Tuesday, November 29

4 Gift-giving Tips for Older Relatives

Generation gaps often make it hard to know what exactly to get a parent or grandparent. There are differing sensibilities and needs to consider. Here are some ideas to bridge the divide.

E-readers and Smart Devices

E-readers and tablets are exceptionally helpful if an individual has poor eyesight, as it allows them to adjust the size of the text in emails and ebooks without sacrificing legibility. Smart devices like Roombas and coffee makers can cut down on the effort of home maintenance, giving your loved one time and energy to enjoy other things. However, you should first make sure your loved one is amicable to the gift of technology, and you should anticipate having to coach them as they learn how to use their gift.

Healthy Snacks

When you get older you often experience dietary restrictions associated with conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Getting a big box of chocolates when it’s on your “no” list can feel like salt in the wound, no matter how good the giver’s intentions are. If you want to give the gift of food, ask your loved ones about their requirements as well as diet-safe treats they are already fond of. 

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Restore Memories

If there is a box sitting in their attic or basement of old VHS tapes or film reels of precious moments, you could seek out video services Massachusetts to either repair them for viewing or to duplicate them onto a digital medium.

Don’t Assume

Even if your Gran is having some trouble getting around, don’t buy her a wheelchair unless she asks for it or mentions wanting one. There is a whole industry of little gadgets invented solely to make life easier for people with arthritis or Parkinson’s Disease, but turning one into a gift may feel insulting or disappointing to some individuals. 

The best way to know what to give someone is clear communication about their life and needs. Have conversations, ask about what exactly your loved one needs and wants, and your gifts will be home-runs every time.