Older adults are often more selective, so finding the right gift for a senior can present a serious challenge. It may be that they already have much of what they need. Or, it could be that living space is limited, so they’re careful in how they fill it. Whatever the reason, choosing Christmas gifts for seniors works best if you mix careful thought, a dash of practicality, and a touch of whimsy. Hopefully, this list of suggestions will inspire you.
Gift Ideas for Senior Loved Ones
Digital Picture Frame
Once upon a time, a picture frame could only display one picture. Now, digital frames can show off a slide show of your favorite shots. With a clever choice like this digital frame from Frameo, you can even invite multiple users to contribute pictures and videos. It’s an ideal choice for seniors who want to have the latest images of family and friends close at hand, whether their loved ones are near or far. Plus, it means that seniors don’t have to be technically savvy to enjoy their digital frames or keep them updated.
If getting out of the car is getting to be a chore, Able Life’s Auto Cane might bring joy this holiday season. This simple device is a handle that serves as a portable grab bar for exiting a vehicle. It fits into the striker or latch on the side of the door, and it’s compatible with most vehicles, so no special modifications are required. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, it can be tucked in a door compartment or purse. The device offers independence to seniors who like to be on the go.
Every list of Christmas gifts for seniors includes puzzles because so many seniors enjoy keeping their minds active. If you know the type of puzzle that your favorite senior enjoys, you might get a selection of those. Or, you may try to tempt them into branching out into something similar. If you aren’t sure what kind of puzzle they favor, a mix is often a hit. Logic puzzles, brain teasers, crosswords, search-a-words, jigsaw puzzles, and games are all popular choices.
Sound Machine for Sleep
Many seniors struggle with insomnia, so anything that helps them fall asleep or sleep more soundly is a welcome gift. While there are several sound machines on the market, many have small buttons, an abundance of buttons, or controls that are hard to decipher. The Sleepbox Sound White Noise Machine keeps it simple. Large buttons that are marked with straightforward pictures are easy to reach on the top of the machine and encircled by a halo of light, so they are visible even in the dark. However, the ease of controlling the machine doesn’t mean it’s boring. Users can pick from 10 colors, 25 sounds, and several levels of brightness and volume.
Where does your senior shop? What is their favorite place to have dessert? Is there an experience that they’ve been eager to embrace? Make it easier for them to indulge by offering gift cards to the places they enjoy. Whether it’s a gift card for a store where they get supplies for their hobby, a restaurant they love, a hairstylist where they relax, or a museum they’ve been wanting to visit, supporting their trip is a fantastic way to show you care.
Being able to read is essential. Unfortunately, advancing age can make it harder to see small print. Whether it’s a menu at a restaurant, paperwork at home, or a book for pleasure, MagniPros 5X Large LED Page Magnifier makes reading more comfortable. Weighing just 4 ounces, it comes with a comfortable handle and provides a viewing area that’s roughly half the size of a sheet of notebook paper. The acrylic lens is clear, and long-lasting LED lights offer brightness at the desired level. Users can even select the lighting mode that’s most comfortable: cool, warm, or mixed.
Choosing Christmas gifts for seniors may seem daunting, but the possibilities are surprisingly broad. With a little thought about what your senior likes or needs, you’re sure to come up with a thoughtful gift that they’ll enjoy.
At Springhouse Village, we’re delighted to provide a place where our residents can joyfully gather with family and friends. We know how important it is to enjoy an active retirement in a lively and welcoming environment. We make it easy for our residents to participate actively in our community. Whether that means encouraging residents to join an exercise class or assisting them in starting a garden club, we strive to help our residents thrive. To learn more about our amenities and services, contact Springhouse Village today by sending us a message online or calling 417-708-3403.