During the holidays, it can be hard to choose gifts for older adults and their caregivers, but it’s worth putting in a little extra thought during this special time of year. These are our top picks for the best gifts to give to caregivers and care recipients.
Gifts for the Caregiver
When picking out a present to give to a caregiver during the holidays, consider two things: recognition and time. On average, caregivers spend about 20 hours a week caregiving while juggling all of their other responsibilities.
Use your gift as an opportunity to recognize the hard work that caregivers in your life put in every day. Most caregivers would appreciate a gift card to their favorite restaurant, retail shop, a massage, their hair stylist, or a manicure/pedicure.
To give the gift of time, offer to take over their caregiving duties for a morning, an afternoon, or the full day. If care requirements are too complicated, then you can still help out by taking care of errands like grocery shopping and meal planning or cleaning up around the house.
Gifts for Care Recipients
For those receiving care, meaningful gifts depend on that person's cognitive, physical, and problem-solving abilities.
A gift that may have been appropriate a few years ago could feel embarrassing today if your loved one has experienced a decline in ability. For example, while Sudoku might have been fun for them before, it may be too difficult today.
Digital picture frames loaded with family pictures or hand-picked photo albums can be a wonderful gift for loved ones at almost all levels of cognitive ability. A cozy blanket or throw is also a good choice.
No matter the gift, it is important to spend time with your family, aging loved ones, and the caregivers in your life. We hope you enjoy this special season together!