Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a birthday or Christmas, there’s always a special occasion just around the corner. If you’ve bored them with the usual boxes of chocolates and bottles of wine, then try surprising them with something really handy this year.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the most useful gifts for elderly parents, so you can tick off their wish list with wonderfully practical presents.
Wearable tech to help keep them fit
No matter how old you are, exercise never stops being an important part of life. That’s why smart watches and wearable gadgets like Fitbit make such great gifts for elderly parents. They can encourage them to get out and about more often and help them to monitor their health and activity levels. Plus, with fall detection available on the Apple Watch Series 4, they can even give you peace of mind that they’re not in any trouble.
New bedding for a great night’s sleep
From mattress toppers to memory foam pillows, there are plenty of ways to promote a better night’s sleep. Electric blankets and heated mattress pads also make ideal Christmas gifts for elderly parents to help them keep comfortable and warm during the cold winter months.
A smart speaker to help them around the house
A smart speaker is like giving your parents their very own personal assistant around the house. With devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home, your parents can play music, ask questions, have recipes read out loud to them, set reminders, timers and alarms, and control their other smart home devices, such as lights, using just their voice. Of course, they can also easily make video calls, making these a great way to help them keep in touch more often too.
A video doorbell for peace of mind
If you want to treat your parents to more home tech, then consider getting them a video doorbell. With plenty of different brands and devices to choose from, including Ring and Nest, these helpful little gadgets let your parents see who’s at the door before they answer. They can even speak to guests when they are away, ensuring they never miss a parcel again.
A tablet or e-reader to keep their mind active
Not all tech has to be for the home. Tablets like the Apple iPad are great for elderly users, thanks to their lightweight designs, intuitive use and wealth of apps, with games that can help keep their minds young. For parents who particularly loves books, then you can always opt for an e-reader, such as the Kindle, so they can carry a library of literary titles with them wherever they go.
A subscription to their favourite food or drink
Is your dad a fan of delicious wines? Does your mum love munching on chocolates? Well, there are plenty of fantastic food and drink subscription services, which deliver new treats straight to their doorstep every month. From tea and coffee, to beer and cheeses, there is something out there to suit everyone’s tastes.
A coffee machine for the ideal start to the day
Give them the perfect start to their mornings with a coffee machine. With just a click of a button, they can be enjoying delicious lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and more. It also means that you can forego the pricey cafes and meet up over good cup of coffee in the comfort of your parent’s home.
A slow cooker for delicious meals without all the hard work
We’re staying in the kitchen for our next suggestion. If your parents love delicious, hearty and healthy meals but don’t want to put in all the effort of cooking, then a slow cooker is the ideal solution. Simply throw in some ingredients in the morning and the slow cooker will do all the work for them. All they need to do then is dish up and enjoy!
A potting table to make gardening easier
Gardening is a great past time, but it also can be a physically demanding one. With a garden potting table, your green-thumbed mum or dad can get all their plants looking top-notch without having to keep bending down and bothering their knees.
Courses where they can learn something new
You’re never too old to develop new skills. From painting and cooking, to new languages and musical instruments, buying your mum and dad a place on a course can be a gift that keeps on giving. They make especially great Christmas gift ideas for elderly parents who want to learn something for their New Year’s resolution. Plus, with online courses, they can embark on a new educational adventure without having to leave even the house.
If you’re looking for more information on how you can show your care for the elderly in a more practical way, we’ve provided our best tips on how to look after elderly friends or relatives.