In the days after Thanksgiving, people begin to focus on Christmas shopping. Naturally, we want to find the perfect gift for loved ones and shopping for seniors is no exception. As seniors grow older, it can become even more difficult to purchase a gift that they will actually like and use. Many seniors already have a house full of trinkets on display or live in a residence that is furnished as-is. The secret to finding a great Christmas gift for seniors is to purchase an item that has meaning.
Caregivers and loved ones should always take a realistic look at the senior’s physical capabilities and general lifestyle before purchasing a Christmas present for them. Many seniors are extremely active and exercise on a daily basis, whereas others may be bedridden and suffering from chronic illness. There are also seniors who suffer from a loss of hearing or sight, making it difficult to participate in many activities they once enjoyed. Purchasing an item that assists seniors to re-engage in some of those activities is always a treasured gift.
For seniors who live in a community setting, giving Christmas gifts that are personalized can help to make the space seem more like home. In addition, seniors always enjoy comfort gifts. Consider items like slippers, robes, comfortable pajamas, fleece blankets, massage items or a pampering gift certificate for loved ones.
Many seniors who have fallen in their home or experience difficulty with mobility are hesitant to purchase items that help them get around safely. Caregivers and loved ones should consider items such as home alert systems for seniors or fall-detection products. Both products can provide additional safety measures within the home for seniors, while also giving family members some much needed peace of mind.
Finding a Christmas gifts for the senior who has everything can also be a daunting task. Caregivers and loved ones can always choose to make a donation to the senior’s favorite charity or church. In addition, if the senior is unable to be present for the family Christmas celebration, consider purchasing a digital photo frame and filling it with pictures from the event. In the end, the most treasured Christmas gift to give seniors is love and companionship.