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Senior Citizen Gift Ideas - from one who knows!

Updated on December 5, 2014

Gift ideas for senior citizens - perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day or Birthday gifts!

Original publication date: June 2011

Over the past 4 1/2 years that I've had my now 95 year old mother living with me and I've become a full time caregiver, I've scratched my head many times to come up with gift ideas for a senior citizen. And, every time Valentine's Day, a birthday, Mother's Day, or Christmas comes around, I've always been cognizant of picking just the "right" gift for my favorite elderly loved one. And, if I do say so myself, I'm getting pretty good at it.

One of the challenges of buying gifts for senior citizens is to figure out what they don't already have but still need or, at least, can use. In my Mom's case, she's got all the creature comforts - including 8 creatures (6 dogs, one confused cat and one even more confused bird). So, finding things to delight her on Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, Mother's Day, or any other day of the year was difficult.

The below items seem to fit the bill fairly well. And, they have my mom's arthritic thumbs up in rating! What you'll find on this article are more fun items to give as Valentine's Day gifts, Christmas gifts or any other reason to show your appreciation to your loved one.

If your elderly loved one needs a bit of help getting around or just living life (life gets hard to live when one is 95...) here's another of my articles that may have some good practical gifts - You'll find daily living aids, eating aids and those kinds of things on that article.

Practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens - Christmas, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Birthday

Note: That cool clock in the picture above is a Day Clock and is available on Amazon.com. To see additional Day clocks, search the term in this article. You'll go right there!

Update Feb 20, 2012: My darling Mom died February 15, in my home, in my arms - just as I had hoped. The void left behind is palpable, but she taught me that the show must go on so on I go. I'm thankful to have the best friends in the world to boost me up and get me through the coming years. To see picture of my gorgeous mama, please click Pictures of Gertie - life with a 95 year old.

Update May 21, 2012: I just started a companion article to this one - Gifts for the senior citizen cook. Go give it a read too!

And, finally, if there's a senior citizen caregiver in your life, how about showing him or her a bit of love - Good gifts for caregivers.

Updated 7MAY13 - Here are links to a few of my newer articles:

Gifts for an elderly woman
I know all about gifts for an elderly woman as I cared for my elderly mom, Gertie, for the last 5 years of her life. I used to kid mom that every day was Mot...

Gifts for an elderly father
My Dad died in 2007 at 89 years of age so I got pretty good in finding gifts for an elderly father for Father's Day or any other day of the year. Father's Da...

This article has been so popular that I've started a new website based off of it - you will see a big arrow link to GoodGiftsForSeniorCitizens.com below. If you go there, you'll see some great pictures of my adorable folks.

Update: Oct 2013: Here's my latest article. There's some wonderful gift basket ideas here:

Gift Sets For Senior Citizens
As one who used to struggle to find just the right present for my elderly mother and father, I spent a lot of time perusing the internet in my quest. Sometimes, finding the perfect gift for a senior citizen can take a long, long time. That's why I cre...

Senior Citizen Caregiving 101 - Things I wish I had known - My newest Kindle eBook

Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known

The five years I cared for Mom were among the best, most rewarding years of my life, but they sure didn't start out that way! I started on my caregiving path quite abruptly as Mom moved in with me the day after my adorable Dad died. Through guidance from her arthritic hand and a lot of witticism, I came to be a pretty good caregiver. So, here's my newest Kindle book. It's free through the Kindle lending library and a scant $2.99 otherwise. So buy it, please!

 

Day Clocks

Click the link in the text to the left to see some incredible day clocks - including a few that are great for Alzheimer and dementia patients.
Click the link in the text to the left to see some incredible day clocks - including a few that are great for Alzheimer and dementia patients.

Day clocks

Now, here's a great and unique way to help the elderly center on which day of the week it is. These day clocks will do just that. I know I would have loved to have had one of these unique clocks when I was caring for my Mom - there were days I didn't shower until 3 pm...

Day clocks have become such a large seller for gifts for senior citizens that I have a whole selection of them on my website. Click this link to see them in action: Day Clocks. That link will take you to my own website: Good Gifts For Senior Citizens where you will find an amazing number of gifts you've probably never thought of.

These great clocks come in wood and metal varieties.

A Printing Mailbox

The Presto A10 Printing Mailbox

I totally love this idea! A lot of elderly people do not want to mess with a computer and, in fact, due to the frustration factor, perhaps that's a good idea. But, now, there's a way for them to get email without having a computer!

Enter the Presto A10 Printing Mailbox! This thing is amazing! Just plug the cord into a telephone jack (they must have telephone service....), plug into an electrical socket, turn it on and, voila! The thing springs to life and automatically prints any emails sent to the person. Totally brilliant!

In order to use the Presto A10 Printing Mailbox, there is a service fee but it's not much. Last year, it was $99 for a year. Isn't it worth it to be able to share emails, recipes, pictures, and anything else you want to send by email?

'Make a Memory' Books

Give future generations the gift of memories

Senior Citizen Memory Books

Sometimes, the elderly will, upon being asked to record their memories, say 'nothing special happened' or 'I'm not a writer.' That's where these books come in. Each one is full of questions like 'what was a typical meal when you were growing up?' or 'What was your favorite subject in school?' You favorite elderly person will have no trouble leaving their legacy behind for generations to come. What better gift can anyone ask for?

Check out my other article about How to Make a Memory Book for more options.

How to make a memory book
Here's another article you may like about how to make a memory book. That picture on the left is a book my cousin wrote about our Bubbie (grandmother).

My Mom pointing to some chocolate pudding she spilled - again

My Mom pointing to some chocolate pudding she spilled - again
My Mom pointing to some chocolate pudding she spilled - again

"By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere."

- Billy Crystal

Walking Aids

The HurryCane All Terrain Cane

This sporty black can has 3 separate points of contact on the bottom so it's steadier on uneven surfaces. Reviewers like that it will stand up on its own except on carpeted areas - it seems to fall over then but just have your senior loved one lean it against a chair or table and they'll be good to go.

You'll find more information about the HurryCane in my accompanying article: The HurryCane - for those who need a little help along the way.

On the side of practical, how about a new walker?

I've recently taken more of an interest in my mom's walker, since it threw her and she fell. That's right, the back part of the walker got caught on an area rug and over she went. Thankfully, she was fine but, man, it only took one time for me to reassess her walker and her safety.

The below are some new articles I've written that might help you identify a new walker for your loved one.

Senior Citizen Car Needs

Standers Handybar For Car
Standers Handybar For Car | Source

Make life much easier for a senior citizen driver or passenger with car swivel seats

I know that at even my relatively young (?) age, I sometimes have difficultly getting into the car seat. But, those woes are no longer with the advent of car swivel seats as shown in the first link on the left below. These swivel seats twist and turn to allow drivers or passengers easier access to a car's seat.

Also shown is The Stander's Handycane which fits right into the car door to allow a passenger or driver to have leverage in getting into or out of a car seat. And, finally, there's the Carcaddie which goes over the frame of the car door to give even more leverage but only to those who can lift themselves up. Why not give this three-pack of items as a great Christmas present to a senior citizen friend?

You'll find other items, like swivel car seats on my own website at: Adaptive Car Items.

Oven Guards

For the Senior Cook, Give A Gift Of Safety With Cool Touch Oven Rack Guards

Burns hurt, no matter who suffers them but, when it comes to the elderly, burns can be much more serious. Burn blisters burst and allow an entry way for bacteria into the system. Any way you look at it, a burn to an elderly person is serious.

These oven guards snap right onto the front rack of the oven to protect arms when reaching into the oven. I think every single elderly home should have a set.

Photo Phones

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Photo Phones and Phone Amplifiers

I wish I'd thought of this! A photo phone allows a senior citizen to see a picture of a loved one on the speed dial instead of just seeing a number. Even those with Alzheimer's may be able to recognize a face over a number. This is my favorite gift for a senior citizen ever. In fact, with Christmas coming up, you can load up pictures of your family in Christmas attire to cheer your elderly loved one each time they make a call to your loving family. Note: don't wait for the elderly to call you - call them and frequently! Little things like hearing your voice and being thought of make a world of difference to an elderly person.

Can you hear me NOW? This photo phone amplifies to 40 dB, is hearing aid compatible, and has one button emergency calling.

Large Button TV Remotes

Large button TV remote - a great gift for a senior citizen!

Let's see them lose THIS one!

Now, we're talkin'! A large button TV remote would be an excellent Mother's Day or Father's Day gift for that favorite senior citizen! How many times have you scurried around on all fours looking for the remote control your senior citizen friend has dropped...again? Well, look no more my friend. There's no way they can lose this large button remote control. The below remote control is ranked at 4.5 stars out of a possible 5 stars on Amazon.com. Reviewers love the simplicity of this thing; I'll bet your senior citizen friend will love it too.

TV shows for Senior Citizens

Remind a senior citizen of some good TV shows from the past

I was just at my cabin in WV last weekend where I have no TV service but, what I do have is a TV and a DVR. Mom and I used to love to put on DVDs of the old days of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and laugh and laugh at his antics from the 1960s to the 1990s. The below are all fun DVD sets that I'll bet your elderly friend would love. And, to see my and my Mom's review of some good movies for seniors, please visit my blog: Good Movies for Senior Citizens where Mom rated movies in "arthritic fingers up." Since she's died, I've taken over the ratings but with her firmly in my mind!

Please come read the article I'm most proud of:

When death looms - the signs and symptoms of last moments on earth.

My beautiful mom
My beautiful mom

Here's some other senior citizen articles I've written that you might like

Health articles

I'm trying to make this page more helpful to those who love senior citizens so am adding some links that might help you as you care for your favorite elderly person. This particular grouping is about their general health:

Preventing Falls in the Elderly

Helping a Hospitalized Senior Citizen (hint): never leave them alone

Gin Soaked Raisins - An Arthritis Cure of Old

Pneumonia Symptoms in the Elderly

Voice Reminder Alarm Clocks

Medication Reminder Alarm Clock

I fell in love with this voice activated reminder alarm clock, especially since my Mom doesn't always know what time of day it is and may forget to take her pills, feed the dogs, etc (of course, I'm here to do all of that for her but, if your senior citizen friend doesn't have full time caregivers, this voice activated reminder alarm clock is the next best thing...).

What are your favorite clothing gifts for senior citizens?

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I was truly blessed with the best, most loving parents ever

I was truly blessed with the best, most loving parents ever
I was truly blessed with the best, most loving parents ever

Beautiful Nightlights

Protect your loved one from falls at night with the use of a night light

Night lights have always been in my life - from when I was young and afraid of the Boogey Monster (he does) exist...to the days when I had them around the house to light my Mom's way at night. The night lights of old were so boring but not anymore. Here's some of the prettiest and functional night lights on the market.

And, here's another article featuring even more beautiful night lights just perfect for elderly men and women: Beautiful night lights for the elderly.

Some of my other gift lenses with ideas about Christmas presents too

Practical gifts for very elderly senior citizens
Christmas has come and gone and there are still some practical gifts for very elderly senior citizen to be bought - things that I thought about during my 95 ...

Gifts for the senior citizen cook
Life becomes more difficult as we age - it's a fact. But, just because your favorite senior citizen is aging doesn't mean that he or she doesn't still like t...

Good Gifts For Caregivers
I had a friend who cared for his ill father for 12 years. We were (and are still) very close friends. I never knew what he was going through with the respons...

Gifts for menopausal women
First off, let me introduce myself and don't even think about interrupting; I am a 54 year old woman who is starting into menopause. How the heck did I get s...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a lovely idea for a lens. Do you have any ideas for a senior who is toitally dependent and can only be out of bed for just a few hours a day?

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: AJ: I do! I wrote you separately. Please feel free to contact me at dogloving1@yahoo.com.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      I want those sheet suspenders for me! I swear I have a bedsheet fairy who undoes my fitted sheet every night.

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Some wonderful gift ideas here. I may buy a few for myself.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a wonderful, caring lens! Many people are caring for older people and this lens is full of love and laughter!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love that pimped up walker and when I turn into a senior citizen I know exactly what I'll be getting for myself ;)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great gift ideas here!

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      Great tips for gifts for the elderly parents and relatives in our family - both women and men. I, too, think the 4 wheel rollaters are much sturdier and more practical over the long-term than the two wheel lightweight senior walkers, though those are handy for short-term use.

      And full elastic waist jeans and pants are a wonderful help for both our elderly parents as well as those of us caring for our elderly parents when we have to help them dress.

      Thanks, again, for a very interesting lens.

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Very helpful, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The picture of Mom in the stylish pashima is a delight and her smile just says, "love"! One of the things my Mom likes at 84 and for a few years now is a silk scarf to wrap around her neck. She had shingles a few years back and that side of her neck bothers her and the silk keeps that area cozy warm much better than other light weight scarves. Wonderfully done with excellent suggestions, I especially enjoyed the opportunity to pimp those walkers. I've also seen pictures of fancy floral walking sticks or canes you may want to add here.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The picture frame is a great idea. I gave my mom one. You can set the picture to change at any time interval. Every minute or every day. I loaded lots of pictures and set it to change every half hour. Another thing I gave her was a cheap cell phone. The Tracfone SVC is made for seniors and has large buttons and a large screen. I can always contact her and we also send pictures . It is a great way to keep in touch.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      A very thoughtful lens. Give my love and wishes for a speedy recovery to Gertie.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great ideas. I love the idea of the heated blanket with sleeves and new sheets so your senior can lounge and sleep like a baby!

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      stevenstones 5 years ago

      Nice lense some great ideas.

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      Northwestphotos 5 years ago

      Good ideas here; enjoyed reading your lens!

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      frances lm 5 years ago

      Some nice and useful ideas here

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very useful ideas and items carefully chosen keeping the convenience of an elderly person.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      This is really a very timely lens - thank you! I've been just at my wits' end to find a good gift for the half-dozen senior ladies on my list. One can only go the hankie-and-nightie route so many times before the bureau drawer is full..

      (Hello and Season's Greetings to your gorgeous mother!)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, I just noticed those PenAgain pens. Those look really helpful for arthritic fingers. It's nice to read some recommendations from one who knows firsthand.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      These are all great ideas, especially the pill crushers and calendars. I was happy to learn that the size of the print on the Kindle screen can be made larger, too!

      That pic of your mom dressed up is wonderful, she looks fabulous, and the colors are just marvelous!~

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Never heard of a pill crusher but it sounds like something every senior should have. A very interesting lens with lots of great ideas. I am a senior and should think about getting a red hat!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Never heard of a pill crusher but it sounds like something every senior should have. A very interesting lens with lots of great ideas. I am a senior and should think about getting a red hat!

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      ScrollSawChuck 5 years ago

      You have some great ideas. It is hard to buy for older relatives sometimes, they already have so manythings. We usually try to give them something to increase their physical comfort.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      You have such a lovely mother and are so blessed to be able to have her with you. God bless you for what you are doing for her.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I loved this lens, I, too, take care of my elderly mom. Unfortunately, she wants nothing to do with any computer related items. I like the red hat idea, though. Angel Blessings**

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      You have excellent gift ideas for senior citizens. The photo phone, Voice activated clock, pen for arthritic hands, USB necklace... - I had no idea these things existed!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Wow, excellent ideas!! Some of these things are amazing. Great, helpful lens!

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      tjecity 5 years ago

      Really lovely lens lovely mom and I know how hard it to buy presents all of my presents to my dad were sat unused in his wardrobe when he died. God bless him...

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @tjecity: It doesn't always mean that you bought the wrong gift. Many seniors save something for special use and don't want to wear it out with regular use. It is a shame that they can't enjoy it and use it daily when they think like this.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic idea list. Thank you for creating this lens. And say hi to your Mom.

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      Daphsam LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, thank you for sharing wonderful ideas as gifts!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. Sometimes we forget about our seniors. It's a great lenses to remind everybody that we need to care about our older a bit more. In fact I pay for my

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Greetings! I found this page while looking for a low sodium chicken pot pie recipe and quickly fell in love with yours. The muffin size pies are prefect for older individuals and of course the G for Gertie was adorable. Your content is very useful and to the point which is excellent for people who don't have a lot of extra time to read in length. The photos of your mom and dad are what had me though; so adorable and full of joy. In conclusion, I hope you have someone who will care for you when you are older and love you as much as you love your parents. Blessings!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      You have such a sweet heart... so obvious on all of your lenses. Angel blessed.

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      PecjakJN 5 years ago

      Very nice lens

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Debbie: what a sweet comment. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Your lens is great! And your Mom is adorable and I really love her red hat. :)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I love this lens. How beautiful your parents are and such a wonderful long life they have. My parents are going into their 80's and there are so many gift ideas for them. Our family is always wondering what they would like and need when we want to buy them something. I look forward to reading your other lenses too since I work with the active senior population.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your personal touch on this article was well taken in by this reader. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      I liked this lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a nice surprise to see your dad's smiling face on the Squidoo front page today!

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      SmartyGirlRenee 5 years ago

      your suggestion for the bejewled flashdrive necklace was amazing. I didn't even know such a thing existed. Thanks for the lens

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      ElBat 5 years ago

      I think my father would adore Large button TV remote! He hates all these tiny buttons!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Wonderful gift ideas! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      joykennel 5 years ago

      another thing my husband did was install a few extra hooks around the apartment so Mom can hang her cane at a few different places as she walks around

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing.

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      mazbond 5 years ago

      Great lens with some great gift ideas. I particularly liked the pimped up walking frame lol.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      So many great ideas. I like the USB memory drive necklaces. Thanks for sharing.

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      ShopperGirl3 LM 5 years ago

      this is a beautiful, heart-touching lens, wonderful!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Wonderful lens.

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Wonderful lens.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Exquisite! So thorough and well thought out as well as a beautiful presentation! Congratulations on making the FP! I absolutely love this lens. Blessed!

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Exquisite! So thorough and well thought out as well as a beautiful presentation! Congratulations on making the FP! I absolutely love this lens. Blessed!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      What a beautiful and lens. Well done you, and not on just the lens on the fab care you give. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Awesome lens - thanks so much for all the wonderful gift ideas. How lovely that you and your Mom are able to share this time together.

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      Skylermeyer2012 5 years ago

      I've got a few old people to buy for and I like your ideas about Snow thrower. I will I am definitely looking forward to the new posts, and wish you the best of luck!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Hi! congratulation for being a great caregiver.

      I am as well for a 97 years old mother... so I know all the problems, blessings, fun and happiness to have her around.

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      estellaeffects lm 5 years ago

      I would have never ever thought of these ideas

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      So many great gift ideas!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Eye opening lens. Lots of ideas that I would never have thought of. Don't think I would have thought to get my Nan a kindle - she probably would have liked it. Thanks x

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Wow! There are some great ideas here. Thanks for a wonderful lens!

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Wow! There are some great ideas here. Thanks for a wonderful lens!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I could use several of these items already and I'm not considered elderly yet.

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      So many thoughtful gifts. Thanks for this.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I can't decide who is more fortunate: you to have your Mom or your Mom to have you - I'd way you are both winners!!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Amazing suggestions here. Your mom is a very lucky woman! I'm going to tell my kids about your lens. There's a few things that I like here too!!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Love this lens. Thanks you

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Your articles on the elderly are always so educational, informative, and helpful. Thought I had visited this one already, but guess I hadn't. Anyway, blessed!

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      rachelscott 4 years ago

      Awesome lens.

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      kimbesa 4 years ago from USA

      I've already been to this sens several times. Always great ideas, and this time I left some dust...**angel blessed**!

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      Lisa Morris 4 years ago

      Great gift ideas for the senior citizen. Blessed.

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      desa999 lm 4 years ago

      Some great suggestions in your lens.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Love this lens! My 95 yr young MIl lives next door and some of you gift suggestions are perfect! The phone with a picture is something I must get her and the 'pimp your walker' is fabulous!! What great ideas! ~blessed~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      aweesome idea, never know what to get my grandparents :)

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      These are all excellent suggestions. Or neighbor Rose is 98 and always appreciates when we do nice things for her. In fact, I've just returned from trimming her Meyer lemon tree and pulling weeds from the tomato patch. Her favorite gifts are loaves of fresh sourdough bread and bananas.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I have been so inspired by the story of your mother and the journey you took with caring for her. This information is so valuable and will help lots of people who face a similar situation in their lives.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I LOVE this information. Actually, I think this is one of the most useful articles I have found on Squidoo. I love that you have linked into the technology side of things. I have favourited your site so I can come back again. My Mom will be thrilled with the ideas you've put forward.

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      crazy anna 4 years ago

      Amazing lens. These ideas are wonderful for any senior.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Great ideas! 2 thumbs up!!!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Really great ideas.

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      Great inspiration - many thanks

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      absolutely terrific ideas for senior citizens..really good lens ;)

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      Fabulous lens! Great ideas! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to congratulate you on front page honors on this gem!

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      magictricksdotcom 4 years ago

      Clever lens! I really like the walker art- if you have to use it, flaunt it!

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      biminibahamas 4 years ago

      Cool stuff for seniors ... and btw ... you are such a wonderful inspiration!

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      biminibahamas 4 years ago

      Cool stuff for seniors ... and btw ... you are such a wonderful inspiration!

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      lilblackdress lm 4 years ago

      Lots of good ideas here. I did not realize that there were large keypads for tv remotes etc. My father in law is 96 and mother in law 90 so this list will come in handy!

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Great lens, have pinned aslso, will be back here to see what I can get Mum;) thanks for sharing

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      So many great ideas! I found some gifts I wanted for myself & even one for my teenage daughter. She needs a talking alarm clock, as she is visually impaired, & the one you have featured looks perfect!

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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Excellent, comprehensive lens! Lapwarmers (not electric) were always welcomed by my mom after she was in a wheelchair and in an air-conditioned house all day. It can get chilly when you're sitting most of the time. Blessings.

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      ideadesigns 4 years ago

      I always love viewing your lenses, they are so helpful! So many ideas I'm wanting to share with my mom for my grandma. The pill alarm, the ring pen, eye glass holder... cool stuff.

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      fashionyahoo 4 years ago

      great information, this is just excellent!

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      Tony Payne 4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      What an excellent selection of useful and practical gifts for senior citizens. Blessed and added to the list of related lenses on my Baby Boomer Jokes lens.

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      EllensSeniorResources 4 years ago

      love your ideas for gifts. I will refer others to your lens via my blog http://healingthesick-bestpractices.blogspot.com

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      barberrela 4 years ago

      This lens has given me so many ideas of gits for my Dad. Thankyou

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great information.I take care of my in laws who are in their nineties.Thank you

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      There really are so very many wonderful gifts for seniors. I love the pink crystal brooch. It is darling.

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      PhotosVac 4 years ago

      Wonderful ideas, nice lens!

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      talhajunani 4 years ago

      boom really wonder full lens you realized people one day we will be senior, really nice thoughts

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      great ideas - my Mom likes to use those wall calendars that you can erase.

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      Adriana 4 years ago from New Market

      Tons of ideas! Never heard of a flashlight cane, LOL. Thanks for putting this together :)

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      Onemargaret LM 4 years ago

      I like the picture with the butterfly! I know about phones with big numbers on it!

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      Pat 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      These are some great ideas I never considered!

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      casquid 4 years ago

      I love the gift ideas found here. The jar opener will be on my list, as well as the pen again! Thanks, and keep writing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am not elderly yet, but I am a senior citizen at 68 years young. Great lens idea. I found many items that I very much would like to have - including the address of where those ladies in the red hats are having lunch. (wink! wink!)

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Obviously i like your lens.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Very thoughtful gift suggestions - I especially like the photo phone!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Great lens - too hard not to bless this lens, so I just will. :)

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      realtalker 4 years ago

      I chuckled a bit at this lens! My grandma would definitely like a few things on here. She's awesome, so she definitely deserves it.

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      barberrela 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. This has given me plenty of ideas for my 88 year old dad. Thankyou

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      RichLeighHD 4 years ago

      Some great selections here; I'm sure people have picked up plenty of gifts for their loved ones from checking out this lens...

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Very rich in content and having personal touches. Thanks for sharing all that. Your concern for your parents is exemplary. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 86 year old stepdad is difficult to buy for so I was pleased w/a few of your suggestions such as large numbered remote controls and the talking reminder clock. I think I'll be purchasing similars for his birthday which is just around the corner. Thanks for your input.

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      SecondSally 4 years ago

      Thanks for this very useful and entertaining lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Citizen is the best

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ah ha! Looking for those red hats are you? Funny!

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      This is a really useful lens with a lot of great choices of gifts for senior citizens. Great read.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, you've added some nifty gear and useful items that should make senior gift giving a lot easier for folks this year. I particularly like the phone dialer with the photos on it.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this lens!!! I know my grandparents would enjoy getting some of the items listed here.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      These presents are great! And just in time for the holidays, the picture phone dial idea is really good

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      Nice selection:)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      Wonderful selection, some I would never have thought of. I like the swivel seat.

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      Thuong Do Van 4 years ago

      What a brilliant selection you have going here. I'm getting my mom a senior friendly cellphone-the SVC-but while practical, it feels a bit boring, so some nice suggestions to spice it up a bit. Especially love the digital frames as she is always asking for photos of the grand-children. Thanks for a good lens.

      More Gifts for Senior:

      [Great Birthday and Christmas Gifts for Seniors]

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Cool selections. The Village Naturals you have featured are awesome, especially the green one for aches and pains!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great ideas! I'm looking for something for my mom...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi... I loved all your ideas, and when I am not shopping for a gift for my dad, I plan on reading more of your articles... My Grandma died when she was 98. I loved her to pieces. She reminds me of the pictures of your mom, always smiling! What a great tribute you have here to your mom! I can tell she was something very special! God Bless you, and sorry for your loss. No matter how old they are, and how prepared we are for their passing, we still miss their silly giggles, laughs, and stories... One day I look forward to being reunited with my darling Grandma!

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      ZenSquid 4 years ago

      Really great ideas! Very Nice Lens!

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      BrickExpert 4 years ago

      What an amazing list! I'll have to point people to this. Thank you!

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      wrapitup4me 4 years ago

      You've thought of everything. Amazing list of products for seniors.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am absolutely going to reference your page when it's time to shop for the seniors in my family; honestly half of these things I would never have thought of ! thank you!

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      Easyprofits007 4 years ago

      This article has so many great ideas for gifts. I really like the countdown module that you have for mothers day which is coming up, and I was wondering - What is that module called? Thanks for the great advice - I think my grandma would love a memory book, and she loves recipes.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      @Easyprofits007: Hi there! That module is called Countdown. You can set it to any date you'd like. Pretty cool. Thanks for your nice comment.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Loved your gift ideas! Sundae ;-)

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      Melissa Miotke 3 years ago from Arizona

      A lot of these would be good for younger people too like the key finder;)

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      I think you did an absolutely incredible job of presenting this and keeping it personal and dignified. I wanted to nominate this for a purple star and then noticed you already had one! Congratulations! This is truly a very well done lens. :)

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      SomniMax 3 years ago

      Hi, Thanks for this informative lens!!

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      rebecca-mathews1 3 years ago

      I love this Lens so many great ideas. I love the articles and the pictures of your mom are very sweet.

      thank you for sharing them this us

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      nice presents...however, just to say: Chinese doesn't give clocks, especially those from Hong Kong because it rhymes with end.

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      My mom is 96 and I struggle to find things to buy her but now after visiting this great lens not anymore. I am placing this lens on my favourites bar so I don't loose it. Thanks for the huge effort and thought that must have gone into making this lens.

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      Legenden 3 years ago

      Beautiful lens! :)

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      andrewking 3 years ago

      You've got a long list of gifts for seniors here and I really appreciate the effort you've put in just to come up with this lens. I'm actually looking for a gift for my grandmother and I thought the simplest and sweetest way is by giving her a memory book. Thanks for the idea!

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      richardrose 3 years ago

      oh wow. A personalised jigsaw is a great idea. Especially as gifts for family.

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      Im2keys 3 years ago

      this is lovely and you have listed such thoughtful gifts- I especially like the memory books!

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      Wonderful ideas for gifts I can get for my Mum. She's 82 and still living on her own but the day is coming when she will need a caregiver at home.

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      That day clock is such a fabulous idea. I also love the photo phone. Elderly people are so challenging to buy for. Great collection.

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      duwane-clark 3 years ago

      god bless you, i look this up every year as my mother has everything and still i would like to make the holidays special like she used to make them for me and family

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      You have some very wonderful gift ideas here. The best gift is spending as much time as you can with them. Thanks for sharing this lovely lens. Take care :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I like your ideas,, :)

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Interesting lens! thanks!

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      Marcel White 3 years ago

      This is intelligent, this is helpful and this is made by someone who loves to help others and knows what she is writing about. Blessed you are! Thanks.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Really thoughtful, useful, practical and interesting seniors' gift ideas. Any senior has 'gottaloveit' :)) I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year! May your parents souls rest in peace.

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      Great ideas! I used to get confused when I wanted to buy gifts for senior citizens including my grandmother. I have gifted clothing and also a night lamp once.

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      williamslaw 2 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Oh, I just fell in love with the photo phone, what a wonderful idea!

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      Monica Lobenstein 2 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I love the memory books! Great lens!

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      cinellen9 2 years ago

      the oven covers for the racks are a good investment.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm especially interested in that email thingamajig. I'll talk to Mom about that and see what she thinks. She's terrified of anything remotely "techie," as she calls it, but who knows, this might be a good one for her. Lots of other good suggestions here too. Thank you!

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      gottaloveit2 2 years ago

      @ecogranny: The email printer is a wonderful gift. Set it, and forget it.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      You always have good ideas in this field. The photo phone is something I haven't seen. Miss your mom, loved her spunk.

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      beliza 2 years ago

      These are great gift ideas for seniors. I have a few people I can buy for from the ideas on this list. Thanks!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lori, like you I had wonderful parents and I was their primary caregiver during their last several years. Your recommended gifts for senior citizens are terrific. My mom was legally blind during her last years and as a lifelong avid reader she really missed being able to read printed books, so my husband and I introduced her to audiobooks. She couldn't manage an electronic player, so we bought her a simple boom box with large buttons and a CD player. We added bump dots that we cut into triangles, squares, etc. to represent each button's function. She listened to books on CD every day after we gave her that player.

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      gottaloveit2 2 years ago

      What an excellent idea, Margaret! I'm going to add it to my own website. Love it! Thanks so much.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      My pleasure, Lori! It was hard to find that type of boombox with a CD player years ago when I bought the one for my mom, but maybe someone is still making them (the one I bought was a Sony). If not, perhaps they can be found on eBay.

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