Memory Journal

The LifeBio Memory Journal is a 6 x 9 hardcover book with jacket. It contains over 200 questions designed to help someone write their life story. Topics include family history, childhood memories, historical events, life lessons, and religious beliefs, among others. Once the book is complete, multiple copies may be made using LifeBio’s website. Each book is about $20 and can be personalized.

Grandparent Talk Game

Grandparent Talk is a game for grandparents to play with their grandkids. The game is a set of 100 cards attached to a ring. Each card has a life question for grandparents to answer. It helps connect and cement the bond between generations. It also helps seniors recall memories they may not have thought about for decades. The game costs under $10.

Memoir Writing Kit

This kit from Empire Publishing contains everything a senior needs to record their legacy. It walks them step-by-step through the process and offers a few different formats from which to choose. Upon completion, the memoir is available for purchase on Amazon. The entire process is done on the computer, so this gift is appropriate for people with a good computer and word processing skills. The cost is around $250.

According to the American Heart Association, stress may lead to unhealthy behaviors that increase heart attack and stroke risk. These gifts may help the recipient manage stress and support overall health.

Adult Coloring Books

Per a USA Today report, a 2006 study found people over age 65 who engaged in creative activity had better overall health than those who did not do artistic things. Many coloring books, however, have intricate designs difficult for the elderly to see and color. Choose books that have large pictures and basic designs such as this large-print coloring book for seniors. It features 36 large, simplified designs and cost about $10. Children’s coloring books are also a great option. Don’t forget to include a set of colored pencils or crayons with your gift.

Vitamin D Lamp

Many seniors don’t get in the sun as much as they used to, especially those with mobility issues. However, the sun is a great source of vitamin D which helps the body absorb calcium and supports heart health, healthy vision, and a healthy immune system. A lack of vitamin D may cause some mood disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Give the gift of year-round sunshine with the only FDA-approved vitamin D lamp. Unlike less expensive sun lamps, this lamp is the only one shown to provide the unique UVB rays your body needs to produce vitamin D. The cost is about $425.

Sound Machine

If a good night’s rest is a struggle for the senior in your life, consider gifting them the HoMedics SoundSpa. It has six relaxation sounds including:

  • White noise
  • Rain
  • Thunder
  • Ocean
  • Summer night
  • Brook

The sound machine is battery-operated for easy portability. Its auto shut-off timer can be set for 15, 30, or 60 minutes and costs around $20.


Humidifiers help restore moisture and humidity to the air. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a humidifier can help relieve common respiratory problems such as sinus congestion, asthma, allergies, and chronic runny nose, all conditions no older adult should contend with. This cool mist humidifier is a nice option. It has up to 16 hours of continuous operation, an auto shut-off safety feature, and a nightlight. The humidifier costs about $50.

These gifts may not be nostalgic, but they’ll help anyone elderly in your life manage their day effectively.

Reminder Rosie

Even the most active senior has so-called senior moments. Reminder Rosie is a voice-controlled reminder system created to help seniors remember appointments, medication times, and everyday activities. It looks like a large-faced, digital alarm clock. It displays the time, but also allows anyone to record up to 25 daily or weekly reminders or a reminder for any date. The device works in power outages and can be programmed in any language. Reminder Rosie costs about $120.

Wireless Headset System

TV Ears is wireless headset device that helps clarify television voices and dialogue. It offers individual control so hearing-challenged people can have the volume up while others listen at a level comfortable for them. The headsets also help diminish background noise and lower audio spikes commonly experienced during commercials. The original analog version costs about $130; the digital version costs around $230.

Key Finder

This little gadget is inexpensive yet solves a common problem–lost keys. The device helps you locate missing keys wherever they are within 45 feet. It comes with a base and two marked key fobs. When keys have gone rogue, push the button on the base that corresponds to the lost set of keys. A loud alarm will sound on the key fob. The key finder costs about $30 for a set of two.

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