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The Best Gifts for Seniors Living in a Retirement Community

We all want to show our loved ones how much we care with thoughtful birthday or holiday gifts, but when your loved one lives in a retirement community, assisted living facility or nursing home, their limited space or activity level can make gift-giving difficult. 

After all, how many cardigans or Hummel figurines does one grandmother need? 

 Let us come to the rescue with this comprehensive list of gift ideas for the special seniors in your life. You are sure to find some items here that the seniors in your life will love and appreciate as much as they do you.

Gifts of Time. Everyone appreciates a visit, and visits don’t have to consist of you and your elderly parents retelling the same stories over and over, as entertaining as that may be. Next time you visit, bring along an activity to do together, dig into family treasures, help them accomplish a chore, or take them out on a date.

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Puzzles and games
  • Organizing family photos
  • Baking or meal prepping
  • Rearranging furniture
  • Decorating for holidays
  • Reorganizing closets and drawers
  • Attending the theater, a concert, or sporting event
  • Re-watching favorite movies or sports events

Gift Card Ideas. Put that scented candle back and send or take your loved one out for some fun. 

  • Restaurants 
  • Uber or Lyft 
  • Salon, barber or Spa 
  • Top Golf or putt-putt
  • Movie theater

Techy Gifts. Technology can be difficult for seniors, but there are several devices that are made with seniors in mind. Check these out.

  • Amazon Echo
  • Weather station
  • Smart pill box
  • Smart Tile
  • Digital photo frame
  • Tablet for seniors
  • Cell phone for seniors
  • Nightlight outlet cover

Food and Kitchen Gifts. Food is a more than a necessity. It comforts us, reminds us of our past, and binds us with family. Make eating even more satisfying with yummy treats or easy-to-use gadgets.

  • Ergonomic can opener
  • Sugar free treats
  • Gourmet food basket
  • Meal delivery service
  • Can, jar, and bottle opener
  • Keurig single serve coffeemaker
  • Fatigue reducing floor mat
  • Miniature cake pans
  • Soft grip kitchen shears

Home and Garden Gifts. No matter how small their living quarters are, you can help make home cheery and easier to maintain with these gifts.

  • Holiday decorations
  • Door wreath
  • Fresh flowers
  • Oil diffuser or automatic air freshener
  • Rolling cart
  • Roomba vacuum
  • Birdfeeder

Safety and Adaptive Living Gifts. Your loved one’s safety and comfort is first priority. These gift ideas are both practical and thoughtful.

  • Walker glides
  • Non-slip slippers or socks
  • Walker caddy
  • Adaptive clothing
  • Compression socks
  • Grip and grab tool
  • Folding step stool
  • Car support grip
  • Elastic shoelaces

Cozy Gifts. Wrap your loved one in a big virtual hug with these gifts designed to keep them comfortable. 

  • Sleeved blanket
  • Weighted blanket
  • Massager
  • Foot Bath
  • Personal care products
  • Memory foam seat cushion
  • Automatic shut-off heating pad

Reader Gifts. Reading is arguably the most important activity your senior can do for their mind and as an enjoyable, prolonged activity. Keep them reading with these aids.

  • Eyeglass tether
  • Magazine subscription
  • Digital reader: Kindle, Nook
  • Digital content gift card
  • Digital reader easel
  • Large print books
  • Lighted magnifying glass

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