Gifts for Seniors
10 Things to Consider When Buying Gifts for a Seniors
1. It’s okay to be sentimental
If you are considering a more sentimental gift, go for it! They are sure to appreciate it. One of the best ways to show how much you care for someone is to really prove it-maybe that is to write about some of your favorite memories, or use it as inspiration for your gift.
No matter what, they will love that you took the time to think back on some good memories.
2. Be careful with humor
If you aren’t sure of someone’s sense of humor, maybe don’t risk going for the humorous gift.
Plenty of people can laugh about getting older, but for some, it is more of a sensitive subject.
You don’t want to accidentally upset someone with your gift, so proceed with caution, and when in doubt, go with something else.
3. Involve the entire family
If you are shopping for a parent, grandparent, or great grandparent, why not get the whole family together for a gift?
This can either help offset the cost if you want to get a larger item, or can be good if you want to arrange something like a family portrait.
4. Add a personal touch
No matter what you get, add a personal touch! Trust us, any senior will appreciate this a lot (possibly more than the gift itself!)
It can be as simple as including a handwritten card-it makes a huge difference at making a gift feel a lot more personal and special.
5. Find the right technology
Thankfully technology helps keep us connected, but only if everyone you want to be connected with has something!
A great gift idea for a senior is to either get them their first or upgrade their current tech that helps them keep in touch.
This could be a smartphone, laptop, or even just a webcam to use with their existing computer.
Make sure you can either help them yourself get it set up, or that they have access to someone else who can help!
6. Encourage their hobbies
Most seniors are faced with a lot more free time than they’ve had in years, and with that comes the risk of getting bored!
Instead, consider getting them a gift that encourages them to get back into their hobby so that they have always have something to do.
Maybe this is a set of golf clubs, paint brushes, or a new cookbook. No matter what, it’ll make them excited to get back into something that they love, but may not have had a lot of time to do.
7. Puzzles and other brain games are great
Not only are puzzles and other such games fun, they help keep your brain active, and that couldn’t be more important for seniors!
This is a great way to look out for them, but without being overly obvious. You of course don’t want to make them feel bad or insinuate that they need to be doing more for their brain health, so the best way to avoid any confrontation is to gift them something that just seems like a lot of fun!
8. Keep them active
Staying active is another way to help ensure they remain happy and healthy even as they get older.
Consider getting them some new workout equipment, or maybe even a gym membership!
Of course you don’t want them doing something too dangerous, but there are plenty of physical activities out there that are lower impact and safe but are still fun and a great workout.
9. Help them try something new
It’s true, the older you get, you do tend to get more stubborn and set in your ways. Help the senior in your life overcome that by forcing them to try something new!
While you don’t want to make them do something they would absolutely hate, you can help push them slightly out of their comfort zone to try something totally new.
The experience will definitely be memorable, and they might just find out they have an undiscovered passion or talent!
10. Give the gift of your time
If there is one thing that all seniors know, it is that time really is precious, and it is the one thing you can’t make more of.
For that reason, the gift of your time is something that any senior will always appreciate. If you can show up in person that is great, but if you live far away, you can still give your time thanks to technology!
A phone call might seem simple to you, but we can guarantee it’ll mean the world to them.