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7 Thoughtful and practical Christmas gifts for seniors


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 11/30/21

Starting at $0, here's a collection of worthwhile gifts for the elderly.

With Christmas just a month away, you may be wondering what to buy the seniors on your list. Other than teenage boys — who can truly be impossible to buy for! — older people can be the trickiest to find the perfect present for, as they’re not always forthcoming about sharing their needs or what they truly like.

If the seniors you need to buy for are anything like my elderly(ish) parents, they’ll probably just say “they have everything they need,” or “not to waste money on them,” or a firm favorite: “just spend it on the kids.” Thankfully, having notched up a little experience, I’ve found a few gifts that have proven practical or thoughtful, and sometimes both.

So if you’re looking for some ideas for grandparents or elderly parents, click on the slideshow below to discover a range of gifts in a range of prices — including a few free ones! If you have any wonderful ideas yourself, please share them in the comments to inspire other readers.

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