Gifts for Seniors

After a certain age it’s easy to assume that the older adults in your life have all they need and want. But the reality is that some 6.4 million older Americans live at or below the federal poverty level of $11,800 a year (AARP). And being a woman, a person of color or a person in poor health increases the odds of poverty.

In 2015, 2.9 million households with a senior aged 65+ experienced food insecurity. (USDA Economic Research Service)

With that in mind I make the following gift recommendations for retirees.

Gift cards. Gas cards. Supermarkets. Target. Macys. Starbucks or a favorite burger place, gift cards are a great idea for the retiree on your list. If you’re worried about a gift card being “lame” or impersonal, buy multiple cards and throw in some chocolates, too. Presentation and thought is the key.

The car. Tune ups. Tires. Auto detailing. These are all things that can be hard to do on a fixed income.

Pick up the tab on a bill. Whether it’s the auto insurance or some other monthly or yearly bill, picking up the tab for a retiree is a true blessing. If you wanna make a big impact, cover it for the year.

Cash. Like the gift card, a few extra bucks could prove to be helpful to grandma or grandpa (even if they don’t want to admit it). Maybe they’re saving for a new TV or some other item.

Family Vacations and Time. Last summer, my husband and I took a trip with all of the parents. It was one of the most memorable and fun vacations we’ve had (other than the time we got married). There’s nothing as valuable as your time and concern.

Technology. For the techie lover in your life, a smart phone, iPad, a phone cleaner or  maybe a new computer would be greatly appreciated.

Canvas photo. Everyone wants to give the grandparents family photos. While there’s nothing wrong with that, if you’re going to do it, why not make it impressive by putting it on museum quality canvas. (

Fishing license. For the grandpa who loves to fish this is a great gift.

Automobile club membership. The holidays are a great time to give a loved one a AAA Gift Membership. You’ll be getting them access to 24/7 Roadside Assistance, member discounts, travel services, and more. And right now, if you buy a membership you’ll get your choice of two movie tickets or a certificate for a one-pound box of See’s Candies chocolate. Not bad! (

If you have some suggestions, I’d like to hear from you. If you like what you see here, be sure to share!


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