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Gift Ideas for Seniors at the Holidays or Any Day

By Debbie Humphrey

During the holidays, I have an advantage over many people because I work with seniors on a regular basis, I recognize their needs, and I understand their wants. That’s usually not the case with friends and family members trying to come up with gift ideas for seniors in their lives, who seemingly have everything.

It may sound corny, but one of the most prized gifts an older adult can receive is a visit from their loved ones. It only costs a little of your time, and in most cases, minimal transportation expenses. Spending time with senior friends and family members, especially if they live alone, is priceless! Share memories, reminisce over photo albums, play a board game or cards, work a puzzle, listen to music they enjoy, take a walk, go for a drive…anything like this will be treasured by your aging loved one.

If spending time with your senior friend or family member is, either a given, or not a viable option, and a gift is in order, I have some ideas that might help. The old stand-bys are always appreciated: warm socks, blankets or throws, gloves, scarves, slippers, and sweet treats. However, you must always be careful of health concerns, like diabetes, when considering a gift of candy or confections.

Although, you might think them impersonal, gift cards and gift certificates are always welcome! Most seniors are on a fixed income and practically every penny is accounted for. That being said, a gift card to their neighborhood grocery, their favorite restaurant, or department store where they shop, will save them money when they check-out, and bring a smile to their face when they think of who gave them this gift.

Along this line, cable and newspaper companies do not offer gift cards, but you can take care of their bill this month as a thoughtful gift for your special senior. I know seniors who have saved what they could to buy a few holiday gifts of their own, so paying a bill on their behalf is like a bonus to their bank account!

If you are like me, you enjoy the experience of buying a unique gift and the anticipation watching the recipient unwrap your beautiful present. What’s inside doesn’t have to be expensive, because the old cliché holds true: it’s the thought that counts!

Download some of your favorite recent family photos that you can print (or have printed), and put in nice frames. Better still, print a series of photos for an album your senior loved one can peruse from time to time. There are even places that can apply your images to blankets, puzzles and more, so there are lots of possibilities.

How about an ergonomically-designed, Dr Grip Pen that has the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation? It’s inexpensive, functional, and you can find it on Amazon or at Target.

If your special senior someone likes to garden, consider ergonomically-designed gardening tools, gloves, row markers, seed packets, and make an outdoor tote. If you’re crafty, you can even make your own row markers for that special touch!

Take their car out for a wash and wax; pay someone to do their yard work for a period of time; or hire a cleaning service to help around the house once a week.

I’d be remiss if I did not offer our services, too. Home Helpers is made up of a quality team of professional caregivers that can provide transportation assistance, run errands, prepare meals or any number of services that could benefit your senior loved one. Our fees are reasonable and there are no contracts, so the gift of help could be the answer! I am happy to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss specific needs and concerns, and I can recommend the perfect caregiver for the one you love!

Home Helpers® is honored to have been awarded the Provider of Choice 2017 award from Home Care Pulse recently, and we proudly serve male and female seniors in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Contact me today to learn more about the many services offered through Home Helpers® We are Making Life Easier℠ 727.972.2539

Happy Holidays!