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The holidays are just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about what gifts you’re going to give. Here are just a few great gift ideas that you could buy your senior loved one this holiday season.

 

1. The Art of Aging Book

The Art of Aging is an illustrated book by artists Alice and Richard Matzkin. The book is filled with inspiration for seniors. Growing older is celebrated through art, specifically painting and sculpture. The artists’ personal narratives explore all of the many different things that change when a person ages, from the physical to the emotional.

2. Bananagrams Word Game

Bananagrams is a word game that works much like a crossword puzzle. It is similar to Scrabble or Boggle but much simpler and with less pieces. Word games are great for improving cognition while having an enjoyable time. You can play it alone or with a group of people.

3. Cook for Them

Not all of your gifts have to be bought and wrapped. Giving the gift of homemade food can make your senior loved one feel extra special. Bake them goodies, place them in a nice basket, and set them on the doorstep. You can also spend the evening cooking some favorite family recipes together in in the kitchen with them.

4. Grandparent Talk Card Game

Grandparent Talk is a card game that you can use to boost social interaction and family connections. Each card contains conversation-starting questions. This is a great game for the grandparents to play with the grandkids. Both generations can benefit from the interesting questions offered by this game.

5. Homemade Coupon Book from the Grandkids

Have the grandkids create colorful pages or slips of paper. On each piece, list off a service that the grandchild can offer their grandparents, such as yard work, housework, car washes, and other helpful chores. Put these “coupons” together on a key ring or fold them and place them in a decorative jar.

6. Roomba Robot Vacuum

Pushing a regular vacuum cleaner can be difficult for some seniors due to certain health issues. Having a robot vacuum like a Roomba that can clean floors all by itself is a big help. There are several different styles and colors from which you can choose. The Roomba works well on wood and short rugs. When it needs charging, it docks itself back into its charging station.

7. Keurig Brewing System

Whether your senior loved one enjoys coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, a Keurig one-cup brewing system will come in handy. This system makes one cup of their favorite beverage at a time. It doesn’t take up much space on a counter, and it has its own automatic turn off feature, which is helpful for seniors who may be prone to forgetting to turn things off.

8. LifeBio Memory Journal

The LifeBio Memory Journal is a great writing prompt for seniors. It contains questions about a senior’s life with space after each question to answer them. Not only is this a great way for a senior to record many of their stories and memories, but it also helps keep their brain sharp. All of the answered questions can be placed online at LifeBio’s website and be made into a hardbound book that your senior can give as gifts to the family.

9. Photo-Themed Gifts

Photo websites like Shutterfly and Snapfish offer many different products that you can print your own personal photos on. Order anything from mugs, to tote bags, to calendars. You can also print photo books filled with memories from the past year, a favorite trip, or the grandchildren over the years.

10. TV Ears Listening System

If your senior loved one is hard of hearing, the TV Ears portable listening system could make a world of difference for them when they are watching their favorite tv show. This is a wireless headset system that enhances the sounds coming from the television. It can also be used as a headset for a tablet, computer, cell phone, home phone, and even enhances voices during regular conversations.

Susan Abercrombie
Written by: Susan Abercrombie

Susan has 32 years of nursing experience caring for seniors in assisted living and doctors’ offices. She now manages two Cottage communities in Alabama. Susan and her husband of 30 years, Tim, have two dogs, Sydney and Macy.

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