Christmas present ideas for your senior loved one

Christmas Cookies

Buying a Christmas present for your senior loved one can be quite challenging. Reaching an old age needs to be acknowledged with something special, something that they really need and would appreciate. Here are some suggestions that may inspire you this Christmas:

Personal care service
You can hire a care worker from Better Caring to cook their favourite meal, take them on an adventure or assist them with light housekeeping and maintenance.

iPhone or iPad
You will be surprised how tech savvy your senior loved one will become if you take the time to teach them! It will not only improve their social connection but it will also help keep their minds active and engaged. Before gift wrapping the iPhone or iPad ensure you have activated the following features:

Accessibility: There are plenty of accessibility features available on iPhones and iPad’s to make senior’s interaction with technology easier. Features such as: enlarging text, voice control, connecting hearing aids etc.

Apps: There are apps that can be downloaded to an iPhone or iPad that will keep your senior loved one in the loop and entertained! Some apps that you can start downloading may include: Snapchat, Instagram Youtube, Spotify or Netflix!

Safety: One of the major benefits of a senior having a device, is that they can get help with the push of a button. There are numerous tracking services available, which can be easily downloaded – such as Life360There is also an iPhone feature which allows someone to quickly access your information during a medical emergency, even when your phone is locked. Find out how to do this here.

Easy access to their favourite websites: You can make their favourite website easily accessible via their home screen. See how to do this here.

Make a family photo album
Create a special book full of all your family memories! Handwrite labels and captions. For larger families you could make a digital photo album, which can be printed in multiple copies.

Homemade Hamper 
A personalised hamper that you create yourself will a lot more meaningful than a pre-packaged hamper you can buy at the shops. Making a personalised hamper will ensure it is useful – as you can fill the hamper with treats and goodies your loved one likes. Some things you can put in the hamper could include: food, wine, bath products, tea, magazine or novel. You could also whip up a batch of your famous home made chocolate chip cookies and include it in the homemade hamper.

Your Time 
We know that a gift of our time and companionship is most valuable to your loved one. Ensure you visit them with your family/grandchildren; or make a special phone call if you can’t. You could take them on an outing, look through old photo albums or play a board game together.

About the Author

Natasha Trgo

Natasha Trgo is Marketing Coordinator at Better Caring, a community of independent care workers offering their services directly to clients.