Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14th—if you’re a mom, we hope you get some rest and relaxation over the weekend! Many of us are mothers but also daughters and granddaughters, which means we’re busy celebrating senior members of the family while being recognized by our own children. And while it’s relatively easy to find a gift for a young mom—something she’s had her eye on, a gift card to the spa or a piece of jewellery—it can be challenging to buy gifts for seniors who don’t want any more “stuff.”
The best gift is something that’s thoughtful and from the heart—plus, flowers and a handwritten card often go a long way! But if you’re looking for something more, here are three Mother’s Day gift ideas for the seniors in your life. If you have additional suggestions, please let us know in the comments on Facebook!
An experience you can share together
An experience gift is a great way to show your gratitude and love for family members while creating memories together. Depending on your aging loved one’s mobility and interests, you could go out for brunch together, visit a local botanical garden for the afternoon, enjoy high tea at a local hotel, enjoy an afternoon concert or see a play. If mobility is an issue, consider making them their favourite meal at home complete with a nicely set table and a great dessert. You can even have a movie night or play board games together afterwards!
Simple tech that enhances their quality of life
Some seniors are more tech savvy than others, but there are many simple, user-friendly gadgets that provide entertainment, connection and function to seniors’ lives. Consider an e-reader or tablet, a telephone with large print buttons (or faces, if their cognitive health makes it hard for them to remember names or phone numbers), a smart home device or a clock that also tells them the date. There are plenty of neat options out there—think about what would best suit your family member and look for a quality, easy-to-use product.
Upgrade something in their home
If your mom or grandmother needs a new set of towels, some nice pyjamas or slippers, a new toaster or another simple but commonly-used household item, use Mother’s Day as an opportunity to get her an upgrade. It may be best to ask before making this purchase as some seniors may be comfortable with specific products or attached to something they’ve had for a long time. Instead of surprising them, ask if you could buy them a new set of bedsheets (or whatever item you’re thinking of) or ask if there’s something she’d like to replace. She may surprise you with an idea you hadn’t thought of!
No matter what you end up giving the special moms and maternal figures in your life for Mother’s Day, we bet they’ll appreciate your efforts. Thanks for reading, and please reach out to our team if you’d like to know more about in-home caregiver services in Toronto and the surrounding areas. We’d be pleased to hear from you!