Gifts for the elderly this Christmas

this image shows beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts

Gifts for the elderly this Christmas.

Hopefully  you are starting to get nicely organised? Gifts bought and wrapped …….No…..struggling to know what to buy for an elderly relative ? Here are a few simple ideas. Simple but also very practical….

small personal sat nav to be carried or work, pale blue

Find a person anywhere ! Perfect for a relative with dementia, someone living with a life threatening condition or someone at risk of falling. Help keep someone elderly safe with a personal GPS tracking unit.

thin plastic strips designed to make removing plugs easy for the elderly

A helping hand for someone you care about who struggles to pull out wall plugs Plug mates

a white smoke detector against a black background showing some smoke nearlby

A smoke alarm – surely everyone has one ? Shockingly many elderly people still don’t have one . Buy someone a smoke alarm it might just save their life. Did you know most fires start at night ?

a sleep safe carbon monoxide detector

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer ensure your friend or relative is alerted to any dangers and give them a carbon monoxide alarm

A  hot water bottle, many elderly people have them and never check to see that the seal is in good order. Consider buying them a lovely new hot water bottle.this image shows a gorgeous wheat hot water bottle in the shape of a reindeer

Available now as an attractive alternative to the traditional hot water bottle are the hot wheat bags that you heat in the microwave. Who could resist snuggling up with Rudolph? Take care to follow the manufacturers instructions closely however as they have been linked to house fires when over heated

If they don’t receive their medication in blister packs consider an easy to use pill organiser


Socks,socks and more socks !!! But not all socks are the same. I cannot praise highly enough the socks from CosyFeet. Not cheap but definitely the best socks for swollen feet and ankles.

a bottle of carex handwash

Hand wash is always useful, we all need to wash our hands and an anti-bacterial one will keep germs at bay


A Hamper of tasty treats is always welcome. You can always make one up yourself with items you know they love. It gives it a personal touch and works out better value.

a culinaire one touch can opener and a tin of tomatoes

Leading on from tins, do they have an easy to use can opener ? Arthritis and weakened hands can make using a standard one difficult.

universal remote for electric switches

A remote control that turns on electrical devices in a room is a huge help for anyone with limited mobility remote control electrical sockets

a coaster that glows in the dark

Does your relative or friend have impaired sight ? I love the RNIB glowmats, they are the size of a coaster and glow in the dark, they charge using natural or artificial light and are useful for keeping useful items such as house keys and hearing aids on.

raised sticky dots for people with sight lossI also like the RNIB sticky dots which help people with sight loss know which washing machine progra to use, where to turn the microwave dial to and allows them to align a plug with the socket. Once again very cheap but very useful.

flexy foot ferules. flexible walking stick ferules

I love the Flexy foot ferrule walking stick device. It provided increased safety and stability to anyone using a walking stick. Flexyfoot also now have their very own stylish walking stick incorporating the ferrule.

this image shows a selection of different coloured flip on/off alarm clocks

Awarded the Reddot  design award best of the best 2013 this battery operated alarm clock is simplicity itself. Measuring only 2.5 x 4 inches and lightweight it is also extremely portable. When the alarm sounds the user simply has to turn the whole thing over. It is clearly marked ON one side and OFF the other and is a useful gift for someone who has arthritic fingers and finds small button or switches a fiddle.Click here to buy one.

Some ideas from  a compan,  whose products I love are these lovely gardening tools, designed with arthritic hands in mind.

this image shows radius garden hand tools with curved handles for arthritic hands



Pill boxes are usually functional but lack style.  If you are looking for something a little more exciting the Sabi range have stylish and ergonomic shapes.

this image shows the sabi range of medication holders


Now I just love the next item. The Flipstick is ideal for not just the elderly but also younger people at festival, sports events etc.

this image shows the flipstick. A folding walking stick with a seat and a neat carry bag.

The Sabi Sport Cane is also a stylish alternative to a standard walking stick although I have to say the flexy one will always get my vote.

this image shows a high visibility vestthis image shows a mobility scooter which is highly visible due to a vest

High visibility vests save lives! Make sure anyone you know who uses a mobility scooter puts one on the back of the seat. Be Safe, Be Seen !

this image shows the truecall unit. Truecall blocks nuisance calls.

This is a must have item. True Call blocks nuisance phone calls protecting the elderly and those living with dementia from malicious phone scams and may just protect their life savings. Watch the video on their website which explains how it works. There is also a reader discount, just quote Caron Cares on ordering to save £15. Prices start at £119.99. There is also a rental option.

this image show the Hearing logo

Hearing Direct are offering 10% off all readers first orders. Time to buy those amplified headphones and loud alarm clocks. Simply quote CC10

Some of these gifts for the elderly are less than £10 yet still  allow someone you care about to have a safer and easier time at home. Don’t forget too, the elderly still like to look good and smell lovely, so toiletries and perfume are always useful.

I have free room thermometers to send out on behalf of Age UK. These cards clearly show if a room is too hot or too cold. Please contact me if you would like one using the form at the top right-hand corner of this page. Please remember to leave me the name and address that you would like it sent to.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.


  1. Please don’t spam on my blog !! – find an ethical way to promote your business. !!

  2. Hi Daisy, thank you for your kind comment. I hope it has been of use to you. Caron

  3. You really have a great list here! Perfect! Thanks for sharing all these thoughts!

  4. Hi thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. You are obviously a very kind and thoughtful person to have invited your elderly neighbours for a meal at your home.They will not forget your kindness either, the best gift for an elderly person I believe is consideration, respect and dignity. Christmas is wonderful for many and terrible for some. Kind regards Caron. Thank you for reading my post and please help me spread the word by following me on Facebook (Caron Cares), Twitter # Caron Cares 2 and if you fancy it become a subscriber to my emails. Happy New Year to you and thanks again for contacting me. Caron

  5. This is really awesome! I like this post! Last Christmas we invited our elderly neighbors for a simple dinner at home. I could really see the happiness in their eyes while they started reminicing their past.

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