Playing Santa for Seniors – What’s in Your Stocking?

Santa Claus filling a stocking

‘Tis the season for shopping and the exasperation that comes with choosing that perfect gift for those we love is upon us! Selecting a gift for an older loved one can seem particularly daunting. Many seniors are trying to downsize and don’t want any more “stuff” and what with changing interests and abilities, what will they actually use? Senior Santa to the rescue – here are some gifts ideas for the older loved ones in your life!

Keepsake Special Memories

  • Custom family photo album
  • Custom family photo calendar
  • Digital family photo frame
  • Custom family photo puzzle
  • Custom family photo mug

Staying Connected

  • Senior smartphones with large screens, big buttons and safety response systems such as GreatCall Jitterbug Flip and Smart2 mobile phones
  • GrandPad tablet for easy video chatting
  • Amazon Echo Dot with voice activation so that seniors can use voice commands to play music and audiobooks, learn what time it is or what the weather is like, and hear the news

Help Around the House

  • Big button TV remote
  • Clip-on LED portable lights for reading/crafting
  • Adaptive jar and bottle openers

Stimulating Creativity

  • Beautiful fine art coloring books
  • Large print playing cards
  • Engaging jigsaw puzzles
  • Seasonal flowering bulb kits

Feeling Cozy

  • Heated throw blankets
  • Humidifier with scented oils
  • Facial sprays
  • Pleasantly scented moisturizing creams
  • Bed jackets


  • Adaptive, easy-to-put-on clothing – catalogs include Buck & Buck and Silverts
  • Easy-to-wear and fashionable compression socks like Compression Zip Socks or Sockwell compression socks
  • Give the gift of a personal shopper


  • Hire a musician or a student musician to serenade your loved one
  • Buy tickets for a show/concert – ask about wheelchair-accessible tickets if appropriate
  • Get a gift certificate for a favorite restaurant
  • Hire a chef to cook a meal at home
  • Give a gift for personal services like a manicure, massage or hair appointment

Happy Holidays!

Written by Anne Sansevero

Categories: Holiday Gifts