Choosing a gift for someone turning 80 or even older is not as difficult as it sounds. Whether it be a parent, relative or just a close friend, select a gift that fits his current lifestyle, activity level, interests and living arrangements, such as whether he lives independently or with others in a nursing home.
Gift of Comfort
An elderly person tends to feel the effects of colder temperature more severely because of age, certain medications she might take, ailments such as arthritis and just lack of mobility. Choose a gift that will keep her warm and comfortable all year round, such as a new sweater, a button-up cardigan or fleece slippers. For a recipient who is in a wheelchair or leads a sedentary lifestyle, give a throw blanket that she can drape over her legs to keep warm.
Gift of Entertainment
Choose a gift of entertainment for a senior recipient to help pass the time. Puzzles and crossword puzzle books are ideal gifts that help to keep the brain sharp, and a senior would appreciate getting a subscription to his favourite magazine or newspaper. Select large-print, when available, for ease of reading and to help avoid eye strain.
Gift of Helping
If you live close to a senior that lives independently in her own home, choose to give the helpful gift of your time. Offer to drive her around on errands, pick up prescriptions or go grocery shopping for her. Another option would be to perform lawn services for her, such as mowing the grass and trimming trees and bushes.
Gift of Family Memories
A sentimental gift idea for someone turning 80 or more would be a photo gift showcasing all his favourite memories. Put together a photo album or scrapbook chronicling the recipient's life, including favourite occasions, such as holidays and vacations, and pictures of all his family and friends. Ask others that know the recipient to contribute photos or write short notes about the recipient to include in the album. Another option is a digital picture frame, pre-loaded with photos that the senior can display on his wall or nightstand.
Gift of Communication
Give a gift of communication that allows the elderly recipient to stay up-to-date and in contact with all her loved ones. Put together a small gift basket and include stationery, postcards, stamps, pens and an address book filled with current names and addresses of all friends and family members. Other options would be a calendar pre-filled with loved ones' birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions or a simple-to-use telephone with large buttons and volume control so she can keep in touch with others.
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