How to Pick out the Perfect Gift for Your Senior Parents

How to Pick out the Perfect Gift for Your Senior Parents


Shopping for a senior loved one can be challenging. After all, your aging parent, grandparent, or loved one received gifts throughout their lifetime and may… have different expectations of how they want to celebrate. It’s important to identify your loved one’s interests, their know-how with advanced technologies, or simply things that they need when picking out a gift. Here are ten ideas to consider as you start your search to create a new memory for your loved one to cherish.

1. Think about how technology can benefit your loved one.

For the technologically savvy senior, a smartphone, tablet or iPad is the perfect gadget. These devices allow everyone to stay connected to family and friends despite long distances. With large buttons, bright colors and easy to navigate menus, smartphones are a must-have for seniors in case of emergency.

Tablets can be used for medication management, reading e-books, playing games, sending and viewing email, and much more. As an all-in-one device, tablets are lightweight and easy to use, making them a perfect gift for your loved one to feel connected, engaged, and independent.

2. Consider puzzles, games, and activity boards to keep their mind sharp.

Engage your loved one’s brain and keep their mind active and focused with a puzzle. It’s easy to find puzzles with larger pieces to accommodate those that have difficulty managing small items. Board games are also an ideal option to increase cognitive awareness. Just make sure the games are easy enough to play. Some options include:

  • Backgammon
  • Scrabble
  • Bingo

3. Encourage a healthy lifestyle with fitness classes or gear.

It’s especially important for seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent falls, heart issues, and other conditions that come with advanced age. Purchase a set of fitness classes like water aerobics, stretching, or non-impact cardiovascular training to keep your loved one active. Exercise bands and light weights also make great gifts for home workouts.

4. Hire a food delivery service to ensure your loved one has healthy food options.

Seniors that live alone but cannot drive anymore are dependent on family and others to grocery shop. Companies like Dumpling employ people that do the grocery shopping for you, and will deliver food straight to your loved one’s door. Also, Hello Fresh and Blue Apron will deliver portioned-out ingredients to make easy meals at home. Gifting a membership to one of these services can be used every week.

5. When in doubt give the gift of gift cards.

Maybe your mother likes to get her nails or hair done at her favorite salon each week. Or, perhaps your aging father likes to head out to the driving range every Sunday. If you know a place that your loved one visits regularly, a gift card will help them to cut down on their regular expenses and give them an excuse to get out for a spa day or evening out.

6. Support your loved one’s passions.

Is your loved one passionate about their old college team? Have they been a lifelong fan of the professional team in their city? Framed photographs of a favorite player or championship team, jerseys, or team clothing make great gifts. Autographed items can be difficult to find, so if you can get your hands on a signed baseball or picture, you are guaranteed big smiles.

7. Reflect on their life with photo books and scrapbooks.

Creating a photo book is easy using an online photo service where you simply upload the photos that you want to include. Scrapbooks that include photos, personalized mementos, newspaper clippings, and other keepsakes provide a tangible summary of their life.

8. Entertain him/her with a magazine subscription.

Nothing fun ever comes in snail mail anymore, so why not sign your senior up for a magazine subscription that covers a topic they enjoy? Magazines will give them something to look forward to in the mail on a weekly or monthly basis and provide entertainment at the same time.

9. Inspire your loved one with new clothes, essentials, or luxury items they won’t buy themselves.

Your loved one most likely hasn’t bought new clothes in a while. A new sweater or designer handbag can be an exciting gift if your senior is on a fixed income and can’t purchase luxuries anymore.

10. Add a final piece to a prized collection.

It may take some work to find a new item that your senior doesn’t already have, but adding a new item to a collection that they are passionate about will ensure it will be treasured.

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*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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