Gifts for an elderly couple

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Gifts for an elderly couple
Elderly couples tend to have everything they need and want, but you can still surprise them with a thoughtful gift. (elderly couple relaxing in wheelchairs in the sun image by L. Shat from Fotolia.com)

Whether it is for the holidays or for an anniversary, purchasing a gift for an elderly couple can prove a challenge. Many elderly couples might not desire gifts on these special occasions, or you might find it hard to ascertain what the couple might want for a gift. Family members or friends have several gift options available for an elderly couple that the couple will surely appreciate.

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Pre-Packaged Gifts

For elderly loved ones, the gift of an all-expenses-paid trip provides a special and memorable experience. One example is a cruise for the couple, with transportation to and from the cruise ship prepaid. The friend of loved one can also do the same thing, such as arranging a flight to a part of the world the couple always wanted to visit. A simple and less expensive option is to purchase a dinner and event package. A sports game, theatre production, musical event, or any other event featuring one of the elderly couple's shared interests would create a thoughtful gift; as would planning a weekend getaway as a romantic occasion.

Aid or Helpful Tools

Elderly couples may require the help of assistive technology to function in everyday life, and loved ones can purchase several items that help enhance the couple's daily routine. If the elderly couple has trouble seeing, purchase a new set of prescription eyeglasses or devices with large print, such as a large font remote control or telephone. A friend or loved one can hire a home health aid that can help with chores around the house. Purchasing an emergency response system for the elderly couple is a wise investment and a practical gift idea.

Fun Activities

Enrol the elderly couple in an adult education or activity course, such as dancing, art, or music. Alternately, sign the couple up for an outdoor activity, especially for a program geared toward the elderly. The program can help the elderly couple get out of the house and meet new people.

Personalised Gifts

Personalised items make a meaningful gift for any person at any age. For an elderly couple, create a photo album of the couple's life together, of loved ones old and new, or a home video of the couple and their children and grandchildren.

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