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






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




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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