Get 42 fantastic holiday gift ideas for seniors
If you’re looking for a wonderful gift that your older adult will actually use and enjoy, we’ve got you covered.
We rounded up 42 of our favorite gift ideas, ranging from products for more independent older adults to gifts for seniors with dementia or greater care needs.
These gifts are thoughtful, helpful, and can improve your older adult’s life – you’re sure to find something they’ll be thrilled to receive!
We’ve got 8 categories full of thoughtful, senior-friendly holiday gifts:
Click the links to go directly to one of the categories or scroll down to browse the full list
- 4 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
- 5 gifts that entertain and engage
- 3 wonderful experiences
- 3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
- 3 clothing and footwear gifts
- 8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
- 9 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
- 7 technology gifts that keep seniors entertained and connected
4 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
1. Custom photo album
Showcase special photos or events so your older adult can reminisce anytime. For those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you could also create a custom book they’ll love to read by adding simple text to photos or images they enjoy.
2. Custom photo calendar
Help your older adult keep track of days, months, and appointments while seeing smiling family faces.
3. Custom photo blanket
Keep your older adult warm and cozy with familiar faces all around. These blankets are especially nice for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
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 variety of sizes & number of pieces
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 senior’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!
- 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
- Offers a variety of services – regular transportation, accompanied activities, medical pickups, etc.
- If you live far away, you could gift 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
- Weighted blankets have been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety
- They’re great for any older adult who has trouble sleeping, feels anxious, or would just enjoy feeling more relaxed
2. $40 Heated blanket – keep seniors warm and eases aches and pains
3. $19 Wheelchair lap blanket – keeps knees warm and conveniently attaches to the wheelchair
3 clothing and footwear gifts
1. Adaptive clothing
Specialized clothing makes life easier for someone with arthritis, limited mobility, incontinence, or other special needs. Here are some of our favorite options:
- Stylish adaptive clothes – more info here
- Alium – a new brand with innovative and comfortable adaptive clothing
- Adaptive shoes & slippers – great for people with gout, diabetes, edema, and other special foot care needs, more info here
- These have safe non-skid soles and are adjustable, breathable, and comfortable for wearing around the house
- Compression socks improve circulation and reduce swelling from conditions like congestive heart failure
- These are especially stylish!
8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
1. $13 Cup holder for rollator or wheelchair– help your older adult stay hydrated with a cup or water bottle within easy reach
2. $22 Zeefo motion-activated stick anywhere LED lights – great to automatically illuminate dark corners, closets, or cabinets, reduce fall risk in places where you can’t put a lamp
3. $24 Walker caddy / tote bag– a stylish and convenient way to carry essentials while using a walker
4. $30 Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener – no more struggles with manual can openers, this one doesn’t require finger strength
5. $40 Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener – open any jar without needing a strong grip
6. $40 Philips Norelco 3100 – get a comfortable, safe, and clean shave anywhere with a high-quality cordless rechargeable electric shaver
7. $40 Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush – make brushing easier to improve dental health, eliminates strain on hands, wrists, and arms
8. $50 Gel support cushion – makes it more comfortable to sit and reduces the risk of pressure sores
9 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
3. $25 HandyBar Auto Standing Aid – this simple tool helps seniors get in and out of the car with ease
4. $57 Drive Medical 4 wheel rollator walker– this rollator is easy to maneuver, lightweight, and has a handy seat and backrest for rest breaks
5. $150 “No-install” grab bar and pole – can be installed anywhere for a little extra help getting up from the couch, recliner, or toilet
6. $299 Free2Go rollator – this innovative new rollator walker + bathroom aid makes it safer and easier for seniors to use public restrooms on their own, it’s perfect for independent seniors who hesitate to go out for fear of not being able to use the toilet without help, this revives their social life!
7. Lyft gift card – on-demand rides are a convenient way for older adults to get around, Lyft offers regular rides and is also partnered with health providers and assisted living communities to provide transportation for seniors
8. GoGoGrandparent gift card – this is another wonderful on-demand ride service that’s perfect for seniors without smartphones, no apps are needed and a live person is always available to help
- For limited-mobility seniors who are still active, this electric-powered wheelchair is a luxurious gift!
- Medicare doesn’t cover this, but some private insurance companies may cover some of the cost
7 technology gifts that keep seniors entertained and connected
1. From $14/month Celery 2-way computerless email system – lets seniors keep in touch through email without having to own or touch a computer!
2. From $50 + service GreatCall Lively mobile medical alert device – 5Star Urgent Response on a mobile device means older adults can get help anywhere, not just inside the house
3. $50 Amazon Echo Dot – hands-free, voice-controlled device that plays music, gives weather reports, reads the news, answers questions, tells jokes, checks sports scores, reads audiobooks, and more
4. $100 Amazon Echo – the “big sibling” to the Echo Dot, it does everything the Dot does, but has bigger and better speakers and comes in a variety of beautiful colors and finishes
5. From $100 + service GreatCall Jitterbug Flip and Smart mobile phones – easy to use, has 5Star Urgent Response and additional safety features
6. From $299 + service Claris Companion phone or tablets – seniors can enjoy photos, video chat, and Internet browsing on a simplified tablet (average user age is 86), or supply your own tablet and just get the service for $29/month
7. From $699 Telikin computer – a simplified computer that has the benefits of a full computer (and tech support!) without any maintenance headaches
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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