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Monday, November 13, 2023

15 Great Gifts for Seniors

The holidays are almost here, and we’ve got super ideas for what to give the older adults in your family (and maybe treat yourself too!).

It’s always tough to come up with a unique gift for the older adults in your life, so we’ve made it easy by providing this list of unique items at a variety of price points. We tried to pick some of the best brands for you. You can hunt down less expensive options if you prefer.  Let your fingers do the walking online, and you’ll have your holiday shopping done in no time. Ho ho ho! 

Personalized Gifts for Seniors

If you’re still at a loss for just the right present, consider getting something that’s printed with people and/or places that are dear to your loved one. You can order a book of photos that you provide to Shutterfly that comes with free designer services. Cost depends on your choice of cover, binding, size, and style. This also makes a nice gift for grandchildren; you can memorialize a vacation or time at Grandpa and/or Grandma’s house.

Blankets and pillows covered in treasured photos are available at Snapfish. It can be fun to include some throwback pictures from a wedding album or high school reunion along with more recent events. 

  1. Clip-on Speaker. For quality sound that is super portable, try this nifty little speaker that delivers plenty of power. Easily attaches to a wheelchair, light fixture, backpack, or bicycle … just about anywhere! Waterproof, dustproof, with 10 hours of playtime. JBL Clip 4. About $80.
  2. Heated Lotion Dispenser. The cold is upon us, and gifts that warm us up are mighty welcome. Spread warm lotion over dry skin for a little affordable luxury that will make you think of sunny days. Heated Lotion Dispenser. About $50.
  3. Foldable Neck Fan. It’s cold now, but summers are getting hotter and there’s nothing like this powerful, lightweight neck fan to cool you down. Wear it traveling, in the kitchen, at sports events or anywhere you need a blast of cool. Lasts up to 6,000 hours. Desert West Neck Fan. About $119.
  4. Air Ionizer. Designed for large rooms, this unit will clear the air of mold, odors, smoke, allergens, and germs. Its HEPA filter will even get rid of dust and pet hair. For other quality models check out this review. Fellowes AeraMax 300. About $360.
  5. Motion-Activated Stick-On Lights. These individual lights can go anywhere you need more illumination. Put some in your closets or under kitchen cabinets, in a dark hallway or on your bed frame. AMIR Motion Sensor Lights. A pack of three about $10.
  6. Milk Frother. To make any hot or cold drink taste like it came from a coffee shop, get this lightweight milk frother. It works with dairy or plant milks, whipping them up in less than a minute. The frother also comes in a wide variety of colors and has a lifetime guarantee. Zulay Handheld Milk Frother. About $20.
  7. Electric Jar Opener. Pickle jars and other hard-to-open jars are no match for this electric opener that quickly works on almost any size jar. All you need to do is press a button and the machine does the rest. Instacan Jar Opener. About $18.
  8. Packing Cube Set. Anyone who travels will love this set of four cubes to organize suitcase packing – or even your drawers at home. Made of water-resistant nylon in a variety of colors. Quit rummaging through your suitcase to find what you need and spend more time enjoying your trip. Paravel Packing Cube Quad. About $65.
  9. Aromatherapy Dispenser and Oils. Soothing and refreshing, this ultrasonic wood-look diffuser will make any room in your home a haven. Imagine drifting off to sleep with one of ten included plant essential oils scenting your room. Or use it to get rid of kitchen or pet odors. Pure Daily Care Oil Diffuser and Oils Set. About $40.
  10. Temperature-Controlled Mug. Your coffee or tea is never going to get cold again. This mug will keep up to 14 oz. at the desired temperature between 120 and 145 degrees. Hand washable. Ember Two-Temperature Mug. About $100.  
  11. Heated Socks. Who wouldn’t want a pair of heated cotton socks? Okay, maybe not you down there in Florida, but anyone in a snowy state would love these battery-heated black socks for women and men. Use them inside or out. Tomshine Electric Heated Socks. About $15.
  12. LED Neck Reading Light. Bring light for reading or knitting wherever you need it with this portable light you hang on your neck. It features six levels of brightness and bendable arms. Glocusent Neck Light. About $22.
  13. Fleece Wrap With Big Pockets. This cozy wrap is easy on, easy off for seniors with achy joints. And the biggest benefit? The washable wrap features two large pockets that are big enough to carry a phone, reading glasses, tissues … things that you can never find when you need them! Collections Etc Wrap. About $21
  14. Weighted Blanket. Proven through research to alleviate stress and anxiety, weighted blankets are particularly good gifts for people with dementia – although you may find yourself ordering one for your own bed! Made of breathable cotton with glass beads.  Sivio Weighted Blanket. About $66. 
  15. Wheelchair Blanket. Made of washable polyester fleece in two color choices, this heavyweight blanket attaches to the wheelchair so it won’t slip off. Granny Jo Wheelchair Blanket. About $35.


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