Older moms can be difficult to buy for during the holidays. Chances are they have already accumulated a nice collection of pictures frames and kitchenware over the years. It's also safe to say she may not be in need of any new jewelry or clothes. The best gifts for seniors are ones that provide them with much-needed conveniences. Consider giving your mom something to make her life easier that will allow her to relax.
Help at Home
Give your mom a gift to relieve some stress. Hire a housekeeper to do some of the exhausting chores around the house once a week. Look for someone who will relieve stress by helping her complete tasks --- not someone who will make her feel like a guest in her own home. Encourage your mom to speak to the housekeeper about the things she needs most help with and come up with an arrangement. For example, the housekeeper can do the laundry and your mom can put away the clothes.
Get your mom a gift to keep her comfortable. Full-length back massagers and comfy neck pillows are great gifts. Pamper her with a foot bath complete with bath salts and lotion. Gifts like these can be used while your mom relaxes in her favorite chair. She can enjoy her favorite soap opera, knit, or fold towels while feeling like a queen.
Give your mom a gift that she can get daily use out of. Gifts like this will provide a much-needed convenience in your mom's life. Useful gifts include jar openers or a single-serve coffee machine. If your mom's age has taken a toll on her eyesight, consider a new phone or a television remote with extra large numbers.
Books on Tape
The elderly benefit from audio books because they give them the same pleasure as a book without the stress of struggling to read them. Give your mom an opportunity to give her reading glasses a rest and give her a few books from her favorite author on tape or CD. With this, she will be able to close her eyes and put her feet up while enjoying a good book.
Take your mom on a day trip or enjoy a night out on the town together. Tell her to dress her best and give her some exercise by taking her out of the house and exposing her to some fresh air. She will appreciate the time you set aside for her and enjoy your company.
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