for a superior appearance.
  • FABULOUS BLANKET BENEFITS: Throw size Sherpa Blanket for couch measures by 50" x 60" is perfect for homeowners with sophisticated tastes in decoration home - The fabulous color enhances this blanket throw with an elegant and superior appearance to complement your room a chic feeling - Shield a layer to protect your luxury bed and couch from dirt and stain to keep them fresh and clean.
  • VERSATILE USAGE SCENARIOS: Snuggling on your couch and bed with BEDSURE plush and warm Sherpa fleece blankets to enjoy your family happy hours while watching favorite TV shows - Perfect for indoor and outdoor use to provide consecutive warmth in chilly weather, especially for camping and picnic - Gifts for Men and Women; Moms and Dads, Valentine's, Mother's and Father's Day; Christmas and New Year.
  • PREMIUM MICROFIBER SELECTION:Reversible Sherpa Fleece Blanket crafts with greatest quality of 100% microfiber polyester fabric all layers for durable use - This comfy, cozy and ultra-plush warm Sherpa blanket provides better fade & stain resistant than cotton blankets - Unlike cotton has little elasticity to retain shape, microfiber blanket will NOT bunch with time.
  • WHAT YOU CAN GET: Available in Bedsure Reversible Sherpa Fleece Blanket Twin 60" x 80", Blanket Throw Size 50" x 60", Fleece Blanket Queen Size 90" x 90" - Variety of color selections to decor: Grey, Navy, Dark Grey ... - Veritable BEDSURE Trademarked Products - In Business since 1979 - BEDSURE guarantees to provide 1-Month return and replacement service & life-time free customer service - We want our customers to be 100% happy and satisfied.

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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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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