For many of us, our parents are the most difficult-to-buy-for people on our holiday shopping list. It’s hard to come up with Christmas gift ideas for parents who have everything. Or in some cases, because of physical and cognitive impairments, they may have certain limitations that curtail the gifts they can use and enjoy.
Whether you want to be practical or sentimental, you still have time to find the perfect gift for your aging parent. Here are a few suggestions for unique gifts that will appeal to both men and women:
Jitterbug Touch by GreatCall Inc.
Built specifically for older adults with built-in health and safety apps, the Jitterbug Touch runs on the same platform as the Samsung Galaxy. It includes all the usual necessities — favorite contacts, easy texting, as well as instant access to medical information and professionals — with just one tap. It also offers 5Star Urgent Response, which connects callers to a 5Star Agent who is trained to assist in emergency situations, 24 hours a day. All features are offered in a sleek and stylish design.
Amazon Echo by Amazon.com
Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice command device that can play music, set alarms, create shopping lists, read audio books and provide requested information such as news, sports scores and weather from a cloud-based voice service (known as Alexa). It also is capable of controlling lights and switches in the home when connected with other devices.
Talking Photo Album Deluxe from Best Alzheimer’s Products
A great gift for Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, this photo album offers ample space for recording memories and reminiscences. Each of the album’s 20 pages holds a 5-by-7-inch photo or image. You can record a separate voice message on each page using the built-in microphone. The total recording time is 200 minutes, and you may re-record as many times as you wish. Each page has an individual Play/Stop button.
Ultralight Designer Travel Chair from Gold Violin
Available in a variety of designer patterns, this go-anywhere transport chair is easy to use. In addition to being lightweight and durable, it folds in seconds, making it incredibly convenient for a shopping excursion or use on a vacation. The chair features easy-to-maneuver all-terrain wheels, swing-away footrests, a seat belt, rear brakes, padded armrests, easy-to-clean nylon seat and a rear storage pouch.
Memory Journal from LifeBio.com
This memory journal is featured in a 6-by-9-inch book with book jacket and features more than 250 biography questions within 35 categories. All questions match LifeBio.com’s online template for easy transfer from the journal to the computer someday, if desired. It’s perfect for the person who would rather write than type, or for the one who does not have a computer. It also can be used for those who wish to interview a loved one during a visit.
Couch Cane from ParentGiving.com
The Couch Cane is a simple couch-side handle that makes it easy for seniors to stand up from their favorite couch or chair. A four-pocket organizer pouch keeps handy items close by. A convenient swivel tray is sold separately. The Couch Cane adjusts in length to fit either side of a couch or chair. The super-grip rubber pads ensure extra stability and protects floors from damage.
Digital Calendar Day Clock from DayClox USA
This clock was designed for those experiencing memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and stroke. It is designed to remain connected to the power supply, but a battery backup maintains the correct day, time and date if it is unplugged. The clock features an 8-inch diagonal LED screen.
Flameless Candles from Good Gifts for Senior Citizens
Luminara wax candles provide the atmosphere of candlelight without the danger of an open flame. These lightly scented battery-operated candles provide the realistic look of a real candle with a moving wick. The built-in timer allows the candles to be turned on and off at a given time. The candles also feature a remote control.
Gift Baskets for Grandparents from GourmetGiftBaskets.com
Gourmet Gift Baskets has a full selection of gift ideas for grandparents, including such specialty selections as a Christmas Fruit Basket, Christmas Morning Breakfast Basket, Kosher Hanukkah Gift Basket, Gourmet Winter Berries, Healthy Treats Gift Basket, Send-a-Bear-Hug Care Package and a Chocolate Gift Basket Deluxe.
Mosaic Weighted Blankets
These weighted blankets are an effective and organic solution for helping children, teens and adults who suffer from pain or a variety of anxiety, stress/tension, attention deficit, insomnia and other related disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The added weight in the blankets has been described as feeling like a hug. Featherweight blankets, designed for the older population, are available for men and women.
Still stumped about gift ideas for Mom and Dad? Consider the following:
- Pajamas, robes and slippers
- Lotions, bath oils and bubble bath
- Comfortable clothing such as sweatshirts and sweatpants
- Tablet or e-book reader
- Customized calendar with children’s and grandchildren’s photos
- DVDs of favorite movies and TV shows
- Photos and photo albums
- Tickets to a play or musical performance
- Gift cards for restaurants, department stores or grocery stores
- Easy-to-use coffee makers, smoothie makers, popcorn makers, can openers or other appliances that will add convenience to your parents’ lives
The most important gift you can provide, of course, is showing your parents you care. Spend time with them. Provide food and laughter and companionship. That is what will make the holidays special long after the presents have been unwrapped.
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