Our aged loved ones are probably one of the best gifts we can receive this holiday season. Being with them year after year is such a blessing to us. Not only do they bring so much joy and love to their families, but they also bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that is invaluable to the rest of us.
That’s why with the holiday season approaching, we can’t help but wonder what gift to get our dear older ones. It’s important to be thoughtful and considerate, but it can be hard to know what they might like. We certainly don’t want to be stuck in a rut of buying them the same thing every year. So this year might be the best time to consider something a little different.
How to Find the Best Gift
The key to finding the perfect gift for our loved ones is thoughtfulness.
When we try to think about our loved one’s needs and then try to find a gift that will help them meet those needs, we will be able to give them something truly valuable as opposed to getting them something just because it’s popular or expensive.
Gift Ideas for Seniors
If we want to really wow them this holiday season, why not consider getting them a gift that will improve their quality of life—and potentially save their life?
No one wants to think about the possibility of an accident happening to a loved one, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. That’s why safety should be at the top of our list when it comes to gift-giving this season.
When we think about seniors, we think about how important it is for them to have the tools they need to age in place. This means being able to relax in their favorite places around the house—like their favorite chair wearing their favorite bathrobe if they choose to. It also means having access to all the things that make up their current lives: family members, hobbies, routines, activities… and more.
Here are a few ideas to help you with your holiday gift shopping…
- A walker or wheelchair— Seniors can be independent, but they do need help with their mobility. A walker helps them maintain independence while keeping them safe and comfortable.
- Home modifications such as grab bars in the bathroom, a wheelchair ramp, a handrail for their stairs, or a stairlift can help them navigate their home with ease.
- Footwear— If your loved one is starting to feel more fragile or unsteady on their feet, consider buying them some good quality shoes with arch support and cushioning for comfort when walking throughout the day.
- A cell phone with an alarm and medical alert feature
- A home safety and monitoring system with a panic button that can be accessed from anywhere
- A smartwatch or other wearable device that can track vital signs like heart rate or blood oxygen levels
- A shower chair or stand-in bathtub. Taking a shower every day can be difficult for seniors—especially if they live by themselves. Buying them a portable shower chair or stand-in bathtub will make life easier for everyone!
- If you have an elderly parent who loves to garden but doesn’t have enough time or energy to do it themselves anymore, consider getting them an automated watering system so they can spend more time with their plants.
- A gift card is always a nice way to say “thank you for raising me well”, “I care for you every day”, or “I love you with all my heart”. Plus gift cards can be used at most physical or online stores and can be used on anything. This is especially helpful if you don’t know what they like yet.
The best gift to give seniors this holiday season is their safety and a better quality of life where they can age in place. It’s what they deserve, and it’s what we all want for our loved ones.
We might not be able to wrap these gifts up in a bow, but they are the most precious gifts we could ever give.