Here are over 40 ideas for gifts for seniors. What do you think of these ideas? Have any of your own? The ideas are broken down into different categories to make finding the perfect give nice and easy.

Get 42 fantastic holiday gift ideas for seniors

Here are the categories:
4 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
5 gifts that entertain and engage
3 wonderful experiences
3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
3 clothing and footwear gifts
8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
9 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
7 technology gifts that keep seniors entertained and connected

And then the categories are broken down with the individual gifts. How easy is that?

4 keepsake gifts that celebrate special memories
1. Custom photo album
Showcase special photos or events so your older adult can reminisce anytime. For those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you could also create a custom book they’ll love to read by adding simple text to photos or images they enjoy.

Walmart – from $4
Mixbook – from $16
Shutterfly – from $16

 

2. Custom photo calendar
Help your older adult keep track of days, months, and appointments while seeing smiling family faces.

Mixbook – from $25
Shutterfly – from $25

 

3. Custom photo blanket
Keep your older adult warm and cozy with familiar faces all around. These blankets are especially nice for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Walmart – from $45
Shutterfly – from $70

 

4. Custom photo puzzle
Use family photos or pictures of places with special meaning to create a fun puzzle your older adult can put together again and again.

Walmart – from $12, comes with custom gift box
Shutterfly – $30, variety of photo layouts
Portrait Puzzles – from $35, comes in variety of sizes & number of pieces

 

5 gifts that entertain and engage
1. Favorite songs and albums

Add to a music lover’s song collection or bring old favorites back into your senior’s life
Get our top music picks for every age group from 65 to 90+

 

2. $58 Music player boombox with CD, cassette tape, and AM/FM radio

A simple portable boombox is a great way for your older adult’s to enjoy music or news
Plays cassette tapes!
Pro tip: To simplify the controls, put colored stickers on important buttons like Play and Stop

 

3. From $4 Beautiful coloring books

These coloring books have beautiful, frame-worthy images and can provide hours of relaxing fun

 

4. Jigsaw puzzles

Puzzles are a fun activity and a great way to exercise the brain
Get options for older adults of all activity levels, even for those with cognitive or vision challenges

 

5. Large-print or jumbo playing cards

Use these easy-to-see cards to play a variety of fun card games

And there aren’y just gifts, they have found interesting experiences as well that can dazzle your senior loved one.

 

3 wonderful experiences
Many older adults enjoy experiences more than material things. Consider giving a gift certificate for something they’ll enjoy or taking them out for a meal or activity.

 

1. Gift certificate for a favorite restaurant – they can enjoy a wonderful meal from you, or if you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll go out for a special meal together

 

2. Gift certificate for personal services like hair styling, manicure, pedicure, or massage

If you’re in the area, set a date where you’ll accompany them to their appointment
Some spas even offer special geriatric massage!

 

3. SilverRide door-through-door assisted ride service

Offers a variety of services – regular transportation, accompanied activities, medical pickups, etc.
If you live far away, you could gift a special outing to a favorite museum, library, park, or anywhere! A companion will take them there and accompany them during the activity.

 

3 gifts to reduce anxiety and promote calm and relaxation
1. Weighted blankets

Weighted blankets have been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety
They’re great for any older adult who has trouble sleeping, feels anxious, or would just enjoy feeling more relaxed

 

2. $40 Heated blanket – keep seniors warm and eases aches and pains

 

3. $19 Wheelchair lap blanket – keeps knees warm and conveniently attaches to the wheelchair

 

3 clothing and footwear gifts
1. Adaptive clothing
Specialized clothing makes life easier for someone with arthritis, limited mobility, incontinence, or other special needs. Here are some of our favorite options:

Stylish adaptive clothes – more info here
Alium – a new brand with innovative and comfortable adaptive clothing
Adaptive shoes & slippers – great for people with gout, diabetes, edema, and other special foot care needs, more info here

2. From $14 House slippers for women and men

These have safe non-skid soles and are adjustable, breathable, and comfortable for wearing around the house

3. $25 Sockwell Women’s Graduated Compression Socks

Compression socks improve circulation and reduce swelling from conditions like congestive heart failure
These are especially stylish!

 

8 gifts that make daily life easier, healthier, and more comfortable
1. $13 Cup holder for rollator or wheelchair– help your older adult stay hydrated with a cup or water bottle within easy reach

 

2. $15 Walker caddy / tote bag – a stylish and convenient way to carry essentials while using a walker, available in 3 colors

 

3. $22 Zeefo motion-activated stick anywhere LED lights – great to automatically illuminate dark corners, closets, or cabinets, reduce fall risk in places where you can’t put a lamp

 

4. $30 Hamilton Beach Smooth Touch Can Opener – no more struggles with manual can openers, this one doesn’t require finger strength

 

5. $40 Hamilton Beach Automatic Jar Opener – open any jar without needing a strong grip

 

6. $40 Philips Norelco 3100 – get a comfortable, safe, and clean shave anywhere with a high-quality cordless rechargeable electric shaver

 

7. $40 Oral-B Black Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush – make brushing easier to improve dental health, eliminates strain on hands, wrists, and arms

 

8. $50 Gel support cushion – makes it more comfortable to sit and reduces the risk of pressure sores

You may not have thought about the gift of mobility, but here are some great ideas!

9 mobility, transportation, and activities gifts
1. $5 Walker ski glides – this great stocking stuffer makes it easier to use a walker, no more catching back legs

 

2. $22 Hugo Mobility Quadpod Offset Cane – it increases stability and reduces fall risk, plus it’s the one that’s recommended by physical therapists

 

3. $25 HandyBar Auto Standing Aid – this simple tool helps seniors get in and out of the car with ease

 

4. $57 Drive Medical 4 wheel rollator walker– this rollator is easy to maneuver, lightweight, and has a handy seat and backrest for rest breaks

 

5. $150 “No-install” grab bar and pole – can be installed anywhere for a little extra help getting up from the couch, recliner, or toilet

 

6. $299 Free2Go rollator – this innovative new rollator walker + bathroom aid makes it safer and easier for seniors to use public restrooms on their own, it’s perfect for independent seniors who hesitate to go out for fear of not being able to use the toilet without help, this revives their social life!

 

7. Lyft gift card – on-demand rides are a convenient way for older adults to get around, Lyft offers regular rides and is also partnered with health providers and assisted living communities to provide transportation for seniors

 

8. GoGoGrandparent gift card – this is another wonderful on-demand ride service that’s perfect for seniors without smartphones, no apps are needed and a live person is always available to help

 

9. $2,200 EZ Lite Cruiser Lightweight Folding Power Wheelchair

For limited-mobility seniors who are still active, this electric-powered wheelchair is a luxurious gift!
Medicare doesn’t cover this, but some private insurance companies may cover some of the cost

Here are some tech ideas to help you keep connected to your senior loved one.

7 technology gifts that keep seniors entertained and connected
1. From $14/month Celery 2-way computerless email system – lets seniors keep in touch through email without having to own or touch a computer!

 

2. From $50 + service GreatCall Lively mobile medical alert device – 5Star Urgent Response on a mobile device means older adults can get help anywhere, not just inside the house

 

3. $50 Amazon Echo Dot – hands-free, voice-controlled device that plays music, gives weather reports, reads the news, answers questions, tells jokes, checks sports scores, reads audiobooks, and more

 

4. $100 Amazon Echo – the “big sibling” to the Echo Dot, it does everything the Dot does, but has bigger and better speakers and comes in a variety of beautiful colors and finishes

 

5. From $100 + service GreatCall Jitterbug Flip and Smart mobile phones – easy to use, has 5Star Urgent Response and additional safety features

 

6. From $299 + service Claris Companion phone or tablets – seniors can enjoy photos, video chat, and Internet browsing on a simplified tablet (average user age is 86), or supply your own tablet and just get the service for $29/month

 

7. From $699 Telikin computer – a simplified computer that has the benefits of a full computer (and tech support!) without any maintenance headaches

There is something for everyone in this article. To read the full article and follow the links to the specific gift ideas go here.