If there’s that senior in your life, they deserve something great for the upcoming holidays. They have been through so many, they have surely received enough gifts and had their fair share of unused ones. You want to make yours special, you want it to be meaningful and useful.
It’s tough buying gifts for someone else. Sometimes you want to just get something you like, that you think they might enjoy. It’s a strategy, but maybe not the best one. You need to get to know them and what they like. If you find something that they have been wanting, but maybe didn’t want to go out and get, then you’re golden! But it can be hard to find out what they want without asking. We have some ideas to help you shop around for that senior in your life. If you don’t have a senior relative or friend, you should participate in a senior gift drive in your area. There are always many seniors each year living alone or in a nursing home that don’t have anyone to celebrate the holidays with. Check out your local newspaper or news websites to see what is going on in the area for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Photo Throw Blanket
Combine the heartfelt moment of a photo, but the utility of a blanket! No longer will a photo just sit on the shelf to be glanced at, Costco and other photo centers now offer the ability to customize a throw blanket with a photo.
Tablet or Kindle
Who doesn’t love a good book? Nowadays, many of us read them on tablets or Kindles. You are able to access thousands of books without leaving your home. Getting a senior a Kindle will allow them to access all these books, and you can set it up to feature large print for easier reading. A tablet is also a great idea to keep them busy. Spend a few hours getting them used to the system and download some fun games, and Skype to keep them in touch with loved ones.
Don’t just get any old gift basket, get one filled with all their favorite things! Maybe they are a coffee nut. Grab a custom coffee basket featuring a mug, coffee samples, chocolates, and cookies. Maybe they enjoy charcuterie, then you can get them a platter of delicious meats and cheeses. Whatever their tastes or preferences, there is a gift basket for it.
Grocery Store Gift Card
Even if your senior is not living independently, many senior living homes offer trips to the local grocery store. Grab them a gift card to that store so they can stock up on their favorite foods and snacks without the guilt of spending.
If they are able to travel, get them tickets to their favorite spot, or send them on a cruise for the winter! Who would hate a cruise during the snowy days of December or January? If they are unable to travel and you live out of town, plan a surprise visit! Show up and surprise them with love and gifts, then take them out to their favorite restaurant. An experience is always a memorable gift that is hard to forget.