Top Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Seniors in 2018
If you have a senior in your life or you’re one yourself, it’s important to remember that having passion is important at any age. Celebrating holidays with gifts is a great way to remain connected with loved ones and nourish passion. Valentine’s Day presents a particularly heart warming opportunity. Below are a few gift ideas for seniors that will convey how Valentine’s Day can be fun at any age.
- Live Plants
Presenting loved ones with flowers is a very traditional way to commemorate Valentine’s Day. While a bouquet of roses is certainly lovely, the novelty will wear off quickly once the cut stems begin to wilt. Giving a gift of live plants offers an alternative that provides both longevity and something to do.
In addition to enjoying the appearance of a living plant, they’ll also provide a fun hobby that’s not labor intensive. Many seniors find that tending to plants is very therapeutic and peaceful, and it’s nice having something to nurture when living alone. Flowers, ferns, and small potted trees are all great examples. Herbs and fruit or vegetable bearing plants can also offer many uses for those who love to cook.
2. Wind Chimes
The tinkling charm of wind chimes is a soothing way to boost the atmosphere of any home. They make for an excellent gift because they can be installed anywhere and they come in a variety of whimsical designs and themes. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can also make your own and accessorize it to be even more special to your loved one.
3. Healthy Gift Basket
A bountiful basket of goodies is a great gift for anyone because it’s so easy to personalize. Many seniors have special dietary requirements that can make shopping and food preparation challenging, so choosing items that suit their health needs is a good option. Consider filling a basket with delicious, heart healthy snacks and condiments such as fresh fruit, olive oil and dark chocolate.
In addition to edible treats, you could also fill a basket with bath and skin care products that help maintain skin elasticity and softness. For sweetness and nostalgia, you can also collect small Valentine’s cards from friends and family to add to the basket.
4. Pet Gifts
Many seniors have had pets for years, and one of the simplest ways to show you care is by offering a gift to their fluffy companions. Rawhide bones and other chew toys are great for dogs, and small stuffed toys that can be bat around are fun for cats. You may consider both toys and treats as well as more practical gifts like a harness or even a new bird cage for feathered family.
5. Bird House and Feeders
Speaking of birds, you don’t necessarily need to own one to enjoy their beauty. Seniors who lack the mobility they used to have can grow frustrated and bored with being house bound. Bird watching is a passive yet fun activity that is accessible to nearly anyone. If your loved one has some yard space or a balcony, they can set up bird feeders and bird houses to attract local avian friends.
Feeders that hold seeds or nectar for humming birds are simple to install and maintain. Bird houses can be crafted at home or bought and painted with a special Valentine’s Day theme, such as a motif of hearts and baby animals.
6. Craft Supplies
Another way to nourish your senior’s creative side is by bestowing them with a gift of assorted craft supplies. While a knitting grandmother is a stereotype, there are certainly many seniors who are interested in the hobby. A kit of assorted yarn, knitting needles and crotchet hooks is a good gift option for both veteran knitters and novices. Other ideas include archival paper and canvas board for drawing and painting.
7. Heated Blanket
As we age, friction and inflammation between joints can take a toll on our mobility and comfort. Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects many seniors, and cold temperatures can exacerbate the problem. That’s why a cozy heated blanket can make for a practical yet thoughtful Valentine’s gift that will literally envelop your loved ones in warmth.
Lindsay Engle is the Marketing Specialist at MedicareFAQ, a learning resource center for Medicare and Medicare Supplements. Lindsay loves working in the senior healthcare industry. Aside from her job, she has a great passion for animals and loves boating. In her spare time, she enjoys snuggling on the couch with her pets as well as fishing with her boyfriend.