#7 A Health Experience: Help Anyone Feel Better
These are a great fit for almost anyone on your list. Experiences that can help reduce inflammation, pain, or anxiousness.
- A Float Center is exactly what it sounds like – water mixed with a high amount of Epson salts that a person can float in to relieve stress or pain. You can find them by searching on Google, like this one or this one
- A Hyperbaric Chamber is breathing concentrated oxygen in a pressurized chamber. Read more about this service here.
- Halotherapy (salt therapy) is great for the skin, immune system, and stress reduction. Here’s one in Louisville and one in Indianapolis.
#8 A Secret Shelfie: A Perfect Space Saver (and Pretty, Too!)
It’s a beautiful picture frame by day, and a storage shelf for decorative bed pillows by night. This keeps the pillows off the floor at night where they can be tripping hazards and collect dirt and dust. It’s great for smaller spaces like assisted living residences where space is at premium. There are also smaller versions which can be used in a bathroom to hold your clothes while you take your shower, and a smaller one to hold your cell phone. Secret Shelfie is also a Kentucky Proud product hand-made by Terry Callahan on her farm in Vine Grove, Kentucky, and besides Etsy, it can be purchased through Amazon here. By Kym Raque
# 9 Connection Gifts
Help Her Throw a Tiny Party
Arranging for someone to have a small tea party (ideas in our new issue coming soon) or for a guy a beer in the afternoon with a friend. When there is chronic illness or mobility issues, it is difficult to arrange for social activity. (Other ideas: a Chess or checkers game, a trip to a local bar, a drive through lights show, attend a meeting)
Be a Moderator
Set up a phone call or zoom with someone they used to know – moderate it – ask questions
Technoloigy is great but can be hard to manage — set up a call with a friend — and you be the moderator. Sometimes hearing can be an issue so plan for earphones and mute when necessary.
Have someone you love, share on a family zoom about a skill (baking, sewing, woodworking, bees) Ask questions so everyone can learn and connect. Remember to record it so you have it forever. Maybe even put it on a family youtube channel.
#10 The Gift of Family Time
Family Photo Now’s the time to schedule a family photo shoot for you and your whole family. It’s a gift that is usually special for everyone in it. You can search for a local photographer on social media or online.
Short Trip to a Place He Used to Live A trip to a town or street that your loved one used to live, work, or play is always worth the time. And, it feels like a special outing. Add in a stop for favorite food from that era or find out and make it yourself. This is a time to find out more stories about your loved one’s life before you knew him.
Family Vacation Plans What a gift of time! You see others doing it (on Facebook) and maybe this is the year to plan a family vacation. It can be a weekend or a week but it does help solidify family ties and you get to know the family in a whole new way. It would give your older loved one something great to look forward to and a way to be with her special people.
We will keep adding onto this gift idea list in the next week. Check back. Or go read last year’s ideas here.