Friday, December 2, 2016

What to Give to the OLD FOLKS for This Year at Christmas

somebody's grandma
If you are like most of us, you have begun that long, arduous task of shopping for the perfect things to give to our family members and special friends for holiday gifts.  Well, how is that going for you?

It takes time and a lot of thought to buy just the right thing.  You don't want to overspend, but then money isn't really the issue, is it?  You want to make sure that the recipient of your gift is happy, surprised, delighted, all of the above and more.  So, where do you begin? More to worry about...what do you get that grandparent, elderly aunt and uncle, or other "seasoned" person that seems to have everything that they need?

In a recent "Gift Giving Ideas" section of a prominent newspaper, there was an article with a focus on gift ideas for senior citizens.  I was delighted when I saw the first suggestion on the list....BOOKS.  According to surveys, seniors have read at least a few books in the past year, more than likely, more than just a few. Most of these seniors admitted that they prefer the old style books that you hold in your hand and flip pages as they read.  Most of these seniors commented that they did not prefer e-books because it just did not give that comfortable, familiar feeling that they had from holding the hardback/paperback books.  It's the smell of the paper, the feel of the cover, the sound of the pages that makes a book more desirable among these seniors.

So what's a shopper to do?  Well, you could buy a gym membership for Grandma, or give Grandpa some of your airline miles. or ....give them the gift of time....YOUR time...and a good book to read together, snuggled under a warm blanket in front of the fireplace.  Read with your elder relatives and friends.  You will probably get more out of it than you thought.  And, Grandpa will remember your time together.

Stumped on what books to get?  Look at what makes Grandma smile, see what Grandpa does with his spare time, observe what Aunt Lilly likes to watch on television, and learn about Uncle Fred's favorite hobby.  Find books that make them feel happy and comfortable, and share your time with them as they turn the pages.
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