Gift ideas for seniors

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Here are our top suggestions for gift ideas for the older people in your life.

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Personal items

  • Watch
  • Jewelry
  • Cologne or perfume
  • A new outfit or jacket
  • Gloves and hats
  • Reading glasses or magnifying glass

Technology

  • Tablet/iPad, such as the GrandPad
  • Fitness tracker, such as Fitbit
  • Smartphone
  • Digital photo frame
  • Audiobooks
  • Smart speaker
  • Headphones
  • Doorbell camera system

Handmade and personalized

  • Photobook or memory album
  • Framed family photo
  • Birdhouse or bird feeder
  • Homemade jam, salsa or another tasty treat
  • Bookmarks
  • A written story, poem or song about the person
  • Painted or sculpted pottery or garden stepping stone
  • Wall hangings, ornaments, magnets or window suncatcher

Home brighteners

  • A houseplant or potted flowers
  • Bath towels
  • Blankets
  • Throw pillows
  • Card games, puzzles or board games
  • Materials for a favorite hobby like knitting, reading, music or gardening
  • One-cup coffee maker

Subscriptions and more

  • Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon Prime subscription
  • Magazine subscription, such as ReminisceAncestry.com membership
  • Flower or book of the month subscription
  • Chocolate subscription box
  • MasterClass subscription for online learning
  • Dollar Shave Club subscription
  • Adult coloring books and colored pencils
  • Fillable life storybook
  • Once-a-month lunch dates

For nursing home residents

  • A basket with their favorite baked goods and treats
  • Sudoku, crossword or word search books
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet/iPad
  • Large-print books or audiobooks
  • Digital photo frame or personalized calendar
  • Lap blanket
  • Armchair caddy
  • Slipper socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Clothing, such as sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts
  • Lotion or other toiletries

Bonus gift ideas

  • Consider making a donation to an organization whose mission is important to you and your family. Ask your family members for a list of favorite charities, or research some nonprofit groups you could support.

Whatever gift you give this holiday season, the gift of your time is the best gift of all.

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