Choosing a birthday gift for an older woman can be exhausting. She has everything she needs --- she has most likely collected more kitchenware and home decor than she knows what to do with. When purchasing a gift for someone older, consider things that will reduce stress and provide conveniences in her day-to-day life.
Other People Are Reading
Pick one or two magazines that mirror your recipient's interests and get a year-long subscription to them. Magazine subscriptions are great because they give the reader something to look forward to monthly. If she really enjoys the magazines, she can always renew her subscription. Consider magazines about gardening, home decor and women's health.
Throw Blanket or Pillow
Have a throw blanket or pillow custom made for your recipient. Choose patterns for a quilt that go well with the colours in her home. She can enjoy throw blankets and pillows when she's lounging in her favourite chair enjoying her favourite soap opera or a hobby like crocheting.
Book on CD
Allow your recipient to give her hands and eyes a rest and consider giving her a few books on tape. This will give her the opportunity to sit back and relax while still enjoying the stories by some of her favourite authors.
Gather recipes for some of your recipient's favourite homemade treats and create a goody basket for her. Many older women don't have the time or energy to invest in extra time in the kitchen. By providing her with some of her favourite treats, you may inspire her to try out some new recipes or just give her something to gorge on.
Pamper your recipient with a gift token to a local salon or a DIY pedicure kit and foot bath. Massagers, aromatherapy candles and bath salts make great gifts, as well. To spend some time with your recipient, offer to help colour her hair or take her to get a new dress or pair of shoes.
Help Around the House
Consider giving your recipient a gift to help her with her daily chores. Single-serving coffee makers, electronic can openers and jar openers are great gifts to make life a little simpler for older women. If you can afford it, consider hiring a housekeeper for your recipient to visit her house once a week for a month to relieve some of the stress of daily chores.
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