Christmas is just around the corner and our already busy lives will accelerate exponentially as the Christmas season approaches. We will strive to juggle work, kids, elderly parents, parties, and the laborious chore of shopping for Christmas gifts. You may already be making your gift list and checking it twice, but what gift do you get your elderly parents?
Buying gifts for seniors is difficult. Whether your elderly parent is living with you or in a Senior Living Community, buying a gift for a senior adult can be a daunting task. A senior’s living space is generally small and limited to the essentials. The cute “knick-knack” gifts end up in a drawer if not thrown away due to lack of storage or shelf space. They have a lifetime of accumulation and, as a senior adult, they are trying to minimize their possessions.
When considering gifts for seniors or gifts for your elderly parent, practicality should be top-of-mind. It is the epitome of the cliché, “it’s the thought that counts”. Your effort in a thoughtful senior gift will demonstrate your empathy and love. Consider comfort and convenience as the two primary factors when buying a gift for seniors. Many seniors are unaware or unable to articulate a need due to a physical restriction assuming it is just part of the aging process, therefore you need to do some investigating and assess your elderly parent’s needs.
The next time you are with your elderly parent, watch how they move, where they sit, what and how they hold onto items. Ask them questions such as “do you have trouble …….?” And listen to their concerns, needs, and struggles. Many times the solutions are easy and simple. Acknowledgement of an issue, some creative thought of options, and implementation of your solution might be all that is needed. Why not use these creative solutions as the perfect Christmas gift for your senior parent.
Below is a list of simple practical senior gift ideas:
This list does not come close to covering the many practical items made for our senior adults, however it does provide a few Christmas gift ideas for seniors that might get you thinking outside the box!