Seniors tend to appreciate gifts that are both thoughtful and practical. Seniors also tend to have needs that younger people do not. Considering these special needs will help steer you toward purchasing gifts for seniors that meet their needs and are useful. Elderly people do not tend to do much shopping, so while a new pair of slippers does not seem exciting to you, they can be an amazing gift for a senior who needs a pair or whose old slippers are not as comfortable anymore. Some of the seniors you know may not be familiar with new styles and fabrics, so new items can be both thoughtful and practical.
As we age and our metabolism slows, aches and pains become more evident. Many suffer from limited mobility as we age, due to the onset of conditions such as arthritis and other physical ailments. Due to restricted or limited movement, simple tasks such as getting dressed become difficult. Clothing items that are designed with the elderly in mind can help to alleviate some of the difficulty and frustration for seniors with limited movement. Shirts that button, snap or zip can make for much easier dressing and undressing than garments that pull over. Clothing with special access for caregivers but look like real clothing help seniors maintain their dignity.
Senior citizens tend to require more sleep than younger people, which requires comfortable clothing that function as both daytime wear and pajama wear at the same time. When you take the time to consider the special and different needs of seniors, you can consider gifts that they can truly use. Pajamas and slippers are great gift ideas for seniors. Soft, breathable fabrics like cotton work very well for both daytime wear and sleep. Polyester blends do not require a lot of care and look great, avoiding the slept-in, wrinkly look. Consider clothing that is easily napped in as gifts for seniors.
Another thing to consider when thinking about buying gifts for seniors is dignity. Your grandmother may have grown up in an era where dressing was more important than today, and as she aged she may have had to sadly give up a lot of her old favorite dresses. Special clothing designed for seniors in the looks that they enjoy, in fabrics that are stretchy and more accommodating than your average off-the-rack apparel could be a fantastic gift. Garments that help hide certain ailments can help seniors feel better about themselves and they may not even be aware that such garments are available.