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Carlton Senior Living | February 22, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

The Best Birthday Gifts For The Elderly – Part 1

senior-birthday-1When we have an aging loved one, parent, or an elderly grandparent it is sometimes difficult to figure out what kind of gift to buy for them. You may feel like the pressure is really on, after all, the person you are buying for has been in your life for years and has given you and your family so many gifts.

You may feel as if you want to repay them somehow for everything they have done for you. You may also struggle with the desire to give them a gift that is useful, practical, and even memorable. Below are a few gift-buying options that are sure to please.

Afghans, lap blankets, quilts, or throws: There is nothing more comforting than being able to curl up with the comfort offered by a warm blanket, quilt, or throw. If you are creative and crochet or knit, you can make your own Afghans to personalize the gift. Can you make a quilt? Make one with the gift recipient’s favorite colors in mind. Of course, if you are all thumbs when it comes to being creative, not to worry –you can still personalize a gift that will leave a lasting impression on the elderly recipient. Why not order an adorable photograph throw that serves a number of different options?

Apparel: While you might think this is a bland gift idea, it certainly is one of your most versatile options. You can choose anything from outwear to daily wear to bedtime attire, and certainly all will be appreciated. Many of the elderly are on a fixed income and have little money to shop for themselves. New clothes are always a welcomed and appreciated gift. If you sew you can make clothing, or if you crochet or knit you can make sweaters, scarves, mittens, gloves, and the like.

Emergency Response Options: If you want your elderly loved one to have a medical alert system, what better way to offer it to them then to offer it as a gift. You’ve got great options to choose from when in the market for a quality personal emergency response system, including programs with fall detection features like MobileHelp and GreatCall.

Essentials for the Kitchen: Sometimes the elderly deal with painful, chronic conditions. They might have strength limitations or suffer from the pain and inflammation that accompanies a condition like arthritis. Consider gifting a set of kitchen utensils that offer ergonomic designs and greater control.

Gift Baskets:  A gift basket is an option that you can customize myriad ways. The basket maintains a basic theme – one basket might contain bath products while another might contain flavored herbal teas, mugs, and honey. The options are practically endless as you can get gifts with sauces, chocolate, cheese, crackers, cookies, and fruits.