By Cindy Laverty, AgingCare.com
Have you ever agonized over what gift to give your mom or dad or elderly relative? If youíre like most of us, then the answer is: Yes. I remember so clearly wondering what to buy, so I put it off because I didnít knowóand Bob, (my former father-in-law who I cared for) already had everything, not to mention that he didnít do much of anything, so what could I possibly give? I would give anything now if I had just one more birthday or holiday to shop for him. Sometimes lessons come to us when itís too late.
I am here to tell youóit doesnít matter. Stop agonizing and enjoy the process of giving a gift to someone you love. It doesnít matter if your gift never gets used. It doesnít matter if you donít receive accolades for the gift. What matters is the giving. What matters is a beautifully wrapped gift which speaks LOVE.
Hereís a list of great gifts that will make a difference.
Find a photo from your loved oneís past. Have it cleaned up and framed. Memories create happy moments.
Give a beautiful hankie to a grandmother.
Give a tie to grandpa. A tie says, ďWeíre going somewhere fancy one day soon.Ē Make sure you actually make arrangements for the tie to be worn. Follow through.
Give a music box with a favorite song. DVDs of movies from their past create hours of peaceful afternoons.
CDs of favorite music Ė or better yet, create a CD especially for your loved one with all his/her most loved music.
Make a basket of favorite treats or, better yet, have your children bake something special.
Give a digital voice recorder and encourage the senior to tell his/her Life Story.
Senior Gifts: Itís the Giving, Not the Gift That Matters Most originally appeared on AgingCare.com