Older men are a niche group that many people do not know what to shop for. This is understandable because it can be hard to find something they will enjoy. However, there are plenty of things you can get them! This post will discuss some of the best gifts for older men and why these would make perfect presents.
The best way to know what he needs is for you to ask him! Take a day and spend it with your older man. He’ll be surprised how much better things are when they’re not on his list but yours. When I asked my Grampa what he wanted as a gift, the first thing out of his mouth was, “Let’s go fishing.”
A Subscription Magazine They Enjoy
There are a lot of different subscription magazines that can make great gifts for older men. These publications will keep the senior citizen entertained and informed about current events in their own way.
This will ensure that they have something new and interesting coming into the home each month! Plus, there are different types of magazines out there for every type of person in all sorts of interests. Along with this would be if they have trouble reading, select a large print magazine.
It’s always nice to give personalized and thoughtful presents, but sometimes you want something more lighthearted or on the funny side. This is where humor magazines can come in handy! With titles like “National Lampoon” and “The Onion,” these colorful periodicals will make him laugh out loud while he reminisces about his youth.
Take Him on an Outing or Go Fishing
Fishing is a great hobby for older people. It allows them to get outside and enjoy nature while doing something they love with someone else who also enjoys it! You could take him fishing on an outing or invite your father-in-law over for some weekend camping trips that include fishing.
New Tools for His Creativity
If he’s handy, look for tools that are designed for older men. These tools are typically easier to grip, lighter weight, and more ergonomic. This will make it a lot less difficult for him to do his chores around the house!
Decorating for Senior Living
If his home is starting to feel outdated, look for some modern furniture that’s easy on the eyes and can be added in small doses. This will make him happy with his surroundings while giving him a sense of accomplishment when he does something around the house!
A Hobby He Can Sip On Over Time
Find out what his hobby is and research if there’s a way to sip on it. The best example of this would be brewing beer at home since you can enjoy some overtime!
A Place Where His Memories Are Collected
If your older man has lots of pictures lying around, why not put them in an album? Offer to help organize the box photos into an album and give him the finished product.
A Way to Be More Social With New Friends Who Live Far Away
If he’s not on Facebook or Skype, find out if any other social media outlets could be a way for him to engage with new friends who live far away! Please spend some time teaching him how to use social media.
Large Button Remote
A large button universal remote made specifically for the elderly or partially sighted will make a world of difference to your favorite older man. The device combines your TV and cable/satellite controls into one easy-to-use item, making life more convenient for those who may not be able to see their small buttons as well anymore.
Fill a Gift Basket of Things from the Past
Do you know the one thing that any older man will never say no to? A gift basket! Get your loved ones a special present with something they’ll actually enjoy.
You can make it more personal by getting an item from their birth year or find some sentimental things inside like a newspaper, magazine, and/or toy car from when they were kids.
To up the ante on this thoughtful gesture even further, include music CDs of songs popular during their lifetime; they might not remember what’s playing but hearing those tunes for sure brings back memories!
Along with all these goodies in the package, dole out sweets such as Wriggly Gum or bake cookies just like mom used to make; nothing says “I care” better than homemade treats.
Go High Tech with a Digital Picture Frame
For the man who has everything, a digital picture frame is sure to be an appreciated gift. These frames are perfect for someone with lots of pictures that they want to enjoy daily – especially if these photos include family and friends!
And you can make it even more personalized by including names on each photo to identify who’s pictured. For example, there might be one of your dad teaching you how to fish or playing catch with him; another would have been taken at his birthday party when he was blowing out candles on the cake (with all his grandchildren gathered around). This way, every day, he’ll see just what makes this world such a wonderful place!
Give the Gift of Music
Music is a special form of communication. It can calm people down, bring back fond memories from the past and create a sense of peace. Giving an elderly person music that was popular when they were young has been shown to brighten up their day and give them joy just like any other gift would do for anyone else.
The perfect gift for that special someone who’s been through a lot is music from their lifetime. Finding some old 1930s or 1940s records can be difficult, but you may have luck going on iTunes and downloading them there if they’re available in digital format. If not, try Amazon or Pandora, which has lots of different types of popular classical songs like what was playing back then too!
Spend a Day
Spending time with friends and family can be as simple as bringing a few good movies to watch together or enjoying a favorite activity such as fishing or golfing. Even playing miniature golf can turn into fun!
Aids to Help with Daily Activities
When trying to buy gifts for an older person, keep in mind what they may need help with on a day-to-day basis. For example, gifting someone with a grabber can be particularly helpful when it comes to reaching things from high shelves or picking items up off the floor.
Pill Organizer with an Alarm
Worried about your favorite older man forgetting to take his medication? A pill organizer with an alarm will never let him forget, waking him up when it’s time for his next dose. For those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, visual and auditory alerts are a way to help compensate for memory loss. Plus, every 28 days, the system automatically resets itself so that you can program medication doses from day one of a new month!
Help with Household Chores
Older men might not have the energy to keep up with projects around their homes. Offer a day or two of handyman services to help them out, such as window washing, repairs that need to be made, and sprucing up their place.
Home delivery of restaurant meals is the perfect gift for an older adult. In fact, gifts, in general, should be given by people who genuinely care about that other person and not just because it’s a holiday or special occasion. Home delivery of restaurant meals always makes life easier!
Ordering groceries online is a blessing to those who have difficulty getting around. Ordering your weekly supplies from the grocery store has been made easy with services like Amazon Fresh, Instacart, and more. You can avoid waiting in long lines at stores by shopping for what you need when it’s convenient for you! Help your favorite older man have his groceries delivered to his front door.
Gifts for Older Men
The best way to find a gift for an older man is by understanding who he is. For example, if you are buying for likes fishing and being outdoors, then maybe a new shirt or some gloves would be appropriate. You could also give him something that will help out in his day-to-day life, like a cane holder, so he doesn’t have to worry about where his walking stick goes when not using it.
With these ideas (and many more) at your fingertips, finding the perfect gift should be easy! The best man deserves a gift that will touch his heart and make him smile.