Gifts for older people - great gift ideas for the elderly.

Thoughtful gift ideas for the older person

As parents, grandparents and friends get older, it becomes increasingly more difficult to come up with gift ideas for birthday and Christmas presents. My parents are both in their 70's and I find it so frustrating each year to actually produce a gift that is original and one that they don't already have. My dad must have enough new clothes to dress the entire street and my mum has so much perfume, bags and jewellery that she could open up her own shop and stay in business for years!

So what do you get the older person as a gift? Hopefully by reading on you will find my ideas helpful.

1. Family Portrait (professionally created) - You could arrange for the whole family to be photographed and the finished portrait would have pride of place in their home. The cost could be split between other family members. In my opinion, this is one of the most treasured gifts that could be given to someone.



Be ready for the switchover. A freeview box has a wide variety of additional channels to view.
Be ready for the switchover. A freeview box has a wide variety of additional channels to view.

2.Gift card or voucher - Why not give them a voucher which they can use to treat themselves to their favourite things i.e. hairdressers, a play or show, restaurant, gardening, spa day, weekend break, books, music, clothing, DIY, magazine subscriptions, days out etc, etc - the list is endless.

3. Freeview box - With the digital changeover being phased in this year, this would be a good opportunity to keep their tv channels up to date. If you are unsure of when the changes are happening in each area, you can log onto www.digital.co.uk and simply enter the postcode and house number. Details of the dates of the switch over for that particular address will be shown.

4. Scrapbook - Give them the gift of love. Collect as many photographs from family and friends and make up a scrapbook of memories. A gift that will be truly cherished for years to come at very little expense. Another option would be to put some photographs onto a digital photo frame which displays their favourite times.

5. Newspaper - Many companies now offer a newspaper from the exact date of the recipients birth. It is a blast from the past. I ordered my dad one for his 70th birthday and it was delighted. It was an original newspaper with a certificate of authenticity, and beautifully boxed.

6. DVD collection - There are many DVD boxed sets on the market nowadays. I recently gave my mum a collection of Audrey Hepburn movies which she enjoyed immensely. There are also a lot of comedy, sports and television sets from different eras which make a wonderful gift. If they don't already have a dvd player, they are now relatively inexpensive and prices start from around £25

Capture treasured memories by making a scrapbook of old photos.
Capture treasured memories by making a scrapbook of old photos.
Lots of different photos can be uploaded onto a digital photo frame.
Lots of different photos can be uploaded onto a digital photo frame.

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

These are great gift ideas for anyone who already has too much "stuff." Our kids have given us gift cards as well as the digital picture frame, and I really appreciated both. For the non-technical adult, it would be nice to preload a bunch of family photos on the photo frame chip.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

I gave my parents a digital photo frame which I preloaded for them with pics of their grandchildren which change every 10 minutes or so. They really appreciated it and said it was the best present they had ever received. I've seen the little digital photo key rings too. My mother in law will be receiving one of these (pre-loaded) for her birthday next month! Thank you for taking the time to comment.


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Rpenafiel 4 years ago from United States

An easy to use cell phone with practical features is a good addition in this list. Apparently, a cell phone is a device that can be very helpful to them as it can keep their connection to their loved ones and friends. Plus, this can help in enhancing their safety. This is especially true if they’ll be using a phone like the Just5 Easyphone as this has a reliable emergency response system.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Rpenafiel - A cell phone is a good idea. I saw one recently advertised in a magazine which featured larger buttons for the elderly. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Journey * 4 years ago from USA

These are such nice gift ideas- not pretentious of materialistic but truly thoughtful and I think the recipients would appreciate them. Thanks so much for sharing this list.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ Journey - Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it. I gave my fiances mum a digital photo frame for Christmas with photos of her husband (sadly deceased last year), her grandchildren and some other family photos. She really loved it, and the fact that it changes the photos regularly really pleased her. Happy New Year to you.

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