10 Gift Ideas for Your Aging Parent

By Caroline South

Finding a gift that shows gratitude to our parents is challenging at any age, but it can become increasingly difficult as they grow older. What do you give to someone who’s collected a lifetime of gifts? If you’re having trouble finding the perfect gift for holidays or birthdays, here are 10 ideas to help you get started.

Scrapbook

A scrapbook. By putting photos from your family's life in one place, you’ll be giving a one-of-a-kind timeline of fond memories to reflect on at any moment. You can buy scrapbook materials at your local craft store, or create a digital book with help from websites like Shutterfly.

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A personalized calendar. Not only is a calendar both practical and useful, but with added customization it becomes something that will brighten your loved one's day every time they uses it. Use a website like Vistaprint to upload your own photos and customize each page with personalized messages.

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Take her out to dinner. Treat your loved one by taking them out to their favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner with the whole family. If your family is too large to go out to dinner together, gather at someone’s home and have everyone bring one dish to share.

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Fitness tools. A yoga mat, light weights or stretch bands are good gifts to help stay healthy. The Arthritis Foundation has a list of exercise tools that are safe and easy to use for aging adults.

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Personalized jewelry. If you're buying for a woman, it’s hard to go wrong with a nice piece of jewelry. Websites like Etsy can connect you to artists who will hand-make personalized necklaces, lockets, and bracelets, such as this.

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A tablet. A new piece of technology might not seem like the obvious gift idea for an aging parent, but you might be surprised at how savvy they will be after a tutorial. Opt for a Kindle if your loved one enjoys reading, or an iPad that offers social media access and the ability to FaceTime with friends and family.

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A personalized mug. A mug is something your parent can use daily, and with a special message it will be even more meaningful. Something like this 'World's Best Mom' mug  would be sure to make any mom smile.

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A membership to a local zoo or museum. If your parent is especially active, give them passes to visit a local zoo or museum. Not only is this something out of the ordinary to enjoy, it’s also an activity that can be done with friends or family.

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A bouquet of flowers or a plant. A bouquet of flowers is sure to brighten any parent's day. If your loved one enjoys gardening, a potted plant is a great gift they can nurture on their own or you can enjoy planting together. If your parent taught you to garden, create arrangement from your own garden. They'll appreciate seeing the skills they taught you put in action.

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A blanket or throw. It may seem simple, but you can’t go wrong with a nice blanket or throw. There are even easy ways to make your own blankets for a more personal touch. The t-shirt quilt is a popular way to turn sentimental clothing items that are no longer being worn into a blanket. You can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to create one here.

All of these gifts are sure to bring a smile to your loved one's face any holiday or celebration, but remember, time is the best gift we can give another person. Enjoy spending the days with your parents and cherish the memories for years to come!

By Caroline South