Finding the perfect gift can be time-consuming and frustrating if you don’t make the right choice. The decision is even harder when it comes to the older adults in your life.
It might be tempting to think that their long lives have allowed them to acquire everything they need. They might even openly state that they’re not interested in any gifts. (In reality, that is most unlikely.) There’s a meaningful gift out there for everyone, and finding the right gift shows friends and family how much they mean to you. It’s also worth saying that just because your loved ones are older doesn’t mean they’re not interested in a vast range of presents and activities.
Luckily, we’ve assembled the best gifts for seniors out there this year, so you don’t have to worry about what to buy them. From classic puzzles to Amazon Echos and Fitbit Inspires, it’s fair to say there’s something here for everyone.
Top Gifts for Seniors
The Book of Me Autobiographical Journal is the perfect present for preserving the memories of an older person’s life. It contains questions that are organized into sections of your life, from your past, present, and future to your family history. Naturally, it’s a gift that encourages older loved ones to embrace their life experience with a wonderful sense of playfulness.
Zyllion’s Shiatsu back and neck massager is designed to relieve sore and overused muscles. It features an advanced heating function that soothes away pain and aching joints, allowing your loved one to relax once again. Its ergonomic and compact design ensures users can place it into multiple positions with ease. The pleasure of massage in a versatile and portable package is sure to be well received.
The LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Sound Machine offers ten fan sounds along with ten ambient noise variations for peace of mind and restful sleep. Older adults who have trouble sleeping at night are more likely to have problems with their memory and attention spans. That’s where the LectroFan excels, offering a relaxing and deep sleep that’ll leave them feeling refreshed.
4. Amazon Echo
Amazon has just released its new Amazon Echo (3rd generation), and in all honesty, things are better than ever. With an even more powerful speaker that can play music, answer questions, and provide recipes, it’s a gift that will keep on giving. Older adults will especially love its ease of use, and can relive their partying days from the comfort of their kitchen!
The Artistik Mixed Media Art Set is an ideal gift for creative seniors who might want to brush up on their skills or even learn a new one. With pastels, watercolors, and a tabletop easel, this gift can be taken with them wherever their next adventure might be. It features 3 canvas panels, an eraser, a ruler, a pencil sharpener, two sizes of paint brushes, an HB Sketch pencil, 12 oil pastels, and 12 acrylic paint tubes.
The brain needs exercise just like our bodies do. Exercising the brain keeps it healthy and allows older individuals to remain mentally sharp. This paperback from Nancy Linde offers 399 games, puzzles, and trivia and is the perfect way to do just that. It focuses on long-term memory, attention to detail, and multitasking, among other areas. You could say that it’s literally a mindful gift!
Does your loved one fancy a photographic tour of some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations? Then Destinations of a Lifetime, by National Geographic, will fit the bill. It showcases some stunning locales with vivid images and the most evocative of text. We believe you’re never too old for your next trip, so this gift will serve as a handy guide to where to go next—no matter your age!
The iPad Air is a seriously powerful tablet. With a razor-thin design, a 10-hour battery life, and a host of features, it’s a gift that will be used for a long time to come. With the iPad Air, you can take pictures, draw, record 1080p video, check your emails, watch Netflix, and take notes. That’s just scratching the surface. There’s 64GB bundled in as standard, so really, the only limitation is your imagination. Are you feeling inspired? Great. So will they!
Bedsure’s luxury blanket is the sort of gift that was meant for the cold winter nights that lie ahead. It provides comfort and warmth with a plush feel so that your loved one can forget all about their worries of the day. What’s particularly novel about this blanket is its dual-sided comfort, allowing you to switch between smooth and fluffy sides with relative ease. It also comes in a range of funky colors to brighten up your day!
10. Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo is an excellent piece of tech, but the Echo Show aims to go one better with a 5.5-inch smart display in addition to everything else. The screen allows you to connect with friends and family, control your smart home, watch movie trailers, and cook with step-by-step recipes. The Echo Show offers a lot for its highly affordable price then, and we’re sure it’ll be appreciated.
The iRobot Roomba 675 is a robot vacuum that features three-stage cleaning that loosens, lifts, and suctions up dirt and dust. Impressively, the auto-adjust cleaning head automatically adjusts its height to clean both carpets and floors. This little robot cleaning marvel will also navigate under and around objects to ensure everything is looking as good as it can be. You can even connect and schedule it using Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands!
The Esky wireless key finder does exactly what it says. You can attach the receivers to four items, and by merely pressing the color-coded buttons, you’ll be able to locate your valuables. Clearly, keys are perfect for this, but the real beauty is that you can put the receivers anywhere, from inside your glasses case or simply next to the easily lost TV remote. A great gift idea at a very low price!
The Kanaryware Window Bird Feeder is a tiny yet charming bird feeder that allows you to attract small birds like cardinals. It comes with a rubber perch for birds to sit on and offers a roof design making it suitable for all seasons. The feeder even has drain holes, so your seeds don’t spoil—an engaging little gift for seniors who love to bird-watch.
This keepsake collection of twelve letters is sure to delight even the most stoic of individuals. You can fill each of them with words of wisdom and then seal them with the included stickers. One day in the future, a grandchild will open them up to see what lucid prose or sagely advice was given to them.
Mindful Mandalas is a coloring book that emphasizes mindful meditation through inspirational designs. It features 37 mandala drawings for some deep introspection and encourages you to use the best of your imagination to create vivid patterns. It’s an artsy gift that helps you to relax but at the same time, invigorates the mind.
The Readaeer bamboo reading rest is a durable and versatile reading rest that’s suitable for the office, at home, or the library. It can be adjusted to six different angles and handily folds down when it’s not in use. You’ll be able to prop up an iPad in this reading rest too, making it more than just a one-trick show.
Have you or a loved one ever found yourself struggling to see a power socket at night? Maybe you need a little extra light to guide you at night? Well, SnapPower has you covered with its LED night lights. These guidelights can be snapped on where you want them, and away you go. They’re especially useful for older adults who may need to take some extra care at night.
The Urpower essential oil diffuser is a portable treat for seniors. It allows you to diffuse essential oils to cleanse rooms, provides moisture, and can promote mindfulness, too. This particular diffuser features a large 300ml water capacity that can stay on for eight hours at a time. Essential oils have many health benefits, as well. For instance, diffused eucalyptus is excellent for common colds!
The SMARTRO SC62 is a wireless thermometer that keeps you up to date on the weather both indoors and out. Its 5.9 inch LCD features a backlit touchscreen, making temperature and humidity clear and straightforward to read. The SMARTRO includes a clock with dual alarms, and yes, fret not, it has a snooze feature for loved ones, too!
Maps International’s Scratch Map is a comprehensive traveler’s map that allows you to scratch off the destinations you have visited. It’s a large map with excellent attention to detail and is the ultimate gift for travel enthusiasts. The map is printed on high-quality silk art paper with a glossy coating. It’s sure to rekindle memories for older people who have many adventures to tell!
Losing your glasses is a bothersome experience. Thankfully, the STORE INDYA has you covered with this nifty hand-carved wooden spectacle stand. Simply place your spectacles on the stand when you don’t need them and presto—no more wondering where your pair got to. A practical idea that will prove to be more useful than it first looks.
This OtterBox phone case is specifically compatible with the iPhone XR, though there are options available all the latest smartphone models out there. The case itself is a thin and sleek design that adds style to your beloved device. Of course, the main advantage of a case is to keep your phone protected while you travel, and it’s here the OtterBox case excels. It’s a tough case that defends your phone against bumps, drops, and fumbles.
Ravensburger’s jigsaw puzzle is a bestseller, and it’s easy to see why. In the box, you’ll get a 1000 piece puzzle that offers a sizeable challenge to those who dare to try it. The puzzle pieces have an anti-glare surface to ensure your loved one gets the best possible experience; they’ll even make a soft click sound when the pieces are slotted together. Ideal for those winter days best spent inside.
24. Fitbit Inspire
Fitbit has dominated the fitness industry with its excellent range of wearables that aim to get you up and moving. The Fitbit Inspire provides the same 24/7 heart monitoring and calorie burning technology we’ve all come to love. The device can track steps, distance, active minutes, and calories burned. It’ll also track your loved one’s sleep, and users will get around five days of battery life from it—fantastic tech for the active senior.
Few things beat being more in touch with nature, and gardening certainly provides that. It can be a relaxing pastime with a range of health benefits, from improved hand strength to generally feeling happier. You’ll need the right tools for the job, though, and this folding gardening seat fits the bill. It’s a 10-piece set that allows you to stow away tools in its outside pockets while doubling as an extra seat for your garden. Now that’s an idea!
Do you need some fresh gift ideas for loved ones? Then be sure to check out more of our guides below:
- The Best Gifts for Grandma
- The Best Gifts for Grandfathers
- The Best Gifts for Moms
- The Best Gifts for Dads