Do you struggle with what to buy for mom or dad in their 80’s or beyond?
Sometimes finding holiday gifts for seniors can be a struggle. Most of us have enough stuff when we reach these birthdays, but still, our tradition is to give a gift. If an aging family member has a dementia, it becomes even more challenging because they could be limited in what will please them.
Often the best gifts are gifts of experiences.
A gift card to their favorite restaurant, tickets to a concert or even the movies. Maybe mom struggles with her computer so a gift card to a home-based technology expert would save the day for her.
Those who have dementia or might be homebound seem to enjoy warm winter clothing such as sweaters, sweat suits or flannel sheets. A a cozy pair of slippers with a sturdy slip-proof sole is a fantastic idea. But, make sure your family members truly could use of these items.
I have lots of families tell me they buy beautiful warm clothing and mom or dad doesn’t want to wear them. Your loved one might say they are “too nice” or they feel the ones they have are fine. Try to remember many of these older family members lived through some tough times, and they are very frugal.
Holiday gifts for seniors don’t need to be over the top or extravagant. Finding what they need and will actually get use out of is important.
Consider donating this holiday season.
A donation to a favorite charity or a book you purchase and have mom or dad sign and then give to a local library is another fun gift. A child’s book is also fun to read to someone with a dementia and then have them sign a card for the library and bring to a library as a donation.
The best holiday gift for seniors is the simple act of love. Knowing you are there and continue to support your loved one is a blessing in it’s self. Whether it is a pair of cozy slippers, a heart felt donation or spending quality time together may the holiday season bless your family.