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For Christmas?! Do they need anything?


Posted anonymously, 16th December 2019


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  • At that age I think its nice to ask what they would like.. I have found that people know themselves pretty well and will tell you (or at least my relatives have). Sometimes it might be more visits or time with them so regular visits can be better than anything.


  • I love making up homemade and personalised voucher books for outings, treats and similar activities. A voucher book means a present lasts all year!


  • I have found older family members love personal family items, some of the items you can get with family photos on them such as mugs, keyrings etc have always been really well received. Diary with a nice pen for their appointments and reminders, a tin of treats, puzzle books, especially the large print ones.


  • I bought my Nan an at home massage- the therapist was mobile and I ordered her a facial. She loved it and felt very spoiled.


  • An experience such a morning tea/afternoon tea or day out to a favourite place or venue.


  • A poem or beautifully written card! In the card write a favourite memory of them


  • A good bottle of scotch


  • I know a Grandma who is given photos fairly regularly and virtually has everything by the time Christmas comes around as they make sure she has everything she needs during the year.
    Her family have now resorted to a large hamper of groceries – things she l wouldn’t buy for herself.
    They don’t live near her but make contact every day and have an arrangement with others to check to ensure she is ok because if she isn’t more often than not she won’t tell them.


  • Photos are always appreciated by our elderly relatives, especially of the great grandchildren. Lotto tickets or scratchies are also enjoyed as well.


  • What did you buy at the end?


  • Something personal would be best – so hard to answer without knowing them.


  • A nice homemade small wool blanket to go over their knees, maybe even get a special quilt made up with family names embroidered into it.


  • Comfort items. My mum isn’t quite that old, but she is in a home and appreciates pampering items, family photos, socks and slippers, treats like biscuits and chocolates. They get meals, but they don’t get a lot of treats like that. If it’s a female family member like your grandma, maybe take her out to get her nails done or for high tea somewhere.


  • They probably don’t need anything but I’m sure a token gift would be lovely. Maybe a personalised gift like a calendar with family pictures on it?


  • Is it a family member?
    I work in an aged care home and most residents treasure photos of their family and friends the most. A 2020 calendar made with family pictures is a great idea.


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