With the holiday season not far off, it’s only normal that you are starting to think of your shopping list already. Chances are you’ve got a few people on the list that are relatively easy to buy for, then there are the others that cause you stress and anxiety as you try to figure out that perfect gift to give.
On that hard to buy for list is often elderly parents. They either have everything they want and need, or you can’t figure out an idea that would make them happy. So what are you to do?
Well before you start to hit panic mode and find yourself shopping at the eleventh hour only to pick out something that you know won’t be a hit, here’s a look at five unique and creative gift ideas that are perfect for your parents. These are gifts that work for any occasion and any time of the year, and can definitely earn you brownie points for the most thoughtful gift.
1. Give Them the Gift of Family History and Genetics
Tracing one’s roots used to be something that was time-consuming, painstaking, and often led to dead ends. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case nowadays thanks to the various DNA testing services that let you explore your family history and test your DNA. Your parents can find out exactly where their DNA is from, and they can learn about the various ethnic backgrounds that make up their being.
2. A Digital Home Assistant
One of the hottest trends of the holiday season last year was digital home assistants – more specifically Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. These digital assistants can help with all kinds of things around the house such as weather and traffic reports, reading the news, making reminders, timers, lists, and so much more. They can even be paired to other smart devices in the home.
This gift can be even more of a hit if you make sure to set it up for your parents and give them a brief training demonstration.
3. Sign Them Up for a Subscription Service
Rather than just giving them one gift, why not sign them up for a gift that will keep giving all year long? There are all kinds of subscription box services that specialize in a variety of themes. There are boxes that are delivered monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Popular boxes include such things as reading, tech gadgets, cooking, health and beauty products, arts and crafts, and clothing.
4. A Sound Machine
Does one or both of your parents have a hard time falling and staying asleep? If so a sound machine may be just what they need to help restore a sense of restful sleep. Without enough quality sleep a person just isn’t able to function at their peak, and it can end up affecting them physically and mentally. Sound machines can help those with occasional sleep issues, and even those with regular insomnia.
Look for a machine that offers a variety of sounds including nature and animals. A timer is another great feature for the machine to have.
5. Leave the Cleaning to the Robot
The final gift idea is a bit pricier, but it can be a huge hit if the budget allows. Cleaning isn’t fun for anyone, but for seniors it can actually be quite difficult from a physical standpoint. With that in mind a great gift idea is one of the popular robot vacuums available today. They can enjoy tidy floors without having to put in the work.
No matter which gift you end up choosing on the list one thing is for sure, and that’s the fact that it will put a big smile on their face.