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The 10 Most Useful Household Gifts for Seniors

Updated on November 14, 2013

Useful and Convenient Devices to Ease the Daily Living of Seniors

Shopping for an senior is often difficult. I love to give people something that will get used. Consider giving your parents or grandparents a gift that will be truly useful to them. Get them something that will make the daily tasks of life a bit easier and safer.

This list shows some great items that they will love. Someday they'll wonder how they ever lived without it.

They have probably already got all the picture frames and mugs that they will ever need. Why not give something a bit less novelty, and a bit more useful.

1. Kettle Tipper

Kettle Tipper

Standard Kettle Tipper - Model AA5770
Standard Kettle Tipper - Model AA5770

The kettle tipper, also known as a jug tipper or pot tipper, is the perfect solution to safely pouring from heavy containers. Seniors will find a kettle tipper convenient and helpful, and using a kettle tipper greatly reduces the risk of burns from spilled hot water.

The kettle tipper can be used with a kettle of hot water, a jug of cold milk or juice.


2. Electric Jar Opener

3. Jitterbug Cell Phone

The Jitterbug

The Cell Phone Designed for Seniors

New cell phones are not easy for many seniors use. They have tons tiny buttons, and tiny print on a tiny screen, and they are not very easy to hear from.

The Jitterbug was designed to tackle all of these problems. It works like a traditional phone, with no complicated menus to scroll through. Also, there is an operator feature where you can have the operator dial for you - a saved number like "Call my daughter, Liz" or a new number you read them. This is convenient for people with low vision, or who may not be able to physically dial on their own.

You can also arrange for Jitterbug to call the phone to remind you to take your medications.

Keep things simple with The Jitterbug. A Jitterbug cell phone makes a great gift for family and friends on your list. Order today and get a FREE car charger.

About the Jitterbug Phone

4. Motion Activated Night Light

5. Roomba

The Roomba - Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White
iRobot 530 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, White

There is nothing more satisfying for a senior than watching a robot vacuum the carpet for them! The Roomba will do just that.

Self guided to systematically clean every part of your floor, without hitting things, the Roomba is a great household helper.


6. Simple Multi-Brand Remote

Simple Multi-Brand Remote

Sony RM-EZ4 2-Device Universal Remote with Big Buttons
Sony RM-EZ4 2-Device Universal Remote with Big Buttons

Changing the channel and the volume are the two most commonly used functions on a remote control. Keep things simple with a remote that is not cluttered with a lot of buttons that will never be used.


7. SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List & Reminder

SmartShopper Electronic Grocery List & Reminder

SmartShopper SS-301 Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer
SmartShopper SS-301 Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer

Magnetically attached to the refrigerator, or mounted to the wall, this grocery list device is quite handy.

Whenever you come across something you need to add to your grocery list (like when you are throwing away the empty cereal box), just push the record button and say what it is. When you are ready to go shopping, simply press print. The device will print a list of the items sorted by department in the grocery store (so you don't end up crisscrossing the store three times).

This will help you remember everything, and save you time and effort at the store.


8. Lightweight Wall-Mounted Cordless Hand Mixer

Handy Personal Mini Mixer

Handy Personal Mini Mixer Blender, Cordless, Dual Speed Drink Mixer
Handy Personal Mini Mixer Blender, Cordless, Dual Speed Drink Mixer

A lightweight wall-mounted cordless hand mixer simplifies daily activities in a practical and convienent way.

With this mixer mounted on the wall in a self recharging unit, it is always ready and available - even for the simplest activities, and because it is so light weight, it is easy for anyone to use.


9. Rolling Garden Seat

10. Motion Activated Outdoor Lighting

Motion Activated Light

Designers Edge L-2553BK 16-Inch Dual Eye Motion-Activated Outdoor One-Light Upward Wall Sconce, Black Metal with Beveled Glass
Designers Edge L-2553BK 16-Inch Dual Eye Motion-Activated Outdoor One-Light Upward Wall Sconce, Black Metal with Beveled Glass

The walk from the car to the house may be short, but it poses an falling risk which you can easy be lessened by adding motion detector lights. The light will automatically turn on as you pull up to the house. Also, motion detector lights greatly reduce the chances of a home invaders from choosing your home.

Decorative motion detecting lights are now available, as well as the traditional motion detecting flood lights.


Other Great Gift Ideas


Invacare Multi-Pik Reacher
Invacare Multi-Pik Reacher

A reacher is always handy to have around the house.

When choosing a reacher, I would recommend avoiding the foldable ones, and the ones that you can lock closed. They simply do not last as long. I also prefer the ones with suction cups on the ends as they grab most items of various shapes.


Or the XBox Kinect

A new alternative to the Wii is the xBox Kinect system. This system has no hand controllers (so no chance of them throwing it through the TV accidentally).


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    • Tom Maybrier profile image

      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      I've never heard of a kettle tipper but I see why it's useful. Good selections here.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. I just found what I was looking for. I had run out of ideas for a present to my mother in law who is going to be 80 years old! Thanks a lot for sharing:)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I like the idea of Kettle Tipper, I have been thinking to get one so that it is easier for my kids to pour water from the heavy kettle instead of keep asking me to pour for them :)

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      These are all great ideas. I think I would like a grocery organizer for myself too.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Some good ideas here for my mom

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Some of the items are pretty convenient. Can opener and garden seat. Wii if it was a fun one it would be great. Get people up and moving.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      You have a great selection of gifts for seniors here. I've never seen a kettle tipper, but I love the idea. It would also be good for kids when pouring from heavy milk or juice jugs.

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      Just love some of these ideas for seniors. You have quite a list of useful and helpful gift ideas. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What thoughtfulness you put in here for perfect gifts for seniors and some I didn't know existed. My Mom is about to turn 86, lives in the country and doesn't use a night light, I think your movement activated night light would give us kids some extra peace of mind and she'd actually use it maybe since it wouldn't be on all the time. The one other thing I've thought of getting Mom is a key finder and an extra to attach to her purse, those two things seem to be misplaced and it is so frustrating trying to find things. I love how you are choosing items that help encourage continued independence.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool gift ideas for seniors!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I have to say, these are among some of the very best gift suggestions I have seen! I see several that I know my parents would love and even a few I would want :)

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Very useful items. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful and thoughtful ideas!

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Nice lens. You have some really good ideas for seniors - all things that can make their lives easier.

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      casquid 5 years ago

      Good job! My Mother is 85 this year. I saw several options for her BD in October. Thanks for the hints.

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      KayeSI 5 years ago

      Thanks for the terrific gift ideas for our senior moms. My mom and I both LOVE her Jitterbug Cell Phone - very easy for her to use because it is so easy. And she loves her gardening activities so the garden chair is a popular option as well. Thanks for a fun visit for the Mother's Day quest :)

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      Buying for seniors can be difficult, but you have put together some great suggestions. SquidAngel Blessings!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As I scrolled down the page, I couldn't help but think how many of these I would enjoy having in my house, and I'm not even a senior! Some are even great ideas for kids. I think for some, like myself, budget is the deciding factor, so the Roomba would be a distant dream! Another more affordable alternative to the Jitterbug would be the SVC (Tracfone's senior offering) - I gave it to my folks last year, and it was an immediate hit with the novelty of being connected anywhere, anytime.

      Great ideas for this year...thank you!

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas. Sundae ;-)

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Great ideas...thanks!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There are so many jars I can't open so that jar opener would be really handy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excllent, very useful gift ideas for seniors, I'm going to feature it on my Computers for Seniors Lens!

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      LakeMom 6 years ago

      Great ideas for seniors! I love the kettle tipper (could also be useful for children so that the full gallon of milk doesn't spill all over the floor!)!

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      Great idea!

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      gravityx9 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I have featured it with my Mother's Day Lens! THUMBS UP and FAVE! *SEE IT HERE*

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      flowski lm 7 years ago

      This is a really nice gift guide for seniors. I love the thoughtful gift ideas geared towards older folks.

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      Bhecky 7 years ago

      I found a very useful gift to the elderly at In fact, I gave my elderly mom the orange Just5 phone for her birthday. I love the fact that she can be independent again without worrying much about her safety because the phone has emergency response features. Plus, she is able to contact family and friends again because of this simple phone and all its senior-friendly features such as large keys and bright display.

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      These are really useful ideas and I think you may have solved one problem for my Christmas shopping this year.

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      Sarah Switalski 7 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for the useful ideas! It can be difficult shopping for grandparents! Blessed by and angel and added to my angel lens :)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Great gift ideas! I want that Roomba! Lensrolling to Best Gifts for Seniors!