If you or someone in your family has ever benefited from the help of a personal caregiver, you understand just how much their presence impacts your life on a regular basis. When the holidays roll around, you may find yourself searching for the perfect symbol of your gratitude for all the work they do. To help you out, we provided some of our top gift ideas for caregivers that will leave them feeling loved and appreciated. Take a look!
A personal in-home caregiver relies heavily upon their hands to assist senior adults in their home. From cooking and cleaning, to dressing, bathing and assisting them around the home, hands are used for just about every task. What better way to pamper a caregiver during the holiday season than with new hand lotions or a gift certificate to a local nail salon. For the hands that do so much work throughout the year, reward them with a little rest and relaxation.
Warm Socks or Slippers
Make your caregiver feel even more comfortable around the home by gifting them some warm socks or slippers. The winter months can be harsh on the feet and there’s not much worse than feeling cold. Socks or slippers, whether worn in your house or in theirs, will be a welcome retreat that will make them think of you every time they wear them.
Gift Cards to a Local Store or Restaurant
Another thoughtful gift for a caregiver is a gift card to a local store or restaurant you know they like. This provides them with something they can enjoy during their off hours either alone or with family and friends. More than just a cash bonus, a gift card shows you put thought into the gesture and that you know enough about them to know what stores and restaurants they prefer.
Much like warm slippers, a cozy and comfortable sweater is a great present because you can never have too many! Stick to neutral colors, unless you know a color they really like. For extra convenience, choose a style that zips half way or the full way down the center so they can put it on or take it off as they please.
A Keepsake or Craft
Finally, an extremely thoughtful gift for a personal caregiver is a keepsake or handmade craft that reminds them of the person for whom they care. Do you have any photos of your loved one and their caregiver? Consider framing it or placing it in a photo album with some other photos and quotes that are relevant to their relationship. Or if you or your loved one are crafty, consider hand-making them something like a scarf, blanket, mittens, or a painting. More than just a gift you can buy, this shows them that you personally care enough to take your own time to make them something from the heart.
Who is on your holiday gift list this year? These thoughtful gift ideas are great for more than just personal caregivers. Get inspired to give the gift of love this year.