Date published: 2023-5-10
Moms appreciate thoughtful gifts
Moms, aunts, in-laws, and the special women in your life will be delighted to be remembered on Mother’s Day.
To help you find the perfect present, we’ve rounded up dozens of thoughtful Mother’s Day gift ideas that she’s sure to love.
This in-depth list of the best gifts covers 12 different categories and more than 50 specific gift ideas – including activities, thoughtful keepsakes, comfort, senior-friendly technology, music, and household aids.
12 categories of best Mother’s Day gifts
1. Customized gift baskets
You know your older adult best, so why not create a custom gift basket filled with things they love?
All you need is a decorative basket (this one looks great and is easily reusable) and some great items to fill it with.
- Favorite music albums and some delicious tea to sip while listening
- A cozy throw blanket and a pair of comfy slippers
- Cheese, fruit, crackers, and sparkling cider for an instant picnic
- A few favorite movies and popcorn or hot chocolate mix
- Lotions, soaps, and other pampering items in her favorite scent
2. Gifts that promote relaxation
Gifts that help your older adult relax and feel pampered are sure to be a hit.
- A massage tailored for older adults
- Plush heated electric throw blanket
- A soothing weighted blanket or lap pad is especially helpful for those with dementia. Here are a few we especially like:
- Cozy wheelchair blanket that attaches with velcro
- A small, electric bucket-style towel warmer makes bathtime extra luxurious
- This manual back and neck massager helps her soothe hard-to-reach aches
3. Send a heartfelt card or letter
Sending a card or letter with a lovely message is always a thoughtful way to show how much you care and that they’re in your thoughts.
4. Send flowers
Support local flower shops by calling to find out about their Mother’s Day delivery options.
Or, use an online flower delivery service:
For a fuss-free, low maintenance gift, send some beautiful faux flowers like these.
5. Technology gifts that keep her connected
We’re relying on technology more than ever. These simpler tech tools help your older adult stay connected with family and friends and keep them entertained.
- Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame – 10.1 inch screen, share photos instantly via email or app
- ViewClix Smart Frame – smart digital picture frames with video calling
- Amazon Echo Show 5 – Alexa voice assistant with 5.5” screen for video calls
- Amazon Echo Show 8 – Alexa voice assistant with 8″ HD screen and stereo sound for video calls
- Lively Flip2 and Jitterbug Smart3 mobile phones – easy-to-use mobile phones with special features designed for older adults
- RAZ Memory Cell Phone – innovative mobile phone designed with features especially for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia
- GrandPad tablet – easy-to-use tablet device with special features designed for seniors
6. Family memories
A wonderful gift is a service that helps them record their personal stories for generations to come.
- Lifekive – create a beautiful, customized, full-color hard-cover book with photos. To get 15% off a Lifekive subscription, use code dailycaring at checkout.
And chances are, your older adult has cooked or baked something that’s a longstanding family favorite recipe. Preserving their handwritten recipe onto a plate would make a lovely gift and a memento that’s useful too.
7. Create a custom photo album, calendar, blanket, or puzzle
With a custom photo album, you can showcase special photos or events so your older adult can reminisce anytime.
For someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you could even create a custom book they’ll love to read by adding simple text to photos or images they enjoy.
Make a custom photo calendar to help your older adult keep track of days, months, and appointments while seeing smiling family faces.
A custom photo blanket will keep your older adult warm and cozy with familiar faces all around. These photo blankets are especially nice for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
A custom photo puzzle uses a family photo or picture with special meaning to create a fun puzzle your older adult can put together again and again.
- Shutterfly – 50 piece large-size puzzle available, variety of photo layouts
- Portrait Puzzles – variety of sizes and number of pieces available
8. Beautiful jigsaw puzzles
These lovely puzzles aren’t childish at all and the different number of puzzle pieces mean you’ll find one that’s perfect for their ability level.
- Fire Waggin’ – 35 pieces, adorable Dalmatian puppies in a red wagon
- Eiffel Magic Springbok Alzheimer’s & Dementia Jigsaw Puzzle – 36 large pieces, quaint Paris streets and a view of the Eiffel Tower
- Wild Coast Relish Dementia Jigsaw Puzzle – 63 large pieces, beautiful ocean coast scenery
- Pet Parade – 100 pieces, a group of animal friends
- Dolphins – 100 large size pieces, lively dolphins in a relaxing tropical ocean scene
- Songbird Menagerie – 300 large piece puzzle, a variety of colorful songbirds
- Flight at Dusk – 300 large piece puzzle, colorful hot air balloons over a beautiful landscape
- The Country Bus – 300 pieces, a small town scene in the English countryside
9. Artistic coloring books
These beautiful coloring books have illustrations that are nice enough to frame. They’re not childish at all and provide hours of relaxing fun.
- Flower Gardens – 23 gorgeous floral portraits
- Beautiful Birds – 31 realistic illustrations of songbirds, game birds, waterfowl, and many other birds in their natural habitats
- Tropical Paradise Scenes – 23 relaxing scenes including hibiscus blossoms, birds of paradise, flamingoes, sea turtles, and dolphins
- Backyard Nature – 42 beautiful illustrations like whitetail deer in a vegetable patch, a box turtle in a strawberry patch, and chickadees in a white pine tree
10. An easy-to-use CD player and their favorite music
An easy-to-use, simple CD player will let her play her favorite tunes anytime. This one even plays cassette tapes.
If needed, make it easier to use by adding colored dots on essential buttons like play and stop.
- Perfect Nostalgia: Best Music of the 1920s 30s & 40s
- Judy Garland at 100: 26 Classics in Stereo!
- Greatest Songs Of The 1940’s
- The Very Best of Nat King Cole
- No. 1 Hits of the 50’s
- Frank Sinatra: Collected
- Simply the Best 60s Album
- The Beatles 1
- The Best of Simon & Garfunkel
- Ella Fitzgerald Platinum Collection
- Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue
11. Helpful home aids
Increase independence with some helpful aids that make everyday tasks easier.
12. Auto aids to make driving easier
Simple auto aids make driving or riding in cars easier on stiff joints and arthritic hands.
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- 47 Amazing Gifts for Seniors with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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