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GOLDEN IN UP: What, Oh What, Can I Get For Uncle Joe? Gift Ideas For Seniors

Okay, I know it's a bit early, but you are busy! The holiday season is upon us, and you can't figure out what to get your loved ones. Here are some suggestions.

Okay, I know it's a bit early, but you are busy! So, here are some suggestions.

What's a good gift for an elderly person who doesn't need more "stuff" cluttering up the house?  December is the biggest gift-giving season, but all year long we're faced with birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions when we have to find great gift ideas for seniors.  

The best gift for an elderly person is your time and attention:  time to talk, to listen, to do things together. That noted, there's also a great deal to be said for something to unwrap.  Here are some gift ideas for seniors: 

Gift Certificates/Prepaid Cards For Seniors:

 

To a variety or department store 

 

To a favorite craft or hobby shop

 

For a haircut or manicure

 

From a favorite bookstore

 

For a home cleaning service

 

For handyman services

 

For window washing

 

For groceries

 

To a favorite restaurant

 

For movie rentals

 

From the pharmacy

 

For transportation

 

For exterminator service

 

For electricity or gas

 

For the telephone

 

For the veterinarian

 

For takeout/delivered food

 

For car service/wash/detailing

 

For yard or lawn service

 

To a movie or the theater

 

Handy Tools & Equipment Most Seniors Appreciate

 

Jar opener

 

Large dial or amplified telephone

 

Wireless TV headphone

 

Easy to read watch or clock

 

Lap board

 

Attractive night light

 

Automatic light timer

 

Weather radio

 

Rechargeable batteries & charger

 

Ergonomic kitchen or garden tools

 

Large dial radio

 

Seat riser

 

Large button TV remote

 

Electric teapot with automatic turn-off

 

Doorknob extender

 

Magnifier

 

Reacher/grabber

 

Hand-held shower head

 

Gift Ideas For The "Senior Body":

 

Bed socks

 

Cape or poncho for wheelchair users

 

Slipper socks

 

Sock or zipper puller

 

Comfortable pillows

 

Flannel sheets

 

Bed jacket or wrap

 

Cozy lap blanket

 

Plush bath towels

 

Extended shoe horn

 

Heating pad

 

Basket of manicure tools, lotions, tissues

 

Non-slip slippers


Just For Fun Senior Gift Ideas:

 

Subscription to favorite magazine or paper

 

Large print book or book on tape

 

Food & treats for the pet

 

Binoculars

 

Bird feeder and seeds

 

Outdoor thermometer

 

Rain gauge

 

Oversized playing cards and holder

 

Stationery and stamps

 

Disposable camera with developing

 

Greeting cards for all occasions

 

Large print calendar

 

Large print crossword puzzles

 

Album or frame of family photos

 

Armchair bag for remote, book, glasses, etc.

 

Puzzle and mat

 

Family videos

 

Large print address book & help transferring information

 

Favorite candy, nuts & nibbles

 

Favorite old movie(s) on tape or DVD

 

Safety Gift Ideas For Seniors:

 

Emergency response system

 

Automobile club membership

 

911 cell phone

 

Smoke or carbon monoxide detector

 

Rolling shopping cart

 

Fire extinguisher

 

Grab bars installed

 

First aid kit

 

Auto emergency kit

 

Prepaid chimney cleaning


Be sure to think through your choice of gifts.  If Aunt Mary is a full-time caregiver for Uncle Joe, how about offering to stay with him so she can have an afternoon off to shop with her gift certificate or enjoy her movie tickets with a friend? 

If your mother battles a weight problem, will she really appreciate that box of candy? Does anyone really need another box of dusting powder? Your gift will be most appreciated when it's evident that you've made a real effort to choose something really special for that very special person.

For more information about how the caregivers at HeartWarming Care can help your family with your home care needs, call (253) 460-1574. We are a home care agency providing quality and affordable home care in Tacoma WA and the surrounding communities.

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Kathy Stewart November 02, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Great ideas! Thanks!
Patricia Mannie, Patricia & Co. November 10, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Thank you for the ideas Randy. This will help as it is always difficult to shop for my parents.

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