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Gift Ideas For Seniors

Updated on October 18, 2017

 Buying gifts for an elderly family member is sometimes difficult. Showing up with yet another pair of pajamas or slippers seems unoriginal and useless. They probably have more of those things than they need. But gadgets are cool anytime of the year and senior citizens love them too. Gadgets make a great gift, especially when their function is to facilitate lifestyle. Making a creative and individual-oriented choice means nothing but love. Here are some ideas.

Reachers/Grabbers - Everyone has to have one of these. Who doesn't need to extend their reach once in a while? Reacher/grabbers come in a variety of lengths from 22'' to a whopping 42'' model. They are lightweight for easy handling and will lift objects up to 5 pounds. They are also an affordable gift ranging in price from $11.99 to $23.99.

The Car Caddie - This simple invention is designed to assist seniors in getting in and out of the car. It is a strap which snaps easily on the car window frame. Once in place, it can be moved across the frame for best positioning and a helping hand up. It's a practical gift for $14.00.

Roll 'n Pour - Here's a handy gadget to help seniors deal with those heavy gallon milk jugs or juice bottles. This no-spill server can be used with gallon, half-gallon and two liter bottles. The jug is inserted into a rocking caddy and tilts to pour beverages into the glass. Great for those with arthritis or weak hands. It sells for $9.99.

Eneloop Kairo Hand Warmer - Just in time for the cold season, Sanyo has come up with a stylish egg-shaped hand-warmer to keep your fingers toasty. It runs on rechargeable batteries that last for up to a year or approximately 500 uses. It is perfect to take along to outdoor sports or activities, walks, or even indoors if you need the extra warmth. Eneloop hand-warmers comes in white, pink and silver, are eco-friendly and cost about $35.00.

Jitterbug Phones - Help grandparents keep in touch easily with a Jitterbug phone. The newest model, called the Jitterbug J, features a large, backlit keypad and bright color screen so numbers can be seen with clarity. They keep it easy without confusing menus to negotiate but instead offer simple yes and no questions for options. Jitterbug J boasts of clear sound and minimal background noise. The price is a cool $147.00.

Talking Alarm Clock - Moshi offers a talking clock that is totally voice controlled. The clock is set through voice command. You simply give the current time, wake up time, the sound you want it to make and the date. Then information can be retrieved just by asking for it. Not only that, but the indoor temperature can be announced and the clock displays colors corresponding with the weather. This is a thoughtful gift for $50.00.

Giddy-Up Stick - This dual-handled walking cane enables users to evenly leverage their body weight when going from a sitting to standing position. Designed by an arthritis sufferer, the Giddy-Up Stick is made of lightweight aluminum and features a top handle which is stationary and a bottom handle that swivels a full 360 degrees. The price is $79.95.

Page To Tv Magnifier - This wonderful invention makes viewing the fine print a breeze. A computer mouse type of device scans written material and sends it to the television screen in real time. It magnifies it up to 12X and makes reading even small print easier. The reader connects to the television via a video cable. The price is $129.00.

Bracelet Fastener - For the jewelry lover on your list, this gadget can come in handy. The 3 in 1 hook is held in the hand the bracelet is going on to hold it so clipping with the other hand is easy. This device can also be used to pull up zippers and to help with buttons. This would make a great stocking stuffer for only $9.99.

Garden Seat Caddy - Gardening is a healthy activity for the elderly, but kneeling to pull weeds and plant flowers can be hard on the body. The Garden Seat Caddy is the perfect solution. The gardener can be in a seated position and roll along to do her work. The caddy is lightweight but strong with rubber tires and metal wheels. It also includes a tray beneath the seat to store garden tools within easy reach. It weighs 30 pounds and costs $139.95.

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    • Sweetsusieg profile image


      10 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome ideas!! Love the hand warmer and reacher ideas! Hmmmm, wonder if my kids think I'm old enough for them?? LOL

    • glassvisage profile image


      11 years ago from Northern California

      This is a perfect Hub! I was totally stumped on what to get my grandma... and I think a lot of people are, too!

    • Cheeky Girl profile image

      Cassandra Mantis 

      11 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      The alarm clock and hand warmer from Sanyo are interesting! Some great ideas and quite unusual too! Thanks for becoming a fan! : )

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for reading, Trsmd.

    • Trsmd profile image


      11 years ago from India

      very good tips and lot of links to visit to gift for granny..

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hey Ladies - thanks for stopping by - though I'm not all that old yet, there are a few of these gadgets I could use myself like the car caddie. These old bones protest when I vacate the vehicle.

    • Kebennett1 profile image


      11 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      OMGosh, SuzieCat7, What would I do without you this year! Excellent ideas! I have several elderly people to buy for!

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      Ethel Smith 

      11 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great gifts here

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Bp and Quill - thanks for stopping by. This is likely the last shopping Hub I'll write - just thought I'd try a couple before the holidays -

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      11 years ago

      Great ideas...I may even get some of these this year...something to look forward too...smiles.


    • breakfastpop profile image


      11 years ago

      Nice thoughtful ideas.


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