If you have an older loved one in your life, you probably got this response when you asked them what they would like for a gift: “Oh, I don’t need/want anything.”
That answer is admittedly not much help. However, gift giving is not just about getting something another person wants or needs. Gifts are also about showing someone you love and care for them. So chances are even if your senior loved one says they don’t need anything, you still want to get them something as a token of your affection.
Courtesy of Lifestage, here are a few ideas for the perfect gift for your older relative or loved one.
Lugging a heavy vacuum in and out of a closet doesn’t get any more enjoyable in your later years. Give your loved one a break with a programmable robotic vacuum that cleans the floors for them daily. Robotic vacuum cleaners are perfect for people with mobility issues and help clean in hard-to-reach areas. An added bonus for them: it gives them an excuse to ask you over when they need help programming it.
Some New Bling
If that beloved senior in your life has a passion for jewelry or accessories like watches, why not give them something truly unique? Thrive Global notes that wearing jewelry can actually aid in de-stressing. Check into some of the more hard-to-find gemstones and watch their eyes light up.
During the colder months, there’s nothing like the warm glow of candles to make a home feel inviting. However, candles can be a fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 23,000 fires in the home result from traditional wick candles every year. Flameless candles are a safe alternative. Flickering LED lights give off the comforting glow that gives a room ambience. You can even find scented varieties that fill the home with their favorite fragrance.
Grocery Delivery or Meal Service
If your loved one hates going to the grocery store, there are a variety of services available perfect for them. If they have their tried and true favorite dishes, a grocery delivery service allows them to pick the things they want from their favorite store and have it sent to their front door. If they love to cook and try new things, a meal service like Blue Apron or HelloFresh deliver local ingredients with instructions on how to make the next dinner.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents to adjust your mood. An aromatherapy machine diffuses essential oils throughout the room to help your loved one establish the state of being they desire. Whether they want to rev up in the morning or calm down at night, this gift provides a sense of control around the home as well as within.
An Advanced Education
Seniors know better than anyone that we never stop learning. So why not give your beloved senior the gift of an advanced degree? Perhaps they’ve considered starting their own business and a business degree will help them get the inside track. If so, you could contribute to their education expenses, help them plan their schedules, or assist them with any programs or aspects of technology with which they’re not yet familiar.
A New Pet
If your loved one has dropped hints about being lonely or wanting something more in life, the gift of a new furry friend may be perfect for him or her. Dogs help improve a person’s mood and give them a sense of purpose. Pets provide structure and routine in life-- essential for happiness and productivity. A dog or cat will also provide opportunities for physical activity and socialization, which help both physical and mental health.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated, respected, and cared for – and that includes seniors. Even if your senior family member or loved one says they don’t need anything for the holidays, getting them a gift is a simple way of showing them just how much you appreciate them.
Lifestage understands that every person has unique needs. Taking the time to listen and understand those needs will bring about the best outcomes for you or your loved ones. Our staff brings over 100 years of combined experience and credentials in various aspects of the health care industry, Call 509.473.9956.
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Ty Strahl is the areas leading senior adviser. Her job is to help you navigate the many aspects of aging and to help seniors who are in transition to find the right solutions for their individual needs.