As you begin your Christmas shopping list, don’t forget about getting something for that special someone. Whether they are your senior next-door neighbor, your parents, or the family members you hardly see. As you go down the list, items might get harder and harder to think of. It may be difficult to find something that they don’t already own, but don’t fret! We here at Freedom Home Care have compiled a holiday gift guide for seniors that they’ll love!
Whether they love to spend time outdoors in the garden or sitting on the porch, or they’re on the hunt looking for a new hobby to take up, these gifts for seniors will prove how much you really care about them. These gifts include everything from homemade to store-bought. Whether you waited last minute to purchase these items, or you’ve been on the hunt for a while for that special something, these all can be easily made or bought online.
Keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
Who doesn’t like whipping out the old photo albums and taking a stroll down memory lane occasionally? Especially when you get older, things and people may be harder to remember. Looking at pictures and special keepsakes throughout the years can really bring joy back to your loved one’s life. For people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you could create a custom book that they’ll love to look through and read. You can either buy an album from any craft store or you can make one online from a picture printing company. Maybe your senior gets cold easily and often. Why not print a couple of pictures and sayings onto a blanket. This will keep them all warm and cozy inside and out. Is your loved one into puzzles and mind-bending games? If so, use family photos or pictures of places with special meaning to create a puzzle your older loved one can put together again and again.
Gifts that entertain and engage
We all need and enjoy music and entertainment in our lives. We’re sure when your loved one was younger, they’d jam out to the best hits! Why change that?! A simple portable boombox is a great way for older adults to enjoy music or news. This can play cassette tapes and has an AM/FM radio. You can also add colored stickers on the important buttons to help make controlling the boombox that much easier. Do they enjoy reading? Maybe purchase a reading tablet and a few book subscriptions or go the old fashion way and just purchase hard copies of they’re favorite books. Another idea can be a subscription to their favorite magazine or maybe the newspaper if they don’t receive that already. Do they enjoy playing card games with friends and family? Maybe get them a card deck or their favorite board game. These can really engage their brains without them knowing it. Or maybe get them a new game that they’ve never played before. This can be fun to learn to play a new game together! Get all the family involved in this one.
As your loved one gets older, they may not want material things, but rather experiences. Consider giving a gift certificate to some type of activity or place that you know they’ll love. If you are available, accompany them to this event! We are sure that they’ll enjoy it even more with great company like yourself.
Gifts that reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
Does your loved one get anxious often? Want to find a way to help reduce the stress and anxiety without taking huge measures? Why not try buying a product that can help combat that anxious feeling. An option for this can be a weighted blanket, heated blanket, or heavyweight wheelchair lap blanket. You can never go wrong with one of these. Do they have some back/neck pain? If so maybe get a heating pad or a massaging chair/neck pillow. These can work out even the toughest of knots without being too hard on their joints.
With Christmas right around the corner and a huge list of people to buy for, we here at Freedom Home Care know that it can be hard to shop for your senior loved one. That’s why we are here to help! This holiday gift guide hopefully helped with the brainstorming process for holiday tips! Senior safety is our top priority, as everything on this list of senior gifts is safe for you and for your loved one. Freedom Home Care is here to provide nothing but the best services and support for your loved one. We are always here to help with any services or to give quotes if needed. If you are looking for a senior homecare near you, feel free to reach out to Freedom Home Care today. We can schedule a visit and go through our services, our philosophy, certifications, our many locations, and more for your family. Feel free to give us a call at (847) 433-5788 or visit us today at 1749 Green Bay Road in Highland Park today.