February is the month of love, whether you’re choosing a gift for your Valentine or showing your family members or friends how much you care. It’s also a great time to show a little extra love to the grandparents or other senior adult in your life and let them know you are thinking of them. Whether they are long-distance or just a few minutes away, sending (or delivering) a gift is a tangible way to brighten someone’s day. Looking for a gift for seniors to show your loved one you’re thinking of them this February? Here are a few fun ideas to get you started.
When choosing a gift for seniors, look for something that will bring joy to their day. A favorite activity, such as a new book, a puzzle or some art supplies, is something they will enjoy for weeks (or months) to come. For someone who loves to knit or crochet, pick out some colorful new yarn in their favorite colors. Whatever you choose, take the time to write a thoughtful note explaining why it made you think of them.
Whether you drop off a beautiful bouquet or a cute succulent, flowers or plants make a great gift for seniors. If you can’t drop off their favorite flowers in person, choose a local delivery service that can make the trip for you. Many places also sell all-inclusive grow kits for the gardener (or aspiring gardener) in your life. If they already have an established garden, sending new seasonal seed packets is a lovely way to show them you care.
A sweet treat is always a good idea! Depending on your loved one’s dietary restrictions or needs, pick out one that they can enjoy. You can drop off some fresh baked cookies in person, or choose an online delivery service. Many offer cakes, cookies and other delicious goods that are kept cold during shipping for easy delivery right to your loved one’s door. If salty snacks are more their speed, give them a cute bag of popped popcorn or some trail mix to enjoy.
A photo album is a great gift for seniors because it reminds him or her of your best memories together. Sending an album, framed photo or even a scrapbook is a thoughtful and personal gift. Whether you create an elaborate scrapbook or order a pre-made photo book, your family member will enjoy reflecting on some of your best times together. This is a great project to involve kids in, too. They can help decorate scrapbook pages, pick out their favorite photos and make the project extra special for their grandparent or other family member.
This time of year, there’s nothing better than enjoying a warm mug of hot cocoa or tea. Depending on your family member’s favorite beverage, a mug-and-beverage combo is a great gift for seniors. Add a few items to make the gift extra-special, such as heart-shaped marshmallows for hot cocoa or honey straws with tea. Many stores offer a wide variety of coffee mugs and tea cups to choose from. Look for something that is specific to your loved one, such as their initials or favorite color.
If you aren’t able to drop your gift off in person, consider setting a special time on the calendar to call or video chat your loved one. Whether you gave them a book, an activity or a favorite baked good, take some time to share with them why you selected it for him or her. Share in some of your favorite memories together to make the time even more special.
While everyone loves to receive a surprise present, the real gift is knowing that someone is thinking of you. Whether you mail a sweet treat or drop off a gift in person, these gifts are a thoughtful way to let someone know that they are on your mind. And there’s nothing sweeter than that.
At Advent Christian Village, we want your loved one to feel at home throughout every stage of retirement. From independent living to assisted living and memory care, our members enjoy the charm of a small town with the security of our full continuum of care. We invite you to take a tour and experience everything that our faith-based community has to offer. Give us a call today at 1-800-647-3353 or click here to schedule a tour.