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Elder Loved Ones: Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 1

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When it comes to holiday gift-giving, what do you buy the individuals who already have everything, and want nothing?

My personal strategy for gift-giving has everything to do with honoring my beloved elders with gifts that touch their hearts and souls – something that reminds them of how much I love and appreciate them.

Have you visited Pinterest lately? It is one of the most creative places on earth. I can’t get enough of it. Check out my Pinterest board for many fun and creative gift ideas for aging parents – Gifts For Aging Parents.

Everyone who knows me well will tell you that I am always engaged in a creative project of one kind or another. Like exercising and praying, doing something with my hands helps make me a saner, calmer person.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get those creative juices flowing, here are a few holiday gift ideas to get you started:

  • Could your elder’s front door use a new coat of paint? Choose a happy, shiny color.
  • Liven up the walls. Staple brightly-colored fabric to a canvas frame. Simple. Beautiful. Inexpensive. For fun, change the fabric with the seasons.
  • Hang a kite in a corner. Add a long tail of beautiful, colorful bows. A kite puts a smile on anyone’s face.
  • Sew a colorful placemat; then set the table with brightly colored plastic dishes and drinking glasses. Some of my favorite dinnerware items are available at The Wright Stuff.
  • Give a bedroom a new look by wallpapering one wall. Fabric can also be used in place of wallpaper. Voila! The room is instantly transformed.
  • Memory Box. Turn mementos into a work of art. Accumulate meaningful objects that can be used to create a collage – photographs, birthday cards, and small trinkets forgotten in a drawer can be displayed beautifully in a shadow box purchased at the local craft store.
  • Letter of Thanks. Writing a letter is a sentimental gift elders will cherish forever. Write about the good old days. Did they cheer you on and inspire you to do something worthwhile with your life? Have they motivated you in a special way? What valuable lessons in life did they teach you? What are some of life’s challenges that they have help you overcome? There won’t be a dry eye in the house once they finish reading your letter.

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