Holiday Gift Guide for Seniors

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Here are some ideas for holiday gifts for the older person in your life

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  • Clothes-consider clothes that are easy to put on, such as shirts or blouses that open to the front.
  • Sweaters are nice this time of year as well as a new coat. Put together an outfit that includes, top, bottom, scarf, etc…
  • Slippers or shoes that are not slick on the bottom. Also make sure slippers and shoes are not open-back as slipping and falling with this can be a problem.
  • Accessories such as purses, hats for women, scarves, gloves, hats for men with logos that mean something to them, wallets, etc…
  • Jewelry such as watches, earrings, and necklaces.
  • Gift cards to restaurants, stores, coffee shops, senior or recreation centers for classes, spas, nail boutiques, etc…
  • New set of dishes-plates, glasses, or silverware.
  • New tablecloth, table runner, or placemats.
  • New throw blanket for a chair or couch; quilt for a bed; lap blanket for someone in a wheelchair.
  • Tech gifts such as computers, TV’s, phones, tablets like IPads, book readers like the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, etc…
  • Favorite books or subscription for a favorite magazine or newspaper. Magazines like Reminisce or Good Old Days can bring back memories while magazines like Birds and Blooms can educate about nature and the outdoors. Books with short stories or inspirational books like Chicken Soup for the Soul.
  • Favorite music, musical instrument, or a music lessons for an instrument they might like to learn. Old radios and Old Time Radio Shows of interest are a great hit with seniors.
  • Food and snacks that are appropriate for their current diet.
  • Small kitchen appliances such as a coffee maker or yogurt maker.
  • Personalized gifts like small boxes or bags with names or meaningful words on them.
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Games such as cards, cribbage, checkers, etc…
  • Family Tree charts that are completed or an activity to do together with your older family member. Also a subscription to a genealogy site to research ancestors. (This is a great gift!)
  • Headphones to listen to music or talk radio. (My 97-year-old father has these headphones and listens to talk radio. He loves it!)
  • Robotic cat for people with dementia and memory loss.



Check out my Pinterest page “Gifts for Older Persons” for more ideas. See the Pinterest Link in the sidebar.

For more gift ideas check out Homemade gifts for older persons and the gift guide page.

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