Finding the perfect gift is often challenging and can be especially difficult when shopping for older parents or grandparents. Here are a few creative and inexpensive ideas:
1. Custom Photo Books
Share those special memories in a personalized photo book! There are many websites and apps that make it easy to create, order and ship using photos from your Instagram or Facebook account. Check out: Chatbooks.com
2. Rummage Boxes
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
3. Arts and Crafts
Drawings and letters from the grandkids are wonderful gifts anytime of year. They are as much fun for kids to make as they are for the senior you love to receive.
4. '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!
In addition to letters you can add photos, keepsakes or anything you like. Whether the letters are long, short or simply a silly little joke, they’re sure to bring smiles. Have fun and be creative!
5. Puzzles and Games
Simple games and puzzles make a wonderful gift. It not only entertains but also allows you to spend quality time together.
6. Favourite Music
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.
7. Your Time
Enjoy as many happy moments together as you can. Spending time with your loved one is the greatest gift you can ever give!