OT: Gifts for Older Adults
This is a public service announcement for anybody wondering what to give an older parent or grandparent. DH85 and I(77) still live independently in a middle class suburb. We already have all the things we need or want and, actually, are trying to divest some of it. I know we are hard to buy for but here are some ideas:
1) Restaurant gift cards. Fast food or mid-range. Gift cards to specific stores are iffy. If you know the person's interests, they can be good, like an ULTA card for a beauty-conscious person. But we have often received cards for places like a sports supply store and spent time wandering around and trying to find something to spend them on. Personally, I would love to get grocery or gas gift cards but some people might find that demeaning, like " You must think I'm needy".
2) For those with more time than money, give the gift of your time and strength. I would love someone to give me 3 hours for raking, cleaning, etc. You'd have to make it specific, like "3 hours before June 1" and positively, ansolutely follow up. Perhaps the gift would be 1 visit to outline the work beforehand then the 3-hour day. My DS recently cleaned out my dryer vent (almost totally clogged) and it was better thsn anything he could buy. This weekend, he's fixing a toilet and replacing 2 toilet seats. Priceless.
3) Gift card for a cleaning service. The idea is to introduce this service and make the people feel comfortable with it so they, hopefully, continue. I'd look for a commercial service with bonded and insured workers, rather than "Mary's cousin who cleans".
4) if you feel you must have a tangible, wrapped gift, then warm clothing is best, like a sweater, gloves, pjs or scarf.
5) Idea for a child to give: a wine glass from the dollar store. Maybe they could find a way to personalize by writing "Love" or drawing a heart in nail polish.
6) Snack basket: I really watch what food we buy for health reasons. DH sometimes looks at me like I'm the Food Police. So, our DIL gives him peanut butter, pistachios, chocolate, and other forbidden foods. Of course, he has to "clean them up". He always looks forward to her packages.
I'm sure others will have additional ideas.