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Recently my Grandma Patty turned 98 years old. She had a party to celebrate her big day and feasted on angel food cake, soup and breadsticks. She was, and I quote, “tickled” by the whole day and the great party turnout. She kept saying to our family, “Can you believe I am 98 years old?!”
Nope Grandma, we don’t.
My grandma is almost an entire century old, but she still gets dressed up like she’s headed to church, is mindful of what she eats and avoids sugary sweets, gets her hair done once a week and still gets as giddy as a five-year-old when she sees a present headed her way.
As far as gift-giving goes, buying gifts for Grandma Patty can be tricky. There’s nothing she needs per se, yet there are things she would like to have, but space is a bit limited in her downsized living space.
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When it comes to holiday gifts for seniors it’s all about finding the right balance, according to Debbie Elson, LPN, and a long-term care nurse of 37 years.
“Seniors want practical and fun gifts,” said Elson. “They would like things they actually need and will actually use.”
They appreciate creature comforts such as lotions, soaps, perfumes, nail care, comfortable shoes, small candies in a dish and small plants for their window sills, shared Elson.
Seniors would prefer not to receive overly extravagant or pricey gifts, she adds. They are also not huge fans of one of the most common and stocking stuffer-y gifts of them all: gift cards. “Absolutely, no gift cards!” said Elson.
Something seniors do have plenty of room in their homes and in their hearts is a nice surprise from their families. Seniors love a little touch of the unexpected and love it when their families go the extra mile during the holidays. Elson has seen some of the families of her seniors unveil holiday gifts with a pop-up card, with a visit from Santa, a drop-by from the family pet or with a surprise visit from older grandchildren and/or great grandchildren.
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Another fun and special touch to help roll in the holiday season for your seniors is to bring the holiday spirit right to their very door, shared Elson. “Bring the supplies to decorate their room or home for holidays,” she suggests.
Lastly, and certainly not least, when it comes to seniors and gifts, don’t just assume you know what your senior wants. At the retirement community where Elson works, seniors are already busy writing their lists, checking them twice and comparing them next to the Target holiday circular.
While my Grandma Patty used to scour the JCPenney catalog every holiday season, she’s hip with the times now, and we are currently in the process of helping her cultivate her ideal Amazon wish list. (Prime gifts only, of course.)
As the experts and my Grandma Patty tell us, gifts with a bit of feeling, a little thought and a heap of practicality will always hit the right note when it comes to the folks who believe that growing older is inevitable, but growing up is optional.
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Here is a roundup of great holiday gifts for seniors that are expertly suggested and Grandma Patty-approved.
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GrandPad Tablet for Seniors
Accessibility Enabled Tablet © Amazon GrandPad Tablet for Seniors (Amazon / Amazon)
Accessibility Enabled Tablet $ at Amazon
This simple yet savvy gadget was designed with seniors in mind and is one of my grandma’s very favorite connectivity tools. With easy-to-use apps, a private family network and built-in 4G, the GrandPad makes it simple for seniors to scroll, shop, search and just say hello.
Smart Photo Frame
Smart Photo Frame $ at Aura Frames
I shared this gift with my son’s grandma just last year and she loved it. Through the magic of technology, I am able to beam photos straight to my mom’s frame. She doesn’t miss a moment thanks to this no-fuss digital picture frame.
Crosley Scout Turntable
Scout Turntable © Crosley Crosley Scout Turntable (Crosley / Crosley)
Scout Turntable $ at Crosley
Whether it’s big band jazz, that old Prince album or that worn-out vinyl of the Carpenters’ Christmas album, this thoughtful gift will bring back the memories and dole out sweet sounds. This record player sports a vintage look and features full-sized stereo output, but in a sleek minimalist package. The record player can accommodate three speeds and includes Bluetooth tooth capability.
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These alluring and affordable gems that can be found on Amazon will surprise even the most dedicated fashionista. And that calls for a celebration. Gone are the days where you have to spend $10 on a single pair of panties or hundreds on a cocktail dress that’s appropriate for the next wedding you have on your calendar. These pieces look just as luxe just as the overpriced ones would and won’t leave you with the regret that often comes once you realize it wasn’t worth it.
Sunday Citizen Snug Ribbed Bed Blanket
Snug Ribbed Blanket
Snug Ribbed Blanket $ at Sunday Citizen
Keep your seniors snug as a bug with Sunday Citizen’s Ribbed Bed Blanket. It doubles as the perfect bedtime snuggling blanket and a cuddly couch lap blankie. It’s breathable, light and soft as a cloud, making it ideal for year-round snoozing. As a thoughtful bonus, this blanket is hypoallergenic and machine-washable.
Keurig K-Express Essentials Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
Single Serve Coffee Maker © Walmart Keurig K-Cup Coffee Maker (Walmart / Walmart)
Single Serve Coffee Maker $ at Walmart
For the coffee lover who doesn’t want to brew an entire pot, the Keurig K-Express Single Serve Coffee Maker hits the spot. It occupies minimal counter space and offers the flexibility to brew up your senior’s favorite K-cup beverage or a cup from their favorite grounds. If you are also on the hunt for some thoughtful K-cups to go with this coffee maker, take a look at the Keurig 24 Cups of Cheer K-Cup Pod Advent Calendar.
LectroFan Evo Sound Machine
LectroFan EVO © Sound of Sleep Sound of Sleep LectroFan EVO (Sound of Sleep / Sound of Sleep)
LectroFan EVO $ at Sound of Sleep
Whether in the comfort of their own home or on the road for holiday travel, this sound machine/speaker is a great gift for the senior in your life. It features two ocean sounds and 20 fan sounds to promote a more restful sleep.
The 15 Best Bourbons For Your Old Fashioned
Here are some of the best bourbons to use for an old fashioned, complete with the traditions and processes that make them among the best in the country. We've considered the flavor profile -- both individually and when combined with cocktail ingredients -- alcohol by volume (ABV) percentage, and average retail price.Four Roses Single Barrel © Twitter Four Roses bourbon being poured Based out of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Four Roses Distillery has specialized in high-quality Kentucky bourbon since 1888 when it was founded by Paul Jones Jr.
Vineyard Vines Break Stripe Sherpa SuperShep
Stripe Sherpa Sweatshirt © Vineyard Vines Vineyard Vines Super Shep Sweatshirt (Vineyard Vines / Vineyard Vines)
Stripe Sherpa Sweatshirt $ at Vineyard Vines
Keep your senior warm and stylish in this super cozy sherpa from Vineyard Vines. This quarter-zip features a stand-up collar and is fully lined with a moisture-wicking antimicrobial mesh.
Inexpensive gifts for seniors
Pukka 2022 Tea Advent Calendar
24 Tea Bags For The Christmas Countdown © Amazon Pukka Tea Advent Calendar 2022 (Amazon / Amazon)
24 Tea Bags For The Christmas Countdown $ at Amazon
My grandma loves tea and loves Advent calendars even more. Finally, there’s one that speaks her language! Your senior will enjoy 24 new and delicious organic teas each day of the holiday season.
National Parks Coloring Book
National Parks Coloring Book
National Parks Coloring Book $ at REI
Never liked the look of Yellowstone or always thought Yosemite could use a bit more color? Let your seniors re-envision the look and palette of their favorite national park with this fun and creative coloring book. It features 32 landscapes found in some of North America’s most gorgeous open spaces.
Kalawen Weather Station
Digital Weather Forecast Station © Amazon Weather Station Wireless Thermometer (Amazon / Amazon)
Digital Weather Forecast Station $ at Amazon
Rain gauges are great, unless you live next door to someone like my Grandpa Gene, who used to pour extra water in them to be funny. Well good luck out-foxing this weather station, Grandpa! This wireless indoor/outdoor device features 10 different weather functions such as forecast, moon phase, outdoor/indoor temperature, humidity and barometer. (Look out Jim Cantore, you are about to have some weather predicting competition on your hands.)
This article was originally published on TODAY.com
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