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Gift Ideas for Women over 70
My Over 70 is my Mum
Do you, like me, have an over 70 female to buy presents for? Well I hope I can at least save you a little of the pain that can come when trying to buy the perfect gift for someone, who when you ask them what they want, says, 'Nothing, I already have everything I need'.
In my case I have had to ask myself this same question for the last six years, as well as dealing with the dilemma of satisfying not only someone who owns everything she will ever need (who really has everything they will ever need or want?!?), but is also an avowed teetotaller (I think I may be adopted) and who lives in a small country town and has more small medical conditions than you can poke a stick at.
Mum, I love you, but gee wizz you do make it hard to buy presents.
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My Gift Ideas for the Over 70's Woman
So based on my years of trying and on my relative successes, here is my list of gifts the over 70's woman in your life will love.
Cold feet seems to be the bane of so many over 70's and my mum is no exception, so a small bubbling foot bath that keeps her feet massaged, bubbled and warm on those cold nights is the perfect gift.
Would have been even more appropriate for my father who suffered with diabetes and was always obsessed with the health of his feet.
The Breville Electric Wok - That she loves
After the sudden passing of my stepfather, my mum, who had been a domestic goddess her whole life, lost the urge to cook meals from scratch as she didn't have the motivation to spend time cooking for herself or cleaning all the pots and pans her cooking style entailed.
An electric wok was the perfect solution as it reduced her cooking to a single pan, introduced her to new type of cooking (Asian) that was healthy and easy to make and finally made cleaning up afterwards a snap. It was the perfect gift and her favourite dish is now chicken with black bean sauce.
Easy to use, easy to clean and easy to store. Perfect for someone with a small appetite or who lives on their own.
Money, Cash, Spondula
Not the most elegant of gifts, but sometimes the most appropriate and useful gift you can give someone on a very limited income. Retired people have very strict budgets which means unexpected disasters such as the back fence falling down or the car (my mum got her license when she was 66!) suddenly blowing a gasket can cause financial stress and worry.
A little bit of cash is the perfect antidote to these two things and a much appreciated gift.
This was a great present as It got mum up and out of her chair and had her moving about, sadly an onset of mild arthritis curtailed her ability to play some of the more strenuous games on the Wii, so she now limits her game playing to gentle 10 pin bowling or one of the many quiz/puzzle style games she loves, which is still great as it keeps her mind active. Use it or lose it is one of the favourite sayings in our household!.
Seniors Love Wii
Open a whole new world to the senior in your life. You will be amazed at the response you get.
As age creeps up on people, both their eyesight and hearing starts to diminish. My over 70 mum is fairly sprightly, but living in a small town limits what there is to do, so her television becomes her window on the world.
The problem was she had a small television which she struggled to see. So my stepsister and I bought her a nice, big, digital television which she just loves to sit and watch. Usually very loudly!
Large Screen Televisions
Something big, easy to use and with a straight forward remote control is the perfect television for a senior.
Radiant Panel Heater
When over 70's end up living on their own in a large house and on a fixed income, home utility bills become a pressing issue. Heating a house as big as my mums becomes prohibitive and wasteful in winter so it makes her life much easier to have a smaller portable electric heater.
Mum cannot sit in front of the usual bar heaters because of the effects they have on her pacemaker. She describes it to me like a psychedelic episode (sounds like fun to me) so a Nobo radiant panel heater (as recommended by the heart specialist) was the perfect solution for her. Cost effective, portable and no pacemaker interference.
Safe, controlled heating for your cold senior.
Laptop Computer - 17" is a great size for a senior. Easy to see, full sized keyboard.
Filling in the time when you live on your own in a small town can be challenging, so my mum took to puzzling like a duck to water. This was fantastic as it helped to keep her mentally sharp and removed some of the loneliness that an over 70 widow feels. What better way to give her both unlimited puzzles and games than a laptop computer.
She loved this immediately and every time I visit her she is in the middle of a game of one of her favourite challenges. It also helps to keep her in touch with the world with access to Skype, Hotmail and Facebook. Of course, only when she is not too busy with the puzzles or the Wii!
Collectable Knick Knacks
Surprisingly, even though she has a house that is full of a lifetime of small statuettes, collector's plates and snow domes, she still enjoys receiving another elephant shaped knick knack or collector plate with a cute puppy on it.
Not everyone will enjoy the same knick knacks, so it is probably sage advice that you have a look around you're over 70's house first and see where their interests lie.
Collectables that my Mum Loves
Or as my mum calls them, depending on her mood.
Good Mood = Collectables
Feeling Old Mood = Your Inheritance
Bad Mood = Dust Collectors