Everything I’m going to suggest is stuff I would use as a bona fide member of the senior staff of the human race. I used to resist being called a senior, but hey, I get discounts, and young people usually break land speed records to open doors for me when I’m having a bad knee day.
I’m still a very young senior, so I’m also including items I would gift to my older friends and family.
Two things I want you to remember if you have an older person on your gift list. They relish human kindness more than any expensive token. Spending time with them, driving them to the grocery store or doctor, or washing their dog would be a great gift.
The other thing is this. Most older people are on a fixed income, but on the plus side, we also have most everything we need to live, so our spending needs revolve around groceries or maintaining the car. If you don’t know what to get your favorite senior, a gift card to their grocery store or car care shop is a good alternative.
I think the hard thing for older people is for others to see them as old or infirm. If you get them a “practical” gift, don’t forget to include a fun gift too, so they know you don’t see them as a burden.
PS Don’t forget to email me if you have a book you’d like me to showcase on December 1.
Here are my ideas for seniors.
• Garden bench/kneeler I’m actually buying this for my mother. She’s in her 80s but she still loves to putter in the garden. This will make it easier for her to get around.
• Rub Away Bar This removes odor from your hands after you’ve finished chopping garlic or preparing fish.
• Magnifying Glass I have one in nearly every room in my house and in my car. It’s a must-have.
• Extra long shoe horn It might seem silly to you, but it’s handier than you think for those who can’t bend like they used to.
• Funny t-shirt
• Teak shower bench We have one of these. Very stable and handy. Good indoors or out.
• Digital Frame I know at least one grandma who absolutely loves this thing.
• Knee Pillow I found this by accident, but I can see how it would help a lot.
• Orthopedic Seat Cushion If you know anyone who suffers from sciatica or other back pain, this will help.
• Wine This one is a Sangria. I don’t know much about wine, but this is Greg’s current favorite. Seniors know how to drink!
• Fruit and Nut Basket
• Roomba I’ve talked about the Roomba before. Here is my review. It’s an awfully nice gift for those with mobility issues.
• TENS Unit For pain management. After my knee surgery this was the best thing my orthopedic surgeon prescribed for me. It gives electrical stimulation to sore muscles, improving circulation and healing. I still use mine.
What was the best gift you ever gave to an older friend or relative?