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Gifts for an elderly father

Updated on September 24, 2014

Find the perfect Father's Day gift for an elderly father or grandfather

My Dad died in 2007 at 89 years of age so I got pretty good in finding gifts for an elderly father for Father's Day or any other day of the year.

Father's Day presents for Dads or Grandfathers don't have to be expensive. In fact, in this article, I'll give you some ideas about how you can prepare a gift for very little money (after all, times are tough all the way around!).

When thinking of what to give an elderly father as a gift, consider their wants/needs and their likes. A small portable fishing pole and some basic tackle may provide hours of relaxation and fun. Maybe your Dad needs items more like a nice, sturdy walking cane - don't underestimate the value of practical gifts for the elderly as these kinds of items might help the elderly remain independent longer.

So, come along with me and see what I found for gifts for an elderly father or grandfather. Father's Day this year is sure to be a winner!

Photo credit: all pictures on Gifts for an Elderly Father are my own photos, except those items that are Amazon products.

In fact, that picture above is of my own adorable Dad, Joe, trying his hand at watercolors. I still have and treasure that card he's painting.

The Handybar - Click the link on the right to go to my website to see this product.
The Handybar - Click the link on the right to go to my website to see this product.

To Help Grandpa Get Into Or Out Of The Car

The Handybar (that thing to the right there) was one of the very first gifts I bought my parents when they moved from a taller SUV to a shorter Lincoln.

I noticed that it was very hard for Dad to get himself into and out of the car so I went looking for a solution. And, I found it in this cool, inexpensive gadget.

Just put the handybar right into the door frame and it gives a nice handle for anyone up to 350 lbs. It was just enough leverage for Dad to more easily move into and out of the car.

Here's the link to this cool Handybar - this link will take you to a page on my own website where you'll see a multitude of Adaptive Car Needs.

Walking canes add stability to every step

My Mom broke her hip 6 months before she died. After rehab, I made sure that there was always a walker or a cane around to steady her.

The below canes are all nice, masculine canes (but don't rule them out for Grandma or an elderly woman) and would be a great present for Father's Day for an elderly Dad or Grandfather.

Men Embossed Derby Cane Black Maple, Solid Brass Handle  -Affordable Gift! Item #HAR-9112408
Men Embossed Derby Cane Black Maple, Solid Brass Handle -Affordable Gift! Item #HAR-9112408

This is the cane I bought for my own father. It is incredibly sturdy and gave him just the steadiness he needed to move along at a pretty good clip.

This cane is so pretty that, after Dad died, Mom used it. And, now that she's gone, I use it when I walk the dogs just in case I run into a problem....

Men's Ultra-Light Weight and Durable Carbon Fiber Folding Cane
Men's Ultra-Light Weight and Durable Carbon Fiber Folding Cane

I had a little 2 seater sports car during the summers I had Mom and Dad living with me. For a treat, I'd take him for a ride (usually to get an ice cream cone) but his regular cane wouldn't fit in my small car.

This adjustable cane came to our rescue. It's every bit as sturdy as his regular can but can be easily packed into a small area. It also came along when we went on cruises as we'd fold it up and place it under the table when we were in the dining room.


Come Visit My Website For More Great Gifts For Senior Citizens

I received (and rehomed) a whole lot of gifts during the years I was caring for my folks. During that time, I became so good at finding just the right gift that I started my own website. Come see over 100 great gifts for senior citizens by clicking this link:

Magazines are always great gifts for an elderly dad

Giving a gift subscription to a favorite magazine is a wonderful Father's Day gift for an elderly man. My Dad particularly liked history magazines so I would buy one or two subscriptions every year for his birthday. He would eagerly await their arrival every month.


This magazine subscription was a wonderful gift for my parents. We spent many enjoyable happy hours talking about their memories of the good old days.

World War II History
World War II History

Dad was drafted into the Army during WW II and would never talk about his experiences then. He did love this magazine though and devoured it every month.


Magazines for Senior Citizens
Here's another article I did about good magazines for senior citizens.

Spend Time With Your Elderly Dad Over A Large Format Jigsaw Puzzle

I used to really enjoy just working a jigsaw puzzle with my folks. It wasn't as much as doing the puzzle as the quality time we spent talking over 'the good old days' and, for me, just sitting and being with them. My parents were real treasures.

Here's a nice Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle - it has large pieces which are easier both to see and for arthritic hands to work the pieces. I think they make the best ones on the market.

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Digital picture frames will surround your elderly father with loved ones all year

I bought one of these digital pictures frames for my own folks when they were living in Arizona and I was in Maryland. I also had a subscription so that, every morning, I could send the picture frame fresh pictures. Mom never failed to tell me how much they liked looking at the new pictures when they had their morning coffee. And, I loved this way of keeping in touch.

Here's some nice frames on And, when I was looking at these to put on this article, I couldn't believe how cheap they've gotten. When I bought my folks their digital picture frame, I think I paid around $400 for an 11"! I'd suggest you get the biggest digital picture frame you can comfortably afford as an elderly father or grandfather's eyesight might not be what it used to be.

SUPERHERO GRANDPA ebony-black frame - 4x6
SUPERHERO GRANDPA ebony-black frame - 4x6

Every Grandfather should be a super hero! This frame will remind your Grandpa every day how special he is. Change the picture every once in a while (store the old photos in the back of the frame).

Click 'n Dig Model E4 Key Finder. 4 Receivers. Wireless RF Remote Item, Wallet Locator
Click 'n Dig Model E4 Key Finder. 4 Receivers. Wireless RF Remote Item, Wallet Locator

My father was forever losing his keys until I got wise and bought him one of these little electronic key finders.

As a nice bonus, these slim key finders are small enough to store in a wallet so that can be found with the press of a button also!

Just attach his keys to one of the two included fobs and put the transmitter in a safe spot. If he loses his keys, all he needs to do is press and hold down the appropriately colored button on the key finder transmitter and it will send a signal to the key fob. A resounding BEEP will lead him right to his keys.


Key Locators Are Not Just For the Elderly...

...But They Sure Make A Nice Gift

My boyfriend, who is far from elderly, received one of these key locators from a friend of mine who was tired of always helping him track down his keys. In fact, John is so bad at finding items around the house, I even made up a poem:

Where's my wallet?

Where's my keys?

Where's my mind?

Help me please!

These key locators are a wonderful gift for an elderly person or about anyone you can imagine for whom you need to buy a nice, inexpensive gift.

Elgato Smart Key, Connect your key to your iPhone (Bluetooth Smart), black
Elgato Smart Key, Connect your key to your iPhone (Bluetooth Smart), black

This cool device works a little bit differently from a standard key finder. This item will help your Grandpa find his phone, his keys, or anything else that he's tagged.

The fob on the Proximo has a button on it that your Grandpa can press to send a signal to his phone or any tagged item. It also has a proximity function built in so he'll know how far away his keys or phone or whatever has wandered.


Adaptive Large Handled Keys

Here's a great Christmas stocking stuffer for an elderly loved one, male or female. And, this large handled key holder is very affordable....

Ever fumble around without your glasses while trying to get that little key in the littler hole? No longer! Enter the large handled key holder. Just insert the house key into the large handle and, voila! Much easier for arthritic hands to insert the key and open a door.

Father's Day gifts for an elderly father don't have to cost a lot.

Sometimes, the best gift we can give the elderly is to spend time with them and let them know that they are loved. Way too often, the younger generation becomes wrapped up in their own lives, and forgets to pick up the phone or drop by an elderly loved one's home for a visit.

With times being tough these days, here's some ideas for gifts for an elderly father that don't take a lot of money - just a bit of effort on your part.

  1. Take your elderly father or grandfather on a road trip. Road trips don't have to be long or expensive - a trip to a local park with a picnic lunch will delight even the most picky elderly senior citizen. Packing the picnic basket with his favorite food items will make the trip even more special (make sure you're aware of dietary restrictions if you're going to be sharing a meal with your elderly loved one.
  2. Make up a coupon book specially tailored to your favorite father or grandfather. Good coupons might be for free car washes, or a dozen homemade cookies. Coupon books don't have to be elaborate to be appreciated - just grab some paper, colored pencils or pens and let your creativity loose. And, don't worry if these coupons for a father or grandfather are not perfect. After all, they're handmade and that means more than store bought any day.
  3. Be your Dad or Grandfather's handyman (or woman) for the day. Bring along an array of tools and set to work doing all those odd jobs that so often need to be done. Check the house for safety items such as working smoke detectors and door locks that are secure. Bring along a new set of tools and leave them at your Dad or Grandfather's house so they'll be there the next time you need them.
  4. Remember those mixed tapes we used to make for our loved ones way back when? How about making a mixed CD of your father or grandfather's favorite songs? Have a conversation with your elderly dad a few weeks before Father's Day and get some clues as to what kind of songs he liked as a young man. Put these together on a CD - heck, throw in a nice CD player for extra brownie points. Just be careful to get an easy-to-use CD player if you go this route.
  5. Cook and vacuum seal individual meals. When I visited my elderly parents 3 or 4 times a year, I would always spend at least one day cooking and freezing meals for them. That way, I at least knew that they'd have a home-cooked meal a few times a week.

    I made a lot of shrimp scampi (saute shrimp in butter and herbs) and vacuum sealed small portions along with separate portions of cooked spaghetti. I also used to make a lot of Low Sodium Chicken Pot Pies, in fact, that link is my own recipe with detailed instructions about how to make muffin tin sized chicken pot pies.

A new fingerprint door lock is a wonderful Father's Day gift for an elderly man

I love these fingerprint door locks if only for the reason that it's impossible to get locked out - no more leaving the house without one's keys.

I installed one of these fingerprint door locks on my own front door after I had to fire my 3rd caregiver and change the locks - again. With this type of lock, all I needed to do was delete the last caregiver's code and rest assured that they couldn't get into the house.

This door lock even worked for Dad when his Parkinson's kicked in or with Mom's arthritic fingers.

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I hope you found at least one interesting item on this article that you hadn't thought about. Won't you please leave me a comment? And, happy Father's Day to all.

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    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      My dad and I used to like working on jigsaw puzzles together.

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      6 years ago

      My dearly departed dad would have loved the World War II magazines. He also liked getting an electric shaver every year and he loved keeping up with all the new technology and gadgets. This lens is a sweet reminder of my dad.

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      6 years ago

      Love the eagle walking stick! So cool

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      6 years ago

      My father turned 73 this year so thanks for these suggestions!

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      6 years ago

      Love this lens & Ideas.

    • CanadaRed LM profile image

      CanadaRed LM 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas

    • GardenerDon profile image

      Gardener Don 

      6 years ago

      What a great idea to suggest the fingerprint lock for the older folk. I can see myself using one of these myself!

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      6 years ago

      Great gift ideas. Sometimes people give gifts that they would want to receive. Here, you turned this around to ask, "What would your Dad want?" Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      6 years ago

      I like your ideas, perfect gifts for father day

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      6 years ago

      great ideas

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      6 years ago from Diamondhead

      Excellent ideas, I can remember trying to find gifts for my elderly father. The best one I think was a phone with a heart-shaped transmitter that called me if he needed help. If I was not available it called the next number on the list and finally 911 if no one answered his distress call

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great selection for an elderly father.

    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Those large keys are amazing!

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, those large handles for keys make a lot of sense. Keys seem tiny sometimes and that would be great to have.


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