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Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Seniors

Wondering what to get for the seniors who seem to have everything already? If you’re looking for gifts to delight the older people in your family, we’ve got suggestions that range from the thrilling to the cozy:

For Active Seniors

Experience Gifts are popular gifts for active older people, especially those with everything they need and limited place for new stuff. Treat them with a great day out, a fun adventure, or one of the following:

A wine tasting event

An Airbnb weekend: a stay, an experience, or an online experience

Restaurant Gift Cards to their favorite places

A Botanical gardens Membership

A Zoo Tour – get a look behind the scenes of the zoo and bring the grandkids!

A National Parks Membership

Concert or Symphony Tickets


A Masterclass Pass

Yoga Classes

Movie or Theater tickets

Golf or Driving Range Passes

Museum Memberships

Other Gifts for Active Seniors

Phone bandolier – a case that you can wear like a purse or a necklace to keep your phone right where you need it.

Travel accessories

Digital Tiles – locate lost items using your tech.

Home state tote bag

Is your Senior more of a homebody? Give them something delicious, entertaining, or cozy. Or treat them to an outing custom-designed for them.

Amazon Prime

Streaming channel

Map pillow

Armchair caddy

Eyeglasses holder


Pocket shawl

NY times remember the day/month customized book

Coloring books

Home-cooked delivery meals

Fun subscription boxes


Scented candle and flameless candle warmer

For seniors who are much less able to get out and about, lovely things to stimulate the senses can brighten the season.

Bird feeder

Photo blanket

Photo calendar

Flower subscription

Cozy heated massager

Soft animatronic companion pet

Aromatherapy diffuser

Digital Frame

The Gift of Time

Your time and talents are a gift too! Make your senior something thoughtful or spend a little time together enjoying their favorite things.

Make a musical playlist of their favorites

Digitize photos

Make photo albums with themes: Christmases over the years and such

Make a few dates to do things over the year – theater and such

Help during the holidays

A short video reminding them of 10 things you love about them.

A year of lunch dates

A box of fun memories you write out for them

A day of technology help or instruction

Customize their tech just for them.

A trip to the cat café, museum, or botanical garden

A trip to see Christmas lights or hear Christmas music

Afternoon tea at a place that serves high tea

The Gift of Giving

Make a donation in their honor to a favorite charity or cause. Many seniors are philanthropic around a personal passion. Maybe it's an organization that does supports a health cause that has meaning to them. Or it's an organization that does charity work important to them. If money is tight, volunteering hours for their favorite organization and bringing back photos of the work you did would be meaningful for both of you.

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