Get 47 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.
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
- 11 technology gifts keep seniors connected, safe, and entertained
- 5 keepsake gifts celebrate special memories
- 5 gifts that entertain and engage
- 3 wonderful experiences
- 3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
- 3 senior-friendly clothing and footwear gifts
- 9 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
- 8 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
11 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. $309 + service RAZ Memory Cell Phone
This dementia-friendly mobile phone is a cell phone that someone with cognitive impairment can actually use. It has a single screen that never turns off, calling by picture, and emergency services.
It also has an optional service that answers emergency calls if your older adult frequently makes unwanted 911 calls.
8. $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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. From $899 Telikin Computer
These computers are created to be the easiest and most intuitive user experience possible.
5 keepsake gifts 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. 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.
- $40 Aluratek 7 Inch LCD Digital Photo Frame – supports 32GB USB flash drive/SD card
- $70 BSIMB Digital Photo Frame Digital Picture Frame 10.1 Inch – 1024×600 IPS screen, has music and video playback, supports 32GB USB flash drive/SD card, and comes with a clock, reminder calendar functions, remote control
- $100 MRQ 14 Inch Full HD Digital Photo Frame – 1080p high-resolution IPS screen, displays photos via 32GB USB flash drive/SD card
- $100 Feelcare 7 Inch 16GB Smart WiFi Digital Picture Frame – send photos or short videos from anywhere, internal memory means no need for external memory card or flash drive
- $153 Nixplay Smart Digital Picture Frame 10.1 Inch – share photos and short videos from your phone or by email
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.
- $50 NAXA Electronics NPB-268 Portable CD/Cassette Boombox
- $80 Sony Bluetooth Boombox Bundle – set includes classic stereo boombox with CD/cassette/radio plus a NeeGo wireless bluetooth receiver to stream music from any device
- $100 Sony CFDS70-BLK CD/MP3 Cassette Boombox
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
- 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.
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.
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).
- $41 Waowoo Adult Weighted Blanket – 15lbs, 60 x 80 inches
- $50 Weighted Idea Cool Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 78 inches
- $55 AmazonBasics All-Season Cotton Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
- $80 YnM Weighted Blanket – 15 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
- $90 RELAX EDEN Adult Weighted Blanket W/Removable, Washable Duvet Cover – 12 lbs, 48 x 72 inches
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.
3 senior-friendly 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.
- From $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 $27 Sockwell Compression Socks – compression socks with beautiful designs
- Or, browse a variety of different designs and levels of compression – click here
9 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.
6. $26 Electric 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.
9. $120 Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation and Sunset Fading Night Light
Help older adults wake up more naturally with an alarm clock that simulates the sunrise. This innovative alarm clock is especially useful on dark winter mornings.
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.
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.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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