20 October, 2012

4 Awesome Gifts for Seniors

Our senior citizen parents very much deserve to receive awesome gifts during christmas or their birthday. But it doesn't have to be just any gift that we can grab at the last minute. It should be something that would make their eyes sparkle with excitement once they receive it. They gave us all the happiness and love they're capable of giving so it's also right that we give them something in return.

Here are some gift suggestions:

Scapbook
They love to go down memory lane. When my grandmother turned 90 years old, I thought of giving her a picture scrapbook. I got my sister's help, we looked for pictures of everyone in the family and made picture collage. We also included her travel pictures and a dedication page where everyone in the family wrote a short love letter for grandma.

Exercise Machine 
They're not as strong as they used to but they still need to exercise regularly albeit shorter and not as rigorous as when they were younger. A threadmill or a stationary bike are the most appropriate machine that they can use at home. Although their eyes might not light up with excitement when they see your gift, I'm positively sure they will thank you later on.

Gardening Tools and Books
Most seniors believe they have a green thumb. So why not buy them the most high-tech gardening tools and newest books that you can find. It's ok to splurge, you might get lucky, they might volunteer to do your garden next.

seniors-using-ipad

Tablet
Some older people I know are online 24/7. They have their own accounts on facebook, twitter, google plus and some other social networking sites. Aside from chatting with relatives in other countries, who are also their age, they're especially a big fan of facebook and online games. They will love you even more with this gift. Just don't input your credit card information on that tablet.

36 comments:

kim said...

i prefer to give the scrapbooking materials, then we'd work on it together... :D

Marriage and Beyond said...

Great gift suggestions for our loved ones. Sometimes we forget that even as we grow old, they are getting even older.

Franc Ramon said...

I agree with you most specially on the tablet part. Technology has also been senior friendly. Now even with ipads and tablet notebooks have apps that can be enjoyed by them.

caustic wit said...

I admire the elderly who like receiving tech gifts like tablets. That is a testament to their willingness to embrace change and learn new things.

Sofia @ From PDX with Love said...

I love the idea of a scrapbook!! What about picture frames with family photos??

jenny at dapperhouse said...

I didnt think of a tablet, but you are right...GREAT IDEA!! Last year we got grandma an ipod with her oldies loaded on it and some speakers and she liked that a lot.

SavingCommonCents said...

These are some great suggestions for seniors! Thanks! It's always hard to come up with ideas for those that "have everything"!

ricky bernardino said...

These were really nice suggestions my Mom will really love to receive a tablet this Christmas so she can chat with our family overseas =)

papaleng said...

I must say, these are good gifts for seniors. Though I don't belong to this category at the moment but I will surely ppreciate if someone gives me a gardening tools and garden books. I do love tending flowering plants.

fyhmd said...

I wholeheartedly agree with #4! A tablet knows no age limit!

Gigi Beleno said...

I remember the other day,I saw a group of senior men busy with their tablet during a break from their tennis game and I was so amazed. I am just thinking of buying one for my mom, for now she is usually busy with FB chat.

tatess said...

tablet for them, i think that is a good present for my mom and for my dad,gardening tools , he loves to garden so this gift will make him happy.

therecamethiswoman said...

Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

~Sharon
http://therecamethiswoman.wordpress.com

Franc Ramon said...

I think it would also be nice to give them exercise machine to encourage them to be fit and healthy.

Jevelme said...

That's awesome gift ideas for seniors. Gardening tools are helpful but Tablet really rocks their age!

Zoan said...

I'd rather choose scrapbooking kasi baka naman lalong masira mata ng lolo ko for playing haha

Teresa Martinez said...

My mother will probably appreciate getting an exercise machine more than anything else because she's stills active at her age of 70.

peachkins said...

These are such great gift suggestions but I know my mom will love the gardening tools best!

Gemma Defeo-Hilotin said...

Let's add round trip ticket to Europe!!! all expenses paid! :))

Jesus Ricardo Plaza said...

Great Tips. I may have to think what should I give to my old man (dad) this Christmas. hmmm... Samsung S3 - yep, that would be a good for him since he usually do some stuff on my phone. so he needs one. :)

Mahal Ceasar said...

I prefer to give SCRAPBOOK for my LOLO and LOLA. I am sure they still love to do scrap booking.

claire said...

I am fascinated when an elderly becomes high tech and evolves with the changing time too.

marri said...

For me, scrapbook is the best! I made a scrapbook for my Mom's 60th birthday and she was so delighted to receive it. That's 4 years ago. She even cried just looking at the old photos. When my Dad turned 60, I made a movie and burned it in a CD. He was also in tears upon watching it.

It's more sentimental and thoughtful if we give our oldies something very personal like those.

Tetcha Figuerres said...

My parents are both senior citizens already. I usually give them money as birthday gifts or Christmas gifts so they can buy what they want, but I'm sure my Tatay will enjoy gardening tools and books because he loves gardening.

ana karen Banhag said...

we bought our father a machine, he did not touch. maybe he was afraid to lose his balance as he just recovered from stroke. but with my mom, she will surely love books because she loves to read (inserted bills would even make it more awesome for her hahaha)

jsncruz said...

I only have one "senior" whom I give presents to: my grandma. I doubt she'll appreciate a tablet, so I usually just take her out to a fancy dinner :)

Josie said...

gadget will be nice, new adventure and experience for them, just like how my mom enjoyed online games when I made her an FB acct. lol..

RC Gweniful said...

my dad can definitely benefit from exercise machines that won't hurt his knees. ever since turning 65, his knees have definitely weakened because of arthritis and osteoperosis.

musings of a working mom said...

our grand parents deserves to have the best gift for all the love they have given to us

Meaghean said...

As an avid scrapbooker, I LOVE the scrapbook idea!!! My Grandma will definitely be getting one for Christmas!!!... Thanks!

che said...

Hmm.. I don't think my parents would be happy if I give them a tablet. They have this character of not wanting to learn to new things. hehe.. I love the scrapbook idea. That's to remind them of people they must have already forgotten. :)

Mai Flores said...

My kuya raised me, so it was always him who I've been showering with gifts all these years. From the list that you've made for your parents, I already did the scrapbook. :)

Alwin Aguirre said...

These are perfect gift ideas for grand parents, but the scrapbook idea is the best one. affordable too! :)

Berylle Kaye Hong said...

I super agree with the scrapbook.. Something personalized and meaningful.. In fact even just a simple greeting card with a message could be better than other expensive products :)

Itin Bique Calvo said...

Tablet for seniors? LOL

I'll probably get them some recliner instead if I can afford. That would help them rest on a lazy day much better while watching TV.

Maritel Ledesma said...

my mom is not too keen on things...but she is so busy with her advocacies, she needs a secretary...this I think is what I should gift her with. A human assistant :))

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