As our friends and family age, they often have special needs. Many of us struggle to find that perfect gift for the holidays or birthdays that can be enjoyed immediately. Here are some inexpensive and practical gift suggestions.
Gift certificates for a local grocery store or pharmacy.
Gift certificate for a favorite restaurant that delivers.
A box of assorted greeting cards and a book of stamps.
A large calendar with all the family birthdays, anniversaries etc. added on the correct dates in large, easy-to-read letters.
A cordless phone with family phone numbers already entered on speed dial and clearly written in the directory. A framed enlarged favorite photograph.
Large print playing cards or game tiles.
Long distance pre-paid calling cards.
Small assortment of pens, pencils and notepads.
Full page magnifier that provides 2X magnification and made of a rigid acrylic that will not bend or distort the image - 8.5-inches by 11-inches covers a standard magazine size page.
A large, numbered universal television remote. There are more costly remotes that even respond to voice commands to change volume and channels for arthritis sufferers.
Heating pad and hot water bottle.
Soft non-skid washable slippers and leg warmers and/or a fleece throw blanket.
Tote bag to hook on a wheel chair or walker.
Portable CD player and new CD's of their favorite "old" music.
Night lights and rechargeable flash lights.
Take a look around their living quarters and make note of things that could make them more comfortable or something worn out that needs replacing. One of the most desired and sought after gifts to give a senior for the holidays is also the least expensive: the gift of your time and companionship.
The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.