They are among the most constant and reliable people in your life. Is it any wonder that you might be compelled to go all out for your grandparents during the holiday season? There are few individuals in life more worthy than those on whom you’ve leaned for guidance, support, and unconditional love through the years. They’ve been invaluable sources of wisdom — and they continue to be that today.
What do you give the people who may have it all? After all, you probably feel like you’ve exhausted all of the great gift ideas by now. Fortunately, that’s not exactly true — in fact, it couldn’t be less true! The holiday season finds the virtual shelves stocked with all kinds of grandparent-friendly items that are sure to warm their hearts and bring smiles to their lips. Here are a few ideas to consider giving.
There can simply be nothing more thoughtful for a senior than something comfortable that will make them think of you every time they wear it! There’s no dearth of options when it comes to sleepwear that they can wear all night long — and even during the day if they feel like it. They’ve earned the right to wear anything they want at any time of the day.
Take your pick from soft and plush materials that feel just as good against the skin as they do at first touch. Look for a fabric like flannel, which is light yet still warm and highly breathable. Choose from classic two-piece pajama sets, nightgowns, and robes that help them feel super comfortable on the coldest days of the year. They’ll treasure these pieces that look and feel great. You can even have some items monogrammed with their initials for a special finishing touch.
Given that they may spend a fair amount of time relaxing at home — another well-deserved right — they probably spend an equally fair amount of time padding around the house in their slippers. As people age, they may develop health concerns that call for especially comfortable and supportive footwear. You can do your grandparents a favor by selecting a pair that is truly in line with their specific needs.
Fortunately, men’s and women’s slippers are available in a broad range of styles to meet those needs. You’ll find everything from warm moccasins lined with faux fur to clogs featuring thick and highly supportive rubber soles. Whatever you choose, you can be sure it will have a sturdy outsole that protects them as they walk from one room to the next. Some are even suitable enough to wear outside the house. Choose one with a festive pattern for a holiday-worthy vibe.
At this time of the year, warmth is everything. Seniors, in particular, may feel colder throughout the year, so anything you can do to help them brave the chill in the highest degree of comfort possible will be more than welcome. There are many options, from long scarves made with super-soft materials to nubby hats that will lock in heat to keep them even warmer on the days it matters the most.
Shawls and wraps are especially practical because they can be worn inside and outside the home. Your grandmother will appreciate how soft options like chenille and cashmere feel, helping soothe the chill while adding a touch of elegant and restrained style to her everyday wardrobe. Why not have a scarf monogrammed with their initials? There’s no question they will appreciate this level of thoughtfulness.
If they love celebrating Christmas, no doubt they will be grateful to receive something that honors the season in all its glory. Take your cue from the way they’ve styled their home for the holidays. If they have a grand tree up immediately after Thanksgiving, you know they will appreciate receiving a lovely ornament. Make it something truly heartwarming, like an animal if they’re pet lovers or a design that honors one of their favorite hobbies.
There are other types of Christmas décor you might choose to give, too. Try a festive rug to brighten up their entryway. A tree skirt is a lovely choice if their previous one has become a bit frayed over time. Throw pillows that add a colorful touch to the couch are always suitable, too. The sky is the limit where Christmas accents are concerned.
The quickest way to many a heart is through the stomach. If you know what types of treats your grandparents enjoy, you can easily surprise them with something flavorful and satisfying. Maybe it’s a box full of cookies from their favorite bakery or a regional treat that’s hard to find at this time of the year. Maybe it’s the freshly baked bread that everyone in the family knows only you can whip up like a professional.
You could even order personalized Christmas stockings and fill them up with the little morsels that they love to feast on during the holidays. Anything goes, from candies to chocolate to cookies to nuts. Just make sure they don’t have any restrictions about eating whatever you choose to put inside the stocking.
Show your grandparents some extra love this holiday season with a thoughtful gift that comes straight from your heart. You’ll feel good about your choice — and even better knowing that they love it.