Giving gifts to older people in assisted living homes can sometimes be a bit perplexing. Often the space may be limited and many seniors have chosen to scale back on their personal belongings. However, many items can make great gifts for your friends or family in these communities. Think of items that are useful, or are consumed on a regular basis.|
Print media products can provide a wide range of ideas for gift giving. To keep someone up on current events, a subscription to a favorite newspaper or magazine would be nice. Try getting the newspaper from their hometown, especially if the person had to move a distance away. Go to antique shops and search for magazines and newspapers of the era when they were younger. It can be quite fun to reminisce about the frivolous news as well as the serious events.
Pictures are a great gift. Grandchildren can put a conventional album together creating a special present. For a new twist think about giving a digital frame it becomes a photo album in a picture frame. If the photos are available, represent different periods, this will most likely produce a story or two.
If email is not their favorite way of communicating with family and friends, think about putting together a correspondence box. Include a variety of cards for different annual events. Buy a current calendar and write in the family's birthdays and anniversaries. For those who love to write, providing stationary with envelopes and postage is a thoughtful gesture. Don't forget to include some writing utensils too.
Having the ability to create a mood or elicit a memory is easily done with music. Find out the favorite bands, singers, and specific songs of the person to whom you will be giving the gift. Depending on the type of player they have, provide the music in that format. Adding to their collection should be easy.
A person's body tends to get cold more easily when he or she gets older. Presents to help keep a person warm can be an extra blanket for their bed or a small throw to keep on their laps. A nice sweater and warm socks can keep them toasty too. Hats, scarves, and gloves may be just the right gift for most any season, depending on where the community is located. New Jersey may need them autumn, winter, and spring. Whereas, in southern California, these items may only be appropriate in the winter.
Comfort items like lotions, creams, or a nice robe and slippers can give a sense of feeling a bit pampered. Most everyone appreciates being nice to themselves. Find out if they have a preference of scents or, maybe, no scent at all. Also, be mindful of any allergies they may have.
Presenting items that while away the time may be a good thought. Gifting of board games, decks of cards, or dice might inspire some afternoon game dates. Dice or dominoes can provide other possibilities for enjoyment. Think about what hobbies the person has had or still enjoys. If they are into bird watching, buying a birdfeeder that attaches to the window or hang a hummingbird feeder near a window, either of these may bring hours of enjoyment right to their home.
Giving gifts becomes easy once you learn what a person likes. When giving goodies to an older person who may have limited housing space, be mindful of what you choose for them. Buying a large reclining chair may not be the best bet. However, providing something small and useful like a nice blanket will bring warmth to their lives day after day. Visit your friend or family in their assisted living community and don't forget a gift.
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Article Added on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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