While women in their 80s and 90s generally lead less active lifestyles and usually aren't as able to take care of themselves as younger women, their mental acuity is often still sharp, and they appreciate a nice gift whenever you can give one. And especially at that age, it's not necessary to wait for a special occasion to give a gift.
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If the elderly woman is lucid, puzzle books (crosswords and Sudoku, for instance) provide wonderful exercise for the brain, which helps her to stay alert. These books are inexpensive and often available in large print.
All women, regardless of age, pride themselves on their appearance. A regular visit to the hairdresser will do wonders for her self-esteem. Just as important as the hairdresser appointment, though, is the fact that you're taking her and spending time with her.
Household and Personal Necessities
A woman in her 80s or 90s doesn't get out as often as younger women, and perhaps she can't get out on her own at all. If she's living at home, items such as laundry products, shampoo, room deodorisers, toilet paper and cleaners will be much appreciated. In addition, find out what her personal care or hygiene needs are and supply her with a nice gift basket containing important products.
If she can still write, by all means give her stationery in her favourite colour and writing tools that she can easily use, as well as a good supply of postage stamps.
Hobbies and Crafts
Many elderly women still enjoy creating things, and they may still actively knit or crochet. Gifts of a few skeins of yarn are always appreciated; a special added touch would be to roll the yarn into a ball for her.
Of all the gifts you can give an elderly woman, time is the most precious: it will show her how much you love her, will be most appreciated and often very easy to give. If, for example, you bring her to the hairdresser regularly, she'll look forward to being with you as much as the trip itself. When the holidays come around, you can take her shopping and also spend time with her, helping her prepare her Christmas cards. You can even design personalised coupons to give her---a coupon for a lunch or dinner in a restaurant, for example, or a coupon for a home improvement or repair that you'll attend to personally.
It's a special blessing to know someone who is advanced in age, and you can pass that blessing back to her in the form of thoughtful and considerate gifts. And while it's always the thought that counts, if that thought puts you together with your elderly companion, it counts for more.
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