Christmas is now just a few weeks away, and if you’re behind on you’re shopping – you’re not alone. Buying presents can be stressful, especially if you’re unsure of what to buy someone. While your go-to Christmas gift for an older person might be something like socks or cozy nightwear, these types of gifts can be a little boring!
Why not change things up this year by thinking outside of the box? Here are some fantastic gift ideas for the older person in your life that will truly make their Christmas.
Some of the best gifts you can buy are experiences rather than something physical. Booking a trip with your loved one can help make some incredible memories, and mean a lot to someone who might not get out much. From day trips to a vacation, you can plan a trip that you think is appropriate and that they’ll look forward to. Being able to see more of the world is one of the great things about retirement, so why not give them the push they need to enjoy some exciting adventures with the family?
An on-demand subscription
Watching TV on-demand has quickly caught on as the way to watch the latest TV. Unbound by a schedule, it’s great to be able to watch what you want when you want, so why not give an older friend or relative the chance to do the same? An on-demand subscription makes an excellent gift, and can introduce them to a whole new load of shows and movies. There are plenty of fantastic video-on-demand services to choose from, although Netflix still stands out as one of the most popular.
Some great tech (and guidance on how to use it)
Older people can feel lonely, especially if they are a long distance from their family. The gift of technology such as a phone, tablet or a computer can be an excellent way to help them feel connected to the world. As well as buying the tech itself, make sure you teach them how to use it. Being able to use video calling or shopping online can make a huge difference to an older person, opening up a whole new world they couldn’t access before. Purchase and set up a smart speaker and include some podcasts or music lists.
A new walking aid
If mobility is an issue for an older relative, then helping them to get around could be a wonderful gift idea. A new, specially decorated walking cane is a great example, and shows that you care. As well as physical aids, you could help by gifting some personal training sessions or helping them workout as a way to boost strength and flexibility and experience some big improvements to mobility that will make it easier to get out and about.
Movie theater gift cards or event venue gift certificate
Your older friend will appreciate seeing the latest movie matinee – and filling up on refreshments. Gift cards to the local theater usually allow the purchase of refreshments. Stretching that movie matinee discount by using a gift card will please anyone. Or if there is an event venue with “big name” entertainment, search out the gift certificate for a truly fun night on the town. Throw in a dinner before or dessert after to make it more memorable.
Taking the time to think of a thoughtful gift for others is a wonderful thing. By finding a gift for an older person that will make a difference and help them enjoy life, you’ll have a gift that keeps on giving. Start planning something special for your loved one and give them something great this Christmas.