After a loved one moves to a senior living community, you may feel stumped about what to get them for the holidays. With many seniors having to downsize when they move to assisted living, you don’t want to buy them unneeded items that will add clutter to their apartment. But you still want to buy them something meaningful that will bring joy to their life.
The best gifts for seniors in assisted living are items that serve a purpose in their day-to-day life and ideally take up very little space. These are our top suggestions for holiday gift ideas for the seniors in your life.
Coloring Books for Grandkids
Buy your senior a few coloring books along with crayons, markers, and pencils for young grandkids to play with when they visit grandma and grandpa. Older grandparents aren’t as agile as they once were, and may not be able to play with their grandkids the way they would like to. Coloring books are an activity they can do with their grandkids that they will both enjoy.
Gift Card for a Salon Visit
Many assisted living communities have a salon they operate for residents. Your mom or grandma will love to spend an afternoon being pampered with a new haircut or style. The salon may not sell gift cards, but you can create your own “gift card” by drawing a coupon on the cover of an envelope, with money enclosed to cover the cost of the visit.
Cozy Bathrobe and Slippers
Seniors get cold more easily in the winter and may not have replaced their bathrobe or slippers in many years. Replacing their old robe with a plush, cozy new one will be very well-received! When shopping for slippers, make sure to select a pair with non-skid soles to prevent your senior from slipping or falling in the bathroom.
Thank you cards and letter writing might be a lost art among younger generations, but most seniors still love to send handwritten notes and cards to loved ones. Put together a stationary kit complete with paper, blank cards, envelopes, a book of stamps, and an address book filled with addresses for all of your senior’s closest friends and family.
Grandparents never tire of receiving photos of their grandkids (and adult children). To reduce clutter, sneak a couple frames with older photos out of their apartment and replace the photos with more recent snapshots. Then wrap the frames and give them back on Christmas day. Your senior will be delighted by both the gift and the sneakiness!
Need holiday gift ideas for a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Check out our gift guide for seniors in memory care.