Recently I got to witness the birthdays of two women over the age of 85. It must be wild to get to an age where every time you tell your age there is an audible gasp and some variation of “holy WOW!” It’s old. And these two women both felt grateful to be where they are – old, happy and surrounded by love. So much love.
These women both received many cards and gifts for their birthday and were super appreciative of the thoughts involved in the giving of said gifts: flowers, sweets and more sweets. More sweets than they should sanely eat at their age (or any age really).
But what to do for a senior citizen on a gift giving occasion? You want to bestow goodness upon them but they don’t need any stuff, in fact they are working hard to get rid of stuff. So what to give that will say “I’m thinking of you” without also causing the need for a trip to the cardiologist.
After a bit of discussion with a few older folks, here is a list of gift ideas to give to an old person without cluttering up their life or their arteries!
- Stationery of any variety: a variety of greeting cards, nice paper + envelopes, fold-a-note, etc.
- Stamps! Because stationery PLUS stamps equals YES!!!
- A nice pack of pens because pens run out and cheap pens inspire nothing
- Variety of teas. Herbal tea, black tea, green tea. All good.
- Beeswax candle
- Essential oil spritzer or diffuser such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint
- Comfy cozy socks or slipper socks with the non-skid bottom
- Packet of individually wrapped hand wipes
- A blank notebook/sketchbook for notes, info and other things requiring paper and pen
- Donation to a scholarship or charity in their name*
- A long, heartfelt, handwritten letter
- Flowering bulbs
What do all these have in common? They’re useful and consumable! Two important factors in the lives of old people everywhere!
Have more ideas? Comment here and let me know. The bigger the list, the better for all!
Want to send a package to a loved one? I’d love to help.
*When my mom turned 80 she created a scholarship in her name at her Alma Mater, Misericordia University, in Wilkes Barre, PA. It has been self sustaining for a few years now and growing!