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Gift Ideas for Florida Retirees

Updated on October 15, 2014

Christmas Wishlist for Seniors in Florida

If your parents or grandparents moved to Florida or are snowbirds wintering in Florida, look for gift ideas to fit their new lifestyle. Make their birthday, anniversary or Christmas special with a gift that is just what a Florida retiree needs.

Since I retired to Florida seven years ago and know many others in our Florida retirement community, I feel qualified to give suggestions on gifts for seniors in Florida. Here are my suggestions.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

A Favorite Activity - Hanging out at the Pool

This is the neighborhood pool at the active retirement community where I live. It's a popular place on a hot day.
This is the neighborhood pool at the active retirement community where I live. It's a popular place on a hot day. | Source

Florida Retirees Spend Time at the Beach or the Pool - Get them a gift to fit this activity

Fun gifts for the pool or the beach appeal to Florida retirees. Think of pool floats, foldable beach carts, a swim-up bar and your Florida retiree will love your gift. This one encourages relaxation and provides some shade from the sun.

Here's a Cool Idea

Inflatable Pool Bar
Inflatable Pool Bar

While they are keeping cool with friends at the pool, a refreshing drink is just what they will want.

 

Retirees in Florida Like to Party - Give them useful items for the next potluck they go to

Here's what they can use: recipe book of easy foods to make for a crowd, a cassarole tote, a crock pot with a tote and something to carry the wine as they head off to a party or potluck dinner. Believe me, they will get good use from these items with all the potlucks they'll be attending in their retirement community in Florida.

Getting Ready for the Party

Our patio set up for a neighborhood get-together.
Our patio set up for a neighborhood get-together. | Source
Everyone loves to eat.
Everyone loves to eat.

Having Wine with Friends

No one goes to a party empty handed. They usually take a gift of wine.
No one goes to a party empty handed. They usually take a gift of wine. | Source
Wine Travel Carrier & Cooler Bag - Chills 2 bottles of wine or champagne.
Wine Travel Carrier & Cooler Bag - Chills 2 bottles of wine or champagne.

This one keeps 2 bottles chilled as they head to the party. Great gift idea.

 

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Retirees Have Time to Read and Belong to Book Clubs - Get a gift to match that interest

Take a look at book club guides or a reading journal like the one I show here. Just what the retiree with time to read will love. The retirement community where I live has a dozen different book clubs.

Add an Amazon gift card so they can buy the books for their book club too.

Get a Kindle Fire for the Retiree on Your Gift List - She will be the envy of all her friends at the book club

To round out the gift, add a nice cover for the Kindle and an Amazon gift card for ordering lots of e-books. These are great for older eyes as the text can be made larger and the backlighting of the screen makes it easier to read.

Great Accessories for the Kindle Fire - for the retiree who likes to read

I'm sure they will need a cover for the Kindle and some of these other handy accessories. Make a whole gift basket of it. An Amazon gift card rounds out the gift allowing them to buy their first books for their new Kindle.

Is Your Florida Retiree a Golfer? - Here are golf gifts that they will love

My husband and I golf four times a week. Here are the types of gifts I'd like. Isn't that golf organizer fabulous!

Double Golf Rack with Mahogany Wood Finish
Double Golf Rack with Mahogany Wood Finish

Golf clubs can take up quite a bit of space, so this organizer keeps the golf bags upright, provides space for the golf shoes and other gear that dedicated golfers need.

 

These gifts would also suit retirees in other places besides Florida.

Florida's Fairways: 60 Alluring and Affordable Golf Courses from the Panhandle to the Keys
Florida's Fairways: 60 Alluring and Affordable Golf Courses from the Panhandle to the Keys

They will want to take day trips around Florida to try different golf courses.

 

Florida Retirees Love Their Families - Share your photos and family events with them even though they are far away

Scrapbooks for keeping all the grandkids' pictures are a great gift for the Florida retiree. Since so many pictures are sent via email, they might want a digital picture frame to show off all their favorite photos to their new Florida friends. Don't forget the photo printer so they can print out the cute photos of the grandkids plus all their own photos of alligators and their own cruise photos too.

Florida Retirees Like to Explore the State - Give them a travel guide

Click on the picture to see other Florida travel guides offered by Amazon

Add Your Suggestions - for great gifts for retirees in Florida (or other warm places)

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @whiteskyline lm: Great suggestion. If you really want to splurge, a golf cart would be a terrific gift for a Florida retiree.

    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Golf carts :)