Christmas is nearly here! Christmas presents are on everyone’s minds. Buying Christmas presents can be stressful, especially for your older relatives and friends.
With older people, it isn’t as simple as popping down to your local toy store or buying the latest video game. Older people tend to care more about the sentiment behind the gift, rather than the flashiness or price.
In today’s article we share our top 10 Christmas present ideas for older people, to help reduce your stress levels as we head into the festive period.
Top 10 Christmas Presents for Older People
As previously mentioned, older people tend to care more about the sentiment behind Christmas presents. This fact means that flowers are an excellent choice. There aren’t many people out there who don’t appreciate a bunch of flowers.
Flowers help to bring a smile to your loves one’s faces and it shows them that you care about them. New research has also shown that flowers can also benefit your mental health, which is an added bonus.
There are plenty of flowers to choose from, so if you’re struggling to find your favourites you need to see our Top 5 list of flowers to give this Christmas.
9. Magazine subscriptions
Despite the internet’s best attempts, there are still plenty of magazines and physical newspapers to enjoy. There are magazines available for pretty much every hobby and interest out there, so you’re bound to find the right one for your loved ones.
For example, if you’re loves on is a huge fan of cars you need to purchase a subscription to the Top Gear magazine. Of if they’re a fan of gardening, perhaps a subscription to Modern Gardens is a good idea.
There is a magazine out there for everybody!
8. Gifts which bring heat
The festive period and the months that follow can be extremely cold. The low temperatures put older people at risk, and there are certain measures that should be followed in order to stay safe when we have cold weather.
Help your loved ones out this Christmas by giving them presents such as an electric blanket or hot water bottles for their bed. Or perhaps a comfy jumper or some thick, Christmas-themed socks would be well-received?
Looking after older people during the winter is really important for their health, and buying these types of Christmas presents would be a great way of doing so.
7. Golf Masterclass with a PGA Pro & Lunch
If your loved one is a fan of golf, or is looking for a new hobby, then this great gift from Red Letter Days will go down a treat. They will begin their day of golf with a two and a half hour lesson, which will cover all aspects of the set-up, swing techniques and a short game which involves a brief performance analysis.
In the afternoon your loved one will head out onto the golf course for a game, under the supervision of a PGA professional player. There are a number of gold courses to choose from, and a free lunch is also included.
Remember, golf also has a number of health benefits too!
6. A Trip Away
Many older people like to get out and visit new parts of the country. Popular examples would include a day trip to London to see all of the sights of the capital, or maybe a trip down to the south coast to enjoy the sunshine.
There are so many interesting and unique places to visit here in the UK and it’s time that we go and explore them. A trip away will also help older people to combat loneliness and to improve their social lives.
5. Small Indulgence
So often we hear people say “I don’t need anything for Christmas.” But Christmas is a great time to give something someone would really like and enjoy, not just need. Bath toiletries, make-up, fragrances, DVDs or video games are just some of the quick and easy ideas that would be appreciated by your loved ones.
People of all ages love receiving event tickets as a present. Much like the magazine subscription, this will depend on the interests and hobbies that your older relatives have. Do they like a specific musical band or theatre production?
Perhaps your father or grandfather is a huge football or motorsport fan. We’re sure that tickets to the big match or to the Grand Prix would go down a treat this Christmas. Buying tickets also allows you to join them for the event, something that your loved ones will love even more.
3. Board Games & Puzzles
Nothing gets the brain working better than a good puzzle or board game. The former is an industry that is currently going through a resurgence in popularity, and it well be worth getting your older loved ones involved.
As they’re social activities, they will also bring the family together for some game time! Remember, it’s important for older people to keep their social network active in order to avoid feeling lonely. Also, keeping their brain active can help fight off dementia.
2. Kindle or Tablet
Technology continues to improve year after year, and older people are beginning to get to grips with it. According to the communications regulator’s Audits’ Media Use and Attitudes report, more than a quarter (27%) of people over the age of 75 now use tablets – an increase of 15% from 2015. The same report found that 41% of people aged over 75 have a social media account.
With this in mind, maybe a new tablet or Kindle device would go down a treat. A tablet allows you to access the internet, play games and use social media to interact with friends and family. A Kindle meanwhile is a great way of reading your favourite novels and autobiographies.
1. Personal Alarm
Give the gift of safety and reassurance this year with a personal alarm system from Lifeline24. If you worry about your loved ones due to their health or the fact that they live alone, a personal alarm is the perfect solution.
The Lifeline Alarm comes in two parts; the Lifeline Vi Alarm Unit and the MyAmie Pendant. The former is simply plugged into your telephone socket and a power socket, with your telephone connecting into the back of the unit via the adaptor provided. The pendant is then worn around the wrist, or around the neck.
Should your loved one have a fall or feel unwell in their home, they simply need to push the red button on their pendant. An alert will be sent through to our 24-hour Response Team, who will respond immediately over the system’s loudspeaker. Help will be arranged, through the emergency contacts selected by your loved one and the emergency services if they’re needed.
What ideas do you have for Christmas presents this year? Share your ideas in the comments below!