The holiday season is one of twinkle lights, family gatherings and gift exchanges. As you create your shopping list and head to the store (or online), check out a few of our ideas for gifts for the older adult in your life. We have compiled items that will hopefully inspire you as you attempt to purchase the perfect gift for someone who has everything already.
Digital Photo Frame
The digital photo frame was a popular gift item a few years ago, and it hasn’t lost any of its appeal. We love any frame that comes with an app so that family members can upload photos to the frame at any time. This is a wonderful way for family members who are far away to still feel connected to one another’s daily life.
Give the gift of a good night’s sleep by wrapping up sleep-inspired items. Consider tucking in a silk eye mask and lavender-scented lotion into a box with a weighted blanket. These blankets are supposed to reduce insomnia and nighttime anxiety, leading to better quality sleep.
Make your gift last all year by purchasing your loved one a monthly subscription that they will look forward to every four weeks. You can find a subscription box for almost any interest nowadays, including flowers, houseplants, cookies, or even painting supplies.
A Family Memento
For someone who loves to reminisce about their family, consider gifting a lovely keepsake like a custom photo album full of favorite pictures, a binder of heartfelt letters written by each family member, or a recipe book packed with family favorites.
A New Pair of Shoes
Spending time exercising can lead to decreased depression and anxiety, as well as decreased risk of dementia, heart disease and diabetes. Even if your loved one hasn’t exercised in a while, you can spark their interest by purchasing them a new pair of tennis shoes that are stylish and sturdy. Offer to walk with them a few times per week to add to their motivation.
A Year of Time Together
Perhaps the best gift is the gift of being together. Box up a year’s worth of experiences to share by purchasing concert tickets, gift cards to favorite restaurants, reservations for cooking classes, or any other activity you can share with your loved one. Add a monthly calendar with the dates of the special events highlighted to help build up anticipation all year long. You will both love sharing this time together.
Often, simply being present during the busy holiday season can be the best gift of all. Can you find time to bake cookies with your mom or to take your dad to his church’s midnight service? These are moments of the season you both will remember for years to come.
Happy holidays and happy shopping!