30 Delightful Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything

The best gifts for older parents and grandparents help them feel close and connected to you. These gifts for elderly mothers and fathers, aging parents, and creaky grandparents will make them happier than their memories of the good old days.

Gifts for Older Parents Who Have Everything
Greeting Cards – A Gift for Older Parents

This Modern Floral All Occasion Boxed Greeting Card Assortment is the best gift for older parents who have everything because they still send cards for all occasions. My 80 year old mother-in-law just sent me a thank you card last week. I couldn’t decide if I should send her a thank you card for having an 80th birthday that we could all celebrate! She also sends birthday cards, anniversary cards, gift cards, Easter cards Christmas cards — whatever the occasion, she’ll send a card. She is one of those grandparents who is difficult to buy for because she needs nothing…except more greeting cards.

Calendar Gift for Parents Who Have Everything
Calendar Gift for Parents Who Have Everything

A related gift idea is a Big, Beautiful Bright Wall Calendar – because it’s not just older people who like to hang calendars on the wall. Bright, cheerful calendars excellent gift ideas for older parents who have everything because they’re practical and and useful. Plus, there is a huge variety of options available (eg, gorgeous artistic paintings, encouraging inspirational sayings, cute puppies, beautiful vistas of travel destinations, etc). A calendar is just one little idea, though – check out my other awesome and affordable gifts for your mom and dad in this list…

This gift guide is divided into three sections:

  1. Gifts for Parents or Grandparents Who Love Food
  2. Creative Gift Ideas for Older Women and “Parents Who Have Everything”
  3. Thoughtful Gifts for Your Elderly Mom and Dad

If you’ve already gifted your parents a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers, then you’ve set the stage for an even better idea. I included several wine-related ideas in the first section of my gift guide for parents who have everything because you’re celebrating a special occasion!

Okay, let’s get you on your way to finding the perfect gift for the parents who have everything…

1. Gifts for elderly parents who love food

You’ll find all sorts of gourmet and grand selections of chocolate and coffee in this list of gifts for your older mom and dad or grandparents…

Gourmet coffee and tea sampler

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A Monthly Coffee or Tea Club (I recommend decaf) — or any monthly gift that is delivered to their door — is an affordable and good gift for your elderly mom and dad because it’s practical and delicious (unlike the wall calendar, which tastes nothing like coffee, dried nuts, or the chocolate fondue gift set that your parents would love if they remember the 70s).

Even if your elderly parents don’t drink coffee, you better believe they serve coffee and tea to guests and family members. And if you’re a coffee drinker this gift allows you to enjoy a delicious cup of java when you’re visiting them :-)

Other monthly gift clubs:

If you’re involved in your mom and dad’s daily life, it’ll be easier to find the perfect gift because you have a good idea of their routine. If you don’t live near them, then you need to find gift ideas that are both practical and personal. I’m especially fond of gifts that help people welcome unexpected visitors. Even older parents who have everything don’t always have coffee, tea, or snacks on hand when company drops in.

Delicious, healthy gift tray for a holiday gathering

fruit nut gift basket for girlfriends mom and dad

The Oh! Nuts Holiday Dried Fruit and Nut Gift Basket is a delicious gift for family holiday or birthday parties, especially if you don’t know your elderly grandparents well. It’s a great hostess gift if you’re going over for dinner, and aren’t sure what to contribute to the meal. A bottle of wine and/or a bouquet of flowers is also an excellent choice, of course…but not very creative. The Oh! Nuts sweet dried fruits are healthy and incredibly difficult to resist and the savory nuts are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This gift for older parents who have everything is a practical that will appeal to the family’s eyes and taste buds.

A gourmet gift basket or food tray is a practical gift that your mom and dad will really appreciate if they are hosting a gathering. It’s one of those gift ideas that can’t go wrong.

A gift card and a dinner invitation

The Applebee’s Gift Card is a thoughtful idea, because many older people can’t afford to treat themselves to dinner out. There are dozens of gift certificates for popular restaurants on Amazon; the most popular ones include Outback, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Red Robin, etc. A gift card is easy to send by mail. Who doesn’t like to be taken out for dinner – especially elderly parents on a limited income?

An “Memoir Primer” and invitation to write a life history

30 Delightful Gifts for Parents Who Have Everything
The Book of Myself = A Gift for Elderly Writers

Your elderly parents or grandparents have stories to tell; encourage them with the The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography in 201 Questions. This is an especially thoughtful and practical gift for older people who like to talk about their lives and have always wanted to write a book. The whole family will benefit from the history recorded in this book.

The beauty of this type of gift is that it shows your elderly loved ones how much you care about their past. You may not sit and listen to childhood stories or past experiences, but you really do care. You’ll care even more once your elderly woman or man is gone…and then it’ll be too late. This gift is thoughtful and heartwarming – especially for someone older who already has everything they need.

Metallic glass markers – a cheery gift

Vino Marker Metallic Wine Glass Pens allow people to write their names directly onto their glasses and cups — but not just for wine drinkers!. The marker easily washes off the glass, so guests and write and draw to their heart’s content. These markers aren’t just for wine glasses – you can write your name or a message on highball glasses, beer steins, or even coffee mugs.

I often include a variety of food and beverage ideas in my gift tips and ideas for parents articles, such as gift baskets and gourmet food selections, because gift baskets are so celebratory and holiday-ish, and moms and dads love to share the gifts they get. The assortment of gourmet nuts, chocolates, and dried fruit that you find in a basket or selection can be enjoyed by the whole family. And, this gift is an experience that lasts and can be enjoyed – not just a figurine to put on a shelf.

Wine saver and bottle sealer – the perfect gift for elderly parents who sip wine

The Vacu Vin Vacuum Wine Saver is a bestselling wine product; we have two of them. It removes air from wine bottles, which keeps the wine drinkable for up to two weeks. I love the Vacu Vin because it creates an airtight seal that preserves wine after the bottle has been opened. This gift will allow your older mom and dad to open a bottle of wine, enjoy a glass or two, and save the rest for another day. Pair a couple of these wine gifts with a nice bottle of Zinfandel or Merlot, and you have a lovely gift for elderly parents. 

A Memory Journal for older grandmas and grandpas

Gifts for Elderly Women Parents Who Have Everything
Grandmother’s Journal – Gift Book

The Grandmother’s Journal: Memories and Keepsakes for My Grandchild is related to the autobiography idea for elderly parents, but more all-encompassing. Charming illustrations make this guided journal a perfect gift for today’s grandmother or elderly mother. It’s a wonderful keepsake book that she will want to share with each of her grandchildren. Beautifully designed and offering plenty of space for grandmother to tell her own life story, keep a living record of her experiences, and share her hopes and dreams for her grandchild, Grandmother’s Journal is sure to be a treasured gift!

Each page includes thoughtful prompts to inspire and encourage any grandmother to record her most memorable and meaningful experiences as a child, young woman, mother, and grandmother, plus the traditions, life lessons, and family stories that she most wants to share with her grandchildren. This is a memory book to keep forever.

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Memories Gift for Grandparents

The Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember is one of the best (and bestselling) gift ideas for older parents who have everything. It’s a journal that gently and creatively encourages grandparents to write their life story for their kids and grandkids.

This memory journal features guided questions and prompts to help your elderly parents remember important moments from their past. The questions will help your parents remember and share memories about their childhood and teen years, education, love, marriage, work, community, religion, military service, parenthood, family life, and, of course, grandparenthood. This journal has an inside back cover pocket in which to store keepsakes and notes, and contains creamy smooth pages that are beautiful and easy to write on.

Before you get too caught up in searching for the best gift for your parents or grandparents, remember that you can do no wrong! Parents, grandpas, and grandmas love you no matter what. The rest of my gift ideas are a combination of practical ideas (such as the indoor weather station and the Roomba robotic vacuum) and creative gifts (the gorgeous Secret Garden Wall calendar – delightful! :-) ). Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to spend on a gift for your older parents or grandparents – especially if they have everything.

If you know an elderly woman or man who recently had surgery, read 17 Gift Ideas to Help With Healing and Recovery After Surgery.

iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum

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The iRobot Roomba 690 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is for all floor types: carpets, tile, laminate and more. It’s Amazon’s #1 bestseller in indoor commercial robotic vacuums and floor cleaners. The iRobot is a wonderful gift for elderly parents and grandparents because it’s simple (just press Clean and the robot gets to work) and self-charging (it automatically docks and recharges, so Roomba is always ready to clean).

This robotic vacuum cleaner has a patented, 3-Stage Cleaning System that easily picks up dust, pet hair and large debris like cereal. This is the perfect gift for older parents who have everything; they simply need to preset Roomba to clean when it’s convenient for them, so they can keep up with everyday messes. Roomba works on all floor types, and at just 3.6 inch tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards.

This is one of the best gifts for older grandparents and parents who have everything, but it is expensive. Consider asking your family members to pitch in financially. Pooling your money to buy a Christmas or holiday gift for mom and dad may be the best solution for all family members, because finding the right gift for elderly grandparents is challenging for everyone.

2. Creative Gifts for People Who Have Everything

Finding the right gifts for your parents or grandparents – whether it’s their 30th wedding anniversary or your first Christmas celebration with them in years – depends on three factors: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been away. These gift ideas for elderly parents and grandparents who have everything cover all three factors; they range from personal to less familiar but still thoughtful.

I featured a beautiful lamp on 14 “Sleepytime” Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. If your parents don’t sleep well, you might read that gift guide for ideas.

Digital photo frame that you can load from a distance

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The Nixplay Original 15 inch WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame is a thoughtful gift for your parents or grandparents because it allows them to stay close to you. And that’s the best gift in the world for the parent who has everything: a closer connection to their children.

This digital photo frame is awesome because you can send pictures direct to the frame from your iPhone or Android phone, which means you can share what you and your family are doing, quickly and easily. The frame receives photos directly from email, iPhones, Android and phones. It can also access photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and Picasa.

Personalized calendar with photos of you

A Personalized Photo Calendar Kit is a lovely gift for your mom and dad. You can create the calendar yourself, using photos of you and your family that your parents haven’t seen yet (tasteful ones of course, that make them proud!). I used VistaPrint to create calendars for my Little Sister, my husband, his parents, and my mom last Christmas. I’d do it again in a heartbeat; I just have to remember to take more photos of them.

This is an awesome gift for your older parents – especially if it’s your mom or dad’s birthday. But, it does require advance planning and lots of great family photos.

Time Creating Memories Together

photo album gift for parents who have everything

Your time is the most precious gift you can give – and creating a Family Memories Photo Album together is a creative, interesting way to visit your parents or grandparents. Take a blank photo album, a handful of photos, and a listening ear to your elderly parents’ or grandparents’ home. Even better, ask them to share their photos with you. People love to talk about their life histories, and you may find yourself learning things about your family that may surprise and delight you. Or shock and appall you!

When you’re shopping for the best gift ideas, pay attention to your older parents’ or grandparents’ personality, lifestyle, interests, health and mobility. Also, be open to the fact that while I did my best to find the “non-stuff” gift ideas for parents and grandparents who have everything, I had to include a few “stuffy” items on this list. If you find a great gift for your older mom or dad, please share it with us in the comments section below. This will make everyone’s shopping experience easier, faster, and more fun!

Many of these gifts involve the element of time spent with your elderly parents and grandparents – but I know that not everyone can spend time visiting. My mom is 73 years old, and lives many miles away. My elderly mother and father-in-law live closer, but we only see them twice a year. So I get it – it’s hard to spend time with family.

That’s why I intertwined a few practical gift tips with more emotional heartfelt ideas. I also included all price ranges, to make sure you find the best gifts that fit your budget – and that won’t give your elderly grandparents a heart attack when they open their present!

A book about their memoirs – or session with a life history writing service

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Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever  is a creative gift idea for aging parents and grandparents who have everything. It’s different than a traditional book about writing your memoirs, and less intimidating than hiring a professional life history writer to write your mom or dad’s life story.

Many people don’t realize how much history is lost when their grandparents or elderly parents pass on, and they regret not writing down their family’s life history. This “Oprah’s Pick” holiday gift for older parents consists of 12 prompted letters, which offer an immediate way for grandparents to give the gift of a lifetime to their children and grandchildren. When favorite memories and words of wisdom are sealed with the included stickers and postdated for future opening, this paper “time capsule” becomes a priceless heirloom for generations to cherish.

Dig Out the Shoeboxes of Photos – and Give the Gift of Time

“My parents have tons of photos in packages in a box,” says Allison. “I bought them photo albums and started labeling and putting them in albums, mainly with my mom, to help her remember people. This gives her something meaningful to look through.”

It’s also a great way to spend time together and strengthen bonds between generations (bring your kids to the scrapbooking parties!). A related gift idea is to hire a professional to write your parents’ life history – or do it yourself with a book, such as To Our Children’s Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come by Bob Greene.

A flowering teapot – a charming gift for parents who have everything

eabloom Teapot Gift Set for girlfriends parents

The Teabloom Glass Teapot is a lovely gift for your elderly mom and dad. Let’s be honest: you probably need to be more concerned with buying something your mom will like. If your older dad is anything like my husband’s dad, he won’t really think much about the gift you give. It’s the mothers who are more apt to remember and use your gifts.

The Teabloom Flowering Tea Chest is a beautiful and clever idea: the tea leaves open up and flower when hot water is poured into the teapot. The flavors in this set are best-sellers, including Orange, Blueberry, Acai, Strawberry, Pineapple, Cranberry, Floral Sunset (Litchi), Love Reflections (Jasmine), and First Kiss (Peach). Three varieties are made with rose flowers: My Growing Love, Love at First Sight, and Romeo & Juliet. It’s a fun, practical gift idea that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy using – especially when company comes over.

A yoga, painting, or cooking class – with you!

How much time do you spend with your parents? I don’t spend enough time with my mother-in-law, even though she is an awesome woman. And, I am so grateful to both her and my father-in-law for raising my husband to be the man he is. A creative idea is to give your older mom and dad the gift of time with you. Sign up for a pottery or sushi making class, and go together. Whether or not you’re close to your elderly parents, an experience you can participate in together is a great way to connect and build a relationship with them. A gift idea that offers you the opportunity to spend time together would be appreciated and valued.

3. Thoughtful Gifts for Your Elderly Mom and Dad

I found a hundred good gift ideas for parents when I researched 17 Gifts to Surprise and Delight Elderly Parents or Grandparents. Here’s one idea from that list, and many more gift ideas just for your older mom and dad…

Fridge magnet picture frame with family photos

What Gift to Buy Your Girlfriends Parents

The Wind & Sea Magnetic Picture Collage Frame for Refrigerator is a bestselling gift on Amazon because it keeps family photos organized and easy to see. This is especially important for elderly eyes, which aren’t used to the digitalized family photos!

This Picture Frame Collage holds ten 4×6 photos, and won’t slide down the fridge if the door is slammed. It’s a great gift idea for your elderly parents – especially if they’re struggling with their memory. You can organize a variety of family photos in the picture frame, and they’ll enjoy the creative collage you make.

When you’re shopping for your parents or grandparents, remember that they love their you and their other family members. Your elderly parents have everything, but what they want most is to keep you close to their hearts, minds, and homes.

A Warm, Comfortable Blanket and Neck Pillow for Elderly Moms and Dads

Gifts to Surprise and Delight Your Older Grandparents

Remember how I said the best gift ideas for elderly parents who have everything is time spent together? Well, you could give them a Positive Energy Combo Gift Pack and tell them you’ll visit every week or two to give them a manicure and pedicure.

If you know your parents like to treat themselves to gourmet teas and food, consider a gift card to their favorite restaurant or store. Practical, thoughtful gift certificates for elderly parents include restaurants, beauty salons, health spas, community centers, gas stations, grocery stores, and continuing education classes.

If your parents or grandparents struggle with early stages memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, read 17 Cheerful Gifts for People With Dementia or Memory Loss.

Comfortable Slippers or Indoor Shoes

Sorel Men’s and Women’s Slippers should be at the top of this list of gifts for your elderly mom and dad. Nobody ever has too many pairs of slippers! They can even be shared with guests – in fact, I have a basket of slippers that my guests wear when it’s snowy or rainy outside. By the way, slippers are also an awesome gift idea for friends and coworkers, especially those who are the “slipper type.”

An Easy Way to Make Coffee

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The Keurig Elite Brewing System Coffee Maker was most exciting gift my older parents-in-law received last year.

At first, I thought this coffee machine was a waste of money…until I woke up the next morning and needed a cup of coffee. Bliss, not to have to root around in my mother-in-law’s cupboards for coffee grounds and filters! Now she doesn’t have to brew a full or half pot of coffee when a visitor comes over. This is a thoughtful and practical gift for older parents who have everything because they’d never buy it themselves. It’s practical and easy to use, and the coffee is delicious.

Speaking of delicious coffee, don’t forget to include Keurig Coffee Lover’s Variety Pack with this gift! The no-name coffees just aren’t as good.

A Warm Pillow Massager for Sore Old Muscles

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The  Zyllion Shiatsu Pillow Massager With Heat is a useful gift for parent or grandparent who has the normal aches and pains of an elderly person. She may feel aches and pains that he or she never felt before, and this deep-kneading shiatsu massager has nodes to help relax and relieve muscle tightness.

The heating function soothes aching muscles, and the ergonomic design is perfect to use on lower- and upper-back, neck, abdomen, calf, and thigh areas. The adjustable strap secures the cushion to a favorite chair, and the massager is equipped with an Overheat Protection Device and programmed with 20-minute Auto Shut-Off to ensure safety.

Winter Gloves to Keep Old Hands Warm

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Luxury soft genuine sheepskin gloves may not seem like the most delightful gift for an elderly woman who has everything, but we can never have too many gloves.

Gloves may not be the most surprising or fun gift for older parents or elderly grandparents who have everything, but they’ll appreciate them – and so will you. Why? Because when I visit my in-laws, I always forget to bring my gloves! We live in a warmer place than they do, and I always borrow my mother-in-law’s gloves. And every time, I wish I would’ve bought her a pair for Christmas.

A good pair of leather gloves is a good give idea for older parents and elderly grandparents….unless they live in Maui, Arizona, Florida, or Mexico. Also, remember that your mom and dad – and your grandparents – always buy practical gifts. They don’t need ornaments, they need things they can actually use. And let others use.

A Personal Secretary

This is my friend Maggie’s creative gift idea for old parents (and she calls herself an old parent, so she outta know what they want!). She says to hire a “personal secretary” to visit your parents once a week to write letters, print emails, send birthday cards, or even run errands. “We hired a young woman, Samantha, who had just completed a care aid program. When the family sent emails to my mom, Samantha printed them, and Mom dictated her reply for Samantha to email back. Mom loved it.”

Maggie also said her mom was demanding of family members, so this service lightened their load. It also relieved their guilt about not being able to give her what she asked for. She was one of those older grandparents who really did have everything…but always felt she needed more.

Kindle or other digital reader

Gifts for Elderly Mom Dad Who Have Everything
Kindle Gift for Elderly Parents or Grandparents

The New Kindle Tablet – user friendly and best-selling is an affordable yet luxurious gift idea for your elderly parents. Even if your mom and dad already have a Kobo or iPad, they will appreciate all the extras the Kindle offers. This newest version is lighter than ever, it contains thousands of books, movies, tv shows, games, and magazines, and it comes with free Kindle Unlimited.

Remember that your family members are good sources of ideas for gifts for parents who have everything. Don’t just ask them for ideas, though. Instead, find specific gifts that you think might be good to give. For instance, is a wine stopper a good gift for your parents or grandparents – or are they recovering alcoholics? Asking for feedback on specific gift ideas will make it easier to find the right gift for your mom and dad.

Are you still stuck for ideas for your elderly mom and dad? Scroll back up through my list, and click the gift that most resonates with you. Don’t overthink what to buy your older parents. Be genuine and authentic, treat their daughter with love and respect, and give a gift from your heart. They’ll love you for it.

A Family Locket for a Mom or Grandmother

Family Locket for Elderly GrandParents

The Sterling Silver Engraved Picture Heart Locket is one of my favorite gifts for older parents. It’s an especially beautiful gift for an elderly grandma because she can carry her loved ones close to her heart. The one pictured can hold four family photos – of course, you’d have to insert the photos before you give the gift.

If your “elderly parent” is traveling overseas on a mission trip (a long shot, I know!) read 15 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Missionaries Traveling Overseas.

Surprise Visits to an Elderly Mom Who Has Everything

Loneliness is a constant companion to many elderly people – and it’s unhealthy physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To arrange regular visits to your aging parents grandparents, set up an online calendar of needs and invite siblings, cousins and friends to participate. At VolunteerSpot, people can sign up to take turns bringing a meal once a week, offer a ride to the beauty parlor, or help around the house. And, it’s free! This is especially helpful if you don’t live near your parents or you can’t help as much as they need.“Knowing several people are providing caring gestures all month relieves some pressure – and guilt – in caring for elderly parents,” says VolunteerSpot coordinator Karen Bantuveris. This way, elderly parents don’t need to ask for help or call for a visit – and you can feel confident you’re giving the much-needed gift of attention.

Plan a Party – No Gifts Allowed! – for Your Older Parents

My neighbor’s parents are in their mid-80s – and they still like to party. “I’ve hired a band to play at their house a few times,” said my neighbor when I asked for gift ideas for elderly women and men who have everything. “I invite their friends, and hire a caterer. My parents still feel like they’re graciously entertaining without having to do a thing.”

Planning a party for older people gives them back their power, especially if they loved to entertain when they were younger. Let them decide on things that don’t stress them out, such as the guest list, theme, etc. Having it at their own home – not somewhere else – is the key. Let your older parents or grandparents be hosts again! Hire a cleaner to come in before and after the party, to help your parents prepare and clean up.

An Automatic Card Shuffler

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The Automatic Card Shuffler plus 6 Decks of Playing Cards is good because it’s made of wood. The plastic card shuffler I gave my in-laws is incredibly loud. It works great, but it’s all plastic and it makes a horrendous sound when it shuffles the cards. We laugh about it – we have to issue a warning before using it because it drowns out all conversation.

A card shuffler is a good gift for elderly parents who like to play cards. A few years ago, I bought my in-laws a card shuffler, and we use it every year when we visit them. It’s a good gift for elderly parents who have everything, even if they only use it when you’re there (which is what I suspect my in-laws do!). But I’ve learned that kids like to use it, too – it’s actually a very useful gift for both the young and the old.

Quick Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents and Grandparents Who Have Everything

  • Weekly “how to use your iPad or Kindle” lessons for two months
  • Subscription to a local newspaper or a favorite magazine
  • Gift certificates to a taxi cab service, favorite restaurant or coffee shop
  • Donation to a church, charity, or health organization in their name
  • Home made gift certificates for yard work, housecleaning, or decluttering
  • Gift certificates to a beauty parlor or health spa
  • A gift card for their local community centre (yoga for seniors, water aerobics, and hot tubs are good for those old bones!)

You’ve reached the end of my gift guide for older parents and grandparents who have everything – congratulations! It’s time to scroll back up and click on the gift that resonates with you.

Tickets to the Cirque de Soleil, Concerts, or Sporting Events

I once lived next to a little old lady who had season’s tickets to the city’s hockey team (the Edmonton Oilers!). She went to every game, and took a different person with her every time. It was fun – I went with her once – and I think it kept her young and lively. Tickets to events are one of the best gifts for grandparents because it’s something you can do together. It’s not more garbage or stuff; it’s an experience.

If you know your elderly mom or dad has just a short time left, you might find 17 Comforting Gifts for Someone at the End of Life helpful.

The Last Gift Idea for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything

Gift Ideas for Elderly Grandparents Who Have Everything
Gift Ideas for Grandmas Who Have Everything

An Amazon Gift Card isn’t the most creative gift for his mom and dad, but it’s the most practical and usable – an dit allows them to be creative in their own way. If your older parents or grandparents are struggling financially, they’ll really appreciate the help. Even if they have lots of money they’ll be glad not to have to pretend to like a knick knack, or have to display something in their house that doesn’t suit them.

Finding the perfect gift for your elderly parents involves a bit of thought – so I hope you haven’t left your shopping to the last minute! Give yourself time to think about your mom and dad’s habits, lifestyle, and activities when you’re choosing the right gift for the holidays. Your parents or grandparents may have everything, but there are still gifts that can surprise and delight them.

Remember: the most important gift you can give your elderly mom and dad – or grandma and grandpa – is is your time. Don’t buy them something just to give them a present to open. They’re aware that their time on this side of Heaven is limited, they love you deeply, and they want to visit with you more often.

The best gift ideas for grandparents and older parents involve activities you can do together. Give gifts that encourage everyone to spend time as a family, making new memories and talking about old ones. Experiences create memories that money can’t buy.

May your online shopping decisions be swift and painless, and may you find the perfect gift for parents who have everything – whether it’s their 60th wedding anniversary, your mom’s 70th birthday or your dad’s retirement party. :-)


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40 thoughts on “30 Delightful Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything”

  1. Add this to the list of Christmas gift ideas for elderly parents or grandparents: the MICROLITE, tiny LED light so you can actually read your remote control in the dark, perfect for low vision and really anyone, since remotes don’t ever light up in the dark. I love mine!!! Only $20 for three Microlites.

    And Wii Fit is an awesome gift. I purchased one for my older parents last year, and they love playing it. Not only when the grandkids come over, but when it’s just the two of them. It did take them a little time to learn how to set it up, but then they realized that they could just leave it on all the time.

    This year, I’m got my parents a subscription to Readeo, a cool new website I just found out about. It makes it easy for them to read to our kids online–one of my kids’ favorite things ever.

  2. As one of the “elderly parents and grandparents” you’re referring to – one of the best gifts I have received was a book from my daughter about mothers and daughters and their relationships. She first read the book and, at the end of each chapter, she wrote a note. Some notes were about events or things that we have shared; other times she asked a question that the chapter brought to mind. Then she gave it to me. I am now adding my notes, and then I will give it back to her.

  3. Hi Laury,

    Good to see some tips for Christmas presents for elderly folk. I have to do all my shopping still and a new smart phone for my grandpa seems the way to go. Last year I spend my entire budget on prescription meds for my dad but he is OK now so I have something extra to spend.

    My sister is here with me, and wants me to say this:

    Gifts for the elderly loved ones in our lives have definitely got to be picked out with care, and bought with purpose in mind. There is just no sense in sending them something they don’t want, won’t use, or can’t use.

    Thanks Laury,

  4. Some terrific ideas here. Thank you! In the category of great gifts for an aging parent are games and puzzles, to help keep the mind sharp and flexible. Chess is a marvelous exercise for the planning, problem-solving, and pattern-recognition functions of the brain, and having a board and chessmen of one’s own – be it a simple travel kit or one the elaborate themed chess sets. It can be the perfect incentive to take up the game, either after a lifetime or for the first time.

    If you haven’t thought about a CAMERA for your elderly parents, it’s a good gift idea. Get one with a large screen so they can see the picture better. This is a Christmas gift they can use right away.

  5. Last Christmas we all pulled together and gave my in-laws dinner with the kids. Each Sunday one or their kids ( and their spouce) either brought them dinner, had them over for dinner or took them out for dinner. Four kids each taking one Sunday a month. Oldest to youngest so we can keep it all straight. It gives them one on one time with each one of their kids.

  6. Many adult children and grandparents enjoy getting an oil portrait done of grandma or grandpa so the grandchildren can remember them as they were as the years go by,

  7. Thank you for these lovely, thoughtful, and creative gift ideas for elderly parents and grandparents!

    For my newsletter subscribers: I’ll do our “She Blossoms” Amazon Gift Card Draw soon, and email you the names of the winners on Wednesday. That’s the day I fly to Israel, so I’ll get it done super early :-)

    In peace and passion,

  8. It’s always tough trying to find a great gift for my parents. But I think I did well this past year when I thought of things they like to do everyday and went from there! I ended up making a great gift basket of bath accessories for my mom because I know she really enjoys soaking in the tub. My dad loves to build things and I found some really neat models of famous structures that he could tool around with. Lastly, I organized a day for myself and my two sisters to take some photos outside together. I then blew them up, framed them, and it became the perfect gift! My mom was thrilled to finally have some updated photos to look at of us!

  9. I especially love the idea of making a memory book. I’ve used Shutterfly to make lots of memory books and special calendars. They do a great job, their online app makes it easy to add all the text (in any size font and style) and decorative embellishments you want. AND, they keep every project on file so you can order it later. After my folks passed away, I bought copies of the special memory book for other family members, which meant the world to them. At that point the work was already done, just had to place an order.
    My parents had been part of their local small city theater group for years, and I made a special book just of their theater memories.
    I also used Shutterfly to make a special book for them of pictures of grandkids and others that help them remember and easy to show others. They loved them all.
    Giving older parents back, leg and foot rubs on a frequent basis is a huge blessing to them. They often don’t get touched enough. And it’s great for their circulation, which is usually an issue by advanced age.
    I found my folks were really, really grateful to have their nails and toenails clipped regularly. That may seem small to us, but it was big to them because they couldn’t see that well or bend over well enough to do it themselves.
    Finally, one of their favorite things was special full-spectrum light fixtures (think Ott Lite on desktop or floor models) and bulbs. These make a HUGE difference for older eyes to be able to read again, especially if they have macular degeneration. My Mom couldn’t read any other way after she had that hit her eyes, and she was so grateful. She ended up with Ott Lites by her recliner, in the kitchen, by her bed.
    In that line, to be able to find a way to restore any hobby or activity they have loved and can’t do anymore is a joy to them.

  10. I think a memory book is a great gift! It will give fond memories to the person receiving it and the one giving it can reminisce on the good times!

  11. I’m in this age group myself and love your ideas for gifts! One nice gift I bought my spouse was an extra long goose down throw which would cover him completely in his recliner while being warm and very lightweight. I bought it at Eddie Bauer. Many of us also enjoy large print books, in whatever genre we enjoy whether mysteries or history, etc. Spending time with the person is the biggest gift of all. Many seniors are a bit lonely.

  12. My father loved letter writing and was always complimented on how good a letter writer he was. He lived in an era before email so a roll of stamps and. writing tablet along with a supply of envelopes was always a welcomed.gift by my dad.

  13. A nice surprise gift for my older parents/grandparents would be to clean their home. This would consist of vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, dusting, and moping the floors. Then afterward, I would love to prepare them a homemade lunch or dinner and enjoy the conversations and spending time together.

  14. A fun and meaningful gift to a special older lady in my life was a personal pedicure and manicure! It did not cost a lot because I did the mani/pedi myself, colour and the whole bit. What made it so special was the time for just the two of us to connect, and to give the gift of complete service and undivided attention. : )

  15. Hi Laurie,
    Those are all great gift ideas! I remember a couple of years ago when I gave my father-in-law a homemade rice bag. I bought a hand towel, folded it in half, sewed the bottom and side at the edges, and then I filled it a little more than halfway with white rice. You can add a bit of aromatic oil to the rice too if you prefer with a nice scent such as lavender for relaxation. Then, I sewed up the other end. All he had to do was put the rice bag in the microwave for about 3 minutes and then use it for sore muscles. The heat stays for about 15 minutes. It’s good for sore knees or feet. I personally have used mine for sore neck muscles. Boy, does it feel good!

  16. The post listed a book or help in writing their memoirs, but if that is not an option, you can also give the gift of giving by interviewing parents or grandparents, downloading it onto DVDs, and allowing them to send copies to each child and grandchild. The ability to actually see and hear them goes way beyond a book. By asking them questions and letting them answer in their own way and voice, it adds a very personal aspect. Questions can pertain to how they grew up, favorite foods, changes they’ve seen over the years, i.e. wood cooking stoves to microwaves to crock pots, etc. If they are Christians, they could share how they came to know Christ and their experiences as such. I would give anything to have something like this from my grandparents who all died before I was born and from my parents, who have been gone several years now.

  17. These are some more creative and unique gifts for grandparents, thank you. I need to find something for my grandma’s 75th birthday next week :-)

  18. Hi Laurie,

    These gift ideas for older parents and grandparents are fantastic, thanks for finding them! I think my grandmom will like the robotic vacuum floor cleaner. She doesn’t have much help around the house, and finding it more difficult to clean as good as she’d like.

  19. It’s hard to find gifts for people who already have everything. But this list is teeming with Christmas gift ideas that your elderly loved ones will surely enjoy. Also, it will help you find something useful and will not just sit on shelves and become clutter sooner or later.

    Since they are growing older, they get tired easily and they become weaker, I think it’s best to give them gifts that can help them carry out their daily activities with ease. My favorite from this list are robotic floor cleaner, voice software, tablet and digital keyfinder.

    I’ve created something similar to this a few days ago and it’s a list of Christmas gift ideas and activities for seniors called “Gift Ideas and Safe Activities for Seniors” and you can find it at our Association for Long-Term Care Planning Website. I’ve put stress on the benefits of gadgets to seniors. Giving them gadgets is a great idea since technology has provided relief and ease in their daily activities that they’ve already embraced it. A study made by Michigan State University showed that 72% of older adults with an average age of 68 welcome the idea learning new technologies. I hope this information helps.

  20. Thanks for the LifeBio link, Beth – that sounds like a thoughtful and valuable gift for elderly parents and grandparents. I like the idea of answering LifeBio’s questions to help people write an autobiography or biography with ease. I especially like the idea of trying LifeBio for free and then upgrade for Premium access!

  21. I just wanted to share the idea of giving your parents a 1 year or a lifetime membership to http://www.lifebio.com. This site prompts them with questions to create a “do-it-yourself” autobiography. It is also great for families to share and gather some of the oldest family members’ life stories. LifeBio also has a book called the Memory Journal that is very popular–and it contains the same questions as those featured on the LifeBio website.

  22. For the grandparent on the go, you might also consider gifting GoGoGrandparent (www.gogograndparent.com): we’re a service that lets older adults get affordable rides with Uber/Lyft via a phone call (no app or smartphone required) & ensures a human operator is always available to help if needed.

  23. I’m confused. A parent that has everything and don’t want clutter and you suggest gifts like card shuffles? Each of these gifts for elderly parents suggested except the monthly flowers and membership add to the clutter. And if they have everything, they have kindle already.

  24. Since when was being born in 1965 elderly?!! I was reading this looking for gifts for my older mother, who was born in 1929 – that’s elderly !

    1. I thought the exact same thing…I was born in 1965 and I was all…what!!?? But the rest of these are good gifts for elderly parents and grandparents :-)

      1. Sorry to break it to ya. BTDubs, nice work with the “and I was all…what!!??” Trying to sound like your 10 doesn’t change things. Face it, spring chickens, we ain’t. ;)

        1. Speak for yourself! 53 years old? that is very much a spring chicken. My parents are about to hit 90 and they’re still pretty active themselves. You’re as old as you feel.

          Love the list tho. I’m going to take my parents to a day spa for pedicures and massages. Something neither of them have ever done and will be fun (hilarious and genuinely relaxing and enjoyable) for us to do together.

  25. Thank you, JenB – that’s great advice!

    You’re right, it’s not helpful to just give something electronic like a Kindle or even an iPhone to an elderly parent, and then leave them to it. Best if we can learn how it works together, so it’s an experience and not just another thing to own.

  26. Really think about it before giving your parents a Kindle/iPad, etc. Make sure you’re going to be around to explain it to them! I’m in a public library and I can’t tell you how many elderly people come in, especially after Christmas, and have NO CLUE as to how to operate their newly aquired tablet & have no one around to show them how. We’re happy to help, but it can be very frustraing for them!

  27. Thanks for your idea – I think an alpaca blanket would be an awesome gift for an elderly parent or older grandparent. It is a bit expensive, though…I wonder why this gift costs so much?

  28. If you’re looking for a gift for elderly parents at a higher price point, try out a 100% Alpaca Wool Duvet. Warmer, stronger, lighter than Sheep’s wool. They start at about $800 – just search for luxury alpaca duvet.

    I got one for my older parents (they’re in their 70’s), and they absolutely love it.

  29. That’s a great idea, Tina, thank you! The more creative gift ideas for elderly parents we get, the better position we’ll be in to get the best gift. It really is hard to shop for older grandparents, moms, and dads who have everything.

  30. Another fantastic gift for elderly parents or in-laws is a calendar with pictures of their kids, grandchildren, vacations, etc. I love how personal, creative, and practical this gift idea is!

  31. Thanks for sharing these fantastic ideas! I love the memory quilt thing. Hope I can make one before Christmas. The best gift for my grandmom!