Your elderly dad is unlikely to tell you what he wants as gift, in anything. Maybe your dad has spent his lifetime accumulating items so that there is no material item that he needs. As your dad grows older he will appreciate gifts of nostalgia, function and your time more than ever.
Nostalgic Music and Videos
Elderly men spend a lot of time remembering and reflecting on their pasts. Your dad is sure to appreciate a gift that reminds him of his younger days. Buy him a CD with music from his favourite band or music era. CD collections include compilations of music from one year or decade that will help your dad remember a moment in his life. You can purchase videos that showcase the pop culture and historical events of a year or entire decade.
You don't have to spend money on this type of gift. You can burn him a CD of his favourite songs or radio recordings from different periods in his life. If you have old family videos, you can create a DVD to serve as a timeline of his life's special events. You father may enjoy a Reminiscing Trivia Game with questions from the 1950s to the 2000s.
Large Print Gifts
As people age, their eyesight sometimes fails them. If your dad is having trouble with his vision, give him his favourite book in large print so it is easier for him to read. You can also find large print calendars, playing cards, address books and puzzle books to help your dad. Perhaps there's something he has trouble seeing but you can't find it for purchase in large print, such as prayer cards. Take the time to transcribe your father's favourite prayers and print them in a larger font. Laminate the new cards to last him for years to come.
Time and Services
Sometimes more than material gifts, what your dad wants from you is your time or help with a task. Rather than buying him another item that he doesn't need, devote a Saturday to sit and read with your dad, listen to his stories, take him to his favourite local restaurant or plan a vacation to his favourite destination from his past.
Your dad may be unable to perform basic tasks like raking leaves or cleaning gutters, so you can offer to help him complete these tasks. Your dad will surely be grateful for your assistance and appreciate the time spent together much more than if you bought him a new tie or sweater.
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