30 Best Gift Ideas for Aging Parents & Grandparents

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Are you trying to find gifts for grandparents and other seniors who have everything? Give them something that they will use and help them thrive in their home as they get older.

Below, I have gathered some of my top present suggestions perfect for grandma on Mother’s Day, grandpa on Father’s Day, grandparent birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just because. I have given all of these items as gifts, own them myself, or have researched them and they are on my own wish list.

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    1. HoMedics Shiatsu Air 2.0 Foot Massager with Heat & Air Compression

A foot massager is a functional and luxurious gift that’s sure to delight. Daily foot massaging can improve foot comfort for tired and aging feet. I gifted this foot massager to my older parents; they, my kids, and I all love to use it!

2. Apple Watch

Apple watches are an amazing gift for aging parents and loved ones. This new technology can detect falls, monitor heart rate and heart rhythm, and encourage healthy habits. Calls can be made through the watch, which adds an extra layer of convenience and safety. Apple watches come in larger face sizes, which are easier for aging eyes to see. Both of my parents love their Apple watches, and it gives me some peace of mind.

3. Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPod Pros are great for anyone who loves to listen to music or podcasts. There’s a noise cancellation setting which allows for an immersive experience. The wireless headphones also have a transparency setting which allows the listener to hear the outside surroundings while also listening to music or podcasts. AirPod Pros are comfortable, water and sweat-resistant, and have a battery life of over 24 hours before recharging.

Personalize this gift by looking for podcasts your loved one may like and present the list with the gift.

4. Moen Adjustable Shower Head

This adjustable shower head is an easy upgrade for any shower. No tools necessary to install. A detachable handheld shower head lets your loved one sit while bathing and achieve better personal hygiene.

5. Zadro Towel Warmer

Nobody likes stepping out of the shower and using a cold towel. This attractive and safe towel warmer can warm three towels at the same time. A built in timer provides toasty warm towels, blankets and robes when you want them.

6. Raised Garden Bed

Has your loved one stopped gardening because it’s too hard to bend over to tend to plants? A raised garden box solves this problem. Gardening is very beneficial for well-being and is an activity that can be enjoyed at every age.

7. HoMedics Shower Bliss Foot Spa

Treat your parents to an enjoyable foot spa at home. With age, it can become harder to reach one’s feet and care for them well. This unit has several convenient features including toe touch control, the ability to heat cold water, and three attachments to massage, clean, and exfoliate. Another helpful feature is that the whole foot spa can be carried by a handle to eliminate spills.

8. Simplehuman 9 oz. Touch-Free Rechargeable Sensor Liquid Soap Pump Dispenser

This touch-free soap dispenser is a fantastic gift that is sure to be used many times per day. It does need to be charged but one charge lasts up to 3 months. The funnel inside makes for easy refills and a silicone valve seals the dispenser to prevent soap drips. No need to worry about durability because this pump has a 2 year warranty.

9. Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer

Gift your loved ones the best of both coffee worlds. This Keurig can brew a full pot or a single perfect cup of coffee anytime. Both my parents and I love our Keurig!

10. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

The Ember smart mug keeps coffee at your preferred temperature for up to 1.5 hours. The smart app allows the user to control the temperature and create custom presets. My daughter bought this for me as a gift. It’s something I didn’t think I needed, but now wouldn’t want to live without.

11. iRobot Roomba

Give your parents or grandparents the gift of a clean house. The iRobot Rumba performs scheduled cleanings and even learns and detects high-volume areas. The vacuum can be used to clean carpet, hardwood, and tile. The iRobot Rumba can be controlled through the an app and when it’s done cleaning, it automatically charges itself.

12. AeroGarden Harvest Indoor Hydroponic Garden

This is a great present for anyone who loves to garden or cook. Have fresh herbs ready any time of the year. The garden comes with 6 herb seed packets that are ready to plant. The control panel tells the user when more water is needed and the LED grow lights can be programmed to maximize plant photosynthesis.

13. The Ove Glove

The Ove Glove is a handy gift for any baker or cook. The glove is comfortable, flame resistant, and can withstand up to 540 degrees Fahrenheit. The glove has full finger mobility and non-stick silicone strips to prevent pan slippage. Combine the glove with a new bundt pan, measuring spoons, or grilling tools to complete the gift.

14. Simplehuman Adjustable and Extendable Shower Caddy

This is no ordinary shower caddy. It has stylish design and can adjust horizontally and vertically to store toiletries of any size within reach. There are several different sizes to choose from and it even has space to accommodate a handheld shower head hose. This super device even comes with a 5 year warranty and is completely rust-proof.

15. Moen Safety Grab Bar with Built-in Shelf

This soap dish, grab bar combo will add both style and function to your parents’ shower. You will have peace of mind knowing they have a safe grab bar to use to get in and out of the tub/shower. They will feel more confident with bathing as they age.

16. Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty may seem like a gag gift, but it’s actually a really great device for aging parents (or anyone). Assuming a squatting position naturally assists bowel elimination, a process that often becomes more difficult with age. Want more proof? Constipation, bloating, and hemorrhoids are less common in countries where it’s customary to squat.

17. Simplehuman 8″ Round Sensor Makeup Mirror with Touch-Control 

Aging eyes require more light so this smart lighted mirror is a fantastic gift. It allows the user to adjust brightness with a touch and can magnify 5x. The lights are guaranteed to last 40,000 hours and there is a 5 year warranty. The stylish mirror comes in a variety of finishes to fit any bathroom décor.

18. Moen Grab Bar with Integrated Toilet Paper Holder

This elegant toilet paper holder increases bathroom safety because it doubles as a grab bar. It’s a perfect way to help a parent or grandparent who needs some assistance to get on and off the toilet.

19. Orthopedic Knee Pillow

If your loved one has back or hip pain, this gift could provide some much needed relief. The pillow fits between the knees to align the body to promote better sleeping posture.

20. LEVOIT Air Purifier

This air purifier may seem like an unlikely gift, but promoting better air quality is a wonderful present. Those who have allergies, breathing difficulties, and pets would appreciate this unit which includes a sleep mode to reduce noise.

21. HoMedics® Deep Sleep Revitalize Sleep Sound Alarm Clock

Give the gift of better sleep. This alarm clock works overtime as a noise machine and speaker. It can even connect to any phone via Bluetooth. There are 8 programs, 4 white-noise tones, and 10 additional sounds including 2 designed for meditation.

22. Ellia Essential Oil Diffuser

Ellia essential oil diffusers provide aromatherapy via a wide variety of beautiful designs to match any style. This elegant model features a timer, the ability to play relaxing sounds, and has brightness and color control. My Ellia is a beautiful and functional addition to the top of my bedroom dresser.

23. PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer 

This is a very popular and practical gift. Phones are notorious for having lots of germs and hidden spaces where they can hide. This device not only charges the phone, but also kills 99.9% of bacteria lurking on the phone.

24. Tile 4-Pack

Tiles are great for people with memory issues or who misplace their keys or wallet frequently. Just attach a tile to an important item and if it’s lost, it can be found using a sound or phone tracking app. All of the tiles are water resistant.

25. Ring Video Doorbell 

This doorbell not only improves home safety but is also very convenient since it allows loved ones to see, hear, and talk to someone at the front door through their phone from anywhere. The ring notifies the user when there is motion by the door through the Ring app. This smart doorbell is easy to install and set up and comes in a variety of models and finishes.

26. Simplehuman 45 Liter Rectangular Hands-Free Kitchen Step Trash Can

Everyday convenience makes a nice gift. This trash has many great features including a soft close lid, liner storage pocket, rim to secure and hide the liner, drip tray for easy cleaning, and a 5 year warranty. It’s durable, wide step is designed to last for 150,000 uses.

27. Google Nest Learning Thermostat

The Google Nest thermostat learns your daily schedule to save energy while maintaining a comfortable home temperature. The device is simple to install, easy to read with a smart screen display, and can help to reduce energy costs.

28. Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal Lightweight Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

This lightweight, cordless vacuum makes cleaning a breeze even with the challenge of pet hair. No more dragging around a bulky, heavy vacuum. It has 3 cleaning modes and a battery that can last up to 60 minutes before needing a recharge. I like these vacuums so much that I have two of them.

29. Google Nest Protect Alarm-Smoke Carbon Monoxide Detector

The Google Nest smoke and carbon monoxide detector has so many innovative features. It quickly identifies and announces the location and type of fire or CO and allows you to silence the alarm from your phone. It also tests itself on a schedule after notifying you, does not chirp when the battery is low because it tests it’s own batteries, and has a motion-sensor light to help guide the way in the dark. The detector is easy to install, and can be programmed to send alerts to your phone when you are not at home. I bought this for my parents last year and they are still talking about how impressive it is.

30. Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager 

Melt away back tension with this massager that features 3 different speeds and 8 deep-kneading Shiatsu massage nodes. The massager heats to soothe muscles, features a 20 minute automatic shutoff, and can also be used on the back, legs, and waist. This is one device I can’t live without to relieve knots in my neck after too many hours at the computer.

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