How to Make Gifts for the Elderly

Three Methods:Memory GiftsCulinary GiftsMiscellaneous Gifts

Giving elderly people presents often requires a lot of thought and planning. Seniors can be difficult to shop for because they may not want material possessions, or they may be low on space in their home. Successful senior gifts are often those from the heart, filled with sentimental value and memories. You can ensure that your gift will be well received if you choose to bake, arrange plans for or gather photos of your elderly family member or friend. Consider the person's tastes and create something that they will enjoy far into the future. Learn how to make gifts for the elderly.

Method 1
Memory Gifts

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    Research and decorate a family tree. Make it into a booklet with room to share stories about relatives. Write down stories as you visit the person, so that they have something to go back and read in the future.
    • If you are artistic, draw a family tree that can be framed and mounted on a wall. Although many older people already have wall and table art, they may prefer a personalized look at their genealogy in plain view.
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    Buy an electronic picture frame. Gather photographs from the person's family and friends and place them on a memory chip. Upload the chip onto the electronic picture frame so they can look at a slide show of their lives while they sit in their living room.
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    Create a photo calendar. Websites like Snapfish.com and photo software, such as iPhoto and Picasa help you to arrange your digital photographs in pre-made calendar designs. Choose photographs that will bring joy to the person throughout the year.
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    Make a scrapbook. Scrapbooking is an art form that many elderly people have not discovered. Place old and new photographs in chronological or topical order and decorate the pages with ribbons, sticker, text and paper.
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    Create a playlist of favorite songs. Do some research on the types of music that the person has enjoyed throughout the years. Mix big band, jazz, country, musical and other songs on 1 tape, CD or small MP3 player.
    • Check what devices the person has in their home before making your playlist. You may need to invest in a small speaker set or CD player and teach them how to use it.
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Method 2
Culinary Gifts

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    Bake bread. Homemade bread is a luxury that many elderly people cannot afford or make. Make several loaves and place the extras in the freezer, so that they can defrost and eat them at a later date.
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    Make a casserole. If it's hard for an older person to cook or navigate the kitchen, then a casserole is ideal. They can heat it up and eat this comfort food for days.
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    Give a personal gift certificate for a "meal of the month club." If you live nearby the person, promise to make a meal and it eat with them every month. This gesture will taste good and be an uplifting event for their year.
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    Gift your homemade canned goods. Many elderly people spent years canning their own jams, jellies, pickles and more. Bring back memories and provide delicious, long-lasting food by giving something that may be sitting in your pantry.

Method 3
Miscellaneous Gifts

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    Create a letter-writing kit. Gather assorted cards, paper, envelopes, stamps and pens. Place them in a decorative box so that the person can access them easily the next time they want to write to friends or family.
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    Buy fresh or fake flowers and create a flower arrangement. Keep in mind the person's favorite colors and their decorating preferences. Flowers can brighten up a home for weeks or years.
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    Fill and decorate a gift basket. Include their favorite candy and tea. Add reading material, like a magazine or a book.
    • Other ideas for a gift basket include large print word search, cross word or sudoku puzzle books, gift certificates, homemade fleece blankets and lotions.
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    • Weave ribbon in and out of the basket to decorate it. You can also wrap your gifts in a homemade fleece blanket, so they won't have to dispose of a basket.
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    Make coupons for family time or services. If you have a family who will be giving the gift with you, include a gift certificate/coupon for each member of the family. You can also include coupons for outings.
    • Personal coupon ideas include housework, gardening, grooming, movies, a walk, reading a book aloud, writing down memories or anything you have been meaning to do with them but have not yet scheduled. Kids can give gift certificates for hugs or homemade paintings.
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Things You'll Need

  • Genealogy research
  • Digital photos
  • Baked goods
  • Canned goods
  • Cards and stamps
  • Fresh/Fake flowers
  • Vase
  • Basket
  • Paper


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Categories: Aged Care