16 Gift Ideas For Grandparents

image‘Tis the season for gift giving! When it comes to buying presents for the holidays or birthdays, some people are easier to shop for than others. Picking the perfect gift for our elders, whether it’s our parents or our grandparents, can pose a challenge, even for the savvy shopper. When age is a factor, you should take into consideration your loved one’s health and living arrangements before you make that purchase. Here are some ideas to get you started in the right direction.

  • Jewelry works as long as it slips on and requires no fasteners since joints and eyesight may not always cooperate. Think along the lines of stretchy bracelets, long necklaces, or clip on earrings.
  • Imprinting photos of kids or grand kids on a mug, blanket, tote, or calendar makes a great memento.
  • Readers are a great idea if your family member already has a pair. You can never have too many! I love to keep a spare pair in my purse, car, nightstand, etc. If you need to know what strength, just take a look at their readers and you should be able to find it along the side.
  • Plan a family reunion style trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or a beach and rent a large cabin or house for a memorable present.
  • For book lovers consider a book with large print or a picture book with beautiful photos of their favorite hobby, animal, vacation spot, etc.
  • Many older adults have trouble regulating their body temperature. With this in mind, a nice throw, sweater, shawl or fuzzy socks would be a warm and welcoming gift.
  • Anything handmade, from baked banana bread to framed artwork, by you or your children will be a hit!
  • During the winter, an unscented or lightly scented moisturizing lotion and medicated chapstick help dry, chapped skin and lips.
  • A gift certificate to a hair salon would be a nice treat.
  • An 8×10 or larger close-up photo of a loved one so that it can easily be seen.
  • As long as space isn’t an issue, a floral arrangement or plant not only adds color and beauty to a room but can brighten spirits too!
  • Those who love games may enjoy a large print deck of cards or a large print crossword puzzle book.
  • A sweet or savory treat is a favorite. Just be sure to keep in mind if there is a medical condition like diabetes or a food allergy.
  • With the advancements in digital photography, a great family portrait is just a click away. Once again, focus on the faces. Load photos onto a large digital picture frame for a visual presentation.
  • A hat, scarf and gloves set will make winter outings more fashionable and cozy.
  • And last but not least, the best gift ever is the gift of time. Take a walk down memory lane or flip through photo albums, reminiscing about the past.


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