5 Caregiver Gift Ideas

November 28, 2017

Is there a family member caregiver on your holiday gift-giving list this year? This group is often difficult to buy for, because the bulk of their time is spent tending to an aging loved one or spouse. Whether you’re out battling long lines during the busiest shopping season of the year or you plan to cash in on digital deals, here are some great gift ideas for the caregivers in your lives.

  1. A journal. Documenting your thoughts and emotions is a welcome release for many caregivers. From simple to fancy, journals can make a great gift for caregivers who enjoy writing or journaling.
  2. An Amazon Kindle or a Nook. A Kindle or Nook is an easy-to-transport reading device that can allow a caregiver to read a favorite book, newspaper or magazine anywhere. Long waits in doctor’s office waiting rooms or time spent keeping watch over an elderly loved one can be more enjoyable with some entertainment. Load it up with an inspirational book, such as Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul, or a new novel by a favorite author.
  3. A smartphone if they don't already have one. Caregivers have a lot to keep track of: Medications, appointments, notes and reminders, lists of supplies needed, not to mention important contact information for healthcare providers. A smartphone can be an invaluable resource for a caregiver who’s always on the go but needs to be constantly connected.
  4. A healthcare and scheduling app designed for caregivers. To go along with that new smartphone, a healthcare application can provide a solid foundation for tracking all that caregiving information. These apps are free or very affordable, such as Caregiver’s Touch for $4.99 or Elder411 for just $1.99 from the iTunes store.
  5. A “gift certificate” for free respite care along with a restaurant or shopping gift card. Offer up your services to provide some respite for a few hours or a few days, and include a gift card for a favorite restaurant or retail store so you know your loved one will get out and do something fun for themselves.

The best gift for a caregiver might not be expensive; it could even be free. If you have a caregiver on your list this holiday season, choose a gift from the heart that they’ll cherish and utilize for a long time to come.

Reprint in part from Angela Stringfellow, www.seniorhomes.com

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