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Gifts for an elderly woman

Updated on October 8, 2014

Mother's Day is approaching so here's some great gifts for elderly women

I know all about gifts for an elderly woman as I cared for my elderly mom, Gertie, for the last 5 years of her life. I used to kid mom that every day was Mother's Day around here (it was....) but I also liked to surprise her with gifts on her special day.

Buying a present for Mother's Day for an elderly woman is different than buying a gift for just any mom - for one thing, the elderly generally have everything they may need, electronic gadgets are generally frustrating to the elderly, and, especially if your elderly loved one lives in a group home, the space to store extra items may be limited.

So, that's why you'll find some 'different' gift ideas on this article. Hopefully, I've found some things you haven't thought of or didn't know existed. So, come along and let's explore Gifts for an elderly woman.

And, this particular article became so popular that I started a website: There are over 150 good gifts for the elderly on the site to date, including some that you might not have though about such as heated travel blankets, touch-on touch-off lamps (no twisting of a knob needed), or magnifying pendants.

Note: all pictures on this article are my own photos with the exception of items for sale on

Day Clocks

To see this clock with day, date and time (perfect for a senior citizen), click the link on the left.
To see this clock with day, date and time (perfect for a senior citizen), click the link on the left.

Day Clocks tell the time AND day

When I was Mom's caregiver, I frequently had no idea what day of the week it was. If it hadn't been for my cell phone, I would have had absolutely no clue.

A day clock, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a clock that shows the day of the week among other things. My favorite day clock is that one shown there on the right. You can see it by clicking Day Clocks.

I bought my first day clock when I was caring for my Mom. I actually bought it for her but, it turns out that it was extremely helpful for both of us. I hung it across the room from her chair in the living room so that a discrete glance would give us both all the information we needed.

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Keep 'em upright with a beautiful cane

A great Mother's Day present

Canes are functional and, nowadays, can be quite beautiful too. You'll probably have more luck getting an elderly woman to use a cane if it is attractive and she gets nice comments on it.

This very lightweight cane is adjustable and foldable so it won't take up a lot of space in a car. It will adjust from 28-38" so works for those just 5' tall up to just over 6'.

The beautiful handle looks like marble but, of course, it's not. It is, however, a durable cane. My Mom used hers for 5 years and still looks brand new (well, except for just a few scuff marks on the bottom).

Memory Books

Memory books make wonderful gifts for a senior mom or grandmother

I tout these Memory Books whenever I can - they're great not only for the elderly, but they're a wonderful keepsake for generations to come.

These Memory Books are basically blank books with just a question on each page. The Memory Books will prompt memories with questions like 'Who was your first boyfriend; what was your first date with him?' or 'Tell me about your favorite food that your Mom made.'

Even if the elderly can no longer pen their own thoughts, it's a wonderful idea to sit beside them and write their memories down as they dictate. Talk about quality time. Your own grandchildren will get to know who their great grandmother was through the use of these memory books.

I like Memory Books so much I wrote a whole article about them.

Click to read my article about making Memory Books. I actually had my Mom create a recipe book for me that is one of my favorite possessions, especially now that she's gone.

Here's an article I wrote about How to make a memory book.

Adaptive Gardening Items

Kneeling benches make it easier for the elderly to garden

Mom loved to work in the garden when she was younger but gave up that hobby as she aged - it was just too hard for her to get up from a kneeling position.

That's how I found this kneeling/seat bench. I love that this particular bench functions both as a kneeling bench and a seat. All you need to do is turn it upside down according to the functionality you want. In the picture there to the right, it's in the seating position.

With a 1" padded seat/kneeling area, her fanny and knees will thank you for this great gift for an elderly woman.

Adaptive gardening tools

I have a set of these adaptive gardening tools (surprisingly, Mom bought them for me! These have a soft handle and seem to keep my own hands from getting as fatigued as with other gardening tools.

The Fiskars gardening set there to the right is made of one piece steel each which means that the handle will not separate from the tool - ever. Each of these adaptive gardening tools is made to last and the manufacture stands by that promise with a lifetime warrantee also.

Bird houses make wonderful Mother's Day gifts

Birds are naturally art pieces to me; I love how they flit back and forth as they go about their busy day. I especially like when they bunk down for the night in one of the many bird houses that adorn my own property.

Here's just one nice birdhouse on As beautiful as it is functional, hang this bird house outside a window to delight any senior citizen, man or woman.


Magazine subscriptions are back in style

I would always come home from the grocery store with some new magazine for Mom to read. Magazines worked well for her as her eyesight was failing, and she couldn't always read for a long period of time.

Another benefit of magazines is that the shorter articles may work for shorter attention spans. Toward the end of Mom's life, I'd frequently pick up the Reminisce magazine and sit and read to her.

The Reminisce magazine has a lot of articles written by the readers themselves so they're very personal stories. Reading Mom these articles frequently spurned a story or two out of her. I learned a lot about my Mom during these times. Talk about quality time!

Warm Shawls

Lightweight shawls are good choices of gifts for Mother's Day

No matter if it was 80 degrees out, my Mom was always chilled. I had quite a few shawls like the one shown to the right to just throw around her shoulders.

I had warm shawls everywhere including in the car. I'd lightly drape it around her shoulder and let her adjust it as she wanted.

These lightweight pashmina shawls are warm and, being inexpensive, you might want to buy 2 or 3. They wash up like new, and are great gifts for the grandkids to give grandma on Mother's Day.

Pretty Eyeglass Holders

I can't count the number of times my Mom asked me where her eyeglasses were. If I was lucky, they were on her head, but, more likely, her question sent me scurrying off to find her spectacles.

This pretty eyeglass holder is very very inexpensive (under $6) so makes the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for your favorite senior citizen friend. I'd suggest picking up 2 of these eyeglass cases so your elderly friend will have a place for their eyeglasses whether they're sitting in their favorite easy chair or lying in bed.

Glass Infuser Tea Pots and Blooming Tea

Infuser tea pots and blooming flowers are an amazing gift

Mom and I loved tea (well, she loved coffee more...), and we both really loved watching our jasmine tea flowers bloom inside our glass teapot. Sometime around early afternoon, I'd serve her a steaming cup of tea and a plate of mandel bread cookies (you can click that link to see the recipe for these Jewish delicacies - they are truly delicious, especially if your elderly loved one doesn't like a really sweet cookie).

To this day, I make at least one pot of tea (you can reuse the same tea flower over and over) and sip off it until around noon when I switch to jasmine tea.

Just add 1 tea flower ball to a glass teapot (you really want clear glass as it's so pretty when the flower blooms), add hot water and let it steep. Delicious!

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    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR


      23 months ago

      Thanks, Linda. Since I wrote that article, I've spawned 6 of my own websites. You might find some good ideas on There's loads of stuff there for the elderly.

      Please kiss your mom for me.

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      Linda Rhone 

      23 months ago

      Thank you for your suggestions. My mom is 94 and she doesn't need any jewelry, or clothes etc. One year for mothers day I bought her a coffee table book of flowers instead of the traditional bouquet and she still is able to enjoy it!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Great ideas here for Mothers Day 2014.

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      Sue Dixon 

      5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I gave my mum a knitting pattern book and some lovely new yarn so she could make little gifts to sell at all the charity events she goes to ( she's a very active 90) I like your ideas.

    • ashishkumar2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      6 years ago

      These are wonderful expressions of appreciation. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Your lenses are always stellar. Pinned to my board "being a Mom" - out by digg and blessed. I love the picture of your Mom.

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      6 years ago

      I love your selection of gift ideas. The day clocks are amazing, I've never seen those before. I also think shawls make excellent gifts. Very nice lens:)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      Great, very thoughtful ideas here. I will certainly be considering many of them for my Mum for various occasions. My mum is elderly and like you said- she too feels the cold- so I bought her a shawl as part of her Christmas pressie and she loves it.


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