Retirement has made your parents busier than ever, but you can still show them how much you appreciate everything they’ve done with these unique gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on their faces (or even get them to take time off to relax and unwind). Your parents may have already provided you with everything you’ll ever need, but they still deserve to be spoiled every once in a while! These gifts are especially appropriate if you’re taking care of your parents in their retirement years, or if they’re caring for an elderly parent themselves.
How much do you know about their passions?
It can be difficult to shop for retired parents because they may not have the same hobbies or interests as they did when they were working. However, by taking the time to ask them about their passions and what brings them joy, you can narrow down your gift options and find something that they will love and appreciate. Plus, it'll be a meaningful present that shows you care about their interests and what's important to them.
Inspiration vs. Practicality
Your retired parents may not need anything practical, but you also don't want to get them something that will just sit on a shelf and collect dust. The best gifts are ones that are both meaningful and practical. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- For those who love to read, give them a Kindle or Nook.
- If they like music or podcasts, give them a Spotify membership or Audible membership (or both).
- If they like cooking at home, give them groceries with recipes (maybe specific ingredients they requested).
- A spa day is always nice - you could even book it in advance so they have no excuse!
Give opportunities, not stuff!
Your retired parents have given you so much over the years. They've been there for you through thick and thin, and now it's your turn to give them something back. But what can you possibly get them that they don't already have? The answer is simple: give them opportunities, not stuff. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Give them the gift of time. Spend an afternoon with your parents catching up on old times. Watch their favorite TV show with them or take them out to their favorite restaurant for dinner. Take some time off work and spend the day going on a walk or bike ride together. Even if you only spend one day every couple of months, this will mean so much more than any other gift you could buy.
- Give them a night out in town. Treat your retired parents to a night out in town by taking them to see their favorite band or comedian, or buy tickets for the theater. Plan ahead and coordinate with family members so that you can all go at once.
- Take care of household chores while they're away from home. Cooking meals, doing laundry, vacuuming - anything that would typically fall under the category of chores will be hugely appreciated by your retired parent when they come home after being gone all day long!
- Support their charitable causes. A lot of people choose to donate money in lieu of buying gifts. Why not ask your retired parents what organization they feel passionate about supporting and then do a little research on the organization's website or give them a call?
- Volunteer with your retired parent. If you're looking for another way to help those who gave everything, why not volunteer alongside them?