Gift Ideas for Senior Home Residents

Christmas is almost here. If you have a loved one staying at a senior apartment in NYC, here’s a list of this year’s most popular gift ideas.

Digital Library

No matter what time of year it is, a virtual library of music, movies, and books is the gift that keeps on giving. Today’s technology allows you to store hundreds of hours of music and movies, and thousands of books on small, handheld devices. Devices like the iPod Nano and iPod Classic are easy to use with large buttons for basic controls. Add their favorite albums and artists with a click of a button. For avid readers, a Kindle or Kobo is a great gift idea. Many feature adjustable font and glare-free screens that are easy on the eyes. Other models will actually read audiobooks via an external speaker or headphones. Upload their favorite series or link their favorite monthly magazine subscriptions to their device. These devices can also provide hours of entertainment through gaming apps like sudoku, chess, or virtual poker.

Photo Gifts

Framed photos are a great way to send you love and decorate your family member’s apartment. However, today’s printing technology allows you to take your favorite family photos and print them on just about anything. At your local photo developing studio, you can customize a photo gift that your loved ones are sure to enjoy throughout the year. Some of the most popular photo ideas include coffee mugs, posters, refrigerator magnets, and even t-shirts. Organize all of your most important memories from that year and have them printed on a comfy throw blanket or pillowcase. Customize your greeting cards with a family portrait or create a calendar with a different photo for every month. There’s no end to the custom gifts you can create at your local photo store.

Everyday Essentials

While music, books, and photos are always a hit, a basket filled with everyday items is another thoughtful gift idea. Everyday items can include their favorite soap, perfume, or hair products as well as clothing like socks, gloves, hats, and slippers. If you’re making a basket of their favorite candy or cookies, be mindful of any dietary restrictions. Tailor your gift basket to your loved one’s favorite hobbies or activities, like knitting or cards, while including items they use on a daily basis. This will save them from having to make a trip to the store or putting in an order with their nursing staff. For more gift ideasfor a senior living in NYC, contact your relative’s caretakers.

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