50 Best Gifts for Seniors: Things You’ve Never Thought Of


Date published: 2021-11-09

50 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 50 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, entertaining, comforting, and can improve your older adult’s quality of life.

You’re sure to find something they’ll be thrilled to receive.

 

Browse 8 categories of thoughtful gift ideas for seniors

To make it easier to browse these gift ideas for seniors, click these links below to jump directly to one of the categories on this page or keep scrolling to browse the full list.

 

Senior-friendly technology gifts keep seniors connected and entertained

11 technology gifts keep seniors connected, safe, and entertained

After 18+ months of pandemic life, we now rely on technology more than ever to stay connected.

These 11 tech gifts help us stay connected and also help keep seniors safer when we aren’t able to be there in person.

1) ViewClix Smart Frame, from $200
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 the largest screen size that your budget allows.

We discuss the ViewClix Smart Frame in greater detail here.

2) Amazon Echo Show “Alexa” voice assistant with video calling
The Amazon Echo Show is an Alexa personal voice assistant with a video screen. It’s similar to the Echo or Echo Dot, with the addition of a video screen.

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

There are several types of these devices at different price points based on screen size, camera quality, and release date:

3) Amazon Echo (4th Gen) “Alexa” voice assistant with voice calling, $100
This hands-free, voice-controlled device makes voice calls, plays music, gives weather reports, reads the news, answers questions, tells jokes, reads audiobooks, checks sports scores, and more.

Set up the “drop in” feature to make voice calls to people who aren’t able to actively answer a call. Or, find out more about how Echo can help people with dementia.

4) Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) “Alexa” voice assistant with voice calling, $35
The Echo Dot is the smaller size, more affordable “little sibling” to the Amazon Echo.

It can do everything the Echo does, but has less powerful speakers and microphones.

Set up the “drop in” feature to make voice calls to people who aren’t able to actively answer a call. Or, find out more about how Echo can help people with dementia.

5) Lively Easy-To-Use Mobile Phones
These easy-to-use mobile phones are designed especially with seniors in mind.

The phones have large screens, big buttons, loud speakers and have additional health and safety features like app link for families, 5Star Urgent Response, Urgent Care doctors and nurses, live Personal Operators, and connection to Lyft.

  • Lively Jitterbug Flip2, $60 (sale price) + monthly phone service – flip-style phone with big, bright buttons, powerful speaker, simple menus, Amazon Alexa, and more.
  • Lively Jitterbug Smart3, $150 + monthly phone service – the simple smartphone with large screen, voice typing, powerful speaker, simple menus, mobile internet, camera, and more.

6) Lively Mobile+ Medical Alert Device, $50 + monthly service
This mobile all-in-one medical alert device has an 80-hour battery and doesn’t need additional equipment or a base station.

Plus, it has fast call response time, reliable coverage, and enhanced GPS for precise location.

Seniors can go anywhere and just press the button to reach a certified Urgent Response Agent anytime – not just while they’re inside the house.

Plus, built-in fall detection sensors means the device can automatically call for help if your older adult falls and isn’t able to press the button.

7) RAZ Memory Cell Phone, $309 + monthly service
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 alternative service that answers emergency calls if someone with dementia frequently makes unwanted 911 calls.

8) GrandPad Simple and Safe Tablet, from $58/month
This simple, secure tablet is perfect for seniors who want to video call with family and friends, safely browse the internet, view photos, listen to music, and more.

Top features include:

  • Accessible apps for calls, emails, photos, music, news, and games
  • No spam, robocalls, scams, or other unwanted email messages
  • Easy to use with simple navigation, colorful buttons, and large fonts
  • Live support 24/7 to answer questions

9) Claris Companion tablet, from $299 + $29/month
With this simplified tablet, seniors can enjoy one-touch video chat, see photos, browse the internet, use email, play games, check weather, and more. 

Their average user age is 86, so you know this is a senior-friendly product! Plus, the Claris Companion works right out of the box – no setup required.

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) Celery 2-way computerless email system, from $14/month
This low-tech system lets seniors send and receive email without having to own or use a computer. They don’t even need internet access!

Celery is a simple system that allows non-computer users to connect with family and friends through email. 

The Celery device and service automatically prints their incoming emails on paper and instantly sends their outgoing pen-and-paper messages as email to others.

11) Telikin Computer, from $999
Telikin is a simple and easy to use family computer that combines video chat, photo sharing, email, and many more popular features into a sleek touchscreen device.

These computers are designed to have the easiest and most intuitive user experience possible. They’re simplified, but have all the benefits of a full computer. 

And their excellent technical support team is available to help if any problems come up.

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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, 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, from 252 pieces and up
  • Shutterfly – from $33, 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. Some even allow you to add photos via email or through a mobile app.

Note: Check the product description to see if the digital photo frame requires a separate, low cost USB stick flash drive or SD memory card to store the photos.

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Music is a wonderful gift that entertains and engages seniors

7 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.

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) Beautiful coloring books, from $4
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.

6) Regal Games Deluxe Bingo Game Set, $25
This tabletop bingo game set is perfect for multiple players and can also be played solo.

The set includes a rotary bingo cage, bingo board, bingo balls, 50 large-print bingo cards, and bingo chips.

7) Coogam Wooden Hexagon Puzzle, $10
This colorful puzzle appeals to people of all ages and cognitive abilities. Complete the 60 included brain teaser challenges or simply make your own patterns.

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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: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, these might not be the safest gifts to give this year, but are great ideas 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.

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Weighted and heated blankets are extra relaxing gifts for seniors

4 gifts that 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 (you might want one for yourself too).

Note: We’ve also got DIY weighted blanket instructions here.

2) $58 Sunbeam Heated Blanket with 10 Heat Settings and Quilted Fleece
This heated blanket keeps seniors toasty warm and eases aches and pains. Plus, it has a 10-hour auto shut-off function for peace of mind.

3) $30 Granny Jo Products Heavyweight Wheelchair Blanket
This cozy blanket has a top layer of ultra-soft mink fleece and a bottom layer of soft plush fleece.

It keeps wheelchair users warm and cozy and won’t slip off because it conveniently attaches to the wheelchair.

4) $80 Nekteck Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine with Soothing Heat, Deep Kneading Therapy, Air Compression
This foot massager combines heat, compression, and kneading massage action to bring relief to tired, aching feet.

Note: Check with a doctor to make sure this is safe for your older adult to use.

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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) 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 health conditions like congestive heart failure. Many new brands offer stylish and fun patterns.

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

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) $18 Vive walker caddy / tote bag
A stylish and convenient way to carry essentials while using a walker, available in 3 colors/patterns.

4) $22 Electric Jar Opener
Open any jar without needing a strong grip, no matter how large it is.

5) $32 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) $40 Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush
Make brushing easier to improve dental health, eliminates strain on hands, wrists, and arms.

7) $42 ComfiLife Gel Enhanced 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.

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) $85 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.

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

8 mobility and transportation gifts

1) $5 Drive Medical Walker Ski Glides
This great stocking stuffer makes it easier to use a walker, no more catching back legs on carpet.

2) $25 Stander HandyBar Portable Vehicle Support Grab Bar
This simple tool helps seniors get into and out of the car with ease.

3) $27 Hugo Mobility Quadpod Offset Cane
This cane increases stability and reduces fall risk.

4) $67 Drive Medical Four Wheel Rollator Walker with Fold Up Removable Back Support
This rollator walker is easy to maneuver, lightweight, and has a handy seat and backrest for rest breaks.

5) $164 Stander Security Pole and Curve Grab Bar “No-install” Tension Pole
This sturdy tension pole and grab bar 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 safe and 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. $649 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: 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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10 Comments

  • Reply December 11, 2020

    EJ

    The link to safe $16 slippers for women and men does not work. A local community is having a “slipper drive” for seniors which could be a recipe for disaster as many slippers are a fall hazard for the elderly. I wanted to provide them this information so they can be asking people to donate safe slippers only

    • Reply December 11, 2020

      DailyCaring

      It might have been a glitch, because both slipper links are working correctly. It looks like these women’s slippers from Walmart have sold out, but some of the men’s sizes are still available.

      Here are some additional women’s slippers that you might like:
      – Clinic Shoe Women’s Terry Cloth Comfort Slippers, Adjustable Upper https://bit.ly/341emI7
      – Dearfoams Women’s Microfiber Velour Closed Back Slippers https://bit.ly/346V0Bx
      – RockDove Women’s Nordic Slipper with Memory Foam https://bit.ly/3maelIc
      – VONMAY Women’s Fuzzy Slippers Boots Memory Foam Booties https://bit.ly/3oM3oP0

  • Reply December 7, 2020

    Anonymous

    Very helpful list. Lots of good ideas. I also like Pocketful of Cheer (subscription letters) and Grandbox (subscription gift boxes.)

  • 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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