Gift Ideas for Seniors

As family members and friends get older, they tend to want less material things as gifts. People have years of accumulated things and are starting to downsize their possessions and living space. This is a guide about gift ideas for seniors.
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November 30, 2011 Flag

We all have someone on our gift list who is hard to shop for because they already have it all, or have limited space, such as someone in a nursing home or assisted living home. Most often, without being too nosy, you usually have an idea of their income as well. Here are a few gift ideas (many can be used year around, not just at Christmas time), of items they will really appreciate, want, use, and that won't take up a lot of space.

By April from Plattsburg, MO

November 30, 20110 found this helpful

These are all wonderful idea. I applaud you for the last one esp'. Coupons from the heart for things you can't afford to buy mean more anyway. PBP

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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

RE: Christmas Gifts For Seniors

I would have given you two thumbs up if I could. All are good suggestions. And should give people something to think about.

Merry Christmas to Everyone. GG Vi

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December 14, 20110 found this helpful

I started a website for feeding your neighbors especially for "shut ins" a few years ago. It's easy, make an extra plate and deliver it to one of your neighbors. This isn't just for the frail elderly, there are people of all ages that are recovering from surgery and are out of work for a month or so.

I'm sure your church or senior center can provide names. Don't forget to ask if they have a pet. Bring a can/bag of cat or dog food with you. Sometimes people will give their own food to their pet. http://www.feedyourneighbortoday.com/

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November 11, 20130 found this helpful

You have some great ideas here, thanks! I've used many myself, but I never thought of gift cards to their pharmacy! Or paying for internet/cable! Thanks for the ideas & reminder!

When my former in-laws (whom remained my family) both retired & were on very limited incomes, they began to really pinch pennies at the grocery store & stopped buying the shrimp, oysters & steak they used to occasionally splurge on. So, I began giving them gift cards to their favorite grocery store, with the instruction that it was to be used to create an amazing meal from their favorite food! They liked that even better than restaurant coupons, because they'd rather cook at home, & their 'money' would go farther at the store :D

Other gift cards I've bought for senior family & friends are Home Depot, Starbucks, gas card from their favorite gas station, movie theatre(with enough extra for concession), book store.....anyplace I know they like, but don't frequent as much on a fixed income.

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Despite claims that the economy has improved somewhat, it has worsened for those on fixed incomes and on social services. Cash gifts go uncounted unless tied to some traceable source.

Christmas tree with money

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January 31, 2011 Flag
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My sister-cousins and I make gifts bags for the Senior nursing home every Christmas and the seniors love these. We use items from freebies and small items we collect on sale, off-season, or after a holiday.

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December 4, 2011 Flag

I live in Senior Housing/low income housing. I do not have a car nor do a lot of the people that live here. Although we have a marvelous Council On Aging that has a bus for different trips there are still places that we are unable to go.

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December 18, 2004 Flag
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It is not easy to find a gift for elderly friends and relatives. I give them stationary, a ball point pen and stamps. By Jean Sterling

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November 20, 2009 Flag
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When buying an appliance such as a coffee maker for a senior citizen, make sure it has an automatic shut off in case they forget to turn it off.

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November 17, 2015 Flag
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I have to buy to presents for the senior citizen part, one for a male and one for a female. I don't know what to get. I need help, but I really don't have a clue what to get.

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November 18, 20150 found this helpful

Why not make something, Dolly? The personal touch is always appreciated and the Internet is full of ideas no matter what your budget. I'd recommend consumables, something they'd use and enjoy.

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

It is simple, buy something you would really like to get if you were to receive it. If you like it others will to.

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November 19, 20150 found this helpful

Both good ideas. Why not give them some nice frames. Seniors have tons of photos they love to show off and admire. It's a start!

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November 29, 20150 found this helpful

I agree. I work with a lot of seniors, something thoughtful as well as usefully! The easier to use the better.create a crackers and cheese snack basket, or make a lap throw blanket...

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December 15, 2010 Flag
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Any Christmas present ideas for an elderly dad? Hes 90 but is still very much with it.

By Moereen

December 16, 20100 found this helpful

Stamps for bills, correspondence. Music CD's or photos, old redone photos of someone or something special to him... and photos of the family. Pay for a cable TV line, a comfy chair or good light for him to read by. Planned visits from family and friends, and candy! DVD's of old TV shows he enjoyed and gift cards from favorite places so he can select his own time and gift. Don't forget hugs and notes of love!

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December 16, 20100 found this helpful

I love the "chore jar" idea! At 90, I'm sure your dad has enough "stuff," Even though I'm still under 50, I'm more likely to ask for time with my kids than anything else. Here's a thought: perhaps your dad would enjoy a tape recorder and cassettes, or a digital recorder? Then, at his leisure, he could turn it on and record all those stories he's probably told a hundred times before. Someone who's good at transcribing from a recording could later gather those stories into a book. Whether commercially produced or not, someday you might appreciate reliving dad's old stories. I only wish I'd had my mom do this before cancer took her from us, back in 2006.

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December 16, 20100 found this helpful

Who cuts his hair? if he goes to a particular barber, go and get some free hair cuts for him; cab companies have gift certificates too. Does he play any kind of cards, a couple of new novelty decks (I saw one that has 100 dollar bill printed on the back of each card) They also have cards that are a little bigger with larger imprints for those who may have some trouble seeing. Most of all, he would probably enjoy some spontaneous visits through the new year.

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December 16, 20100 found this helpful

My dad is in his 90s and we have found that paying for the things he needs, but thinks are too expensive, works well. His idea of prices for services is about 20 years out of date, so snowplowing, lawn care, and a newspaper subscription, are some of the things we do. We make up 'gift certificates' and put them in gift bags, and then he has something to open on Christmas Day.

We'd love to take him out to eat, but he doesn't enjoy it. So we make meals and bring them to him, or go to his house and make a meal with enough leftover for another meal.

Enjoy the time with your with-it Dad, it is priceless.

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October 15, 2007 Flag
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My grandpa just lost his wife (my grandma) three months ago. I don't know what to get him for Christmas now. When my grandma was alive I usually got them a gift card to go out to dinner somewhere nice. Any ideas of what to get him would be appreciated. Thank you.

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