Most everyone has a senior citizen in their life; rather it’s a parent, grandparent, neighbor or friend. When it comes to their birthday or other gift-giving occasions we want to give them something special. This can be challenging; however, with a little effort and a few simple rules you can hit on the perfect gift every time.
Rule Number 1: If they have to dust it they won’t like it. Eleanor, a dear friend, was close to 80 years old. She once told me after receiving a dust collector, “I wish folks would realize by the time you’ve reached my age you’ve pretty much collected all the junk you’re ever going to want to collect.” So, negative on the knick knacks (unless it’s something your child made it for them, in which case they’d be tickled).
Rule Number 2: Gadgets, seniors don’t like them. They like simplicity. They do not like gadgets marketed at making their lives easier, which only seem to add ten steps to their existing task. Unless you’ve thoroughly tested a gadget and swear by its simplicity and usefulness forget about it.
Rule Number 3: Giving your time is the most valuable and appreciated gift you can give to a senior citizen.
Take time to look around their environment.
Ask what would make their life more comfortable and or easier.
Something as simple as rearranging furniture to make maneuvering around a room more convenient or arranging a pantry or closet so items are more easily accessible may be greatly appreciated. Or changing light bulbs or cutting back over-grown shrubbery outdoors. The key is asking questions to find their needs. Most seniors won’t ask you for help. They pride their independence and don’t want to be a burden. But if you ask questions, make suggestions, and offer, many will light up and welcome your helping hand.
Don’t leave your kids at home. Get them involved. It teaches them the value of helping others and seniors often love the energy of younger people around.
Share a meal. Prepare a casserole or sandwiches or even a pizza, it doesn’t have to be fancy. The point is to enjoy a meal and the time together. And, of course, it’s always nice to make a little extra so they can enjoy it the following day.
Another great idea is to find a comfortable Nail Salon and enjoy a pedicure or manicure service with them. It’s a great way to chat and relax while being totally pampered. And both men and women will enjoy this gift.
Spend time talking and laughing. Don’t let dwell on negatives. Cut out a comic strip you think they’d enjoy or come with amusing stories to share. Humor is great for the soul.
And If you want to give a present, consider ideas like these: Stamps, hand lotion (pump only please), a snuggly pair of socks, a light-weight lap blanket, or CD books. Trust me; most anything will be more appreciated than a knick knack.