If your parent or loved one resides in another city or state, it may be difficult to feel connected to them if you are unable to see each other regularly. The holidays can be especially tough if you cannot spend them together. Though not much can compete with the gift of one’s company, there are gifts for seniors that can help connect the family and bridge the distance.
With the holiday season upon us, Brickmont Assisted Living would like to give you a few gift suggestions for the senior in your life to connect them with family and loved ones!
Smart Display Devices
Smart displays are a gift that keeps on giving! Not only can this gift connect with family, but it can also help the senior in your life with many day-to-day activities, such as cooking, reminders, and more. Smart displays are similar to voice assistants, except they have the added benefits of a touch screen with voice and video calling capabilities. More recent versions of this smart technology, such as the Google Nest Hub, even have security features built into them.
Fortunately, healthy competition between companies like Amazon and Facebook have driven the cost of these devices down creating smart display options for every budget!
Unique, Personalized Gifts
For a more personalized touch, companies like Shutterfly are making customizable gifts easier than ever before. These types of websites allow you to take an ordinary item, like a fleece blanket and customize it to have a family photo or inscribed with your loved one’s name. For customized items that are handcrafted, Etsy is a marketplace that links customers worldwide with crafters and creators and can be a great way to find your loved one a special, handcrafted item!
Regardless of your choice, these websites have thousands of unique and customizable options that can make your loved one feel engaged and connected with family!
If your parent or loved one does not have a smartphone or cell phone yet, this could be the perfect gift for the holidays! Smartphones don’t just connect family; they can assist with day-to-day activities. With apps being tailored to every demographic, your loved one can use a smartphone for medication reminders, tracking fitness, or something focused towards their likes or hobbies.
Nothing beats connecting with family or friends, face-to-face. If the senior in your life is active and able to travel, scheduling travel plans for them to spend a few days with loved ones is the perfect gift this holiday season. If they aren’t able to travel, make plans to visit them! Even if it is after the holiday season, a scheduled trip will give you both something to look forward to.
These are just a few gift ideas that can help your loved one and family feel connected and engaged, even if being together isn’t always an option due to distance. At Brickmont Assisted Living, we hope you and your loved one(s) have a wonderful holiday season filled with cherished memories and love! If you find this blog useful and would like more helpful information regarding older adults or healthy aging, we encourage you to visit our Brickmont Assisted Living blog!