by, Kathryn Watson
Buying for an aging parent can be a challenge sometimes. Here are a few of my suggestions.
First look around their home. If it is filled to the brim or if they have moved to a small apartment or assisted living community forget about buying any sentimental collectibles. The time for collecting is past. Think consumables. :-)
I love the Gift of the Month Clubs because the gifts keep coming all year long. this can mean a lot to someone who is not as mobile as they once were. You can give monthly fruit gifts, cookies, fragrances. A monthly magazine subscription is great for someone who still likes to read. If your parent has moved from their home to be closer to family in another state consider a subscription to their local newspaper back home. The ideas are endless as you can create your own monthly clubs. consider hiring a massage therapist to come once a month to give a relaxing foot or neck massage.
A digital photo frame with lots of family photos is always welcome. It does not take up much space and you can put lots of photos both new and old into it.
Comfort items such as flannel sheets, bathrobes, slippers, gloves, neck warmers and warm throws are always appreciated.
Fitness Club memberships are great for active parents and grandparents. Often they cannot afford these and would really appreciate the opportunity to join.
Community Colleges often have lifelong learning programs. Find several that you think your parent would enjoy and gift them with a class or two. You can also look into dance classes and cooking classes. Is their a club they would like to join but cannot afford? Check out the local Senior Center in your area to see what trips they will be taking in the coming year and pay for your parent to attend.
Think outside the box when giving to an aging parent. Add more value to their lives by purchasing something they will use and/or will bring enjoyment into their days.