Your elderly parents have everything they want and need; the best gift helps your mom and dad feel close to you. These gifts and ideas for older parents and grandparents are designed to keep you connected without actually moving you into their home!
Today I am narrowing it down gifts to give to parents who already have everything that they want.
Personalized calendar with photos of you
A Personalized Photo Calendar Kit is a lovely gift for your mom and dad. You can create the calendar yourself, using photos of you and your family that your parents haven’t seen yet (tasteful ones of course, that make them proud!). I used VistaPrint to create calendars for my Little Sister, my husband, his parents, and my mom last Christmas. I’d do it again in a heartbeat; I just have to remember to take more photos of them.
The older you get, the harder it becomes to sleep comfortably. You can’t ease the stiff joints or the backaches that come with age. But you can give your parents luxurious PJs that feel so comfortable that they forget the pain. “I bought [my parents] pajamas and sweatpants, like five or six years ago. Surprisingly, they really liked it,” said Delaware Community College student Damarr Moon.
Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!
Consider getting tickets to a sporting event, concert, boat show, theater performance, or gallery night. You can schedule a night out on the town for you and each parent separately (if they have differing interests), plan an evening out for them the grandkids, or make it an extended family experience where all are invited. In the end, it’s really about spending time together, however works best in your family this year.
A personalized pillow
I love the quote “My favorite blessings call me ____” so I had a pillow made that said, “My favorite blessings call me Gi.” I found someone on Etsy to make it for me, and I asked her to include all of the names of her six grandchildren. It turned out to be adorable, and I loved that I was able to find a neutral pattern and color. Of course, you can change the color or find a pattern/style/font that would match their decor.
A Joint Learning Adventure
Pop online and do some local research. There are TONS of learning opportunities that you can gift your parents. Here are a few places to check out that often host classes: Parks & Rec departments, YMCAs/YWCAs, dive shops, local marinas, botanic gardens, dance studios, art centers, museums, retailers (like Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Williams-Sonoma, or Home Depot), and of course local universities or technical colleges.
Vase and Flowers
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