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43 Best Useful Gifts And Gift Ideas For Elderly Parents (2024)

Gifts for older parents can be a huge challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift, an anniversary gift or for great Christmas gifts, we’ve got you covered.

My 3 favorite gifts from this list are:

  • A Memory Journal – I love this because so many of us lose our senior loved ones without knowing their life stories.
  • A Digital Photo Frame – My mother loved her digital photo frame. Such a great way to get a stream of new photos of family.
  • Amazon Echo Show – I personally love the Alexa devices, includes the echo show. With so many features ranging from entertainment to safety – it’s a must have in everyone’s home.

Here’s a list of some fun and creative birthday party ideas for older adults.

Whether you are looking for gifts for an elderly dad or mother – you’ll find them here!

43 Of The Best Gifts For Your Elderly Parents

Take a stroll down our list of thoughtful, useful gifts for older parents and find just the right thing to make their day a little brighter.

Water Bottle

MEITAGIE 32oz Motivational Water Bottle with Time Marker & Fruit Strainer, Leak-proof BPA Free Non-Toxic 1l Bottle with Carrying Strap, Perfect for Fitness, Gym and Outdoor Sports (Ombre: Mermaid)
  • 💦 Innovative Time Marker : With unique inspirational quote and time marker on it ,our 32oz water bottles will no doubt help you measuring your daily intake of water and motivate you to drink more. This water bottle is perfect for those who want the extra encouragement to drink more water to nourish the skin, improve their immunity and metabolism.

One great gift idea is a water bottle, especially useful for someone who is constantly on the go.

Whether your older parent stays home or is always on the go, they will appreciate a water bottle that can help them stay hydrated.

Key Finder

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I love this gift and have given it to several folks I know and they love it too! It’s a great choice for a gift. This little gadget that you can place on your key chain (or on anything really) and with an app on your phone, you can locate where that item is.

Large Print Password Book

Password books can be a helpful way to keep track of your login information, especially if you have a lot of passwords or security questions. They’re also convenient if you need to share your password with someone else, like a family member or friend. And if you’re an older adult, a password book can be a good way to keep your login info organized and easy to find.

Favorite Books

There are many wonderful books that you can purchase in large print (like the one shown here). Look for your parents’ favorite books or authors! If they are avid readers, they will love you for this special gift.

Compression Socks

Bluemaple 6 Pack Copper Compression Socks for Women and Men Circulation-Best Support for Medical, Running,Nursing,Athletic
  • COPPER COMPRESSION SOCKS-Copper fibers is a high performance materials,Copper is essential to your health,best copper embedded fibers pulls the electricity from your body to relieve your pain and allows you to heal.They keep your feet and legs fresh throughout the day by providing a mild squeezing action to support enhanced Increase circulation.These offers the most perfect settlement scheme for those who sit for long period during travel or at work or even while sleeping.

Wearing compression socks can help improve blood circulation for older parents. So, these can be a great gift for older parents who are on their feet a lot, travel a lot or have circulation issues. They can help relieve pain and prevent swelling.

Favorite – Memory Journal

A memory journal is a perfect gift for an older adult. It gives them a chance to reflect on their life and memories, and to share those memories with others. The journal can be used to write down thoughts, feelings, or simply to record events as they happen. This is a gift that will be cherished and enjoyed for many years to come.

Massage Pillow

Zyllion Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager with Heat – 3D Kneading Deep Tissue Electric Massage Pillow for Chair, Car, Muscle Pain Relief on Shoulders, Legs, Foot – Black (ZMA-13)
  • Experience Ultimate Relaxation: discover Zyllion’s back massager with deep tissue massage and heat. Designed for soothing relief and alleviating back pain, it’s like having a personal masseuse giving you a back massage. Targeting your neck, upper and lower back, this massager offers heated relaxation. Ideal for chronic pain or unwinding after a long day, you’ll never want to be without a neck massager for women, men and seniors.

I don’t know of an older adult (including myself) who doesn’t have general aches and pains on a daily basis somewhere! So being able to use a tool like this massage pillow to soothe those muscles can be a wonderful blessing.

Old Movies and Comedy

Wartime Comedies 8-Movie Collection [DVD]
  • Bud Abbott, Eddie Bracken, Bing Crosby (Actors)

My sweet mom-in-law loves old movies, especially the comedies. They help her (at 100 years old) to bring some memories and laughter into her day and I have to agree! So, a gift like this can be wonderful, especially if you take the time to share it with them. Make it a dinner and a movie event.

Easy To Use Remote Control

Flipper Big Button Universal TV Remote – Seniors, Elderly – Simple, Works TV & Cable – Favorite Channels – Learning – Supports IR Devices
  • ✅ BEST SELLING BIG BUTTON REMOTE – The Flipper Remote is designed Senior Friendly with large color-coded tactile buttons for easy use. Only 3 Functions; On/Off, Channel Up, Channel Down, Volume Up, Volume Down and Mute. It’s the perfect for gift for caregivers, elderly loved ones with Dementia or Alzheimer’s or someone with low and impaired vision.

An easy to use and program remote control can make all the difference for some seniors. I know a few who have a hard time using their remote. They just end up yelling and walking away frustrated! This might just be a wonderful gift for your elderly parents.

Digital Photo Frame

Pix-Star 10 inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame with Free Cloud Storage | Highly giftable for Grandparents | Stunning IPS Display | Motion Sensor | Easy Setup | Share Memories Instantly
  • UNLIMITED CLOUD STORAGE: free forever with no subscription fees. Free online account to manage up to 25 frames remotely. 8 GB local storage.

I just love these digital frames and I’m seeing more and more of them in households that I visit. What’s so great about them is that family members can easily ADD digital photos to the picture frame via their phone or email so the owner of the frame can keep getting new photos!

Cell Phone Screen Magnifier

Mother‘s Day Gifts for Mom Smartphone Screen Magnifier Stand 14 Inch 3D Foldable Amplifier for Cell Phone with Adjustable Angle
  • Practical 14-Inch Phone Screen Magnifier & Perfect Gift! Magnify your smartphone screen 2-4 times to keep the distance from your smartphone and protect your eyes. No batteries needed, works with any smartphone. A great gift for mother’s day, for mom, dad, friends, families!

This great little gadget can turn small cell phone screens into large screens making it much easier to see a movie, a show, a Zoom video chat and much more.

Showcase The Family Tree

Klikel Family Tree Picture Frame Display with 10 Hanging Picture Photo Frames – Large 20 X 18 Metal Family Tree – 10 Ornamental 2×3 Frames – Wall Decor or Table Decor – Family Tree Photo Frame
  • FAMILY TREE DISPLAY: With 10 ornament frames, this photo tree stand has enough for extended family. Print polaroid and digital images or use those wallet photos for a lasting display. Show how your family tree has blossomed with this bronze metal tree.

I gave this gift to a good friend of mine and she absolutely loved it. What a wonderful way to showcase the photos of the family!

Assistive Technology Devices

Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) | HD smart display with premium sound, motion and Alexa | Charcoal
  • Alexa can show you even more – With a 10.1″ HD screen that’s designed to move with you, video calls, recipes, and shows are always in view. The speakers deliver premium, directional sound.

Tech gifts like the Echo Show (and other Alexa devices) are always, in my honest opinion, a great gift for older adults. Simply because they can provide so many different services! Everything from making phone calls, (even a video call), setting alarms, remembering important dates and other practical applications to entertainment – it’s just a win-win product.

Single-Serve Coffee Makers

Keurig K-Elite Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Brushed Slate, 12 oz. Brew Size
  • WHAT’S IN THE BOX: One water filter handle, and one filter to help ensure your beverages taste their absolute best.Filter type:Reusable.Temperature: Adjust the brew temperature between 187° and 192°..Temperature Control : Allows you to adjust the temperature from 187° – 192

There are so many elderly adults living alone and having a large coffee pot can just be wasteful. So why not gift them a single-serve coffee maker? It’s an easy way for them to make their favorite brew. You can add their favorite coffee to the gift as well.

Engaging Games

Around the Table Games Grandparent Talk Portable, Meaningful Conversation Starters
  • FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Grandparent Talk is a creative and engaging game that allows for hilarious conversations and to spark discussion with every question in just a matter of seconds!

This go-anywhere game is a fun way to involve the whole family at your next get-together. It has 100 questions that serve as conversation starters so you can learn a little more about your senior parent or grandparent.

The questions are printed on a deck of cards held together with a clip that can attach to a belt, purse, or backpack., so it’s easily portable. Use this game in the car, at a restaurant, or at your next family dinner.

One reviewer noted that they, “…loved loved loved the conversations we otherwise would probably not have…we laughed and sometimes had tears with memories.”

Showcase The Family Name

This is such a great idea for older adults because it’s something that can be handed down through generations. Basically, it’s a metal wall art that showcases your family name. How cool is that?

Essential Oils and Diffuser

Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set – Ultrasonic Top 10 Oils Modern with 4 Timer 7 Ambient Light Settings Therapeutic Grade Lavender
  • The Complete Bundle – Our Essence Diffuser has a large capacity and uses state of the art wave diffusion technology to atomize essential oils for ultimate wellness. The Essence diffuser includes 7 ambient light modes with two intensity settings for 14 different light combinations. It also includes 4 timer settings and a convenient auto shutoff feature for low water levels. Essence is made of BPA free plastic with a beautiful printed wood grain design.

Essential oils and diffusers make lovely gifts, especially for senior women. They can help one’s mental health by lifting their mood and promoting relaxation.

Read more about essential oils for seniors here.

Medical Alert Device

Lifes Guardian Medical Alarm Emergency Alert Landline Phone System No Monthly Charges HD700
  • No Monthly Fees – Bills or Contracts – Home Phone Line Required

Emergency alert devices are the one “gadget” that I personally believe everyone should have, no matter what age they are.

Medical alert devices are perfect for anyone that is older or who has a chronic medical issue.

The Life Guardian model shown here is the most popular on Amazon, but there are many other models to choose from as well. Click here to read our thoughts on some of the medical alerts on the market today.

Motion Activated Lighting

HOUHUI 9.84ft Motion Activated LED Strip Lights, Warm White, Non-Waterproof, USB Powered, with Motion Sensor and Automatic Shut-Off Timer
  • Motion Activated LED Strip Lights: 9.84ft LED strip lights with motion sensor activate when motion is detected within range for night light or hallway illumination.

A great little safety device that turns on the light when motion is detected. It’s perfect to set up by the bed, by the doorway to the bathroom or just about anywhere your elderly parent would need some light to move about safely.

A Little Helper To Get Up And Down

Able Life Able Tray Table, Adjustable Bamboo Swivel TV and Laptop Table with Ergonomic Stand Assist Safety Handle, Independent Living Aid
  • Provides Balance and Support: Able Life’s ergonomic safety handle provides balance and support when sitting and standing from your favorite couch, lift chair, or recliner; the mobility handle supports up to 250 pounds; safety handle measures 6 by 6 inches

I have a few friends with relatives who have a difficult time getting up and down from the sofa or a recliner or chair and this little gadget can be a lifesaver. It gives your elderly loved one the independence to get up and down safely and it comes with a table top with a drink holder so they can enjoy a meal or a game or a book while in their favorite sitting spot.

Battery Operated Jar Opener

KITCHENMUH Electric Jar Opener, Restaurant Automatic Jar Opener for Seniors with Arthritis, Weak Hands, Bottle Opener for Arthritic Hands
  • 𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗬 𝗧𝗢 𝗨𝗦𝗘 – The Kitchenmuh automatic jar opener is designed for simplicity, making it easy to use with just a single button press.

If your elderly parents have arthritis in their fingers or hands, they’re going to love this electric jar opener! It opens lids from 1.2″-3.5″ and runs on 2 AA batteries.

All the user has to do is put the jar opener over the lid of the jar, press the button on top, and stand back to watch the show. The arms close snugly around the jar, the jar opener underneath revolves and – presto! – the jar is open.

This can be an especially good gift for elderly women who are living alone.

Induction Cooktops

Empava 36 Inch Electric Stove Induction Cooktop with 5 Power Boost Burners Smooth Surface Vitro Ceramic Glass in Black 240V
  • The USA & Canada ETL Certified Electric Stove Induction Cooktop designed and engineered in the USA by Empava Appliances with 2 Years US Based Manufacturer Warranty.

It may seem like an extravagant gift to give someone a cooktop but the advantages of an induction cooktop for seniors makes it a GREAT gift! There are entire cooktops of course but there are also individual “hot plate” type of cooktops that can be gifted as well.

Read here about the great advantages of an induction cooktop for seniors.

Portable Battery Charger


This great little gadget can be used to jump start your car, charge your mobile phone, your laptop, etc. It’s a wonderful gift to give and has many great features. Read our article here.

Sleep Machine

Homedics SoundSleep White Noise Sound Machine, Silver, Small Travel Sound Machine with 6 Relaxing Nature Sounds, Portable Sound Therapy for Home, Office, Nursery, Auto-Off Timer, by Homedics
  • White Noise Sound Machine: The Homedics White Noise Sound Machine includes 6 digitally recorded relaxing sounds designed to mimic the natural environment: White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night, and Brook

I don’t know many seniors who don’t have trouble sleeping (including myself). I personally use my Alexa device as a sound machine to help me sleep but if your elderly parent is not using a smart home device then maybe a sleep machine may be able to do the trick.

Capturing Their Story

I just love these types of books! So many of my friends whose parents have passed away mention how they wish they had known more about the lives their parents led. This book, and others like it are a perfect way to get those memories in writing. It’s a beautiful gift to give (and maybe work on together).

Television Headphones

Avantree HT4189 40Hrs Wireless Headphones Set for TV Watching with Transmitter (Digital Optical AUX RCA), No Delay, Dual Link Support, High Volume Over Ear Headset for Seniors, Long Range
  • 【Hassle-Free Set Up】 There’s no need to go through the complex Bluetooth pairing process with this wireless TV headphone; simply plug the HT4189’s transmitter into your TV’s audio output port, power everything on, they’ll quickly connect with each other, and you should be good to go. Works brilliantly with older Non-Smart TVs as well.

If one of your elderly parents is driving the other one crazy with the television set on a very high volume then why not give them a gift that both of them can enjoy? These headphones can be used to help the one who can’t hear very well enjoy the show or movie and give the other one just as much enjoyment too!

Magnifying Glass For Readers

MagniPros 3X Large Ultra Bright LED Page Magnifier- 12 Anti-Glare Dimmable LEDs, Provide More Evenly Lit Viewing Area, Relieve Eye Strain|for Reading Small Prints & Low Vision
  • ★ THE MOST ADVANCED LIGHTING SYSTEM ON MAGNIFIER: This led magnifier is equipped with 12 SMD led lights which are covered by anti-glare reflector, therefore, lighting will be directed to an designated area without glare to your eyes, and provide envely lit viewing area.

My father in law loved reading the newspaper and his journals. But as he grew older, it was becoming more and more difficult for him so I remember him using a magnifying glass very similar to this one. It gave him the ability to continue enjoying something he truly loved to do.

Tabletop Magnifying Glass With Light

Brightech LightView Pro Flex 2 in 1 Magnifying Desk Lamp, 1.75x Light Magnifier, Adjustable Magnifying Glass with Light for Crafts, Reading, Close Work
  • Magnifying Glasses With Light For Close Work: This magnifying glass with light is designed for people who need continuous close focus work or anyone who needs visual aids to reduce eye fatigue. With a 3″ lens made of genuine diopter glass, you won’t feel dizzy when you use it for reading, cross-stitching, sewing, painting, needlework, and other small projects. Things are in focus 13″ away.

Another good option is also a magnifying glass that can be attached to a tabletop which allows the reader to use it hands free. This would also be great for someone who enjoys needlepoint or any other craft that they may be having trouble doing due to their vision.

Digital Clock and Calendar For Low Vision

American Lifetime 【New 2024 Dementia Clock Large Digital Clock for Seniors, Digital Clock Large Display with Custom Alarms, Clock with Day & Date for Elderly, Large Number Digital Clock White
  • Designed with Durable Material: The dementia clock is built to withstand daily use, making it a reliable and long-lasting aid for elderly individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s. The robust design of the clocks for seniors ensures that it can withstand accidental drops and knocks.

This is a great gift for anyone who has trouble with their vision and it may also be helpful for seniors with mild dementia. This digital frame shows in large print the date and the time and also whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening. It also has an alarm clock feature.

Cardigan Sweater

I have admitted before that I just love cardigans. They can make you feel all warm and cuddled and they look great too. So if your elderly loved one lives in a colder climate, consider getting them one of these great sweaters. It comes in many different colors so choose their favorite.

Pill Organizer

Ezy Dose Weekly (7-Day) AM/PM Pill Organizer, Vitamin and Medicine Box, Small Pop-out Compartments, 2 Times a Day, Blue and Purple Lids
  • SEVEN DAY PILL ORGANIZER- AM/PM compartments help you to easily plan and distribute your daily doses

There are many different styles of pill organizers available and this particular one is the most popular. These tools are a simple way to keep all the medications that some elders need in check.

Adult Coloring Books

My mother loved these adult coloring books. They helped her to relax and work on a project that didn’t require much exertion, which was perfect for her. There are many different kinds to choose from as you can see here.

Simple Bed Rail

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One of the very first things that my mom-in-law purchased for herself when she was in her early 90’s was this bed rail. She uses it to her herself get into and out of bed safely and comfortably. She loves the storage pocket which is a great place for her to put her book in! Such a simple tool that would be so appreciated by anyone who can use it.

Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach Easy Reach 4-Slice Countertop Toaster Oven With Roll-Top Door, 1200 Watts, Fits 9” Pizza, 3 Cooking Functions for Bake, Broil and Toast, Silver (31344DA)
  • EASY ACCESS TO FOOD AND COUNTERTOP: Easily access food in the toaster oven broiler and on your countertop with the Easy Reach roll-top door.

If your elderly loved one needs a new toaster oven, you may be tempted to get one that can air fry, toast, roast, dehydrate, etc. But I would recommend to go simple because it will be much easier for them to learn (in most cases).

A Funny Little Gift

My Favorite Child Gave Me This Funny Coffee Mug – Best Mom & Dad Gifts – Gag Bday Present Idea from Daughter, Son, Kids – Novelty Birthday Gift for Parents – Fun Cup for Men, Women, Him, Her
  • INDIVIDUALLY GIFT BOXED – Our favorite child mug conveniently arrives gift-ready in a nice white Wittsy gift box with colored bubble wrap

Many older moms and dads would appreciate this little gift! Just a little humor in the day and a reminder of who gave it to them.

Gift Card

gift cards for elderly parents

Of course, there’s always the gift card option which allows your loved one to get whatever it is that they would like to get! You can also consider giving a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant!

Personalized Gifts And Keepsakes

Custom Blanket with Photos Personalized Throw Blanket with Picture Upload Soft Fleece Blanket for Wife/Friend/Mom/Couple/Grandma/Pets Gifts for Birthday Anniversary Halloween Made in USA
  • 🔥 CUSTOM BLANKET WITH PICTURE:This personalized picture blankets both styilsh and durable .You can print your family/hunsband/wife/boys/girls photo in this unique stylish personalized blanket by DIYKST! Click the ‘CUSTOMIZE NOW’ button, and then click the‘UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO’ button to UPLOAD the photo you want to print.

A custom-made present can make your elderly parent feel special and cherished. Consider creating a personalized photo album, engraving a piece of jewelry with their initials, or designing a custom piece of artwork that showcases their favorite memories.

Adaptive Clothing

Women’s Assisted Dressing Adaptive Open-Back Fleece Pant – Black MED
  • WHEELCHAIR COMFORT: The cotton-polyester fleece and easy elastic features provide enhanced comfort for these nursing home pants. These women’s elastic waist pants feature stretchy material to fit any size or shape with total comfort. The elastic waist allows the user or caregiver to modify the fit with ease, making them ideal for wheelchair-bound, immobile, or incontinent women.

Elderly parents often appreciate clothes and shoes designed with their comfort and convenience in mind. Look for adaptive clothing with easy-to-use fasteners, or footwear with non-slip soles and extra support.

Home Safety And Accessibility Improvements

Ensure your elderly parent’s home is safe and accessible by installing grab bars in the bathroom, adding a ramp for wheelchair access, or providing a stairlift to make navigating stairs easier.

Travel And Experience Gifts

Memories last a lifetime, so treat your elderly parent to a short trip, tickets to a cultural event, or a workshop where they can learn something new.

Home Entertainment Options

Amazon Fire TV 55″ 4-Series 4K UHD smart TV with Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote, stream live TV without cable
  • Bring movies and shows to life with support for vivid 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, HLG, and Dolby Digital Plus.

If your parents have cut the cord, why not gift them a Fire TV? Forget all those remotes! With Fire TV they can access all the streaming channels they need and much more with just one remote.

Mobility Aids

Walking Cane PANZHENG Cane for Man/Woman | Mobility & Daily Living Aids | 5-Level Height Adjustable Walking Stick | Comfortable Plastic T-Handle Portable Walking Stick Folding Cane
  • QUALITY GUARANTEE | PANZHENG Walking cane Over the years dedicated to the elderly travel convenience.Light and firm/beautiful and fashionable/easy to carry/multiple styles to choose from.

Help your elderly parent maintain their independence with mobility aids like canes, reachers, or grab bars to make their daily life easier.

Comfort Items

Lastly, consider gifting your elderly parent items designed for comfort, such as heated blankets, supportive pillows, or ergonomic furniture that can help them relax and unwind.

Giving a gift to someone who is older doesn’t have to be difficult. Just try to think about what they do on a daily basis. And maybe what they aren’t doing because it’s either too difficult for them.

Then base your gift on that. Whether it’s a product or a service or maybe even something as simple as your time with them – they will appreciate it and love you for it.

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