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Gift Ideas to Cheer Up the Elderly and Show How Much You Care

Finding the best holiday gift for your senior loved one this season can be a challenging task. This is particularly true if your loved one seems to have everything they could ever want or need. Most seniors believe that they have acquired enough items over the years. Indeed, some insist on not getting gifts at all. However, the gift market is ever-evolving, and you'll always find something great and unique to give your loved one. The secret lies in getting something the senior will not only love but also use. This guide can help you in the search and help you narrow down the options for the best holiday gift ideas this season.

Armrest Organizer

An armrest organizer comes in handy to help your loved ones avoid clutter and easily find their gadgets. For example, they can use it to hold remote controls, phones, glasses, books, magazines, tissues, flashlights, or earphones. It's primarily a well-thought-out gift idea for a senior living in a nursing home without much furniture.

Coloring Books as Gift Ideas

Coloring books aren't just for children. Many older adults can benefit from books as a form of stress relief. Coloring and painting allow them to discover an inner talent or refine their motor skills.

Coloring is also a relaxing activity with numerous benefits for those with dementia or arthritis. A large coloring book with large simple designs and some crayons to go with it is good art therapy for seniors.

Acupressure Foot Massage Slippers

This pair of slippers come with massage buttons that act as pressure points to enhance blood circulation and nerve sensitivity while improving general tension. The good thing is that they come with replacement buttons, so you don't have to worry about them wearing out too soon.

While still at the thought of slippers, you can pair the massage ones with those designed for winter. Look for those with an easy slip-on design for comfort and ease of use. You may also get diabetic slippers if your loved one usually experiences swelling in the feet. Check to see that the insoles are non-slip.

Neck Massager

An ergonomic and compact pillow massager that perfectly fits behind the neck and body contours of the upper back can be the perfect gift for your loved one. The deep-kneading shiatsu massage nodes work as they change direction to ensure they reach every part of the targeted area to reduce tension and muscle tightness.

The massager features some soothing heat that helps alleviate muscle aches by transferring warmth to the areas. If you're a caregiver or have one who takes care of your elderly loved one, these are also perfect gift ideas for caregivers.

Electric Blankets as Gift Ideas

This warm and cozy blanket feels like soft cotton and has a soothing feeling as you cover yourself or lie on it. The heat, indeed, distributes evenly to envelop your entire body. Made from comfy, micro plush fabric, the blanket provides the warmth and softness your loved one needs to keep the winter chills at bay. It comes in handy for use on the sofa or balcony.

Gifts to Recreate Handy Hobbies

If your loved one has dementia, you can help them recreate memories of past projects using these tools:

  • Melissa & Doug Latches Board to keep their hands busy with latches that snap, hook, click, and slide.
  • MEROCO Montessori Screw Driver Board to practice using two different tools to remove and return five screws.
  • Fidget Block and Tool Kit, which lets them use a small screwdriver and wrenches to remove and reinsert screws. The kit also has a tool case.

Cheer Up the Elderly and Show Them How Much You Care With Your Gift Ideas

There's a lot you can gift your senior loved one this holiday season if you search for the perfect gift. If you'd like more insights ours on taking care of your senior loved one, our Elite Home Health Care Blog is your go-to resource.

Written by: Leah Ganz
Director of Patient Services

Leah Ganz, RN, BSN is the Director of Patient Services at Elite Home Health Care. She has an extensive background in homecare and previously worked in various specialties including pediatrics, pain managemnet and internal medicine. She oversees allpatient services across Elite's departments.