Senior gifts can be difficult to come by when your loved one seems to have it all. Making your senior gifts useful, not just decorative, can be a key to successful senior gifts and presents.
So make stuff for your senior gifts. If you’re handy in the shop, a book holder or playing card holder, nicely finished and supplied with large face cards or a new novel, would make wonderful senior gifts. You can find ideas and patterns on-line. Make cookies, bread and rolls or soup and freeze them in appropriate-sized portions. Home made food makes splendid gifts for seniors.
Simplicity has patterns for a number of senior items, from aprons and wheelchair robes to walker bags. It would be a fun event if you supplied a gift box including a pattern and a selection of fabrics, and arranged to bring a portable sewing machine and spend an afternoon with your senior, putting together these simple necessities as a custom gift.
Senior Gifts Can Solve A Problem
Think about helpful senior gifts that solve a problem. If your loved one is hard of hearing or spends time focused on the TV or computer, there are flashing doorbells and phone flashers/amplifiers. Choosing and installing products can ahve a realy positive long term benefit. How about a portable phone that can move easily from room to room? Senior gifts that are functional can be especially good choices.
Do you have a senior who really needs to declutter or downsize? Take photos of pieces of furniture or treasures that need to go. Often, seniors can part with the item if they have an image that triggers the good memories. Senior gifts can include creating a “memory picture book” of dad’s old sweater, the cookbooks from 30 years ago, or a beat up chair that used to hold all the kids.
Don’t forget the cozy sheepskin slip-ons (with a good non-skid bottom), lightweight fleece tops and bottoms, or even a lightweight fleece hat to wear around the house. Easy, washable layers should be somewhat tailored fitting, however, to avoid tripping, catching on doorknobs or coming in contact with hot burners.
Finally, given senior gifts that honor your loved one and recognize their community interests. Gifts to Habitat for Humanity in your area, the Heifer Project or a Kiva account are wonderful. Heifer Project gifts are wonderful senior gifts for farmers, folks who raised chickens or rabbits, bee keepers and foresters. Kiva allows the recipient to invest (in $25 increments) in entrepreneurial project all around the world, with frequent updates.
Giving thoughtful gifts with a generous spirit means so much more than a generous wallet. Check out gifts for seniors for more ideas! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!