Critter Corner: Best Holiday Gifts for Seniors

Dear Magic,

I have a huge family, so every year, each of us chooses a person to buy gifts for. This year, I chose my 80-year-old great aunt, Mildred. I have no idea what to get her. I am pretty sure she has everything! Do you have any ideas for the best gifts for seniors this year?


Holly Daye-Giftz

Dear Holly,

It can be hard to shop for older adults, many of whom “have everything” or “want nothing”. Hopefully, I can provide you with some inspiration and ideas for the perfect gift your great aunt Mildred!

Hasbro Joy for All Companion Pup – Comforting, responsive, and never needing to be walked, this pup comes with a six-page care guide. The built-in sensors allow him to react to the senior’s touch while internal speakers let him bark when spoken to. Petting the dog makes its heart beat. This could be the best-loved gift – apart from your company — your aunt has ever received. Conveniently, the dog runs on four 1.5V alkaline batteries.

Radius Natural Grip 4-Piece Ergonomic Garden Tool Set – Does your aunt enjoy gardening? Gardening is an excellent way to get exercise while obtaining the deep satisfaction of interacting with nature. This tool set includes a trowel, a weeder, a cultivator and a transplanter. What is special about this set is that it makes it easier for those with wrist issues!

Lutron Motion Sensor Light Switch – This wonderful device senses your presence, turning on lights as you enter a room, and turning them off after you leave. Not only is the user able to move around safely, even with hands full, but will also save money on electricity.

Glare-Guard Does your aunt still drive? Every driver knows that glare can be a major issue, causing stress, headaches, or even accidents. The latest development in this area is Glare-Guard’s series of car visor extensions. The gray version is for regular day driving, and there’s a yellow version for driving at night or in snowy conditions. The third is specifically for driving into a sunrise or sunset, cutting damaging rays by up to 90%.

Walkapocket – This modern fanny pack makes it easier for your loved one to tap into the numerous health benefits of walking with the added bonus of being hands free for better balance and mobility. The Walkapocket is a sleek, convenient way to carry all sizes of phones plus cash, ID, medications, keys and necessities without being heavy or bulky.

Waterpik Magnetic Adjustable Shower Head
Stand up or sit down for safety this stylish adjustable height shower is perfect for bathrooms shared by users of different heights.  The 18-inch stainless-steel strip mounts flush to your shower wall for a contemporary look, and it features rust-resistant materials. Installs in minutes with waterproof adhesive tape that lasts for years — no screws or drilling required!  The chrome hand held shower features a premium metal hose, and 5 powerful and invigorating sprays including full body coverage, pulsating massage, concentrated power spray.

Pill Suite Packet Of Pills
This system lets them organize, package and label easily-opened packets of pills. The sorter has seven compartments to organize daily dosages and sealing is a snap!  Makes remembering your pills and traveling with them easy.

Shed Rain E Motion
Forget fumbling – with a mere push of a button, the fully-motorized, rechargeable e-Motion umbrella opens and closes completely on its own in one smooth motion. One charge can last for months and it even operates manually if the battery runs out. Outfitted with a Teflon coating and study fiberglass ribs, this sleek game-changer has a 58″ canopy for you and a friend.

Magna Ready “Button” Down Shirts
For those with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s or just about any other disability making getting dressed a struggle – life just got a whole lot simpler.  These have the same outward finish as a traditional button down shirt but they close with magnets!

Spider Light Camera Holster
Slip it right on your belt, attach the Spider plate to your camera, and shoot like a pro. This camera holster is lightweight, durable and extremely versatile eliminating next strain for seniors now that the weight of their camera is right at their side.

Kitchen Aid Can Opener and Citrus Press
No-Mess No-Stress!  This new line of can openers and citrus presses from Kitchen Aid opens various sized cans easily and effortlessly. Plus a magnetic lid remover eliminates the risk of getting cut on sharp edges!

Grand Pad
GrandPad is a simple and secure tablet computer that digitally connects a senior to their family and friends. The senior can easily view family photos and videos which automatically show up on their pad 24 hours a day!  They can also play games, see weather conditions in different cities, listen to music, check email, make phone calls, place a video chat, and much more.

Shark IONFlex
The Shark IONFlex 2X DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum is a free-standing cord-free vacuum that can live anywhere. Get hassle-free runtime with the advanced cleaning power of DuoClean™ technology. Cordless convenience easily converts to a hand vac for true floor-to-ceiling versatility on stairs, bookshelves, cars, and hard-to-reach areas. That’s right, no more bending over!  Comes with two batteries. One can charge while you clean with the other!

Granny Jo’s Wheelchair Blanket
Heavy Weight Fleece 36 inch by 42-inch Chair Blanket features two layers of fleece to keep you warm.  The interior layer is a light Grey Sherpa Fleece while the exterior is a luxurious Navy Mink Fleece. The Chair Blanket also features a roomy front pouch pocket that will keep both hands warm and has four hook and loop straps for attaching to a chair.

For more suggestions, please see last years list.

The Most Precious Gift of All…

Lastly, consider the gift of your time and thoughtful energy with your loved ones!

May your holidays be delightful and full of joy with the people you love.

Best wishes,


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About Renee Eder

Renee Eder is the Director of Public Relations for the Farr Law Firm, and gives the voice to the Critters of Critter Corner. Renee’s poodle, Penny, is an official comfort dog who she and her children bring to visit with seniors who are in the early stages of dementia at a local senior home once a month.

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