There’s no need to stress about trying to find the oh-so perfect gift for every older adult on your holiday shopping list. We’ve simplified gift giving with our annual holiday to-buy list that includes a range of options to please your older loved ones. Even those who insist they don’t “need” or want anything.
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Ethel M's Nostalgic Mars Bars
Named after Forrest M. Mars' mother, these sweet tooth-pleasing goodies crafted from the original recipe that dates back to 1932 are sure to spark nostalgic memories of the recipient’s youth. Ethel M's Nostalgic Mars Bars make an excellent retro stocking stuffers or accent tied onto the ribbon of a larger package.
Dr. Grip Pen
The No. 1 selling ergonomic pen in the U.S. and has received an Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation. Pilot's Dr. Grip Pen is a practical and thoughtful stocking stuffer idea for any seniors on your list who love writing, journaling or crosswords, but struggle to do so as they get older.
Give the gift of relief for your older loved one’s tired, aching feet with Okabashi, an eco-friendly American-made shoe crafted with a focus on foot health. Created to focus on true protection and sport for the foot, the shoes offer the added Earth-friendly benefit of being made from recycled materials. The ergonomic footbed is designed for maximum arch support, making the shoes ideal for traveling, post-workout, working in the yard, and/or running errands during a busy day.
To order: okabashi.com
Bay Alarm Medical Alert System (Sponsored)
Give peace of mind this holiday season and sign up with Bay Alarm Medical. With just a push of a button, Bay Alarm Medical’s trained 24/7 UL-Certified operators will be there to contact family, friends, neighbors, and if necessary, your local 911 emergency services.
Starting at just $19.95 per month, Bay Alarm Medical provides rapid medical response for inside the home, as well as a mobile GPS device for when you’re away. Get started today and try us risk-free for 30 days. Best of all, there are no long-contracts or cancellation fees. With over 70 years of protecting families and their loved ones, you can trust Bay Alarm Medical when seconds count.
Cost: Starting at $19.99/month
To order: Bay Alarm Medical
Treemote wireless remote
Eliminate the need for your loved one to reach—and possibly fall—behind holiday decorations to turn them on and off. The Treemote wireless remote control makes it easy to turn holiday lights on and off without having to wrestle with power cords every time. And even though it’s geared for the holidays, Treemote can be used throughout the year all around the house to help control hard-to-reach lights and small appliances, such as table lamps.
To order: Treemote.com
Vidalia Chop Wizard
Speed up the ability for your loved one to make their famous turkey stuffing and other tasty dishes during the holidays—and all year long—with the Vidalia Chop Wizard. A fast, safe and easy way to chop or dice fruits and vegetables, it’s designed to be gentle on tired and aching joints in the hands and wrists and eliminates the need to sharpen knives. The tool includes two blades, users can chop or dice in minutes and then pop the Chop Wizard in the dishwasher for quick, hassle-free clean-up.
To order: Bed Bath and Beyond
Make it easier for your loved one to tap into the numerous health benefits of walking with the added bonus of being hands free for better balance and mobility. The Walkapocket is a sleek, convenient way to carry all sizes of phones plus cash, ID, medications, keys and necessities without being heavy or bulky.
Available in several colors and sizes, this more modern version of a fanny pack is designed to be comfortably worn whether walking or seated. It’s also made with washable, breathable fabric meant to prevent moisture and mildew build-up.
To order: walkapocket.com
Pet companionship has been shown to lower blood pressure and prevent loneliness for people of all ages. But for seniors, arthritis can make bending down to change water or feed a furry friend difficult.
The ReachaBowl lets pet lovers feed their pet without back pain. The tall handle eliminates the need to bend down to pick up or set down food and water dishes and the tall rim around the bowl keeps the food and water from spilling. Designed for easy disassembly so it’s easy to clean, the unit is dishwasher safe and comes in two sizes to feed a variety of breeds.
Cost: $34 for a small feeder and $38 for a medium feeder
To order: reachabowl.com
Tote with built-in speaker
Now your loved one can bring along their favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks while gardening, crafting or cleaning. The Tote With Built-In Speaker makes regular activities more enjoyable and stimulating thanks to the built-in wireless speaker with Bluetooth capabilities. Designed with a clear plastic, swipe-friendly pocket that faces out, the tote securely holds a regular or large-sized cell phone, making it possible to answer calls without having to remove the phone or touch it with messy hands.
To order: greatusefulstuff.com
Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap
Give the gift of soothing relief for the neck and shoulders by delivering therapeutic, relaxing heat directly to areas of stress to relieve pain and sore muscles. The Sunbeam Renue Neck Wrap is designed to gently contour to the user’s neck and shoulders and deliver hands-free relief in four different heat settings. The built-in shut-off timer offers security against burns and fires in case a user falls asleep while using the wrap.
To order: sunbeam.com
A Cozy Blanket for Sports Fans
Great for taking to the game on crisp fall days, this ultra-cozy blanket is also ideal for camping trips, sleepovers with grandkids, or just curling up on the couch to cheer on a favorite team. The Blueprint Blanket is customized with a blueprint design of a favorite ballpark, arena or course. It’s made of ultrasoft fleece face with Sherpa-reverse and hemmed edges.
To order: ballparkblueprints.com
No matter where you’re sitting, the Posture Stand helps maintain proper spinal alignment and good posture to alleviate back pain. The 360-degree rotating legs, adjustable height and table angle let users bring technology much closer to the natural eye level to reduce discomfort, aches and pains. Whether on the sofa or at a desk, the stand can be used with laptops, tablets, e-readers books and more.
To order: backpainhelp.com
Send your loved one off to dreamland with the latest advancements in sleep technology. Each Bear Pillow is engineered with LOFT-X Foam Technology, which contours to accommodate all sleep positions; supporting the natural curves of the head, neck and spine. The pillow is designed to provide optimal cooling and airflow for unparalleled comfort during sleep. It’s also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial to help protect against dust mites, bacteria and allergens.
Cost: $95 for a queen-sized pillow
To order: bearmattress.com
Telescope Walking Stick
Made of rosewood, the Telescope Walking Stick is sturdy, slender and telescopic. Made by Authentic Models, this walking stick's polished brass handle is made to fit comfortably in one's palm, and also swivels to reveal a telescopic lens, similar to a monocle. Whether taking a walk around the block, star gazing in the backyard or watching wildlife at the park, this walking stick helps makes the trip a bit more stable and fun.
To order: bellacor.com
If your older loved one uses a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, this gift will help ensure their device stays clean and germ-free. CPAP sanitizing device company SoClean makes cleaning devices designed to kill 99.9 percent of CPAP germs, bacteria and other pathogens that can be found in a CPAP device. The device’s one-touch process requires no water or added chemicals. There’s no disassembly or emptying of water and the cleaner performs the disinfecting process during the day, so when your loved one comes home they’ll have a completely clean system.
To order: soclean.com
Over time, hearing may become unbalanced or change due to age, genetics and/or noise exposure. The EVEN wireless headphones is designed to make watching TV a listening experience users may never have had before or have not heard in a long time. Made with technology that measures a person’s hearing through an innovative interactive process, the headphones adapt sound to the way each person hears in each ear to personalize and make corrections for a better quality listening experience.
To order: weareven.com