If you’re like me, you have an aging parent or Grandparent who swears they don’t want anything for Christmas. “My house has enough junk in it! Please don’t bring me more!” or, “I have enough pajamas/coffee cups/umbrellas/etc, I’m just going to donate whatever you buy me!” The problem is, we can’t bear the thought of them not opening anything on Christmas Day. So, what are we supposed to do? Here are some ideas:
- Custom made throw blanket/shirt/hat/umbrella. Get one made with a big family picture or of their favorite pet on it. They’ll use it all the time!
- Family photo albums or scrapbooks. Just go through your Facebook and print a years worth of photos and put them in a nice album. They will love it!
- Senior Friendly tools/kitchen gadgets. Senior often struggle with grip and balance so little items in the kitchen and around the house are often appreciated.
- Gift cards to a favorite restaurant. But, the catch is, they are required to take an old friend they haven’t seen in a while. Decide on the friend and set a deadline that they must go by. You’ll see a big smile on dads face when he realizes you’ve bought him lunch with an old buddy!
- Take them to church. For many of our elders, Christmas Eve service is a long forgotten tradition. Drop what you’re doing and take them to church. You’ll be glad you did! From the Stow-Glen family to yours, we wish you the best Christmas ever!