As people get older, they become more pragmatic. Even on Halloween day, they want practical presents that will make their lives easier, safer and healthier.
The reason being that aged people deal with particular challenges that go along with getting older.
So, in general, home improvements and items related to personal care and hygiene fit the bill when it comes to selecting a Halloween gift for the elderly.
The most popular shapes of Halloween are pumpkin, witch, ghost, spider web, black cat and spooky eyeballs.
Considering the practical approach of the elderly and the fun-filled aspects of Halloween, you need to select gifts that are a blend of usefulness and creativity.
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Here are 15 Halloween gift ideas for the elderly
…that can help make their golden years more golden:
1. LED Flameless Candles
Specially designed for Halloween pumpkins, these awesome battery-LED lights feature a realistic flickering flame. The Halloween flameless candles are made of real wax, giving a natural candle appearance, and are extremely safe to use.
Thus this Halloween gift for the elderly would certainly give them some added peace of mind. The LED candles can be used inside real pumpkins as well as ceramic- and plastic-made pumpkins.
Plus, the candles come with an easy on and off remote control and timer, making them absolutely simple for seniors to use regularly.
They can set the timer and let the LED pumpkin light turn on and off automatically.
2. Hand sanitizer
This Halloween gift for the elderly would greatly protect them against germs. Seniors are especially vulnerable to the flu.
Let them carry pocket-sized, skin-softening hand sanitizers and boost their immunity! The pocket-friendly design makes it easy for seniors to keep hands clean when they’re on the go.
Halloween hand sanitizers come in a variety of flavors such as citrus, sweet cinnamon, plum, and berry. This way, for Halloween, the elderly get all treats and no tricks(germs)!
3. Gift Cards
To make their golden years more golden, you could give your grandparents or elderly parents gift cards with Halloween designs (e.g. a pumpkin-shaped smiling face) to a discount store, or a nearby grocery store, or even more importantly, to their drugstore.
In order to make it more presentable, you can tuck the gift card in a new wallet, or give it in a card with a note: “Take good care of yourself…because you mean everything!”
Alternatively, you can put the card in a reusable shopping bag, and add a bow to the bag.
4. Deck of playing cards
How about a deck of spooky playing cards as a Halloween gift for the elderly? To add to the Halloween drama, go for a glow-in-the-dark deck! Old-time illustrations or vintage designs would make these cards a sure favorite of your seniors.
With old age, come plenty of anxiety and loneliness. This wonderful gift is sure to brighten the seniors’ moods and distract them from their old age concerns.
Join them in the card games while having a nice chat with them.
5. Fun shaped gel ice packs
These reusable plastic packs are filled with non-poisonous gel beads that hold the cold when stored in the refrigerator. Available in fun animal shapes, the gel packs provide cold relief for minor pain.
Also, they soothe bruises and swellings (face puffiness due to wisdom teeth, etc.). All that the elderly need to do is apply the cold pack to the affected area for about 20 minutes and then rest for another 20 minutes to ease discomfort.
These ice packs are portable and stay frozen from 24-36 hours if kept in an insulated container.
With their fun designs and spooky colours, Halloween potholders add festive charm to any kitchen! Pretty as well as practical, these are an apt Halloween gift for the elderly.
Most commonly made of wool as it can withstand extremely hot temperatures (over 400 degrees Fahrenheit), the potholders protect the skin of the hands from hot dishes, thus making a potentially injurious task harmless.
Gifting potholders to the aged would surely indicate that you care, thus strengthening your bond with them.
7. Photo Book
Spooky yet elegant photo books make great gifts for Halloween. Simply feature your favourite memories with your seniors from one special Halloween or from day-to-day life.
Upload the photos to one of the photo book templates and customize your story with your favourite colours and other design elements.
Get the printed output delivered to your home or directly to your seniors’ residential address.
They will surely cherish this personalized photo book forever as a gift for Halloween.
8. Themed recipes
Food is an important part of any celebration all over the world. Gathering around a table and uniting as friend and family surely add to the Halloween festive spirit.
Then why should the elderly be an exception to this norm? In fact, it’s pure pleasure to prepare themed recipes for them and see their smiling faces filled with appreciation.
Pumpkin pies, pumpkin pasta and stuffed Jack-O-Lantern bell peppers are a few examples of Halloween-themed food treats.
Just be mindful of specific health concerns and dietary restrictions of any of your aged guests.
9. Decorative Crafts
Halloween-themed crafts, a spooky way to decorate homes, would certainly amuse the elderly.
There are plenty of options for DIY Halloween decorations and these surely add a personal touch while gifting seniors. Glow-in-the-dark crafts are always a big hit, for instance, Glowing Jack O’ Lantern Jars.
Then there are others like Spooky Halloween Tree, Halloween Spiders, Vintage Folk Art Pumpkins and Polka Dot Witch Hat (makes a great centrepiece).
Whether cutesy or a little scary, these awesome DIY crafts make memorable Halloween gifts for the elderly.
Surprise your grandmother with these spooky and creative ornaments! She’d surely love these for the festive season.
Drop earrings with Halloween themes such as spider web, pumpkin and skeleton skull would be uniquely creative additions to her collection of traditional jewellery.
You could also opt for a necklace and earrings set with a Halloween theme like the black bat. Your grandmother would enjoy the attention and admiration of friends and family.
11. Door Hanger
Let your seniors show off their Halloween spirit with adorable Happy Halloween door hangers.
A thoughtful Halloween gift for the elderly, these door hangers make a wonderful addition to indoor or outdoor home decor.
Beautifully crafted from wood, the Halloween-themed door hangers are available in a variety of shapes such as pumpkin, monogrammed spider web, witch feet, witch hat and ghost.
From cute to creepy, these door decorations are simple, fun and modern.
12. Hand-painted Wine Glasses
A fun way to enjoy a nice glass of wine on Halloween day, this type of glassware is hand painted with special glass paint.
Also, the glasses are oven cured for added strength, making them top-shelf dishwasher safe. A variety of Halloween shapes are painted, including pumpkins, skulls, witch hat and ghosts.
Your seniors would love to sip a wine from such spooky and funny glassware.
A pair of such glasses for your grandparents would make the ultimate Halloween gift for the elderly.
Ceramic-made and beautifully painted, Halloween vases are great for holding one’s favourite fall flowers.
The elderly would love this gift. A study reveals that fresh flowers make senior citizens less depressed and improve their short-term memory.
So, a beautifully crafted Halloween vase holding fresh flowers of the fall season would do wonders for their well-being.
Ranging from shapes of pumpkins to skulls, Halloween vases are perfectly reusable and make wonderful centrepieces for home decor.
14. Decorated Caramel Apples
The perfect gourmet gifts for any recipients, decorated caramel apples are sure to delight the elderly.
Generally prohibited from indulging in sweet foods, your seniors would love to grab this opportunity on Halloween day.
So, go ahead and make their day by selecting the most exquisitely decorated caramel apples for them! Some of the eye-catching decorations are mini colourful candies, mini chocolate chips, candy corn and candy sprinkles.
Also, add to the fun by going for caramel apples having funny faces.
15. Memory games
Memory declines with age, so it is vital that the elderly stimulate their memory to keep it. Help them boost their memory by gifting Halloween-themed memory games on Halloween day.
The Halloween theme truly adds to the playfulness. The risk of severe memory-related diseases like dementia increases after the age of 60.
So, such fun-filled memory games are a perfectly useful Halloween gift for the elderly.
Keep them company while playing these games and make their day extra special.
It’s Truly The Thought That Matters
It doesn’t need a grand gesture to show the elderly that you care. Gifts don’t have to be pricey or elaborate.
Common concerns of aged people are frailty, loneliness and depression. So, what better occasion than Halloween to brighten up their day and give them the most meaningful gifts possible?
Most aged people will appreciate that you thought of them.
On reading up the numerous Halloween gift ideas for the elderly, take your pick and plan one of the most memorable Halloweens-to-be for your aged family members.
Also, combine it with your time and attention for them which they would value greatly.