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The 10 Most Useful Household Gifts for Seniors

Updated on November 14, 2013
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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.

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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 Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer
SmartShopper 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

Reachers

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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