It can be very tricky to find gifts that are more of a gift than a practical item for occasions such as Mother’s Day. As I identify those kind of gifts, I will be adding them to this page, so please bookmark and come back periodically to see what I’ve come up with.
Ok, here’s a starter on some good gifts for a senior citizen for Mother’s Day. Some of these might border on practical, but they’re probably items your favorite senior citizen won’t know about or won’t buy for themselves.
Amazon Echo, Tap, And Dot
There is so much functionality built into the Amazon Echo for the elderly! How about the ability to check local weather just by saying ‘Alexa, what is the weather?’ Your elderly loved one can dial up any kind of music they prefer (‘Alexa, play Frank Sinatra’) or check their schedule (‘Alexa, what’s on my schedule today?’).
The Amazon Echo can even turn on or turn off lights, provided, of course, you have the correct plug (see below – there it is!). What a wonderful thing for an elderly loved one who may be bedridden or need to turn on a light remotely.
Amazon Echo – BlackAmazon Echo – WhiteAmazon Tap – Alexa-Enabled Portable Bluetooth SpeakerAll-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – BlackTP-Link Smart Plug, No Hub Required, Wi-Fi, Control your Devices from Anywhere, Works with Amazon Alexa (HS100)TP-Link Smart LED Light Bulb, Wi-Fi, Dimmable White, 50W Equivalent, Works with Amazon Alexa, 1-Pack (LB100)
E-Readers (AKA Kindles, Amazon Fire, Etc.)
E-readers are a great gift for the elderly, mainly because the font is so easy to change. Large font makes reading a whole lot easier on old eyes (I know…I have sorta old eyes). And, since e-readers can be a bit heavy for some to hold for a long time, how about a Kindle supporting pillow to go along with the gift?
Day clocks have been one of the best sellers on this site for good reason – they not only will tell the time, they also tell our elderly loved ones the day of the week and the date. Some even say what part of the day one is in (morning, afternoon, evening, etc).These day clocks allow our elderly friends to be just a bit more independent. After all, how many times did I hear ‘Lori, what day is it?’….
These day clocks allow our elderly friends to be just a bit more independent. After all, how many times did you hear ‘What day is it?’….
Perfect for anyone but particularly an elderly loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
[Newest Version] Day Clock – Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock with Battery Backup & 5 Alarm OptionsDementia Day Clock,Memory Loss Digital Calendar Day Clock, with Extra Large Non-Abbreviated Day & Month. Perfect for Seniors(Black)Dementia Day Cycle Day ClockIvation Big Oversized Digital Red LED Calendar Clock with Day and Date – Shelf or Wall MountDayClocks Inc. Classic Mahogany DayClockDayClocks SCO Small Contemporary Oak DayClock
Beautiful Bed Jackets And Shawls
Mom tended to be a bit chilly in our house so I always made sure she had fresh, clean bed jackets for light coverage. You can find many more bed jackets and shawls (including ones that are specific for the larger lady) on my article ‘Warm Bed Jackets And Shawls.’
Mom tKayAnna Luxurious Quilted Satin Bed Jacket – Ivory (Medium (8-10), Ivory)Fleece Wrap Shawl with Pockets, Winter WhiteSlenderella Bed JacketLa Cera Flannel Bed Jacket, Aqua Floral, 2XChenille Bed JacketLa Cera Women’s Embroidered Fleece Jacket
A beautiful, warm bed jacket is always a wonderful gift for an elderly woman.
I was always looking for Mom’s eyeglasses. I’d find them in very surprising places – like, periodically, on the top of her head! I like that the below eyeglass holders can show the personality of the receiver. I’m a fan of the Beach Girl Peepers!
If you prefer more sedate eyeglass holders, check out my blog post Eyeglass Holders.
Plush Lined Eyeglasses Holder – Fintie PU Leather Protective Eyeglass Holder Stand Case, Love TreePlush Lined Eyeglass Holder , BlackEyeglasses holder Stand Case, Plush Lined Protective Glasses Case For Desks Or Nightstands, Champagne- By OptiPlixBeach Gal Peeper – Wood Eyeglass And Business Card HolderNurse Peeper – Wood Wooden Eyeglass And Business Card HolderFemale Jogger Peeper – Wood Eyeglass And Business Card Holder
Blank Recipe Books
Ok, I’ll admit it – this is an altruistic gift as it’s as much for the giver as the receiver. For my 40th birthday, my Mom gave me one of these blank recipe books where she’d written her favorite recipes. Today, that book is one of my most cherished possessions and my ‘go-to’ cookbook for Mom’s comfort food. These are wonderful gifts for the elderly….and for you.
Meadowsweet Kitchens Collected Recipes Cookbook, Botanical Treasures designDear Daughter…with Love from My KitchenFrom My Mama’s Kitchen: food for the soul, recipes for livingWith Love from My KitchenMoleskine Passion Journal – Recipe, Large, Hard Cover (5 x 8.25) (Passion Book Series)Blank Cookbook (Your Personal Recipe Journal)
Your elderly Mom or Grandmother may not be a fan of using a cane, but, the pill will be easier to swallow with one of these pretty canes.
One of the things I had to get used to when my elderly Mom moved in with me was the blaring sound of the TV. I mean, I could hear it outside from my car! It killed me – until, I found TV Ears. These things are a miracle. Just pair them with any TV, turn them on, turn on the TV, place them on your elderly loved ones head, and, ah, silence outside while Grandma or Grandpa can hear the TV in stereo, loud and clear. These are a wonderful gift for the elderly (and their caregivers….) at any time of year.
TV Ears Dual Digital TV Headset System – Wireless, Voice Clarifying, Doctor Recommended, 11841 – Version 5.0Ear Tips for TV Ears, 5 pairWireless Headphones for TV, Jelly Comb Over-Ear Folding Rechargeable Headphone Headsets with Transmitter for Cellphones Smartphones iPhone iPod Laptop Mp3/4 Computer, 3.5 mm/ RCA Audio Connector
I don’t know about you but I remember my Bubie (Yiddish for Grandmother) brushing her long, sparkling white hair with a silver hair brush which lived on her dresser. I sure wish I’d had the foresight to ask for her hair brush, comb, and mirror set after she died but, alas, I was only 12 and had no idea how much it could mean to me one day. I just might buy myself the below set and pretend it was hers.
3 pc Silver Chrome Girls Vanity Set Comb Brush Mirror.Taymor Antique Oval Mirror Trays, SilverCreative Gifts Beaded 3 Piece Dresser SetDolovemk Girls Hair Brushed and Comb Mirror Set with Storage Holder, Classical Vintage Princess Style for Hair Makeup Dressing (White)
Mother of Pearl Mirrors
What woman wouldn’t love on of these mother of pearl mirrors? I particularly like the ones for the purse:
Mother of Pearl Princess Black Cosmetic Makeup Hand Held Mirror with Butterfly Design, 6.7 OunceMother of Pearl Butterfly Flower Double Compact Cosmetic Makeup Handbag Pocket Beauty Purse Mirror, 3.2 OunceMother of Pearl Pink Lotus Flower Design Double Magnifying Compact Cosmetic Makeup Hand Mirror, 3.2 Ounce
Grandmother Throw Blankets and Pillows
What Grandmother wouldn’t love to be reminded how special she is? Well, that’s what will happen every time she wraps one of these Grandmother throw blankets around her to keep the chill off. Add a pillow with a complementary sentiment and you’ve got a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for an elderly loved one:
Grandmother Throw Blanket – Gift for Grandma – Made in USAGreat Grandmother Throw Blanket – Gift for Great GrandmaNana Cotton Sofa Throw Blanket – Gift for Grandmothers – Made in USAGrandmother Love Decorative Tapestry Toss Pillow Made in the USAManual Woodworkers and Weavers Garden of Love Pillow, 11 by 8-InchOrchid Nana Pillow – Gift for Grandmother – Made in USA Grandma Gift
If Mama Ain’t Happy…
If Mama Ain’t Happy Nobody Happy – Highest Quality Anvil TeeBlack (XXL)‘If Momma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!IF MOMMA AIN’T HAPPYAIN’T NOBODY HAPPY! Mug for Coffee / Hot Beverage 15 oz. …If Momma Ain’t Happy…Ain’t Nobody Happy! Tote Bag
What I love About You Books
I told my Mom every single day how much I loved her and enjoyed having her live with me. I could see those words just pick her up – a smile was always my reward. And, I meant it. I only wish I’d found these ‘What I love about you’ books before she died. I would have loved to have given her one of these books for Mother’s Day, or any day actually. Personalized and lovely, any mother will appreciate the effort and gifts of one of these beautiful books.
Agate Night Lights
I had night lights all over the house – they were in every bathroom, hallway, bedroom, kitchen. You get the idea. Having just a bit of light at night gave Mom enough illumination to navigate around the dogs and cats on her way to the bathroom – well, that’s before I added a bedside commode to her bedroom. Here’s some very pretty agate night lights on Amazon.com. And, you can click “Night lights for the elderly” to see even more beautiful nightlights in another article I penned.
Tea Kettle/Cup Combos
For those Mom’s or Grandma’s who like a good cup of tea, these beautiful tea sets would be just the right gift. Throw in a couple of nice new teas for added delight. As an aside, that’s my Mom there above drinking a cup of the Earl Grey Lavender Tea that you’ll see below.
Gracie China 4-Piece Porcelain Tea for One, Stacked Teapot Cup Saucer, Pink Summer RoseDelicate Butterfly Porcelain Duo TeapotGracie China Olivia’s Dragonflies 3-Piece Porcelain Tea For One, Stacked Teapot and CupGracie China Butterfly 3-Piece Porcelain Tea For One Set, 9-Ounce Teapot Stacked
Loose tea seems to have better, more consistent flavor to me. My favorite ever is that Earl Grey Lavender Tea. Make sure to get a proper tea infuser to hold the tea leaves.
Tea Forte Single Steeps Loose Tea SamplerRevolution Tea Earl Grey Lavender Tea, 16-Count Teabags (Pack of 6)Heavenly Tea Leaves Tea Sampler, Assorted, 12 CountFu Store 2pcs Stainless Steel Mesh Tea Ball 2.1 Inch Tea Infuser Strainers Tea Strainer Filters Tea Interval Diffuser for TeaHIC Snap Mesh Tea Ball Infuser, 18/8 Stainless Steel, CardedSchefs Premium Tea Infuser – Stainless Steel – Single Cup – Perfect Strainer for Loose Leaf Tea
Medication Reminder Watch
Especially if your elderly Mom or Grandma lives alone, being reminded to take medications can become necessity. This watch does exactly that! The elastic band is easy on, easy off and is covered in very pretty little beads. Very feminine indeed. With alarms of up to 12 times a day, you can rest assured that your elderly loved one is at least reminded to take their medicine – now, if in fact they do it is another questions!
I don’t know about you but my own bubbie (Jewish grandmother) always seemed to have a beautiful handkerchief in her pocket. There was something comforting about that to me. Delight your own Mom or Bubbie with these gorgeous handkerchief.
Music of Their Youth
Music can transport the mind very quickly back to a time long ago and memories frequently follow. Music can also be soothing to those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. I tried to get my elderly Mom music from the 1920s and 1930s, her youth years.
Vintage Music: Original Classics from the 1920s and 1930sGolden Age Of Country (10CD)Teen Years Collection (10CD)The Best Of Bing Crosby: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection)Big Band Magic: The Sound of the Fabulous Forties [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED]50 Classics For Relaxation (2 CD)
Sachets For Musty Dresser Drawers
Although the sense of smell may wane as we age, a slight whiff of lavender may well remind your elderly loved one of the flower blooming in spring. I used to like to give my own Mom sachets for Mother’s Day. I’d put one down in the arm of her chair, in her bed, and in her clothing drawers. She loved them.
Hair Dryer Stands
My own Mom could no longer dry her hair due to pain in her arthritic hands. Luckily for her, she had me to style her hair after a shower but others may not be so lucky. That’s why these cool hair dryer stands may become important. They will allow your elderly loved one to dry their own hair and, therefore, remain independent longer.