Senior citizens may be the hardest group of people to buy gifts for. Still buying a great gift for senior on your list does not have to be a chore. Focusing on their needs is one way to secure a surefire great gift, but picking them up an item that can provide some enjoyment will really put a smile on their face. Finding the right gift can make any occasion a time to remember regardless of the age of the recipient. Here are some ideas for the best gifts for senior citizens:
Gift Cards/Gift Certificates
Yes, the old one-size-fits-all present of gift cards or certificates applies to seniors as well. Plus, sometimes giving them a way to purchase what they want is more appreciated than other more complicated gestures. Gift cards can be found for just about every store imaginable, and just about every retailer or destination has some sort of gift certificate program.
Universal Remote Control
If the senior on your list has more than one remote control for their home entertainment system, a universal remote control is a great idea to consider. Great remotes like the Logitech Harmony 650 are available from retailers like Best Buy for around $100, and can help simplify the home entertainment needs of anyone.
One thing a lot of seniors love to do is travel. Sometimes booking them a trip with a friend or even taking them with you is a present like no other. Many times the adventure can be talked about for years, and sometimes the best sights to see are less than two hours from home.
By definition, senior citizens have a lot of life experiences to look back on. Picking up a scrapbook and filling it with clippings and highlights of those experiences can be a great way to get some conservations started. Granted, finding the special memories to put inside the book can be tough, but making that extra step can produce a great smile.
Getting the family together for a portrait can be tough, but presenting a framed photo to a senior with all of their family represented is something of a prize. Not only will a family portrait hang on their wall, but it will also represent their greatest accomplishment.
Finding someone with video editing skills can lead to development of a great gift for a senior citizen. A “This is Your Life” type of documentary that explores the experiences a given person has lived through can showcase some impressive experiences. These movies can be put together by reusing home movie footage that many have. Exploring forgotten films can even bring old friends and places back into the limelight, and even lead to a return trip.
Just about everyone with a computer and a digital camera has the ability to produce a slide show put to some great music. Finding digital pictures or using high resolution scans of old photographs to use in the project are often as simple as sending out an email or two. Using the senior’s favorite song can really set the mood, and can bring tears of joy along with that never ending smile.
If that senior citizen you are stressed about shopping for is a family member, chances are the one thing they really want is to spend a little time with you and your family. Indulging that desire and taking a special senior out for dinner is a relatively simple task that not only simplifies the shopping process, but can also turn into a regularly scheduled appointment. The result is a great meal with fantastic company, really what’s not to like?
Digital Music Player
Picking up an iPod or other digital music player for a senior citizen can be a great idea. Loading the device up with their favorite music adds even more of treat to the gift. Listening to great music is a great way to past the time during trips, or to get the blood pumping during exercise. Plus, the portability of the unit allows for an entire music collection to go wherever chance takes the recipient.
Portable DVD Player
If you have a senior who loves to travel on your gift list, a portable DVD player and some movies can be a priceless gift. Bus trips, car trips, and plane trips can be difficult to bear for anyone, but watching a favorite film can really enhance the “getting there is half the fun” concept of travel, plus checking out an old favorite can really get the time flying by and that slide show or home movie can be transplanted to DVD so it can be experienced anywhere the senior citizen wants to take it.