I rec'd an e-mail this morning that I didn't get until I got home from shopping this afternoon that read as follows:
I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your 25 days of gift and ornament ideas. I have been following along each day and have used several of the ideas you posted.
That being said I hope you don’t mind my asking but I have an elderly aunt that lives in a nursing home. She is a very spry 92 but doesn't get around as well as she used to. I would dearly love to make something she would enjoy for Christmas but I just can’t come up with anything other than the usual food or clothing. Neither of which she really needs.
Do you happen to have any ideas for something I can make for her?
Thank you so much for any help you can offer.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Always up for a challenge I set aside the gift idea I had planned for today and did a little brain storming to come up with gift ideas for elderly relatives.
Here is what I came up with ~
(sorry...I didn't have time to actually make any of them so hopefully the ideas will help anyway!)
Memory Jar ~
Take a glass (or plastic jar) and fill it with memories. You could do this yourself but it would be great if you could get other family members and friends to help. Simply write down a favorite memory or story you have concerning this special person. It could be a tale about a Christmas past, a silly joke they liked to tell, a childhood memory or other fond memory you have of this special person.
Personalized Book Mark & Basket of Large Print Books ~
Many older folks enjoy reading but find it difficult because of the size of the text in regular books. Fill a basket with a few large print books, add a reading light, page magnifier (these are a nifty little gadget that is about 4x6 flat sheet of magnifying material ~ usually a plastic ~ that allows the reader to highlight and magnify 2-3 paragraphs at one time.) and stamp a personalized book marker.
Over sized Calendar ~
Stamp an over sized calendar for an elderly relative. Make the calendar from 12x12 sheets of cardstock and use large numbers for each date so it is easy to read. When it's put together it will be 12x24 so you can leave lots of room for writing notes and occasions. If you'd like you could have everyone in your family add special dates.
Stamped Card Portfolio ~
Create a selection of cards for various occasions, add envelopes, labels and stamps. Tuck it all in a portfolio to keep it nice and neat.
Bulletin Board ~
Personalize a bulletin board for your relative. Create a special border of photos or stamped images around the outer edge. Add a space to attach a note pad and attach a pencil or pen on a string (so it doesn't get lost).
Tic Tac Toe Tin Game ~
Jackie thought this game tin would also be a good idea for elderly folks. (link in the title)
Well, that's what I came up off the top of my head...I'll continue to add more ideas as I think of them.
If you have any other ideas to share with Ashley or others looking to make goodies for an elderly relative please feel free to add it in the comments section!