DayClox – The Original Memory Loss Digital Calendar Day Clock with Extra Large Non-Abbreviated Day & Month. Perfect for SeniorsHow many times have you racked your brain to try and find the perfect Christmas present for an elderly loved one who either has everything or wants nothing?
Well, my dear readers, you’ve hit the mother lode of interesting Christmas ideas for the elderly here on my website.
Although you’ll find some wonderful gift ideas for a senior loved one on this site, Christmas doesn’t have to be all about physical gifts. Frequently, the best present you can give a senior citizen loved one is just to come around and sit and chat over coffee and a sweet roll. Don’t discount family calls and visits as wonderful, unexpected presents.
So, come along and see some of the best Christmas presents for a senior citizen that I could come up with, including that beautiful day clock there to the left!
In my opinion, a clock that tells the day of the week along with the time is one of the very best gifts in the world for a senior citizen and their caregiver. The day clock there at the top left is one of the best sellers on my site for a reason – it’s the perfect size (8.5″) so fits on a bedside stand and has the crispest readout I’ve ever seen. Even though with failing vision can see the bright white letters on the dark background.
These types of clocks are wonderful, particularly for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Below are the most popular day clocks on this site. You can also click on More Day Clocks to see another article about them.
DayClox – The Original Memory Loss Digital Calendar Day Clock with Extra Large Non-Abbreviated Day & Month. Perfect for SeniorsIvation Big Oversized Digital Blue LED Calendar Clock with Day and Date – Shelf or Wall Mount (12 Inches – Blue Led)Dementia Day ClockLa Crosse Technology Digital Wall ClockDayClocks Inc. Classic Mahogany DayClockDayClocks SCO Small Contemporary Oak DayClock
Car Swivel Seats And Travel Aids
Getting into and out of a car can become increasingly difficult as we age. A swivel seat and handy bar are great Christmas presents for the elderly. If you’d like see more Car Travel Aids by clicking that link.
Car Assist Handle Car Cane,Safety Hammer Standing Support Aid Auto Hand Grip Emergency Escape Tool 3 in 1 Kits for Patient Elderly Lower Strength By OasisSpaceEmson 9663 Car Cane Portable HandlePortable Folding StepDuro-Med Deluxe Swivel Seat Cushion, GreyCarex Health Brands Swivel CushionStander CarCaddie
Hang A Beautiful Christmas Wreath
I love the living succulent wreath below, particularly if your elderly loved one lives in a desert climate. What a great statement this wreath would make on any door.
Bed Jackets And Warm Shawls For Elderly Ladies
A lightweight bed jacket or a warm shawl is just the thing to keep the chill off elderly ladies and spiff them up just a bit. And, here’s another article full of additional bed jackets and warm shawls.
La Cera Women’s Fleece Bed Jacket Large White/Pink FloralCasual Moments Womens Bed Jacket With Peter Pan CollarPlus Bed Jackets – La Cera “Snuggle Fleece” Mandarin Collar – Blue FloralSilver Fever® Jacquard Paisley Pashmina Shawl Scarf Stole Double SidedWomens Baby Alpaca Wool Blend Ruffle Trim Ruana Poncho Cape Shawl WrapHigh Style 100% Lambswool Women Solid Oversized Large Scarf Shawl (Boysenberry)
Restaurant Gift Cards
Gift cards to restaurants may seem like a boring Christmas gift yet they might just be the perfect gift for an elderly loved one who has everything (and likes a good steak!). I preferred gift cards to restaurants over gift cards for products if I have a choice as I knew my folks would get out for a ‘date night’ once in a while.
When purchasing restaurant gift cards, make sure to use the restaurant locator links I’ve added below to make sure there is the specific restaurant in your elderly loved one’s area:
Socks with gripper bottoms will help the elderly stay upright where they should be. The below are nice quality – I used the Noble Mount’s for Mom and even turned them into sock snowmen as gifts for her caregivers after she died.
You can see many more good socks with a gripper sole on my article titled (um) Gripper Socks!
3-Pairs Womens Noble Mount Soft Anti-Skid Fuzzy Winter Socks – Set C12Gilbin Men Fuzzy Anti-Slip Grip Socks, Solid Designs – 6-Pack,Mens Slipper Sock With Gripper BottomHeat Holders Thermal Socks, Men’s Original, US Shoe Size 7-12, BlackBest Non -Slip Skid Yoga Pilates Socks with Grips Cotton for WomenMedline Blue Adult Soft Knit Gripper Slippers – 3 Pair – 1 Size Fits Most
Magnetic Jewelry Clasps
As we age, our fingers don’t always do what we want which is why these magnetic jewelry clasps are so great. Just clip them to your elderly loved one’s favorite necklace or bracelet and give them the freedom to put on or take off their own jewelry.
3 PACK Sterling Silver 4 mm Magnetic Clasp Converter for Light Necklaces USA, Square EdgeuGems Magnetic Clasp 14k 4.4mm Gold Converter for Necklaces Closed Loops Strong Solid 14kt Tiny (Qty=1)Locking Magnetic Clasps – Set of 4 SILVERSterling Silver 6 mm Magnetic Clasp Converter50 CleverDelights Magnetic Jewelry Clasps – Spiral StyleBluecell Pack of 10pcs Gold Color and Silver Color Tone Magnetic Lobster Clasp
Travel Bar Set
If you have a senior citizen (or caregiver) in your life who enjoys happy hour, one of these travel bar sets may well bring back memories of old when these portable bars were so popular. No sense going to visit the Grandchildren unprepared….
Picnic Time Manhattan Insulated Two-Bottle Cocktail Case/Bar Tool Kit, MahoganyTwo Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar With ToolsThree Bottle Bartender’s Cocktail Bar Travel Bar with ToolsBarmaster’s Pro Bar Travel SetPicnic Time ‘Hamilton’ Travel Cocktail SetTrav-L-Bar Vinyl 2-Bottle Travel Bar, Black
Encourage calls from Grandma and Grandpa with one of these great photo phones – instead of having to remember which speed dial number is whom, they just have to push the picture of the person they wish to talk to.
Clarity P300 Handset Landline TelephoneVTECH SN6307 CareLine Photo Speed Dial Accessory Handset for SN6127, SN6187 and SN6197, SilverFutureCall FC-1007 PhoneSerene Innovations HD-30P High Definition Amplified Photo PhoneClearSounds CSC500 Amplified Spirit Phone (White)Clarity P300 Handset Landline Telephone
Large Print Wall Calendars
Keep your senior citizen friend up to date (sorry for the pun….) with a large print wall calendar for 2015.
Jumbo Large Print 2018 Wall Calendar 13-months, with January 2019 – 17Avalon 2018 Floral Large Print Wall Calendar, 16 Months, 12 x 12 inches(82398)2018 Large Print Calendar: 14 Month Large Print Calendar for the Year 2018. Dated calendar with blank squares to write in for 2018. Starts in December 2017 and ends in January 2019.2018 Art Grid Wall Calendar16 Month Wall Calendar 2018 – Beaches – Each Month Displays Full-Color Photograph. September 2017 – December 2018 Planning CalendarLANG – 2018 Wall Calendar –
Bring Back Memories Of Old With A Retro Radio CD Player or Bluetooth
These adorable retro radios are sure to bring back memories of the good old days for your favorite senior citizen. All have AM/FM radio, some have a CD player and the Wolverine is bluetooth.
For the retro radios with CD, why not add a few CDs which will bring back memories for your Grandma or Grandpa. You’re sure to be the favorite daughter (or son, or grandchild, etc).
And, you can click the following link for a wonderful one-button radio that is just perfect for the dementia or Alzheimer’s patient.
Crosley CR31-WA Companion Retro AM/FM Radio with 1 Full-Range Speaker (Walnut & Burl)Corsair CR612 Desktop Clock Radio – 10 W RMS – StereoCrosley Audiophile Am/fm Radio Receiver with Analog Tuner – Brown Cr3018a-paWolverine RSR100 Retro Table Top Bluetooth Speaker and AM/FM Radio
Retro Radio Programs
Both Mom and Dad talked of Saturday nights, sitting around the old radio listening to the latest installment of a radio program. One of the best, most unexpected gifts I bought for them was a box of old time radio programs on CD. They immediately added the CDs to their car radio and off they went, listening to the programs that made them so happy in their youth.
The Shadow Radio Treasures (Old Time Radio)Old Time Radio All-Time Favorites (Smithsonian Collection)Jack Benny (Old Time Radio)The 60 Greatest Old-Time Radio Shows of the 20th Century selected by Walter CronkiteRadio Classics: Old Time Radio (Collectors)Old Time Radio Shows Laughter on the Air [With Special Bonus DVD] (Collectors)
Music From The Good Old Days
Big band music was quite popular in the 30s and 40s when my Mom was a teenager so a gift of music was always well appreciated by her. There are some nice gift sets on the market – here’s a few:
Serve A Light Lunch To Your Favorite Senior With A Soup And Cracker Bowl Set
Every senior will love being served a nice bowl of soup with a side of crackers for lunch or dinner. These beautiful bowl sets can be used just for that.
Teapot and Cup Sets
Mom and I enjoyed a nice cup of tea in the afternoons. One of these teapot and cup sets would have set the tone for a nice relaxed afternoon. Throw in a couple of scones and you’re all set to spend some lovely time with your elderly friend.
Porcelain Rose Teapot and Teacup For OneGracie China by Coastline Imports 4-Piece Porcelain Tea for One, Stacked Teapot Cup Saucer, Cream Cottage Rose ChintzAppletree Design Shoes On Her Mind Tea for One Set, Teapot Rests on Top of Tea Cup, 8-InchElegant Romantic Rose Victorian Porcelain Teapot And Teacup Duo Beautiful Gift Item
Keep the Christmas Spirit Going For Months With Gift Of The Month Clubs
I always laugh when I think of Gift of the Month Clubs as I remember that Everybody Loves Raymond where he sent his parents the Fruit of the Month Club. Blew Marie’s mind. ‘What am I going to do with all those pears?’ was the line I recall.
Here’s some gift of the month clubs that could be great gifts for a senior citizen; a few of these, I hadn’t thought of until I went looking for unusual gifts. You might also want to read my accompanying article Old Time Candy.
Golden State DeLite Monthly Fruit Club – 12 Month ClubGourmet Coffee of the Month Club – 3 MonthsGourmet Bacon of the Month Club Gift (3 months!)Cookie of the Month Club 3 Months 1 lb.3 Months Gourmet Fudge of the Month ClubCheese of the Month Club – 3 Month
Bring An Old Time Diner Feel Into The Kitchen
Surely, anyone over 50 will remember these retro looking kitchen items. I love the toothpick holder. It’s on my Christmas stocking list!
Diner Coffee MugTablecraft Products Retro Stainless Steel Toothpick DispenserTablecraft H122 Ribbed Glass Butter DishTablecraft H600N2 6 Oz. Glass Oil / Vinegar Cruet Set with RackTablecraft S/S Napkin Dispenser
Vanity Brush Sets
My Grandmother had a beautiful silver comb and brush set with a little mirror. I remember watching her sit at the vanity table and brush her long white hair. Perhaps your Grandmother would like a set.
3 pc Silver Chrome Girls Vanity Set Comb Brush Mirror.Decorative Handheld Compact Mirror- Embossed Butterfly Design- Folding Handle- Lightweight & Portable- 180 Degrees Full Folding- Premium Quality- Ideal For Your Makeup Routine- Travel Mirror (Silver)ANTIQUE 3 PC DRESSER SET – ANTIQUE 3 PIECE SILVER DRESSER SET
Old Fashioned Telephones
Some of our elderly loved ones might take comfort in having something familiar around, like an old fashioned telephone. Particularly for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, one of these old fashioned phones may actually invoke some surprising memories.
If these type of phones don’t float your boat, you might want to check out Photo Phones instead.
LNC White Rose Flower Ceramic LNC Retro Vintage Antique Style Rural Push Button DialLNC Analogue Vintage Telephone with Push Button Dial, Blue,LCD DisplayBlack Color Vintage 1970’s STYLE ROTARY Retro old fashioned Rotary Dial Home TelephoneGlodeals 1960’s Style Pink Retro Old Fashioned Rotary Dial TelephonePyle PRT45 Retro Antique Country Wall Phone – Retail Packaging – Wood
Bling Out Grandpa’s Christmas Tree With Retro Christmas Ornaments
Bring back some fun memories with some of these retro ornaments.
Christmas Window Decorations and Window Clings
If your elderly loved one is in some sort of institutional home, Christmas can be drab and dreary. Why not bring some Christmas spirit right into their room with Christmas window decorations? These decorations take no time at all to put on and take off and are 100% non-damaging to the window.
Beistle Santa and Sleigh Clings for Party Decorations, 12-Inch by 17-Inch Sheet69-pack Christmas Winter Snowflake Window ClingsChristmas Ornament Clings Party Accessory (1 count) (13/Sh)Beistle Company – Snowman/Snowflake Window ClingsChristmas Window Clings Decals81 pcs White Snowflakes Window Clings Decal Stickers Christmas Winter Wonderland Decorations Ornaments Party Supplies (3 Sheets)
Train Sets – They’re not just for kids anymore
If your parents (or grandparents) are anything like mine, they probably always wanted a train set but could never afford one. Why not fulfill a Christmas wish of yore and buy a beautiful train set. Imagine their surprise and joy when they set up their own train set with their grandchildren around. This is a win-win gift for everyone. I’ll bet your kids will be clamoring to go to Grandma’s house if there’s a train set there.
And To All, A Good Night. Happy Holidays!