Elderly persons are usually on a fixed income and do not have much discretionary spending power. Many times they have had to cut back on the little luxuries they loved in order to manage on the smaller pension they now receive. They can no longer afford to maintain the lifestyle they had when they were working and had more income.
It comes as no surprise then that many seniors appreciate food items they can no longer afford themselves. Food stuffs like a jar of the expensive marmelade they used to love on their morning toast, a sampler of higher-priced quality teas for them to try, or some smoked salmon as a special treat are always welcome. Ask a few leading questions and you'll soon have lots of ideas to chose from.
While you're in the process of assembling the basket, tuck in some homemade treats. Many seniors are no longer able to bake for themselves and families often live far away. The home baked goodies will remind them of a time long ago when holidays sweets were always made at home never store bought.
How about a couple of coupons for redemption throughout the year? Some ideas include: "Good for one trip to the coffeeshop of your choice - my treat", "Good for one return trip to the shopping mall", "Good for one lawn mowing", "Good for one evening of cards". Of course, these coupons are redeemable on demand.
The best gift you will give them is the knowledge that you care enough to take time out of your day to make this basket just for them.