It’s the season of gift-giving and money-spending and what seems like a never ending list of people to shop for and things to do. If you or your senior who is receiving home care are looking for ways to cut down on the spending or give more meaningful gifts this year, we have a list of some ways to help you achieve that, while still celebrating with your loved ones like usual.
Using old or new photographs of your senior or their loved ones is a great and unique way to make memorable gifts that will be cherished by members of your family forever. You can put them into an ornament, a gift like a mug or a coaster, or just frame some special family photos that your senior hasn’t seen in a while but that would be sure to make them smile.
Use your talents
Does your senior have any special talents that could be used to make personal gifts for friends and family this season? If Grandma or Grandpa who are receiving home care enjoy knitting or crocheting, drawing or painting, woodworking or any other special craft or hobby, help them come up with ideas on how they can use their talents to make cost-saving and special gifts to give to the family this year.
If you like the traditional way of gift buying and giving, but are afraid that the spending limit gets to be too much, go ahead and be proactive by letting the family know that this year there is a spending limit. Often seniors are on a fixed or limited budget, but still love the idea of showering their loved ones with holiday gifts. By setting a limit, they can still be involved in the joy of giving gifts with a little less strain on their wallet.
Another way to still give gifts but save a considerable amount of money is to draw names. Instead of every person in the family buying gifts for one another, which can quickly add up in the spending department, you can put everyone’s names in a bowl and take turns drawing them out. When you draw a name, that’s the only person you buy for, so instead of receiving numerous gifts, each person receives one personalized gift just for them. You can keep it a secret or announce the names as you draw.
Nix gifts altogether
If buying gifts isn’t especially important to you, or you just can’t afford it this year, consider making a fun guideline this year where everyone has to hand-make presents. These can be as simple as a hand-drawn or written card, a wreath for the window or door, or a book of coupons for things such as a shoulder massage, a home-cooked meal, or lunch with your senior or other family member.
Another idea is to do a family night in lieu of gift giving, where you can pick a theme such as movies and popcorn, baking together in the kitchen, or a game night. This way, the family gets to be together while making memories that will long outlast any gifts that would normally be given.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Wilmette IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.