1. Send a heartfelt card or letter
Sending a card or letter with a nice message is always a thoughtful way to show how much you care and that they’re in your thoughts.
2. Gift a device that makes video calling easy
It can be tough for a non-tech-savvy person to make or receive video calls.
To make it easier for your older adult to be able to virtually see you more often, consider gifting them with a video calling device and taking care of the setup ahead of time.
These devices do need to be set up to connect to a WiFi network, so if possible, you could ask someone in their household to help get it set up.
Devices that make video calling easier for seniors include:
ViewClix – A smart picture frame with an auto-answer mode so the older adult doesn’t need to do anything to receive a video call.
Amazon Echo Show – It’s like an Alexa personal assistant with a video screen. You can also enable a “drop in” feature between two devices that allows you to make video calls without your older adult needing to accept the call. You’ll just appear on the screen and be able to speak with them.
GrandPad – A simple, secure tablet that’s designed to make it easy to video chat with family and friends.
Facebook Portal – It has Alexa built in and a “smart” camera that follows the person if they move around the room.
3. Give gift cards for favorite services
To make their life more convenient, you could give them a gift card for a popular restaurant currently delivering meals or to an online store.
Right now, grocery delivery services are especially helpful. Or, to make it even easier for them, you could let them know that you’ll be gifting them their next grocery delivery and place the order for them.
4. Send a custom gift basket
A gift “basket” filled with some of their favorite items is a wonderful way to show how much you care.
Everyone would love a basket filled with favorite snacks, beverages, or everyday basics like the soap or socks they prefer.
Whether it’s a mailed package, something dropped off at their door, or a gift you’re able to give in person, your older adult will appreciate your thoughtful effort.
5. Consider other thoughtful gifts
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