Gift ideas for older people

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Buying a gift for an older person is not the same as buying a gift for someone of a younger age. Young people have better eyesight, sharper hearing and limber bodies. Some seniors, on the other hand, cannot see or hear as well, and a good number of them have restriction of movement due to arthritis. It is a good idea to forget about buying an older person a gift such as a trampoline and give that person a gift that suits their age-related needs instead.

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Gift Ideas for the Older Woman

An oversized bag filled with items such as warm socks and comfortable slippers would make a very useful gift for a senior woman. After the gifts in the bag are removed, she can use the bag to carry her knitting supplies in, if she knits, or other personal items. A shawl with pockets is another gift idea for an older woman. To keep the older woman comfortably warm on chilly days and nights, you can give her a pretty floral throw blanket. If she has trouble lifting her arms, consider giving her a hairbrush designed with an extra long handle. You can also give her a device that dispenses moisturiser and has a long handle. A music box that sends a special message to the woman would also make a thoughtful gift.

Gift Ideas for the Older Man

An older man needs to be kept warm, just as an older woman does. A throw blanket may be the perfect gift for an older man. Many men like to play golf. A golf gift basket would make a good gift for the senior golf player. You can give a watch that announces the time to the man with a vision problem. Another gift idea is a watch with numbers printed in bold on the front and important information concerning the older man's health listed on the back. The man who has arthritis in his arms might be happy to receive a long-handled comb.

Gift Ideas for Both

Certain gifts for older people can be used by both genders. A folding walker and tripod seat cane are helpful gifts to give to a man or a woman who has trouble ambulating or cannot stand for long periods of time. A cup holder that attaches to a bed, walker, or wheelchair is another gift idea for an older person with some disabilites. A coffee mug and some coffee to brew would be helpful to a coffee drinker. Consider giving a magnifier that lights up as a gift to the older person who cannot see clearly.

A gift idea for the one who has access to a microwave and needs arthritis pain relief is a pair of mittens that heat up. Other choices include a talking alarm clock, a talking calculator and a talking scale that speaks two languages. Gift baskets that contain helpful devices such as jar openers make good gift ideas as well, as do gift baskets that contain games with large print.

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