Although Christmas shopping can definitely be a lot of fun it can also be quite stressful especially if you have elderly parents (or grandparents) who have basically just about everything they could need.
If you are trying to come up with Christmas gift ideas for your older parents, I’m here to help you out a bit and get you thinking outside of the box.
Even if you think they have everything, I’m sure you can find at least one thing on this list that they will enjoy receiving this holiday. Most of the gift ideas even work for elderly parents in a nursing home as well as even younger parents.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything
*Current Framed Picture of All The Family*
You can always make it a surprise on Christmas or better yet include your grandparents in the picture and then gift them with a large print framed picture once Christmas rolls around.
Even if they have everything already, they will love having a picture of all their family on the wall to look at every day.
*Make a Personalized Hobby Basket*
Personalized gifts almost always make the best gift as they show a bit more thought as well as can be adapted into exactly what the person needs or wants.
A hobby basket doesn’t have to have a bunch of items but just a select few that relates to your parents or grandparent’s favorite hobbies.
Hobby gift baskets could even include things like your parent’s favorite movies or TV shows on DVD or their favorite snacks and drinks.
You can even make it in a nice basket or storage box that goes along with their hobby to make it extra special.
*Massage Chair or Pillow*
Something like the Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat is an awesome alternative to a huge, expensive massage chair as it can be used on the upper back, lower back, legs, and even the abdomen area.
If your parents have any type of physical ailments such as sore back or you just think they would benefit from a nice massage or heat treatment, then this gift would be perfect.
If you are interested in maybe putting your money together with other family members, there are high quality massage chairs to choose from as well, that would absolutely amaze you. You may even steal the chair for yourself when you stop over.
*Favorite Food Of The Month or Subscription Box Membership*
After doing some research on food of the month clubs and other subscription boxes I was absolutely shocked at just how many different things you can have delivered right to your door every month.
You are sure to find a membership to something that your elderly grandmother or grandfather would love to get in the mail every month.
Just some of the interesting ones that come to mind for senior citizens include coffee, tea, fruit, chocolates, wine, homemade jams, international foods, crafts, knitting, and flowers.
This is sort of like the gift that keeps on giving all year round and is nice for older people who may not get out of the house very much or who may not get very many visitors so they still feel the love of Christmas all year round.
Plus it’s lots of fun looking forward to a new surprise every month.
*Roomba Robotic Vacuum*
If you know your parents may not like the idea of someone coming to clean their home, then maybe consider buying them a iRobot Roomba vacuum instead.
The Roomba works on all types of flooring from carpet to tile and will pick up pet hair, dirt, and even large debris pieces.
It’s pretty simple to use as you can simply just press the “Clean” button or you can program in a schedule so it can clean every day or how often you choose.
The Roomba will even go back to the home base it recharges on once it has completed cleaning the floors, so it’s ready to use the next day.
This is a great gift for older parents who may not be able to vacuum as much as they would like or can’t get around to all areas of the house to clean the floors.
There are a few different models of Roomba’s that you can choose from as some are larger and often more features but the basic model Roomba can be bought for a pretty good price, especially when you can catch it on sale during the holidays.
I would recommend something simple and one that is easy to read such as the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader.
The Kindle Paperwhite has a higher resolution as well as an adjustable light so it’s easier to read during any time of the day.
The thing to keep in mind is if you do buy your older parents a reading tablet for the holidays that you simply just don’t hand it to them, but instead help them set it up and explain how they get books or their magazines. If you don’t help them in the beginning to set it up and explain it to them you may just find they never use it.
*Luxury Blanket or Sheet Set*
Most of the time you’ll find that the older generation won’t splurge on luxury purchases like a very good quality sheet set or even a luxury blanket to wrap up in during the cold winter months.
Although this may not be something your parents absolutely need it can be nice to spoil your parents and give them nicer things you know they wouldn’t buy for themselves.
For sheets something like 1000 thread count 100% Egyptian cotton would be a good pick and even though they may be more expensive than most sheet sets you can find some for a good price when on sale.
*Pay for House or Yard Work Help*
If your older parent still lives independently at home, then consider buying them a month or more of house work help or yard work help.
Even those these may not be services they can afford to pay for you can always gift them to your parents to give them a break for a few weeks or more depending on how much money you have budgeted for their gift.
A lot of companies also have gift certificates available that you can buy instead of having to pay for the actual services as well. This way your parents can choose when they actually want to use the services.
If they do already pay for these services you can try to snoop around to see exactly who they use and then pre-pay for it with the companies to give them a surprise at Christmas.
This could even be taken a step further and include things like a personal chef for a week or month as well as things like grocery delivery services.
*Tickets or Classes*
Is there anything your mother or father have ever expressed that they wanted to learn, see or do and just haven’t been able to do it yet?
Things like certain plays that they want to see or even classes or courses for different hobbies can all make great gifts and you don’t have to worry about adding any more “stuff” to where they live.
Of course if they are unable to drive or don’t like traveling alone you can even offer to go along with them to make it even more special for them.
Check around your city for plays, concerts, movies, senior classes or courses, as well as even vocational schools that offer things like knitting, computer skills, and other hobby classes.
*Something Fun That Reminds Them of Childhood Or Their Younger Years*
Rather than being depressing and reminding your elderly parents just how old they are, remind them of their childhood or younger years with a fun gift under the tree.
It could be a favorite character or show of theirs or even their favorite book from when they were younger.
It could be something that is an inside joke or story between the two of you that they would really get a kick out of remembering this holiday.
It could also be a Christmas tradition from when they were young such as matching Christmas pajamas (yes, they make tons of Christmas pjs for adults) or their favorite Christmas movie to watch with family that day.
*Donate To Their Favorite Charity*
If none of the gifts above will do and you truly have a parent who wouldn’t want any of them, simply choose a charity or foundation that may be close to their heart and donate to that instead of buying them an actual physical gift.
You can simply just let them know that you made the donation or write it out in a personal Christmas card letting them know how special they are to you and why you made the donation.
This type of gift may just really surprise them and be the best gift they have ever gotten in a long time.
Although parents who have everything or say they don’t want any more “stuff” for Christmas can be really stressful around the holidays, I’m sure that you can find something that they will really enjoy this holiday.
Of course these Christmas gifts for elderly parents also work well for things like birthdays and just-because gifts outside of the holidays as well.