Top Holiday Gifts for Seniors at Home or in a Retirement Community

A Caregiver at Retirement Residence Giving a Gift to a Senior Resident LadyFinding gifts for seniors can be challenging. They have received so many different presents over the years and this makes your choice even tougher. Many have also moved to a retirement residence which means space is limited. Others may have health issues such as diminished vision, dementia and hearing and/or mobility issues; all of this requires you to think harder about what they can and cannot use. Above all, you want the gift to be something they will really like, use and treasure.

Our experienced team of caregivers at The Holiday Retirement community has compiled a handy list of gifts for your grandparent, parent or elderly family member. We have even separated it into gifts for women and men as well as provided general gifting ideas and more specific ones for entertainment. Having cared for hundreds of seniors over the years, we have a good idea of what they like and need!

Refer to our top picks listed below before you go out shopping.

Top Gifts for Senior Women

  • Non-skid (gripper) socks
  • Shawl or scarf
  • Magnifying glass necklace
  • Front closure/hook bra
  • A snap front robe with front pockets
  • Magnetic clasp for jewelry
  • Lighted compact makeup mirror

Top Gifts for Senior Men

  • Sporting Event Tickets
  • Lightweight vest
  • Warm socks
  • Silk pajamas
  • Magazine subscription
  • Low impact exercise equipment
  • Personalized gadget key chain

Top General Gifts for Seniors

  • Bed jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Custom gift basket
  • Tablets and iPads
  • Personal emergency response systems such as Life Alert.
  • Talking watches, home phones and alarms


  • Compression socks
  • Cup with 2 handles
  • Lap desk
  • Eyeglass holders
  • Pill boxes
  • Artist paint set
  • Grocery store gift cards

Top Entertainment Gifts

  • Tickets to performances
  • Audio books
  • MP3 player
  • TV shows of yesteryears
  • Classic movie collection
  • Restaurant gift cards


  • Senior coloring books
  • Jigsaw puzzle
  • Playing cards with large numbers
  • Scrabble
  • Game books—Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, mixed puzzles

Senior Residents at Retirement Residence Exchanging Holiday Gifts With Each OtherThe holiday season can be especially hard on seniors who are living alone at home and miss the companionship and social activities of better years. This might be a good time to introduce the idea of moving to a retirement residence and bring them for a visit. It could be the best gift you give them.

At The Holiday retirement communities, we have a full range of fun-filled programs to help our senior residents enjoy an active and fulfilled retired life. Our services and activities cater to diverse interests and there is always plenty to do. From exercise programs to entertainment and outdoor excursions, seniors have plenty of opportunity to socialize with their peers and others from the community. They can enjoy all the company and support they want while still maintaining their independence and privacy. Well-appointed accommodation, person-centered care and an experienced and dedicated team make our seniors feel like they are on a permanent holiday.

The holiday season is an especially exciting time as our activities and dining receive an extra special touch. Come see what living with us is like.

Give us a call at 860-233-8208 to learn more about the services and amenities we provide at our retirement residences in Rhode Island and West Hartford, Connecticut. Fill out our online form to book a tour.

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