Great Holiday Gifts for Those Living in a Senior Living Community

Elder woman giving elder man a gift in an assisted living community

’Tis better to give than receive, as the old saying goes. But finding the perfect gift for someone living in a senior community can be a challenge. Most senior living residents have limited space and many may have limited options for getting out and about. But, with a little thought and consideration, finding the right gift can be a joyful experience. Here are some ideas for the loved one in your life.

Grandkids’ arts and crafts

A mug made from clay, a crayon picture or even a poem from a grandchild is always a good idea. Not only do they provide a constant reminder that someone loves them, they will also provide a good conversation starter with friends that visit.

Framed pictures of special memories

Find a photo of your with the loved one when you were celebrating a wedding or birthday, or when you were vacationing together. This will serve as a constant reminder to them that they are special to you. It will also provide an ongoing mood boost.

A CD with their favorite music or a preloaded iPod

Music has the power to stimulate emotions, enhance one’s mood and soothe. Giving your loved one a CD or iPod with their favorite tunes is a perfect gift.

Board games

If you visit your loved one regularly, board games can be a great way to spend time together. They also help engage your loved one’s mind, which may help keep their brain healthy and active. Plus, it may create opportunities for socialization.

Lap desk with book holder 

For those who have to spend a good part of the day in bed, a lap desk with a book holder makes it easy to write, surf the Internet, or read a good book. It also provides easy access to things like water, books and magazines, or the television remote.


A warm cardigan sweater, a hand-knit blanket, a sweat suit or some non-skid slippers will provide comfort, while making your loved feel stylish as well! Remember that the best choices should be comfortable, loose fitting, and easy to put on, with no difficult fastenings.

Homemade treats

Be sure and check with your loved one’s doctor, but, if allowed, homemade cookies, candies and cakes can make the holidays special, particularly if it’s something that’s part of a family tradition.

Phone cards

If most of the time spent with your loved one is over the phone, get them a prepaid phone card, so they can call you whenever they like. This lets them know your connection with them is important and provides some peace of mind that they can always reach you.

Still need the perfect gift?

Consult with our staff. As we interact with your loved one on a daily basis, we may have some ideas on what your loved one would like.

Remember, the best gift, of course, is a visit from you. Enjoy the season!

Categories: Caregiving