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Christmas Gifts for Grandparents and Other Seniors

By Edited Jul 13, 2016 0 2

Finding Christmas gifts for grandparents and other seniors in your life can be one of the most challenging tasks on your holiday to-do list. For many, they do not need more "things" to take care of and gather dust. This is especially true as your grandparents get older and taking care of a house full of things becomes more of a challenge. In fact, many seniors downsize their homes and give away many of their belongings. Your Christmas (or Chanukah) gift should not add clutter to their smaller home or apartment.

The right Christmas gifts for grandparents and other seniors can be discovered if you look around their homes.

Look inside the kitchen. Are the dish towels worn and need replacing? How about the placemats on the table. Can a fresh set make the table look more lively? Are the pots and pans scratched and have seen better days? Seniors do not need an entire new set, but you can replace the most used pieces as a Christmas gift for grandparents.

The same goes for kitchen tools that are frequently used. Are your grandparents' knives sharp? Offer to have them sharpened or buy a them a new set. Wooden spoons, spatulas, and other items can be replaced with new ones. If your grandparents have arthritis, then buy some tools that are friendly to people with this condition.

Check the cabinets. Can your grandparents or other favorite senior use a new matching set of glassware as a Christmas or Chanukah gift?

Look at the potholders. Are they stained and worn? A pretty new set would nicer to look at and better yet, prevent hands from getting burned. You can even buy ones that match the dish towels for a lovely Christmas gift!

Do your grandparents need a new coffee maker or microwave? These can be expensive, but chipping in with other family members can make this a very welcome Christmas present for grandparents. Add a supply of their favorite coffee, filters or some microwave popcorn to add a festive touch to these gifts.

Look inside your grandparent's pantry. Would they like some specialty items that a tight budget prevents them from buying? You can get some favorite gourmet foods or treats for them and place them in a gift basket with a bow. Not only does this fill a need, but this is also a consumable Christmas gift for grandparents and seniors and does not need any special care.

If your grandparents use the computer, you can buy them some accessories as a Christmas gift. You can make a mouse pad for the computer with their picture on it-maybe one from their wedding day years ago. How about a new keyboard with extra large letters so they are easy to see and type? You can buy them copy paper and ink cartridges for the printer.

Look in the living room or family room. Is it full of photographs? Offer to make a scrapbook or large wall-mounted photo collage as a Christmas present for your grandparents. With pictures on the wall and off the tables, there is less to move around and dust.

How do the throw pillows look? Have they seen better days? You know what color is needed-go buy some new ones for grandma and grandpa for Christmas! As with any gift you buy, give them a gift receipt or offer to exchange it for them if they do not like it.

Do your grandparents keep their thermostat low in winter to save money? How about a comfy fleece blanket to match the family room as a Christmas present? If they do not own one, buy your grandparents a programmable thermostat as a holiday gift. This way they can control the temperature all day whether they are in or out of the house.

Are the numbers on the television remote control too small? They sell remotes with large numbers for aging eyes. Make sure it is compatible with the cable system before you invest in this gift. Also, give a package of batteries for when the remote dies.

Does your favorite senior own a rocking chair? See if it needs new comfy cushions.

Another place to look is the bathroom. Are hand towels and bath towels worn? You can buy your grandparents a luxurious set of towels as a Christmas present. Have their bath accessories seen better days? A gift card and a trip to the store to help pick out new bathroom items is a wonderful way to spend a day with your favorite senior. You can also buy them a supply of their favorite bar or liquid soap and other lotions and powders they already use.

Look in the linen closet or on the beds. Are the sheets and pillowcases old and threadbare? A high thread count set of sheets for your grandparents makes for a wonderful Christmas present, as well as a new set of bed pillows.

Is there a favorite magazine lying around the house? If so, offer to renew or extend the subscription for your grandparents as a Christmas present. Ask if they want the large type version or not. A magazine subscription is the gift that gives month after month!

If your favorite seniors like to do crossword puzzles, anagrams, Jumbles and Soduko puzzles, buy them a few puzzle books and some pencils. You can even have personalized pencils made at various websites online. If they need a pencil sharpener, buy them a good electric one.

Check the outside of your grandparents' home to see if anything outdoors needs replacing. A new doormat at each door gives the front steps or front porch a fresh new look.

How does the mailbox look? Can it use a fresh paint job or does it need to be replaced? You can have your grandparents select a new one as a Christmas gift and offer to put it up for them.

If your grandparents' home has a front porch, how does the furniture look? Can they use a new set of wicker chairs or will a new set of cushions and a can of spray paint make the set look like a new one?

Grandparents and other seniors who love to garden can be given new gardening tools and seeds as a Christmas present. If they like to start the plants indoors during the winter, then give them the items they need or need to be replaced.

After having a good look around your grandparents and other favorite seniors homes, you are sure to find useful, practical and pretty gifts to give them as Christmas presents.



Sep 18, 2010 7:47pm
Lots of cool ideas here. There are also special cell phones with large displays for seniors.
Sep 19, 2010 1:37pm
I did not know that, Diva! Thank you for the tip!
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