The holiday season is quickly approaching and buying that perfect gift for a senior loved one can be challenging sometimes. We have put together a list of some cool holiday gift ideas for you to give an elderly loved one.
Candles cast a lovely glow and can make any room charming to be in. But they can also be dangerous if left unattended or forgotten. Flameless candles give the same flickering soft light as a candle but they are completely safe. These flameless accessories come in a wide range of styles including tea lights and pillars. One or two of these with some extra batteries will make a lovely gift for the holiday season.
As the days get shorter and nights grow longer we can find ourselves lacking that much-needed sunlight. Sun lamp therapy has been proven to help with the effects of seasonal affective disorder and depression. There are many types and styles to choose from to suit any design taste and need.
These can be either purchased or hand made either way, a memory journal can make a lovely gift for your loved one. A memory journal is a book that contains all kinds of memory-jogging questions about a person’s life and makes it easy for a senior to write his or her life story by answering those questions right in the book. This is a great way for them to record their life stories and pass them to the next generations.
Have the Grandkids make a Recording
Another sentimental gift that grandparents will love to receive is a recordable book from their grandkids. The grandchild can record a simple story and send it to grandpa or grandma who will probably have tears in their eyes when hearing the grandkids’ voices read to them. Recordable books tailored to grandparents include:
- “I Love You, Grandma”
- “My Grandpa and Me”.
These games are great gifts for elderly people. Just as everyone can benefit from exercising their body, brain training can help seniors improve their memory, awareness, reasoning, and other cognitive skills. Whether these games delay dementia is still unclear, but constant brain challenges are certainly better than just watching TV. These can be found in books or in simple apps that can be downloaded onto a tablet.
Do a little snooping to find out what your elderly relative enjoys and uses the most. Many businesses that you may not expect to do in fact offer gift certificates, including:
- Petfood stores
E-reader Kobo or Kindle
Your loved one can download books with ease and the type size is adjustable. This with a gift card to a book store, so they can download books right away, is a wonderful gift!
Adult Colouring books
Ease stress and anxiety and create something beautiful. There are many books, styles, and themes to choose from. Pair it with a lovely package of pencil crayons for a perfect gift for your elderly loved one.
You’re Only Old Once - by Dr. Seuss
Who says Dr. Seuss is just for kids? This book is an excellent gift for a former librarian, teacher, or any senior who knows with Dr. Seuss. In typical Dr. Seuss fashion, this book is a hilarious look at the perils of growing older.
Custom Photo Books
Share those special memories in a personalized photo book! Many websites and apps make it easy to create, order and ship using photos from your Instagram or Facebook account. Check out: Chatbooks.com
The gift of music can be a wonderful thing. Fill your unused iPod or MP3 player or burn a CD with their favourite happy songs to bring joy to your loved one.
'Open When' Letters
A series of handwritten notes for elderly relatives to open in different situations can brighten their day and make a heartfelt gift. Some examples might include:
· Open me when you miss me.
· Open me when you need a hug.
· Open me when you're feeling alone.
· Open me when you feel happy.
· The list of possibilities is endless!
Like a surprise package filled with your loved one’s favourite items, interests, and hobbies, these boxes are wonderful gifts that can be enjoyed time and time again. While helpful for dementia patients, these treasure troves of joy make fantastic gifts for anyone! Find out how to make your own here: How to create a rummage box
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Enjoy as many happy moments together as you can. Spending time with your loved one is the greatest gift you can ever give!