Christmas gifts for the elderly can leave you scratching your head about what to give them, since they often don’t have use for new things or know how to use many new gadgets that are popular all year round. For the elderly, they’d rather have the gift of your time and assistance than anything else. Here are some ideas to really please the elderly during the holiday seasons.
Hang a wreath on their door for them, or offer to put up and take down their Christmas decorations so the elderly don’t have to do it themselves. This includes their outdoor decorations if they have them, and putting up their Christmas tree to their liking. I used to put up my grandma’s Christmas tree for her every year, dragging it out and putting it together for her while we talked and visited. After the holidays I would take her tree down. She told me just having someone put her tree up and take it down was a Christmas gift of itself. Without the help, she would have chosen not to put a Christmas tree up at all.
Come by on Christmas day with your shovel, and get that walkway and driveway cleared out for them. The elderly just enjoy the help, and you can also scrape their car windows and get their mail out of their mailbox so they don’t have to go outside. Make sure you visit for a while, as the company is what they really enjoy.
If the elderly people you know are in a nursing home or assisted living facility, check with the personnel first to make sure that you can bring gifts or a Christmas tree, and take the elderly people you love a small tree to have in their room, or something from their house, like a photo book or favored framed picture, that they don’t already have with them. They have all the cookies and chocolates and flowers in vases that they need, what they really want is the comfort of home and family with them on the holidays.
Just stop on by and bring nothing at all. The elderly enjoy the company on Christmas more than anything, and may not want to drive anywhere to visit people. Just stopping by their home for a visit can bring their spirits up on Christmas when they are home bound and have absolutely everything else they need. Maybe bring over a classic Christmas movie to watch with them to bring the holiday joy to their home.
If they love cookies, tea, or other treat, bring them along a food or beverage they enjoy while you visit, and offer to help them with winter chores or shopping for them. My grandma loved oatmeal raisin cookies and hot coffee from a coffee shop, so that was her treat while we would shake out her rugs, sweep off her stairs, and make sure her sidewalk was cleared. She would watch the grand kids play while she munched on her goodies and enjoyed having her house be maintained so she didn’t have to struggle with it herself.
Just keep in mind that the elderly don’t need stuff on Christmas, the joy of family and new memories is the best gift of all. You can still give them a gift, but believe me, you showing up on their doorstep is gift enough, and an offer to help them with things they struggle with while you enjoy great company may just be the best Christmas gift you can give.