Gifts for elderly people. This image shows a dark coloured rectangular box with a turquoise ribbon tied in a bow. The gift is resting on a dark wood table.

Gifts For Elderly People

Gifts for elderly people. This image shows a dark coloured rectangular box with a turquoise ribbon tied in a bow. The gift is resting on a dark wood table.

Gifts for Elderly People

What do you give someone elderly? Finding gifts for elderly people can be challenging. What do you buy someone with a lifetime’s worth of “stuff”? Many people start to declutter the amount of “stuff” they own as they age, preferring to keep only the essential, and sentimental.

Edible Gifts

Many elderly people enjoy a jar of homemade jam or chutney. Having probably grown up making their own, they will appreciate the time and effort that’s gone into making it. You can personalise the label with their name, for example, “Uncle Bills’ damson chutney”. Home-made crackers are so easy and cheap to make and you can assure them they are healthy and wholesome – when eaten in moderation!


Flowers are always welcome (unless someone suffers from hayfever). Make life easier for your loved one by pre-arranging them in a vase or jar so they don’t have to worry about doing it themselves. If you have the budget, many florists offer bouquets in water.


I tend to think foodie gifts are welcome and many local Deli’s will make up a hamper to suit your budget and choice. The UK have some amazing cheesemakers many of whom offer online hamper options. A useful alternative to a sweet one for anyone who is diabetic.

Indoor plants add a splash of colour and seasonal bouquets make someone feel special. Ladies appreciate smellies, National Trust shops offer a lovely array of locally made artisan soaps and smell.

Gardening vouchers, book tokens or a magazine subscription are thoughtful ideas,

Replace traditional walking sticks with one from Flexyfoot, fashionable, comfortable and safer on uneven or icy ground. Available online and from selected stockists.

A promise of a meal out in the New Year is always a thoughtful gift, one to look forward with good food in good company always enjoyed.

For someone with dementia, a photo book of memories, digital photo frame, or photo cushion are thoughtful ideas. Soft blankets made into dementia blankets (sew on buttons, ribbons, zips, jingle bells and Velcro) provide both comfort and warmth plus relief to agitated hands.

Adult colouring is huge at present and seen as both therapy and brain-stimulating. For someone with dementia, Aqua Paints are enjoyable and rewarding. I had fun testing them!

Music, music and more music! Buy an MP3 and record all the music someone with dementia likes. I have seen the magic of music for someone with dementia, from agitated to calm and toe-tapping in a matter of notes. Big headphones are more comfortable and better with hearing aids.

Soft pyjamas are ideal for both men and women. Feeling nice and keeping them warm in bed. For someone in a care home, you can never have too many pyjamas.

Socks! Who doesn’t appreciate a really nice pair? For anyone with swollen ankles, Cosyfeet sell socks which fit comfortably, wash well and last. Slippers? Check your loved one’s slippers, do they still fit well? Sloppy slippers are one of the main trip hazards leading to falls.

I have a practical streak to me and think something to keep someone safe is one of the most caring gifts for someone elderly.

A high visibility vest for mobility scooter users, carbon monoxide monitors, smoke alarms, a GPS tracker for someone with dementia, really useful ideas.

One of my favourites is the electric one-handed can opener from Kenwood. Safe, easy can-opening. A one-cup water boiler makes brewing up safer too with no heavy kettles of boiling water to lift they are available from all major electrical retailers both online and on the high street.

A trip to the local nail bar or visit from a nail technician will brighten anyone’s nails for the festive season – women mainly- but who knows? Choose something festive and fun and don’t forget the glitter.

Cook a Christmas meal for someone as a gift. I have been doing this with my husband, Paul, for years, adding more and more people to our list. A delicious meal beats a ready meal on the Day and makes people feel thought of and valued at what is for many a very lonely time of year

Years ago via my blog Caron Cares and social media platforms we launched “Operation Christmas Dinner” and managed to engage people all over the U.K. to cook Christmas meals for elderly people near them who wouldn’t have one otherwise.

Not difficult for most of us to do and there is still time for you to join us doing so. We cook on the 23rd and plate up in foil trays and deliver on the 24th. For more information on how you can join in leave me a comment.

It’s the nicest gift we give each year.






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.

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