Gifts for Elderly Parent

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Gifts for Elderly Parent
Delight your elderly parent with a gift. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

As aged individuals, your elderly parents will likely appreciate different gifts than you would. When buying presents for these older family members, seek ones that they can put to use. Aim to buy them things that will help them navigate the world around them, making their daily lives easier.


If your parent enjoys sitting down with a good book, but finds the task more difficult due to the failing vision that commonly accompanies old age, buy him a gift that will allow him to overcome his struggle. Purchase an audiobook version of a text by one of his favourite authors, often available on audio tape, CD and as a digital file. If you don't know which book he may prefer, consider buying him a gift token to a book store, allowing him to select the audiobook that most appeals to him.

Classic TV Show DVD

Many elderly parents fondly remember classic television. If your parents' favourite shows have long ago gone off the air, buy them a gift that allows them to relive these preferred programs. Purchase DVD sets of your parents' favourite shows. Buy just one season of one show, or make the gift a bit more comprehensive and prepare a basket filled with an assortment of classic TV options.

Phone With Paging System

If your parents share a sizeable house, they may find getting in touch with each other to be a challenge. Make it easier for your parents to communicate from separate rooms in the house by buying them a phone set with a paging system. Many cordless phone sets feature paging systems that allow users to page those in other parts of the house. After presenting this useful gift, help your parents install the phones in the rooms where they will be most useful. For example, if your father spends a lot time in the study and your mother in the sewing room, place the phones in these locations.

Hobby Set

Elderly parents who have retired from work often fill their time with hobbies. Delight your parents with presents that relate to these favourite pastimes. Buy your train-loving dad a model train set. Purchase an embroidery kit for your mother who loves to practice this decorative stitching. As more holidays arise, buy additions to these kits, ensuring that your parents always have something to keep them busy.

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