Holiday Giving: Gift Ideas for the Senior in the Family

Holiday Giving: Gift Ideas for the Senior in the Family

  • November 01, 2018

If you are struggling to find a meaningful holiday gift for a senior who seems to have everything, you aren’t alone. It’s a question the team members at Five Star Senior Living communities are often asked by family members. 

Over the years, we’ve noticed what residents seem to enjoy most is spending time with loved ones. The gift of time is something money can’t buy. Gifts that honor family history and those that make it easier for friends and family to stay in touch are also popular.

Holiday Gift Guide for Seniors

  • Experience gifts: Think about the hobbies and pastimes you and your senior loved one used to enjoy doing together. Can you recreate one of them this holiday season? Maybe it’s family night at a local hockey game or a round of indoor putt-putt at a local adventure center. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or elaborate, just an opportunity to spend time together.
  • Family video: Create a video or slide show with photos of important family milestones. You can even add interviews of loved ones sharing favorite memories. This is an especially good gift if loved ones are scattered across the country. They can shoot their own video messages and email them to the family members who are producing the video.
  • New smart phone:  Seniors often have cell phones, but many opted to purchase less expensive models that lack a camera or ability to add apps.  If your budget permits, buy your family member a smart phone that will allow them to Face Time with loved ones, take pictures, and send and receive text messages. 
  • Customized family calendar: Another thoughtful gift idea for a senior family member is to create a custom calendar. Put important family milestones on the calendar. You can feature family photos---old and new---on your calendar too.
  • Gift cards: If the older adult in your life has a limited budget or feels guilty spending money on luxury items, gift cards can allow them to splurge without feeling guilty. It might be for a manicure or pedicure or dinner out at a favorite restaurant. 
  • Game basket: To make it easier for the senior to spend quality time with the younger generation, gift them a basket of the kids’ favorite games. The senior can pull them out when the kids come to visit.
  • Talent show night: You can also surprise your senior loved one with the gift of a family talent show. Set a date and have each family member plan a talent they will share during the show. It can be individual talents or group ones. Pop some corn and make it a night to remember!

We hope this list helps give you some inspiration when it comes time to shop for your family elders this year.

Visit a Five Star Community During the Holiday Season

If you are preparing to talk with a senior family member about moving to an assisted living community, it’s good to know that the holidays are a great time to visit. You can read “Touring Assisted Living Communities during the Holiday Season” to learn more and then call the Five Star community nearest you to schedule a private tour.

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