Christmas may be a more challenging time for many this year. However, we still want to show our loved ones that we care. What better way to do that than with a thoughtful Christmas present? Today, we’ll be sharing our favourite ideas for Christmas presents for older people. Sometimes, one thoughtful gift is better than several novelty items. Whether you’re shopping for your parents, grandparents, or looking to treat yourself, read on for some festive inspiration.
The stresses of everyday life can make us quite tense. A massager pillow could be the perfect solution for anyone who’s feeling a little run down. The relaxing massage motion can soothe weary muscles while the heat function promotes good circulation. Lots of models come with an adjustable Velcro strap so you can attach the cushion to your favourite chair. What’s more, some massager pillows can even be used in the car, with adaptors that let you plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter.
SAD Daylight Lamp
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects many people every year. When the days get shorter and we spend less time in daylight, lots of us start to feel low. To counteract these feelings, SAD lamps are becoming more and more popular. These lamps or lightboxes simulate daylight while filtering out harmful UV rays, protecting your skin and eyes from damage. With adjustable brightness settings and automatic timers, a SAD lamp is one of our top Christmas presents for older people this year.
Here’s one for the bookworms. An e-reader is one of the best Christmas presents for older people because it gives them access to thousands and thousands of books. E-books are quick and easy to download, much faster than going to a bookshop or ordering a physical book online. What’s more, lots of e-books are cheaper than their paperback counterparts, saving your loved one money as well as time. An e-reader also gives you the option to increase the brightness of the screen or magnify the text, perfect for those who struggle with their eyesight.
Food or Drinks Hamper
For lots of people, Christmas means good food in great company. However, for our older loved ones the food shop may be too expensive. To support them this Christmas, give them something tasty to enjoy. There are countless different options here. From a bottle of their favourite tipple, a selection of artisan cheese, a monthly coffee subscription, or a box of handmade chocolates, edible and drinkable gifts are a lovely treat at Christmastime.
A journal is a great Christmas present for an older friend or relative. Some journals contain thoughtful prompts, such as “What did you want to be when you grew up?” or “What do you think your parents thought of you as a child?” Journals of a Lifetime from Forget Me Not Books have a beautiful range of hardback memory journals for Mum, Dad, grandparents, siblings, and friends from just €17.
Games to Play with the Family
Board games are a great way to keep your mind sharp and spend quality time with the people you love. There are so many games out there, too. Some are ideal for playing with the grandkids, whilst others will challenge even the smartest adults in your family. Every game works different parts of your mind, putting your skills to the test. Do you want to play a trivia game? Perhaps you want something that encourages problem solving. Or maybe you want to trick your loved ones so you win the game? And if you just want to have fun, there are plenty of games designed to make you laugh. The options are endless.
Give the Gift of Independence
Last but not least, why not consider giving your older loved ones the gift of independence? Lifeline alarms help thousands of people to live safely and independently in their own homes as they get older. Every LifeConnect24 customer has 24-hour access to support from our Emergency Response Team, ensuring they can always get help when they need it. For more information on our life-saving service, or to place an order, give us a call toll-free on 1 800 937543. You can also get in touch or order an alarm online today.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 1st December 2022 to reflect current information.