Finding the perfect gift for an older and wiser loved one in your life can be difficult. How do you choose gifts for seniors that most likely already have what they need?
No matter the occasion, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, holiday, retirement, or just a special celebration, we have a list of gift ideas that are sure to be a hit with that special senior in your life.
Funny Gifts for Seniors
If you have a senior in your life who’s a kid at heart or who loves to joke about getting older, these light-hearted gag gifts might be just the thing you’re looking for when shopping for a one-of-a-kind present.
T-shirts, hats, buttons, and even aprons with an age-related pun (or even your senior’s favorite joke) printed on them are functional and fun. Numerous online sites allow you to customize your t-shirt (or another wearable) if you don’t see a design you like.
Age-Related Gag Gifts
Do you know an older individual who loves to crack jokes about getting older and even enjoys pulling a few harmless pranks? A denture ice cube tray, an emergency underwear dispenser, and even a set of shot glasses that look like a prescription bottle may tickle the funny bone of an older person in your life.
Useful Gifts For Seniors or Elderly Who Have Everything
We all know at least one person who has everything that they need, and these types of people can be frustrating to find the perfect gift for. Here are a few ideas you can use to come up with the perfect gift.
Gift Cards or Services
Gift cards may seem a little impersonal, but when done right, it’s a thoughtful and useful gift. Get a certificate or prepay for a few haircuts at your elder’s salon or for some meals at their favorite restaurant. You can also pay for grocery delivery or lawn care services. Pick something that will be appreciated and useful.
Hobby Gift Baskets
Do your grandparents often tend to their garden? Or maybe they like to do a little knitting here and there? You can create a personalized basket and fill it with some things that are related to their favorite hobbies.
Gifts For Elderly Mom
No matter how old our mothers get, they deserve something special when it comes to gifts. Here are a few gift ideas that many elderly mothers love best.
Gifts To Treat Herself
A gift certificate to the salon, a massaging foot bath, or even an essential oil and diffuser set are a few examples of some ways to pamper your mother as she gets older. Choose items that will make her feel “luxurious.”
Get Tickets To A Play Or Concert
Does your mom love going to the theater or has always wanted to see her favorite singer? Buy tickets, rent a car service, and take her out to dinner; make it a special day that she’ll always remember.
Gifts For Elderly Dad
Some dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, and it definitely gets a lot harder as they age. While a necktie or barbecuing apron may have been suitable decades ago, here are some ideas that are likely to be happily received.
Does your elderly dad love to do a little fly fishing, hit the golf course, or hit up a flea market or two? Why not treat your dad to an all-expenses-paid mini-getaway doing all the things that he loves?
Something To Add To His Collection
Whether your dad is a whiskey aficionado, a fan of old records, or loves collecting first editions of books, buy something that he can add to his collection (and brag about with his friends).
Anniversary Gifts For Elderly Couple
What do you give a couple who have been married for decades? Here are a few ideas.
A Traditional Gift
If the elderly couple in your life is celebrating a milestone, you may be interested in finding a traditional gift for that anniversary. Don’t be afraid to put a spin on a classic gift with something a little more modern, fun, or even practical.
Consider having a wedding photo of the couple restored or finding something unique from the year that they were married, such as a top-selling record or movie. Create an online memory book and have it printed and bound.
Retirement Gifts For Seniors
Retirement gifts can be anything from a vintage bottle of Cabernet to a gift certificate for an hour-long massage. Other great ideas include a hobby gift basket or tickets to a special event. Whatever you choose, try to consider something personal (and a little frivolous) that can be enjoyed whenever the newly retired senior decides to use the gift.
Christmas Gifts For Older People
The type of Christmas gift you give will depend on the relationship that you have with the elder. If it’s a parent, you can browse the suggestions we mentioned above. If it’s an elderly neighbor or friend, the gift of a blanket, adult coloring book, or even a free month of snow shoveling might be perfect for the holidays.
Gifts For Seniors With Dementia
If your elderly loved one is living with dementia, it can be difficult to know what to give as a gift, especially if they live in a nursing home and have limited space.
Companion pets (lifelike stuffed animals), a talking photo album, puzzle books, and music are all great options for someone who lives with memory loss. When choosing a gift, it’s best to think about how it will benefit them and stimulate their senses.
Gifts For Elderly In A Nursing Home
Elderly individuals who live in a nursing home often have limited space and have already had to give up a lot of their possessions. When choosing a gift, select items that have meaning and can be enjoyed on a daily basis and shared with visitors.
Music, puzzle books, a tablet, a photo album, and a memory box are all great examples of a gift that would be suitable for someone in a nursing home.
Gifts For Grandparents - Grandma and Grandpa
Want to teach your kids how to be thoughtful gift givers? Here are a few ideas.
Personalized gifts from grandchildren are some of the most popular and best-loved gifts for grandparents. Engraving and customizing items, such as pendants, keychains, or wall plaques, with the names of grandchildren, is an excellent idea for a personalized gift.
A One-Of-A-Kind Idea
Is your grandparent’s cupboard full of grandma and grandpa coffee mugs? If you’re looking for something a little more unique, consider naming a star after your grandparents or purchase a DNA kit to find more about their family history.