Abby Slutsky usually selects Xmas and holiday gifts for her mother. These are some of her favorite picks for moms and grandmas over 70.
For many people, selecting and purchasing Christmas and holiday gifts for moms and grandmothers over 70 can be challenging. It may be that moms and grandmothers at that age are not helpful in identifying Xmas gifts that they want, or they are at the stage of life where they do not need or want a lot of material items. In some instances, health issues may limit their activities or restrict their ability to get out of their homes. Nevertheless, with a little thought, you can get an elderly mom or grandmother a holiday gift that they will appreciate and use.
1. Pretty Pill Box
By the time your grandma or mom is 70 or older, it is likely that she will be taking some medication. A pretty pill box is a terrific way to transport medication when she is out and about. The MJ Flora Pill Organizer is compact, attractive and has eight compartments to keep pills organized for women on-the-go. The exterior is made out of fabric and zips securely. It can easily fit in a purse, pocket or other bag. The interior also has a transparent pocket to store a prescription, physician phone number or additional information about the medication.
I purchased the yellow floral version for my mother, but it comes in nine different patterns, so you are sure to find one that matches your mom or grandmother’s purse or color preference. My mom has wiped it off with a mixture of water and laundry detergent on occasion, and it continues to look fresh and clean. Most patterns are under $10.00, so it is an ideal, reasonably-priced Xmas gift or perfect to use as a unique Christmas stocking stuffer for mom or grandma.
2. Jumbo Print Kem Cards
If mom or grandma plays bridge, canasta or other card games, she may already have cards. Nevertheless, check her cards to see if the numbers are extra large. If not, the Kem Jumbo Cards are sure to be a hit. The large numbers make it easy to enjoy favorite card games even is your eyesight is worsening.
Kem cards are a little more expensive than traditional cards, but they are guaranteed for life, and their coating make them extra easy to shuffle. They are around $26.00 for a case of two sets, but prices vary based on the pattern. If you want to spend a bit more, consider buying two sets if your grandma or mom plays a game that requires two decks with the same pattern.
3. Family Portrait
My mom seems to love taking family photos whereever we go. It is almost as though she wants to preserve the memories of all our good times. Scheduling a family portrait can be a meaningful gift because she will enjoy the portrait and the closeness fo the family that it depicts. Contact a local photographer to see what the fees are to meet at your home, a specific location or in the photography studio. Keep in mind that photography prices vary considerably, so it is worth price shopping. Wrap the certificate for a portrait in a frame.
If mom or grandmom likes to read, they may not have a tablet. Although they may still enjoy a book, these tablets are lightweight and have the advantage of allowing the reader to make the print as large as they want.
They also make an exceptional Christmas gift for moms and grandmoms over 70 who travel. Imagine the convenience of having many downloaded books at their fingertips without carrying heavy books on a plane. If they are not sure how to use it, they will love spending some quality time with you while they learn.
I have the Samsung Tablet and purchased it for my mother, as well. It is very user-friendly, and the also recommends books based on books I have read in the past. Thus, it opens up a world of new authors without the need to browse through endless titles. Additionally, the Xmas gift recipient can access the Internet, stream movies and television shows, check email and enjoy many other activities. Keep in mind that different versions vary in screen sizes, so make sure you purchase one with a screen size that meets the needs of the recipient. I have the 8-inch screen size, which is large enough to enlarge print while still having sufficient number of words on the screen yet small enough to be portable when I am traveling.
5. Magnifying Lamp
The Light It by Fulcrum Magnifying Lamp is a must have for any mom or grandma that enjoys reading or crafting. As people age, their vision weakens, and this magnifying floor lamp is stylish and functional. My dad bought it for my grandfather, who was an avid stamp collector.
I personally saw how easy it was to direct the light and position the magnifier, so it was perfectly aligned for what he was doing. The lamp has a hand holder that makes it simple. It was truly one of the best gifts my grandfather received in his later years, and his wife was always trying to steal the seat it was next to--my grandma liked it for knitting.
6. Hobby Accessories
If mom or grandma has a hobby, consider getting a gift card or accessories that will help her enjoy the hobby. For example, a gift card to her favorite yarn shop if she knits or crochets. Remember, most hobbies cost money, so if she is on a fixed income, she will love to be able to purchase supplies at your expense.
7. Photo Tissue Box
Many grandmothers and mothers over 70 do not live near their grandchildren or children. A useful item that reminds them of their loved ones can be a gift they will appreciate. Neil Enterprises Inc Create Your Own Tissue Box Cover is an affordable gift that captures the joy of family.
This tissue box is a cube-style tissue box cover, so you can print four different photos to insert into the four clear panels of the box. What's even nicer is that the box can be updated at any time if mom or grandmom wants to change the photographs. Print or have made 5 x 7 photographs that you can trim to fit in each panel. Unlike photo albums that are not always opened, mom or grandmom can display the tissue box in a bathroom where they will frequently enjoy seeing the photos.
8. Subscription for a Weekly Floral Bouquet
Floral bouquet subscriptions vary in price depending on how elaborate the bouquet is and where you order it. Contact some local florists in your area to see what they offer. Giving mom or grandmom a floral subscription for a monthly or weekly bouquet will make her feel like you are thinking of her beyond the Xmas holiday, especially since some moms and grandmothers are widowed or divorced and do not receive flowers on holdays.
9. Cozy Throw
Many females 70 and older are frequently chilly. A cozy throw can be an ideal gift, so they can grab it when they are sitting at home and feel cold. Throws are available in many styles, sizes and price ranges, so it will be easy to find one that meets your budget and the recipient's taste. If you are looking for a budget-conscious throw, try some shopping at some popular discount stores.
Wrap up your gifts, so they appear extra special. You can embellish them with a candy cane or a flower that mom likes. Do not forget to include a message that tells mom or grandma how you feel about them. Your heartfelt message will maximize the enjoyment of the holiday present.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Abby Slutsky