Finding the perfect gift for an older loved one can be challenging, but we’ve put together a few ideas for you that you can still scoop up now. But keep in mind that the gift that seniors often like best, especially during holidays spent apart from friends and family, is the gift of conversation and connection to others. That gift is absolutely free through our Friendship Line, staffed with people who care and can offer a friendly voice and a listening ear, even on Christmas Day.
Here are a few items you can put under the tree for older adults:
These sherpa-lined socks look oh so cozy, and are available in a variety of colors. The best part is that they come with silicone grips on the bottom which makes them less slippery on non-carpeted surfaces, making them more safe for your senior to wear.
$30 Alexa Echo Dot
Thanks to AI (artificial intelligence), the Alexa Echo Dot can give your senior the latest news, a slew of jokes and riddles, play their favorite music and even turn off the lights, all with simple voice commands. There are other gadgets you can include that complement the Echo Dot, such as Smart WiFi plugs that enable lights to be turned on and off, and XXX . The device is compatible with most music subscription services such as Amazon Music and Spotify.
$130 Robot Dog Companion
This fluffy robot dog is not only super cute, it has realistic fur and makes adorable puppy sounds. The robot responds well to actions like petting and cuddling, and offers comfort especially to those seniors struggling with dementia. Your senior prefers cats? No problem, there are several feline versions of the robot too.
Starting at $30/month Grandbox Subscription
Most seniors love getting deliveries, especially when they are shut-in. Grandbox will send them a curated care box each month, depending on which subscription level you choose (choices range from yearly to month-to-month). Each box has a selection of treats, brain games, healthy snacks, and a personalized note and photos that you upload to the site.
$99 Smart Coffee Mug
If you senior is a coffee or tea aficionado, this is their perfect gift. The mug, which comes in two sizes, is designed to set the beverage to an exact temperature and leave it that way for close to two hours, or even longer if the mug is placed on the charging coaster.
The scent of lavender is proven to invoke a calm and relaxed state, so this heat able neck wrap and weighted eye pillow should feel like heaven to your senior.
Most of us love cookies, and these mini-cookies are the perfect size to enjoy along with a cup of coffee or tea. There are also options for cookie subscription services if you want to keep giving to your senior all year long.
The holidays are also a good time to remind seniors about the importance of home safety, especially with the presence of holiday decorations and items rearranged around the home. Be sure to take a look at our post on home safety and read the holiday safety tips from our own Jill Patterson, an occupational therapist for Institute on Aging’s Community Living Services program.