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Today's seniors are taking the world by storm, proving that age is no barrier to living a fulfilling, productive life. So why not give the older person on your gift list something that matches their mentally and physically active lifestyle? Here are six gift ideas to inspire you from The Livingston County Consortium on Aging.
The ability to draw is a gateway skill for other types of artistic expression, such as painting. So, giving a senior a basic drawing kit is a great way to help them embark on their creative career. A good kit will have pencils of varying thickness to enable the user to draw all types of lines, an artgum eraser for clearing away stray marks, and a tablet filled with quality drawing paper. Other helpful items include a straightedge, a sharpener, and a manual that offers basic instructions. You may also want to give your recipient a set of video-based drawing lessons.
The guitar is the instrument of choice for many people just learning to play music. However, the humble ukulele has its charms as well. The learning curve for achieving competency is much shorter than for a guitar. A ukulele is smaller and lighter than a conventional guitar and has a rich, melodic sound in the hands of a skilled practitioner. Quality ukuleles are very affordable and easy to find, both online and in most music shops.
A Return to School
Retirement allows seniors to pursue new goals such as going back to school. Not only could they start a second career, but they can gain insight into subjects they’ve always wanted to learn about. This holiday season, support your senior loved one as they pursue their dreams by helping them pay for schooling. Online degrees are affordable, allow students to gain critical skills, and offer flexibility.
Walking is foundational to healthful exercise of all types. Walking builds muscles, strengthens the heart and lungs, and promotes a sense of well-being. Walkers enjoy fresh air and sunshine while meeting other health-oriented people.
The one essential item for a walking workout is a good pair of shoes, according to writers for Prevention. You can either purchase a pair for your recipient or enable them to buy their own with a gift card from a sporting goods retailer. Quality walking shoes are lightweight, durable, and supportive, yet comfortable.
When buying shoes, we recommend sticking with established brands rather than relying on no-name items from discount outlets. Footwear is one of those product categories in which trying to save a few dollars is, more often than not, counterproductive. Spend a little more and get good shoes for your giftee instead. Remember that older adults may have bunions or other issues that require special considerations.
Wood Carving Kits
Woodworking and furniture building are great hobbies that can turn into viable sources for a second income. But they require a significant monetary investment and, for many projects, a steep learning curve. Woodcarving is an approachable, affordable alternative that enables the practitioner to make beautiful items they will treasure forever. It's forgiving to those with minor hand tremors and provides a soothing, meditative effect for the carver.
As with shoes, choosing a quality kit for your recipient is vital, even if this means you must forgo buying one of the more advanced sets. A handful of high-grade tools is much better than a drawerful of so-so blades.
Assembling plastic models is one of those time-honored hobbies that never goes out of style. Modelers enjoy added dexterity, focus, and personal satisfaction as a result of their pastime. Autos are the most common kits on the market, but you'll also find models of military hardware, spacecraft, and even characters from popular films and TV shows. Besides the kit itself, your recipient will need paint, glue, and a set of hobby knives for removing small parts. Kits range in difficulty from easy to advanced.
Planning for the future is always better than trying to relive the past. Modern seniors are taking this advice to heart by embarking on all types of personal enrichment adventures. Giving the older person in your life one of the gifts mentioned in this post will help them to embrace what's yet to come with excitement and anticipation, paving the way for a great 2022.