Great Christmas Gifts for Older Adults5 min read
Waiting for the last minute to finish up your shopping? You’re not alone. Plenty of people spend the last few days before Christmas scouring department stores and big name retailers for the perfect last-minute gift. Unfortunately, many times it’s easier to settle for a gift card or something easy than to really research the perfect gift. That’s why we’re putting together our 2017 gift list for seniors! Older people can be especially hard to shop for because they already have pretty much everything they need – so what do you get the person who has everything? Find out this week on our list of six of the best senior gifts, so make some more room under the tree!
Tree remotes are great for seniors who still love to decorate their home but have a harder time doing so in their old age. Bending down to plug in the lights on a tree can mean bad news for seniors with back, neck, shoulder, or knee issues; not to mention the outlet is usually behind a bunch of branches and presents. A tree remote makes it easier for your loved one to get into the Christmas spirit!
For pet-owning seniors, Reachabowl is a great gift. This dog bowl which comes in both small and medium sizes has a long handle that gets up to about hip height on the average adult. That means no more bending down to fill up food and water bowls all day. Just pick it up by the handle and never deal with stress feeding pets again!
Blue Apron/Hello Fresh
There are ads on every podcast, radio, and TV show for subscription box food services. No matter which one you choose to use, they’re a great way to save older people the time and effort of planning a meal, going to the store, finding all the supplies, getting home, and then starting to cook. Plus, older couples will love trying new recipes together!
Chopping vegetables in the kitchen can be exhausting for seniors who have lost strength or range of motion in their arms or shoulders. Especially onions, potatoes, carrots, and other veggies that are more on the tough side. Vegetable choppers help seniors by making prep time quick and painless – just put the veggie in the chopper and press! You’ll make meal time much simpler for the rest of the year with one easy gift.
Heavy Boot Jack
Boot jacks are nice because they eliminate the hassle of bending over to take off snowy boots when you get in the house. However, some of the wooden or plastic models can be too light to pull big, bulky boots off, rendering them useless. Try finding one a decorative made from heavy metal like cast iron. They make for a cute and useful accent that can hang out near the front door all year round.
If all else fails, older people appreciate photos for their home. Whether you get a large print of your yearly family picture for their wall or a small 5x7 of the kids to place on an end table, photos are a great reminder of the love of family. If that doesn’t put your loved one in the holiday spirit, nothing will!