When you are young you never think about being too old to shop, but guess what? It happens. My Mom is in her 90′s, she lives alone and has daily help. My husband and I live very close, so we help her with weekly shopping trips, visits to the doctor, lawn care, home repair, etc. Buying gifts for Mom can be difficult, but thankfully she still loves pink!
All year, I think about birthday and Christmas gifts for her. She used to be happy with a new dress, but now I can’t find one she likes. She’s not really picky, she just has her must haves… soft knit, sleeves, not low neck, not form fitting, no dark colors and two pockets in the front, not in the side seam. She tells me not to worry about her dresses, she will just wear what she has, but I’m still looking. She needs help buying shoes and purses – I’m good at that, but when Christmas or her birthday rolls around, I have to have several gift ideas because family members want recommendations. My Mom is interested in: The Bible, books in large print, books on CD, Dr. Oz, organic and healthy home cooked food, the Food Network and vitamins. I search for specialty food for her online and when I go out of town. She likes foods that are natural or low in sodium and fat, so Trader Joe’s is always on my list when we go to Kansas City or Dallas.
Here is my suggested list of gift ideas for the elderly, if you have more suggestions, please share them in the comments.
- Time: When people get into their 80′s or 90′s they don’t have a lot of remaining friends. They appreciate notes, visits and phone calls.
- When you visit, plan to cook a meal and eat with them.
- Take her out for a drive or ice cream and ask if she needs anything while you are out.
- Offer to help with the mail, write a letter, or address Christmas cards.
- A book of postage stamps would be a nice gift.
- If you sew, check to see if they have anything that needs to be mended.
- If they have a hobby, offer to get supplies. Chances are, they don’t know how to surf the web.
- Listen to them. If they are alert enough to tell stories, you might want to write a few down. My Mom was born in a house in the country, in Missouri, in 1920. Her family did not have eletricity, a car or a telephone. Oh my!
- Maybe they are low on money – Do you have enough money saved to live into your 90′s? I don’t and neither does my Mom. Every month is a struggle for her. Maybe you could offer to help with utilities, cable or the phone bill.
- My Mom would love a gift card to Walmart. Our town is small, so Walmart is her happy shopping place – they have magic carts to ride in. She takes a magnifying glass with her so she can read food labels and prices.
- My Mom still likes to feed the birds in the winter, so bird seed or suet makes her happy.
- She has a boatload of photos and her walls are covered, but she still enjoys new photos. Keep it simple and large enough for her to see. If you give a photo in a frame, plan to hang it on the wall for her.
- Reading: At this age vision can be a problem, so if you buy a book, make sure it’s not too heavy and the print is large. If you get an audible book, make sure she has a way to listen. We tried a Kindle, but she couldn’t operate, we got her a basic mobile phone and she likes it! She keeps her phone in one of those mandatory dress pockets.
Mom on the cart at Walmart with her old checkbook
Mom’s 94th birthday will be October 17th. She’s needed a new wallet for ages, but she loved her old one and didn’t want to give it up. It was worn and soft and included a checkbook cover with attached ink pen holder. The wallet finally gave out and she let me take a photo of the remaining checkbook cover. Geez, it was time!
This year, my birthday gift for her was easy! I found a pink wallet at Macy’s – on sale AND it’s lightweight, except for the gold pull that I may have to switch.
I couldn’t find a wallet with checkbook and ink pen holder, because – well you know, most people use debit cards these days. Mom doesn’t approve.
So, I searched the web for a checkbook with an ink pen holder. I looked on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and I purchased the ones below.
This one has to be for Mom.
Pink checkbook cover with ink pen holder
The stripe one with the letter “B” - is mine!
And, the remaining Scottie dog checkbook cover could be yours!
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