Gifting is a great way of celebrating a person! Many a times, we may not be able to express our feelings in words but conveying them through a thoughtful gift or a well written greeting card is such a good way to make your favourite human feel special. Gifting is way of telling a person of how loved, respected and well deserved he or she is! Never gift something that you would not use yourself—this is a mantra I swear by. Gifting need not be materialistic alone. It can also be experiential, fun and a lasting memory made to treasure.
In recent times, we have seen so many queries on Malini’s Girl Tribe asking for recommendations w.r.t gifting options for elderly people. Coming up with gifting ideas can be easy for people we love, but to come up with thoughtful ideas for senior citizens is a little challenging. When we see that they have almost everything that they need, what more can we give them. Right? One needs to go a little extra mile with thoughtfulness! I thought of coming up with a list of some great ideas, keeping my own beloved family members in mind. Here are 10 gifting ideas for your special loved one
1. Digital Photo Frames
A digital photo frame with a collection of memorable pictures is a great gift for a senior citizen. Looking at the screen, automatically playing images of their special grand kids or memorable times from younger days is heartwarming and can act like an instant mood lifter. Digital photo frames are available in various sizes and are undemanding that way. They only run on a pre-set programmed set up and usually need nothing more than a power point plug.
2. Spa Treatments
It is always a good time for spa time! With demands catering to specific aches and pains, a good spa session is thoroughly enjoyed by the elderly. It is also a great chance for one to introduce them to the latest products and technologies in the wellness industry.
Vacations and weekend getaways are fun, but can get taxing and tiring. It involves long hours of travels and added efforts of packing. Staycation is a cool concept of living in a luxury property in one’s very own city. No travelling, no packing, no separation anxiety! Gifting a staycation gives the elderly a chance to indulge in activities in the property, relax and unwind. A lovely way of giving them a total break from daily chores and ringing bells. You can top it up with an additional in-house spa, request the management to decorate their room or ensure adding in a special buffet breakfast or lunch.
4. Health Care Products & Appliances
Recently, I gifted my parents a high-end juicer for their wedding anniversary and to my delight, it has them drinking healthy juices and health shots every single day. I then realized how fun it is to gift them such healthcare appliances and products which add to their health care routine. An exotic tea set with different flavors or tea, an air purifier, an upgraded blood pressure machine or a smart watch which will give them daily activity reports. There are so many options out there!
5. Hobby Kits Or Workshops
Ready made Hobby Kits make great gifting options for the elderly. To put in time and efforts towards nurturing activities to make a final product, gives an immense sense of satisfaction. Hydroponic farming kits, garden tool kits, embroidery kits, cooking kits, woolen kits- the list is long. The market is flourishing with such products day to day. Nowadays, hobby kits are available with YouTube videos supporting them on how to get going! If not a hobby kit, you can also go ahead and gift them a good workshop with industry experts w.r.t their areas of interest.
An elegant piece of furniture which would add extra comfort to hosting them a surprise party with extended family and friends. There are many such amazing gifting ideas one can come up with, creatively. Also, one can always wear the detective hat on to surprise the loved one with what he or she needs, has been meaning to buy or invest in.