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A Dozen Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Adults From Those Who Know at The Garlands of Barrington

Garlands member Mary Felden and members of her extended family from Grayslake, Barrington, Cary and 
Minnesota, enjoy holiday festivities at The Garlands.
Garlands member Mary Felden and members of her extended family from Grayslake, Barrington, Cary and Minnesota, enjoy holiday festivities at The Garlands.

There is something for everyone. Really! Finding the perfect gifts for the older adults in your life—who already have everything—may seem tricky, if not impossible. The Garlands of Barrington team members are here to help. They have the pleasure of working with older adults on a daily basis and have compiled a list of gift ideas based on their experience that may make finding the perfect present easier than you think.   


2015 Garlands Gift Guide for Grandparents


Give older adults who are into health and fitness something to support their active lifestyles.  


1. Flavor Infuser Water Bottle - A simple, easy water diffuser because we can’t say enough about the health benefits of water, and flavoring it with natural flavors adds some nice variety to your eight glasses a day! www.uncommongoods.com


2. Personal Training Sessions - Most older adults should workout 150 minutes a week, according to the World Health Organization, so start the clock ticking with a gift card for a couple of hours with a personal trainer. 


3. Fitness Walking Poles – Walking is great, but reap even more benefits by adding walking poles for a total body workout that uses more muscles and burns more calories. www.thegrommet.com  


4. Ozeri Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker – Using a pedometer to track daily steps or the distance of a walk can provide motivation to set higher goals and to go further, especially with this model’s large, easy-to-read digital display. www.amazon.com 


Rev up the excitement for the “techy” on your list by giving gifts with plugs. 


5. The iPhone 6S Plus - This user-friendly phone features a large screen for easy viewing and touch screen technology that makes checking emails, sending texts and face-timing simple and convenient.   


6. Fugifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer - Instantly print photos from a Smartphone that can then be passed around to family and friends or made into holiday cards for everyone. www.fugifilm.com 


7. “Tech Support” Coupons – Grandchildren can reverse mentor a grandparent on social media by setting up a FB and/or Skype account, or they can show him or her how to use an iPad or iPhone with a handmade ticket booklet for “no question is a bad question” technology questions. 


Make a good impression this holiday and for years to come with gifts that celebrate a legacy. 


8. My Life Story . . . So Far – This journal’s thought-provoking prompts make it easy for the senior in your life to record a life history and create a lasting family keepsake. 



9. Photo Collage Pillow – A decorative pillow that features photos of the grandchildren can give grandma something to brag about and something to snuggle. www.zazzle.com 


10. Stadium Seat – Give the gift of comfort and support to the grandparent who is always in the bleachers supporting and cheering for his or her little legacies on the field or stage.  Visit www.fangearunlimited.com or check out merchandise from your local school Booster program.


What do you get for the person who has everything and doesn’t want anymore “stuff?” Think “out-of-the-gift box” and give the gift of an experience. 


11. Organization Coupon – A certificate for a family member or professional organizer to reorganize a kitchen pantry, linen closet or clothes closet, so frequently used things are at eye level and those less used are moved to upper shelves making everyday items easier and safer to access. 


12. Theater, Concert, Pottery Studio or Sports Event Tickets – Having a “date night” with a child or grandchild to look forward to is almost as much fun as the outing itself and is a good idea to get on the calendar before things get too busy. 


This older adults gift guide was compiled by Garlands of Barrington team members Dawn L. Kempf, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Health Care Operations; Jill Lund, EngAGE Director; Nathaniel Szkil, Media Specialist and EngAGE Coordinator; and Terry Choquette, Fitness Supervisor.  We hope it inspires creative and confident gift giving.  


For more information about The Garlands of Barrington, visit www.TheGarlands.com or call 847-304-1996. 


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