The Big List of Best Gifts for Seniors

the big list of gifts for seniors

Get 45 fantastic holiday gifts for seniors

If you’re looking for a wonderful gift that your older adult will use and enjoy, we’ve got you covered.

We rounded up 45 of our favorite gift ideas, ranging from products for independent older adults to gifts for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia or greater care needs.

These gifts are thoughtful, helpful, and can improve your older adult’s quality of 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

 

Senior-friendly technology gifts keep seniors connected and entertained

10 technology gifts keep seniors connected, safe, and entertained

The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to rely on technology more than ever. These 10 tech gifts help us stay connected and help keep seniors safer when we aren’t able to be there in person.

1. From $200 ViewClix Smart Frame
These smart picture frames display digital photos in a 10-inch screen size ($200) or 15-inch screen size ($300).

Both sizes have video calling with an auto-answer mode. When auto-answer is set up, the older adult doesn’t need to do anything to receive a video call.

This is especially helpful for making video calls to someone with dementia or who isn’t able to physically answer a call.

Tip: When choosing a screen size, think about your family member’s vision: is it poor or starting to decline?  If so, go with a bigger screen.

We discuss the ViewClix Smart Frame in greater detail here.

2. From $90 Amazon Echo Show “Alexa”
The Echo Show is an Alexa personal assistant (like an Echo or Echo Dot) with a video screen.

To make video calls without your older adult needing to accept the call, use the Echo Show’s “drop in” feature.

Currently, there are 3 of these types of devices available (prices frequently discounted):

  • $90 Echo Show 5 – 5.5” screen
  • $130 Echo Show 8 – 8″ HD screen and stereo sound, many customer reviews say this is the best of the three Show options

3. $50 Amazon Echo Dot “Alexa” (4th 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.

4. $100 Amazon Echo “Alexa” (4th 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.

5. From $100 + service (get 50% off for a limited time) GreatCall Lively Flip and Jitterbug Smart2 mobile phones

These easy to use phones have large screens, big buttons, 5Star Urgent Response, are hearing aid compatible, and have additional safety features.

6. From $50 + service (get 50% off for a limited time) GreatCall Lively mobile medical alert device

Having 5Star Urgent Response on a mobile device means older adults can get help anywhere, not just inside the house. 

Plus, built-in fall detection sensors means it can automatically call for help if your older adult falls.

7. $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.

8. 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). It works right out of the box – no setup required.

And if you already have an Android tablet that your older adult is able to use, you can just buy the Claris Companion app for $29/month to get all the features.

9. 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. They don’t even need an internet connection.

10. 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 if any problems come up.

 

Seniors enjoy special photos that capture wonderful moments with family and friends

5 keepsake gifts celebrate special memories

1. Custom photo album
Showcase special photos or events so your older adult can reminisce anytime. 

For people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you could 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 photo 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 a variety of sizes & number of pieces

5. Digital photo frames
A digital photo frame is a wonderful way for older adults to easily view family photos. Many even allow you to add new photos via email or through a mobile app.

Note: Some digital photo frames require a separate, low cost USB stick flash drive or SD memory card to hold the photos.

 

Music is a wonderful gift that entertains and engages seniors

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+

2. Portable cassette/CD music player boombox
A simple portable boombox is a great way for your older adult’s to enjoy music or news. These play cassette tapes and have AM/FM radio too.

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 provide hours of relaxing fun.

4. Jigsaw puzzles

5. Large-print or jumbo playing cards
Use these easy-to-see cards to play a variety of fun card games.

 

Gift seniors with a wonderful meal together or enjoying an experience together

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.

Note: These probably aren’t the best gifts to give during a pandemic, but are ideas you can keep in mind for the future.

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.

 

Weighted and heated blankets are extra relaxing gifts for seniors

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).

Get DIY weighted blanket instructions and additional purchase options here.

2. $40 Sunbeam heated throw blanket
A heated blanket keeps seniors toasty warm and eases aches and pains.

3. $34 Granny Jo heavyweight wheelchair lap blanket
This cozy blanket keeps knees warm and conveniently attaches to a wheelchair.

 

Adaptive clothing and footwear gifts for seniors improve comfort and quality of life

3 senior-friendly clothing and footwear gifts

1. Adaptive clothing
Specialized clothing makes life easier for someone with arthritis, limited mobility, incontinence, or other special needs.

2. From $16 House slippers for women and men
These slippers have safe non-skid soles and are adjustable, breathable, and comfortable for wearing around the house.

3. Compression socks
Compression socks improve circulation and reduce swelling from conditions like congestive heart failure. Many new brands offer stylish and fun patterns.

 

Give gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable for seniors

8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable

1. $16 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 NOVA 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. $17 Vive walker caddy / tote bag
A stylish and convenient way to carry essentials while using a walker, available in 3 colors/patterns.

4. $30 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.

5. $35 ComfiLife Gel & Memory Foam Seat Cushion
This gel and memory foam cushion makes it more comfortable to sit for long periods of time and can reduce the risk of pressure sores.

6. $37 Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener
Open any jar without needing a strong grip, no matter how large it is.

7. $50 Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush
Make brushing easier to improve dental health, eliminates strain on hands, wrists, and arms.

8. $80 Philips Norelco Shaver 3800
Get a comfortable, safe, and clean shave anywhere with a high-quality cordless rechargeable wet/dry electric shaver.

 

Gifts that help seniors get around more easily help them enjoy the world

8 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 Four 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.

6. Lyft or Uber gift card
On-demand rides are a convenient way for older adults to get to medical appointments, run errands, and visit family and friends.

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.

8. $650 Carbon Ultralight Rolling Walker
This innovative, super-light rolling walker is an investment, but it’s a new, cool design that seniors will be proud to use. Read a caregiver’s review here.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Images: Gold Age, Vista Prairie Communities, Home Care Assistance Pembroke Pines, Foothills Home Services, Wallaceburg Retirement Residence, Pioneer Emergency Response Services, Senior Tip Sheet

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply October 31, 2020

    Anonymous

    Gostei deste artigo

  • Reply December 19, 2018

    Bar hem

    We were thinking of the Amazon echo! Glad to see it on the list here.

    • Reply December 19, 2018

      DailyCaring

      That’s wonderful! It will make a great gift.

  • Reply November 26, 2018

    Anonymous

    Very helpful

    • Reply November 26, 2018

      DailyCaring

      Thanks! We’re so glad our gift suggestions are useful!

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