Are you plagued with questions about what to get the parent or grandparent who has everything? How about some "outside the box" ideas to make holiday gift giving a little less stressful and more special:
- Consider a decorative memory box with mementoes to spark special memories and fun conversations
- Home cooked meals are always appreciated. Consider a few freezer meals delivered in person with red ribbons and simple heating instructions.
- Sign your loved one up for a Fruit of the Month club to encourage healthy eating year round
- While we’re on the subject of food, consider a food or meal delivery service
- Memory Journals such as Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember found on Amazon, are great gifts that help capture a person’s life’s journey using memory-jogging questions.
- If a young person in the family plays an instrument, consider the gift of music, plan a small concert.
- Consider having grandchildren record their memories or thoughts about their grandparents to go along with a book of photographs.
- Purchase a subscription for satellite radio. Listening to the radio is a familiar activity and satellite radio provides tons of channels with, sports, news, talk radio, or their favorite music, especially if they spend a lot of time at home.
- Take their car for a wash and wax.
- Agree to pick up prescriptions on a regular basis or pay for a delivery service.
- Give a certificate for a weekly lunch date with you.
- Provide a new phone book with important phone numbers and addresses printed in large letters/numbers.
- Remember, one of the best things you can give is spending time with loved ones, never underestimate this precious gift.
We hope this helps kick start your ideas for thinking outside the box when considering what to get the seniors in your life for the holidays.
Happy Holidays from the staff at Choices in Senior Care!
by Melanie Cahill, MS, CCC-SLP