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Buying gifts for family members can be difficult, and as each year passes, it can become an increasingly challenging task. It’s not uncommon to find you’ve bought them everything you can think of, and they are infuriatingly stuck in their ways, as the older we get the less likely we are to take up new hobbies and interests. Sometimes we could do with a little help in forming ideas for gifts. Here we will go through some fantastic ideas for luxury gifts for an elderly parent. This will give you some much-needed jumping-off points to guide you in the right direction.
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Hobbies & Interests
We already touched upon the fact that the older we get the less likely we will be to take up new hobbies and interests. This should not prevent us from looking to buy gifts connected to our parents’ pre-existing interests. If your mother or father is a golfer then there are plenty of options falling under this category. Look at personalized items, gloves, or other clothing with their initials or names on them. Although we did say it’s unlikely that those in the older age demographics will look to take up new hobbies and interests, it’s not completely uncommon. If you do try to introduce them to something new, it’s important to look at something they would like. Even consider re-introducing them to passions from earlier in their lives. Maybe your father used to be keen on mountaineering, it may be true that extreme expeditions might be beyond him now, but more gentle hillwalking and hiking could be an option. Equipment and outdoor clothing would be the perfect gift in this situation.
As well as buying for hobbies old or new, there is a massive market for experience days given as gifts. These can vary, and there is a multitude of options to suit all tastes and budgets. Experience of large events is a common option. You can get a combination of tickets, food, and drink for high-profile examples such as football or rugby, horse racing, or something like the Chelsea Flower How. You can also opt for more adventurous days such as sporting activities, horse riding, shooting, etc. For those in favor of a more gentle experience, meals, hotel stays, and beauty treatments are great options. There is something for everyone.
Around the House
Sometimes we neglect to consider what items around the house your parents might appreciate. Knowing what they want or need can be a difficult one to work out. But with a little imagination, it is possible. One excellent idea is to look at art or photography. You could commission some professional photography of the grandchildren and have it framed? Another option might be to get a portrait painted of the family pet, there are some excellent dog artists out there. Antique furniture and accessories could be a gift with a touch of class, consider something like these tide clocks.
We did speak of personalization briefly when discussing the option of golf accessories, but there are more options when it comes to making something unique. Why not go the extra mile and have some art commissioned that will be personal to the recipient? You could get a sculptor to produce a piece that reflects the personality of your mom and dad. Another one I’ve seen a few friends do as gifts get a personalized number plate for the car. There are also traditional ideas, such as jewelry, watches, and clothing.
If you have kids, it would be important to consider allowing them to give gifts specifically from them to the grandparents. The beauty of this type of gift is that they don’t necessarily need to be expensive to be special. Especially with younger children, you can have them make something such as a drawing or a card. Even home-made Christmas decorations can be cute. Even if the child is an infant, you can have things like casts of their hands or feet.
Ethical & Environmentally Friendly
These days we all have a responsibility to play our part in tackling the increasingly urgent climate emergency facing the planet. This and other environmental concerns make gift choice a difficult choice with all the plastic and single-use items we regularly get through at this time of year. Stocking fillers and toys that come out of Christmas crackers are prime examples. There is a trend in zero-waste gifts for all occasions, including Christmas, which is a great way to go.