Both sen­ti­men­tal, prac­ti­cal items make good gifts for se­niors

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By the time they reach se­nior sta­tus, many adults have amassed a ton of stuff along with their ir­re­place­able knowl­edge. Come their golden years, grand­par­ents and other ag­ing loved ones prob­a­bly don’t need much in the way of ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions, which can make it chal­leng­ing to find them hol­i­day gifts.

Find­ing great gifts for se­niors may take a lit­tle more ef­fort, but with these ideas at the ready, it’s likely gift­givers can make this hol­i­day merry for ev­ery­one on their shop­ping lists.

Fam­ily photo mem­o­ries

Many se­niors love to talk about their life his­to­ries. What bet­ter way to be the cat­a­lyst for con­ver­sa­tion than to cre­ate a photo al­bum that chron­i­cles their lives? Pho­tos can be in­cluded along­side his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, such as old school projects, mil­i­tary dis­charge pa­pers, awards and even ge­nealog­i­cal in­for­ma­tion. Photo puz­zles, photo cal­en­dars and any home dé­cor with a photo printed on it are vari­a­tions on this theme.

As­sis­tance gifts

Se­niors want to re­main as in­de­pen­dent as pos­si­ble. By giv­ing items that help them do just that, you can bring smiles to their faces.

One idea is mo­tion-sens­ing light switches and fix­tures. If and when na­ture calls in the mid­dle of the night, hall­ways or bath­rooms can be il­lu­mi­nated ef­fort­lessly.

Shower and bath­room grab bars are an­other idea. These pro­vide ex­tra se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity when getting in and out of the shower or when us­ing the toi­let.

For se­niors who just need a lit­tle ex­tra reach, a grab tool can eas­ily snag pack­ages from a top shelf or pick up items that may have dropped to the floor, elim­i­nat­ing bend­ing or strain­ing.

Prac­ti­cal tech­nol­ogy

Se­niors may not be as im­mersed in tech­nol­ogy as young peo­ple, but they pur­chase their share of gadgets and in­creas­ingly rely on tech to get through the day. To free up more time for rest and re­lax­ation, in­vest in an iRobot Roomba Robot Vac­uum. This sim­ple de­vice will clean floors eas­ily, mov­ing from room to room with­out the need for a bulky can­is­ter or up­right vac­uum.

Con­sider an easy-to-use tablet, pre-loaded with handy ap­pli­ca­tions. Grand­par­ents can use video chat­ting to keep in touch with grand­chil­dren liv­ing across the coun­try. Eas­ily re­fill pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion with a phar­macy app just a click away. Stream fa­vorite movies or chan­nels through video stream­ing sites, like Net­flix or Ama­zon Prime. Tablets tend to be light­weight, por­ta­ble and user­friendly.

Per­sonal care

Even in­de­pen­dent se­niors may ben­e­fit from a lit­tle ex­tra com­pan­ion­ship and as­sis­tance when fam­ily mem­bers are not able to make fre­quent vis­its. Hir­ing a vis­it­ing care worker, who can do ev­ery­thing from or­ga­niz­ing pills to mak­ing din­ner to tack­ling some laun­dry, can pro­vide the help se­niors need with their daily er­rands.

Se­niors are a thriv­ing and grow­ing de­mo­graphic. It may seem chal­leng­ing to pur­chase gifts for older loved ones, but with a lit­tle know-how, it’s easy to find the right present.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF METROCREATIVE

Gifts for se­niors do not have to be a chal­lenge to find. Many ser­vices and items will be ideal.

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