Whether you're brainstorming a gift for a grandparent, co-worker, friend or service woman over the age of 65, think outside the box of typical gravestone and "way over the hill" themed presents. Instead, consider the woman's interests and select a creative gift to stand out from the present pile. With just a few easy steps, you can give a gift that shows your care and appreciation.
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If the gift recipient is a family member or close friend, chances are you have piles of photos or quite a bit of digital pictures from times together. Consider replacing her bland wall calendar with a 365-day tribute to your friendship with a custom photo calendar. Calendars may be made in as little quantities as one and in a variety of sizes (purse-size, wall, desktop). You can upload a different photo for each month, personalising the dates with birthdays, anniversaries or special memories between the two of you. Stock artwork can also be added to further decorate the calendar with themes reflecting the gift recipients interests, such as cats, gardening or knitting.
Whether the gift recipient is retired, teaching, playing sports or shopping, chances are she is hauling around quite a bit of materials in her purse. After many years of repeated hefting of a purse's weight (especially if kept to one shoulder), the woman can feel back pain, neck pain and discomfort. There is an endless array of helpful products on the market to help lighten the load. Consider gifting a purse organiser, which can help spread the weight of the purse items equally (and also encourages the weeding out of unnecessary items). Purse organisers come in a variety of styles--some are simple cardboard inserts, others are larger plastic dividers meant to quarantine pens, cell phone, keys and make-up. The organiser can save her time fishing for items in her purse and possibly reduce strain on the body.
Physical fitness is not just for the young; seniors can benefit from even the most gentle of exercise. Consider a gift of personal training lessons for a woman over 65; personal training is one-on-one time with a qualified fitness professional who will tailor a program directly to her. If she hasn't been inside a gym for a while, the trainer can demonstrate exactly how to use each machine and recommend certain areas to focus on. The trainer can even suggest exercises to help with arthritis or any troubled areas. Personal training is usually purchased by a package of lessons, but many offer a free trial to ensure a proper connection/fit. Further, consider checking with one of the many all-women gyms if you think your gift recipient would be more comfortable in a female-only environment. (You can also choose whether to have a female or male trainer.) The trainer will work at the level the woman is comfortable at; never pushing, just encouraging.
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