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Christmas gifts for the "seasoned" person in your life

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Written by Barb Fricke, Felician Village Marketing Director

Giving gifts at Christmas is a custom most of us grew up with and continue into adulthood. We choose a gift to express our love for that person.  However, by the time most of us reach our 60’s and beyond, we have enough “things” and would appreciate a gift we can use or that makes our life easier, even if it doesn’t seem like a “special gift” to a younger person.

If you’re living independently and perhaps on a limited budget, you realize items such as cleaning supplies and personal care items can get costly.  Although they are not terribly exciting to give as a gift, they are much appreciated and help to stretch the monthly budget.

Here is a list of some other items that I have heard older adults say they don’t mind receiving as gifts, especially if they no longer drive or have a difficult time with mobility issues.

  • Greeting cards, envelopes and postage stamps
  • Gift certificates for
    • housekeeping services
    • salon and massage services
    • restaurants
    • taxi or bus
    • utility companies
    • grocery store, especially to one that delivers
    • Felician Village at Home (our new membership program for those living independently)
  • Mass intention
  • Socks/slippers with grippers on feet
  • Body and hand lotion
  • Kleenex
  • Paper towels
  • Puzzle books in large print
  • Car wash
  • Mini candy bars
  • Box of good chocolates
  • Electronic picture frame (that someone sets up for them and changes the pictures on occasionally)
  • Pictures of grandchildren/great grandchildren with names and ages written on the back
  • Donation to a favorite charity in the recipient’s name

Perhaps the item mentioned most often as a gift choice is the gift of your time.  Regular visits throughout the year are so welcomed, not just at Christmas.  The visit can be as simple as a drive around the city with a stop for ice cream or a home-cooked meal eaten with you.  Take the time to ask your loved one about their family history, what they did when they were growing up, what they remember about their grandparents or a favorite aunt or uncle.  Write down their responses and you have the start of your family history.  Add to that history your own memories and what a wonderful gift to pass along to your children and grandchildren.