With Christmas not far off, gift shopping season is well underway. And while there’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to buying for children, finding something special for an elderly relative or friend can be a little more tricky. After all, everybody’s different, and just because somebody’s a little older doesn’t mean that they’ll automatically be pleased with a tin of biscuits or a hot water bottle!
If you’re struggling to come up with a present that the seniors in your life will love, why not opt for something a little more modern? Here are some gadget gift ideas that will prove useful and still feel meaningful to elderly loved ones.
For elderly avid readers, it can be upsetting when their eyesight deteriorates and reading a standard book becomes challenging. Fortunately, there’s no need for them to miss out: an electronic magnifier is a great gift for those who like the feeling of holding a physical book in their hands or don’t enjoy audiobooks. These handy, pocket-sized devices can be handheld or clipped to a stand and run on 2 small batteries. Unlike a traditional magnifying glass, an electronic magnifier’s level of magnification can be adjusted, along with the colour of the print and background. They even light up for nighttime reading – what’s not to love?
Wireless Pill Bottle
This innovative idea is ideal for those who rely on daily medication. As well as storing pills safely, an automated bottle can also be set to offer reminders in the event that the owner hasn’t yet taken their dose. If you worry about your loved one remembering to take their medication, this could be a gift for you both!
Though it might seem a little too close to the classic hot water bottle, an electric foot warmer can be an invaluable gift to an elderly loved one. Allow us to explain: people living with a chronic health issue, such as heart disease or diabetes, need to be extremely careful about how they manage their condition. Catching secondary infections, like the common cold, can make doing so far more difficult, and can even be life threatening in serious cases. Fortunately, studies have found that a good way to stave off colds is to keep feet warm and cosy.
Now, we aren’t saying that having a foot warmer means you won’t ever get the sniffles again, but it certainly can’t hurt! With multiple heat settings to suit the user and a safe sensor system that ensures it switches off after a specific set time, this is a gift that’s bound to be appreciated by many.
If you really want to push the boat out, you could outright buy or rent a stairlift for your elderly loved one. This can be a life-changing investment for seniors with limited mobility – allowing them to access all areas of their home and regain a sense of independence they might have lost. If you feel like a new stairlift might be a little out of your budget, you could even opt for a reconditioned system for a fraction of the price. There are countless options available, so you’re sure to find something that meets the needs of your gifte.
Whatever you’re looking for out of a stairlift, be sure to partner with Alfix for bespoke stairlifts. With sites across the UK, we are ideally suited to provide a solution for all of your stairlift requirements. For more information, give us a call on 01926 334848.