This year's gifts for seniors list is a compilation of the best product reviews and thoughtful ideas from our writing team. It can be hard to shop for older adults who “have everything” or “want nothing”. We hope to provide inspiration and ideas for the senior on your list this holiday season!
Coffee Club of the Month from Amazing Coffees – Coffee, tea, bacon, fruits, cookies, cake, cheese – whatever your loved one’s favorite food, there’s probably a club that’ll supply this craving on a monthly basis. For example, the Coffee Club of the Month from Amazing Coffees offers a monthly box with two, different, 12-ounce bags of Arabica coffee (ground or whole bean, as requested). A three-month gift costs $24.95 per month, with a reduction in the price of $1 per month for a six-month order, and $2 per month for a year-long order. Each month’s order promises two new coffees.
Hasbro Joy for All Companion Pup – Two years ago, the Senior List’s Best Senior Gifts included Hasbro’s robotic cat. Well, dog-lovers can now rejoice with the creation of HASBRO'S Joy for All Companion Pet Golden Pup. Comforting, responsive, and never needing to be walked, he comes with a six-page care guide. The built-in sensors allow him to react to the senior’s touch while internal speakers let him bark when spoken to. Just as stroking the cat makes her purr, petting the dog makes his heartbeat. This could be the best-loved gift – apart from your company — your loved one ever received. Conveniently, the dog runs on four 1.5V Alkaline Batteries. The price: just $119.99.
Radius Natural Grip 4-Piece Ergonomic Garden Tool Set – Gardening, an activity dear to the heart of many, is an excellent way to get exercise while obtaining the deep satisfaction of interacting with nature. Make it easier for someone with wrist issues, gifting them with this four-piece set of essential gardening tools: a trowel, a weeder, a cultivator and a transplanter. Sleek, elegant, lightweight, the ergonomic handles covered in soft but durable plastic, these tools will make the gardening experience easy and pleasurable for a mere $39.99. You might throw in a pair of Bionic ReliefGrip Garden Gloves as well, designed by an orthopedic surgeon to reduce callouses and the loss of hand power, also for only $39.99
My Last Soundtrack ($77, a one-time payment) – Reviewed by The Senior List, My Last Soundtrack provides a venue for folks, of pretty much any age, to create a memorial for themselves or for someone they care about. The idea behind this is that having done this, preparing for end-of-life (however far down the road that’s likely to be) will be made easier. “Let’s take the edge off of death” is this site’s philosophy, and they’ve found a fun and empowering way to do it. First, you create the soundtrack, including music that has shaped you, that represents who you were or are or who you hope to be, and then — to the extent you wish to — create a bio of images and text that can include recipes, quotes, whatever suits you. After paying the one-time payment, you can alter the content as much as you like over the years, and even Will permission to someone to maintain this memorial when you no longer can.
Confidence Fitness Slim Full Body Vibration Platform Fitness Machine – Elliptical machines – while not right for everyone – are recommended by many healthcare professionals as more likely to be senior- and joint-friendly than, say, a treadmill or a stationary bike. (Recumbent bikes might work for a given senior, though.) This particular model is fairly compact, sturdy, and lightweight. It also sits on wheels and can be moved as needed. (Unless you’re assured the recipient will know how to handle this equipment or might overdo it, you could hire a professional trainer or physical therapist to observe and coach them as they get to know the machine.) The cost: $249.99
Lutron Motion Sensor Light Switch (From about $19 to $60, depending on model) – This wonderful device senses your presence, turning on lights as you enter a room, and turning them off after you leave. Not only is the user able to move around safely, even with hands full, but will also save money on electricity.
Glare-Guard (Starts at $35.99) – Any driver knows, glare can be a major issue, causing stress, headaches, even accidents. The latest development in this area is Glare-Guard’s series of car visor extensions, the only ones made polarized (not merely tinted) plastic, and able to block up to 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays that attach easily to your car’s sun visor. There are three models, all made in the USA and each hand-cut. The gray version is for regular day driving, and there’s a yellow version for driving at night or in snowy conditions, each of which reduces glare up to 99.9% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. The third is specifically for driving into a sunrise or sunset, cutting those damaging rays by up to 90%.
Uninex Lighted Foot Switch Extension Cord ($5.99) – Turn on and off a floor lamp with the touch of your toe. Safe, easy, 9’ extension cord for any lamp, appliance, or Christmas tree, recommended for indoor use. Three outlet receptacle with safety covers.
Meal Services – Good nutrition for older adults is fundamental for maintaining a strong body, a sharp mind, and a healthy and happy emotional life. It’s also something everyone is entitled to. As we age, though, even those of us who’ve been eating smartly may come to rely on sugary snacks and pre-packaged foods, finding it too tiring, or expensive, or simply too difficult to grocery shop and then prepare a balanced meal. If one is alone, it may simply seem pointless to make more of an effort.
If someone you know may not be eating well, an excellent solution is one of the many food-related, home delivery services. Fresh n’ Lean, Thrive Market and Superfood Box have been three of our favorites:
Superfood Box – We had the chance to sample a Superfood Box recently and appreciated the healthy approach of this company. The search for superfoods is not new, of course; foods that will help a person to live longer, to feel better, happier, and balanced. Superfood Box currently has six boxes of recommended foods, each geared for a different health issue including anti-inflammation, skin health care, and anxiety relief. Information regarding the contents of each box is available at the website as well as enclosed with the product. Read the full review of Superfood Box here.
Fresh n’ Lean Delivers healthy, tasty, plant-based meals to the doorstep. Large-portion meals are mostly organic, have great flavor and contain lots of still-crunchy veggies. Low in sodium, carbs, calories and fat. One day’s worth of meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is $27.99 w/ free shipping (less than $10/meal). Purchase a membership to select one of four meal plans. No membership required for the a lá carte option, allowing you to select meal preferences. Vegan options available Check out the Fresh n’ Lean sample menu for other offerings. Read the full review of Fresh n’ Lean here.
Thrive Market Home-delivered, non-perishable health food, and household items. Vast selection of products and can cater to any dietary needs. Online, members-based, wholesale club Competitive prices and easy to use Healthy, organic, vegan and gluten-free food options and ingredients Also have beauty products, vitamins, supplements, household supplies, and pet food Free shipping on orders over $49. Membership is $59.95 per year. Read the full review of Thrive Market here.
Local Senior Centers & Meals on Wheels Another splendid option may well be right there in your own community. Meals on Wheels has long been supplying tasty and nutritious food, as well as company, for homebound seniors, and all free of charge, regardless of income level. Contact your local senior center or Department of Aging Services for information about the Meals on Wheels program.
While eating properly is key, don’t forget the Companionship Factor. The social element of eating and conversing can go a long way to ease the loneliness and isolation that all too often accompanies aging. Regardless of who is supplying the food, if you – or someone the senior knows and likes – can be present at mealtime, at least once a week, that could substantially increase the quality of the senior’s life … and ideally your own … ensuring they will continue to eat smartly. If this isn’t possible, there are home care agencies that will handle the shopping, cooking, and cleanup. There may also be local volunteer organizations, with members happy to invest time in making sure your loved one gets that much more enjoyment out of life.
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite+ Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush ($119.99) – Studies have shown that, besides tooth decay, poor brushing habits can lead to heart problems and other possibly lethal health issues. A solution, for those of us who don’t brush long enough, or who brush too hard (resulting in gum recession, e.g.), the right electric toothbrush can make all the difference. This rechargeable Philips model is highly rated by dentists and customers alike. Here are some of its selling points: It has a built-in, two-minute timer to ensure the user brushes long enough; comes with six customizable settings; there are three intensity levels, low, medium and high; it is proven to remove stains; it can sense when the user is applying too much pressure at the gum line; and can improve gum health in as little as two weeks.
Hog Wild Peeramid ($32.95) – Attractive, portable reading stand, for a book or a Kindle, that comes in a wide array of colors and patterns. Pyramid-shaped, with an easy to clean microfiber cover, and has a pocket for writing implements, a phone, or any other small item. This handy, lightweight stand, making reading in bed, or anywhere else, comfortable while allowing the user to snack, take notes, whatever they want to do. It measures a compact 12” x 12” x 8” high, with a special ledge allowing you to prop your book or tablet at the desired angle.
The Most Precious Gift of All…
Lastly, consider the gift of your time and thoughtful energy with loved ones. As most of us know, holidays can be stressful and sad for those who have lost spouses, other family members, or close friends. This is an especially pertinent time to share these feelings with another while honoring the memories of those who are no longer with us. This sharing is a gift that will never be forgotten.
May your holidays be delightful and full of joy with the people you love.