5 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
1. Custom photo album
Showcase special photos or events so your older adult can reminisce anytime.
2. Custom photo calendar
Help your older adult keep track of days, months, and appointments while seeing smiling family faces.
4. Custom photo puzzle
Use family photos or pictures of places with special meaning to create a fun puzzle your older adult can put together again and again.
- Walmart – from $12, comes with custom gift box
- Shutterfly – $30, variety of photo layouts
- Portrait Puzzles – from $35, comes in a variety of sizes & number of pieces
5. $53 DBPOWER HD Digital 7 inch Photo Frame
A digital photo frame is a wonderful way for older adults to easily view family photos. An automatic slideshow can scroll through all their favorites.
We like this photo frame because it also has a calendar and clock function.
5 gifts that entertain and engage
1. Favorite songs and albums
- Add to a music lover’s song collection or bring old favorites back into your older adult’s life
- Get our top music picks for every age group from 65 to 90+
- A simple portable boombox is a great way for your older adult’s to enjoy music or news
- Plays cassette tapes and has an AM/FM radio
- Pro tip: To simplify the controls, put colored stickers on important buttons like Play and Stop
3. From $4 Beautiful coloring books – These coloring books have beautiful, frame-worthy images and can provide hours of relaxing fun.
4. Jigsaw puzzles
- Puzzles are a fun activity and a great way to exercise the brain
- Get options for older adults of all activity levels, even for those with cognitive or vision challenges
3 wonderful experiences
Many older adults enjoy experiences more than material things. Consider giving a gift certificate for something they’ll enjoy or taking them out for a meal or activity.
1. Gift certificate for a favorite restaurant – They can enjoy a wonderful meal from you, or if you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll go out for a special meal together.
2. Gift certificate for personal services like hair styling, manicure, pedicure, or massage
- If you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll accompany them to their appointment
- Some spas even offer special geriatric massage!
3. SilverRide door-through-door assisted ride service
- This unique service offers a variety of services – regular transportation, accompanied activities, medical pickups, etc.
- If you live far away, this is a wonderful way to treat your older adult to a special outing to a favorite museum, library, park, or anywhere! A companion will take them there and accompany them during the activity.
3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
1. Weighted blankets
Weighted blankets have been scientifically proven to relieve distress and anxiety.
They’re especially helpful for people with dementia and also great for anyone who has trouble sleeping, feels anxious, or would just enjoy feeling more relaxed (including you!)
Here are a few options:
- $37 (sale!) YnM Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
- $56 Sivio Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
- $72 Good Knight Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 60 x 80 inches
Get DIY weighted blanket instructions and additional purchase options here.
2. $40 Heated throw blanket – A heated blanket keeps seniors toasty warm and eases aches and pains.
3. $25 Heavyweight wheelchair lap blanket – This cozy blanket keeps knees warm and conveniently attaches to a wheelchair.
3 clothing and footwear gifts
- Browse the stylish adaptive clothes from Silvert’s, Buck & Buck, and Alium. Learn more about specialized clothing here.
- Adaptive shoes and slippers from Silvert’s or Buck & Buck are great for people with gout, diabetes, edema, and other special foot care needs. Learn more about adaptive shoes here.
3. Compression socks
Compression socks improve circulation and reduce swelling from conditions like congestive heart failure. Many new brands offer stylish and fun patterns.
- $10 Compression Zip Sox Socks – this unique design has a zip up the side that makes the socks easy to get on and off
- From $18 Sockwell Compression Socks – compression socks with beautiful designs
- Or, browse a variety of different designs and levels of compression – click here
8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
1. $14 AMIR motion-activated stick anywhere LED lights (3 pack) – These are great for automatically lighting dark corners, closets, or cabinets. They reduce fall risk by illuminating places where you aren’t able to add a lamp.
2. $16 Cup holder for rollator or wheelchair – Help your older adult stay hydrated by making it easy to keep their cup or water bottle within reach.
3. $16 Walker caddy / tote bag – A stylish and convenient way to carry essentials while using a walker, available in 3 colors/patterns.
4. $21 Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener – There’s no need to struggle with a manual can opener any longer. This automatic one doesn’t require any finger or hand strength.
6. $37 Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener – Open any jar without needing a strong grip, no matter how large it is.
7. $40 Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush – Make brushing easier to improve dental health, eliminates strain on hands, wrists, and arms.
8. $60 Philips Norelco Rechargeable Electric Shaver 4500 – Get a comfortable, safe, and clean shave anywhere with a high-quality cordless rechargeable wet/dry electric shaver.
7 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
1. $5 Walker ski glides – This great stocking stuffer makes it easier to use a walker, no more catching back legs on carpet.
2. $27 Hugo Mobility Quadpod Offset Cane – This cane increases stability and reduces fall risk.
3. $29 HandyBar Auto Standing Aid – This simple tool helps seniors get into and out of the car with ease.
4. $57 Drive Medical 4 wheel rollator walker – This rollator walker is easy to maneuver, lightweight, and has a handy seat and backrest for rest breaks.
5. $169 “No-install” grab bar and pole – This sturdy tension pole can be installed anywhere to give extra help when getting up from the couch, recliner, or toilet.
7. GoGoGrandparent gift card – This is an on-demand ride service that’s perfect for seniors who don’t use smartphones. No mobile apps are needed and a live person is always available to help.
7 technology gifts that keep seniors connected, safe, and entertained
1. From $14/month Celery 2-way computerless email system – This low-tech system lets seniors keep in touch through email without having to own or use a computer.
2. $35 Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation) – This hands-free, voice-controlled device plays music, gives weather reports, reads the news, answers questions, tells jokes, checks sports scores, reads audiobooks, and more. Find out more about how it can help people with dementia.
3. $100 Amazon Echo (3rd Generation) – The “big sibling” to the Echo Dot, it does everything the Dot does, but has premium speakers and can be moved around cord-free. Find out more about how it can help people with dementia.
4. From $100 + service (get 50% off for a limited time) GreatCall Jitterbug Flip and Smart2 mobile phones – These easy to use phones have large screens, big buttons, are hearing aid compatible, have 5Star Urgent Response, and have additional safety features.
5. $150 + service GrandPad tablet – This simple, secure tablet is perfect for seniors who are ready to start video chatting and sharing memories with family and friends anywhere in the world.
6. From $299 + $29/month Claris Companion tablet – Seniors can enjoy photos, video chat, and Internet browsing on a simplified tablet (the average user age is 86). And if you already have an Android tablet, just buy the app for $29/month.
7. From $899 Telikin Computer – These computers are created to be the easiest and most intuitive user experience possible. They’re simplified, but have all the benefits of a full computer. And tech support programs are available to help with any issues.