Not sure what to get a parent or grandparent for the holidays? We have some great suggestions for you! Shopping for elders doesn’t have to be difficult, even though they’ve had a lifetime of gifts!
Let’s get started with some of our favorite picks.
- Tablets and iPads
Technology is not limited to the young. Tablets and iPads are great for seniors thanks to their large print options and easy touchscreen technology. Help your loved one choose some great apps that will exercise their mind such as Luminosity. They can also keep in touch with friends and family on social media, listen to music and even manage their medication all from their device.
- Blankets and Throws
Blankets and throws are useful, so you can’t go wrong if you choose one for your loved one to snuggle up with. Rather than going with a standard blanket, have a custom one made that features photos of the grandkids or an embroidered family name. You can also make a quilt yourself if you’re crafty that is made from something that is memorable such as an old wedding dress.
- Gift Certificates/Gift Cards
Since many seniors live on a fixed income, it’s helpful to have gift cards. Choose practical places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations or local restaurants to order dinner from. Or consider picking up a subscription service such as that to a newspaper or magazine. Anything helps when living on a set budget.
- Meal Delivery Service
To prevent senior malnutrition, consider signing your parent up for a meal delivery service. You can have fresh meals delivered to your parent’s home that meet their dietary needs. Look for services that make fresh dishes with low-sodium and no preservatives. Some places offer senior discounts, too.
- Personal Emergency Response System
Personal emergency response systems are gifts that keep on giving. They keep your loved one safe and provide you with peace of mind. Wristbands and pendants are available and summon help in the event of an emergency. For more information on the top systems for 2016, check out this list from Top Ten Reviews.