Holiday Gift Ideas for Active Retirees

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As the holiday season looms, it’s time to make sure you and your well-intentioned, gift-giving kids are on the same page. You could be subtle, and gently remind them that age is just a number and you would love a gift that reflects your energy and young at heart attitude. Or you could try a more direct approach and tell them to take their rocking chair and … put it on hold for a few more decades. 

The best gifts for seniors are all about supporting the fun, active adult lifestyle. Items can include introductions to potential new passions, shared experiences, fitness and tech gadgetry, or games and activities that keep the brain in high gear. Whether you’re looking to surprise your significant other, or give the kids a helpful hint, maybe the list of gifts below will inspire. 

Digital Photo Frame

A digital photo frame is an easy way to keep the family close, even if they are physically far away. Images of kids and grandkids can be easily uploaded to bring precious memories to life on a continuous loop. For your own wish list, or on your gift list for friends and family, a digital photo frame makes a great gift for seniors. 

Get Back to the Garden

With features like ergonomic handles, gardening tools geared for seniors who want to get down in the dirt—and be able to get back up—are popular gift items.  

The Age Proof Garden, 101 Practical Ideas and Projects is a perfect gift for retirees who finally have the time but don’t know where to start. Filled with ideas to inspire creativity, this colorful and instructional gardening guide is geared for people of a certain age who want to expand their horizons and explore the world of flowers, herbs or vegetables.  

Fun and Games

If you are an avid card player, the Casino 6 Deck Automatic Card Shuffler is a must-have at your table. This device can shuffle up to six decks in seconds. It runs on a battery, so it is easily transported to a friend’s house or the card room at the club. Throw in a deck of cards and this gift will be a hit for sure. 

For Mah Jongg, chess, scrabble, Uno or checkers enthusiasts, there are games designed in larger easier to read formats that will keep you and your friends happily engrossed at play. This is a perfect opportunity to start something new. Buy a chess set for a friend and let the checkmating begin!

Motivate to Movement

The best gifts for older people are whatever gets them up and moving. Buy your significant other a new gym bag to motivate more visits to the fitness center. Transform it into a walking tool kit by including a water bottle, pedometer, and maybe a gift certificate for new sneakers. Or consider a Fitbit to monitor progress. 

For Yogis or those who have been threatening to try Yoga, a new reversible, non-stick Yoga mat will be just what the yoga teacher ordered to put new zip in their downward dog.  

Dog lovers will love a hands-free leash with a zipper pouch that makes it easy to go jogging or power walking with their pooch no matter how big the dog is.

The Gift of Time

When your kids ask what gift you might like for the holidays, tell them the best present they could give you is the gift of their time. Plan a special day to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to have a lovely lunch and then schedule a tour of the Overture active adult community of your choice. This could be a transformative gift that changes your life for the better.