Gifts for seniors can be special if they 'really fit' the recipient's circumstances. You need to think about the person...and his or her situation.
Is money an issue in the life of the recipient? If so there are a number of Gifts for seniors that can be especially appreciated. Many elders find that money gets a bit tight several years after retirement. Inflation and unexpected expenditures eat away at what once was a comfortable income. Few seniors talk about their money concerns. But if you are attentive, you can often see small signs of 'cutting back' on clothing, entertainment and even money spent on gifts.
Here are several Gifts for seniors who might be finding money an issue:
Few seniors want to accept cash donations but there are some clever ways to add cash - especially on birthdays sd our Gifts for seniors.
EXAMPLE: The year my mother turned 68, I went to the bank and got 69 brand new dollar bills. (When we were growing up, she always put one extra candle on our birthday cake 'to grow on' and since Elizabeth was turning 68, having 69 dollars would give one 'to grow on'.
I wrapped the stack of brand new dollars in tissue paper, put them in a fancy box, added a 'thank you for being you' note in a birthday card. And then wrapped the box in Elizabeth's favorite colors and sent it off across the miles.
Some months later during a visit, my mother said that the gift gave and gave and gave so much pleasure. She said that she spent weeks playing with ideas about how she would spend her gift money. She never revealed just how she spent it but it was clear that this gift gave a good deal of pleasure. Far more than a $69 bouquet or gift certificate.
Having found a 'winner' I repeated the gift each year. Sometimes sending paper money; other times Sakejewa dollars or Susan B. Anthony dollars which the manager at the bank obtained for me. They did not cost anything extra but they looked 'special'.
This gift of a dollar for every year of life + one dollar to grow on became sort of a tradition. And Elizabeth said that she anticipation began to play a role. She said that began thinking about what she would do with her a gift for weeks before her birthday as well as after receiving the it? . Should she be practical this year or get something just for the fun of it?
Gift certificates and gift cards are also possibilities. But these can seem like 'unthinking gifts' unless you take some time to choose a store that 'fits' the persons wants or needs. And you give a little extra thought to wrapping or packaging it. Example: Slip the gift card into a small new purse or wallet. Tuck it into a plant..... or paste it on a CD of favorite songs.
Also, if you are giving a gift card, do check the to make sure that there is NO expiration date on the certificate or gift card! Too many seniors have taken out a gift card to pay for a purchase only to be told that 'I am sorry but this card expired last March'
Many seniors, especially those living alone need and want companionship. They want someone to talk to. The best Gift ideas seniors for such folks would be time with other people. And there are ways you can give that.
Research shows that those who continue to learn keep alert and build new brain cells as they age. You can give the gift of learning as one of your Gifts for seniors.
Fulfilling old wants and exploring new adventures makes for great Gifts for seniors Most people in their sixties and seventies have unfilled hopes and dreams. There were hobbies and hopes from their youth that were lost to adult responsibilities. A set of Lionel trains. Outdoor explorations. Learning about the stars with a microscope. Being out on the water.
Again, you need to find out what dreams or hobbies jsve been lost. You can bring the topic up in conversation by saying that you are finding that adult responsibilities have asked you to put some things on 'hold'. You can say that it is something you have just realized that many adults do. Ask the elder in your life if there were things they had hoped to do or hobbies they never got to explore. You may get some amazing ideas of Gifts for seniors.
And then there are larger, lifetime gifts.
When Helen turned 70 her children all chipped in for a trip to Ireland. Now none of them really wanted to go with their mother. Time, other responsibilities and a concern about spending a whole week with her were some drawbacks. But they knew it was something she would like.
Their solution? They decided instead to ask one of Helen's friends if she would like to accompany Helen. They paid for both airfares, B&B's. It worked out wonderfully. Helen was happy to have something that she wished for. Her friend was delighted. And the children had the satisfaction of knowing they provided the 'gift of a lifetime" to their mother.
Of course a week abroad may be too expensive but there are all sorts of variations to this theme from day trips to weekends. And, yes, providing the wherewith for a friend can make a trip more enjoyable for everyone - including those who stay home.
There are other, no costs Gifts for seniors that may mean more to an elder than all the products for seniors you could find. Sometimes as we age we wonder 'if it was all worthwhile' or 'if I did a good enough job" or 'will anyone remember'.
A very special gift would be a memory book. Write your happy memories things the senior did or were in your life. Put them in a small book and present it saying, "If you ever wonder what we will remember" or "I/we just wanted you to know of some of our happy memories".
This sort of thing could be a family project. If you do not want to create a book, make a surprise blog. But be sure to send a clickable link to the blog in an email so the senior can go back and read it day after day after day....and even share the link with friends.
Bringing to mind good memories is one of the most thoughtful of Gifts for seniors. Such can often be the best of of products for seniors because they acknowledge the whole of the senior's life at a time when they may be feeling that few know all of them.
These are just a few ideas pf Gifts for Seniors. What counts is to get to know some of the unrealized hopes and dreams. Asking if there is any place they would really like to see, if there were hobbies they used to enjoy, if there are things they miss or wish they could do. It might even be a simple as paying for weekly taxi service for someone who does not drive much anymore...or a house cleaner ...or an old fashioned gardener or someone to do odd job...or in some cases a pet and paying for veterinarian care for a year.
What counts about thoughtful Gifts for seniors is that we ask what might be wanted, needed or longed for. Ask this week and ask again in a couple weeks if there are any more ideas. You may find yourself with one of the most creative lists of gifts but be sure to ask not "what would you like for your birthday" but If you had $XXXx for travel, where would you like to go? or have you ever wanted to (draw, paint, dance, ski....).
Give it some thought. There are thousands of Gifts for seniors but the best Gifts for seniors are the ones that is really wanted. You can read more about this topic at Gifts for Seniors
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