2018 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Older Adults

Gift box with pink bow ribbon and glitter hearts on wooden rustic background

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a way to show your appreciation for an older special someone, parent or friend this holiday, there are plenty of gift options out there. We’ve compiled a Valentine’s Day gift guide with everything from small trinkets to exciting adventures for your senior loved ones.

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Pretty little things


Valentine’s Day is a good time for gestures both small and large. If you prefer to show your love with a sweet, simple yet meaningful gift, there are a wide variety of options on sites like Natural Life. Their wide selection of charming, bohemian-inspired trinkets include small glass trays, bracelets, mugs, keychains, bandeaus, prayer boxes and small succulents.

Cost: $3 and up

To order: Natural Life


Scoops of sweetness

If ice cream is your loved one’s weakness, then they might enjoy a gift from Nebraska-based Ecreamery. The shop’s 16 flavors of ice cream, sorbet and gelato are available to order online and include Valentine-themed pints with flavors such as red velvet cheesecake and amaretto cherry with almonds and chocolate chunks.

Cost: Starts at $7.99

To order: ecreamery


A get-well box


If someone you love is hospitalized or at home recovering from an illness, this is a great time to let them know you’re thinking of them. One way you can do that is by sending a care package like the “Feel Better Box” available at thehospitalbox.com. The care package comes with stickers for decorating and three bags labeled for opening whenever your loved one needs a hug. There’s also space in the box to add personal touches like photos, books or their favorite treats.

Cost: $19.99

To order: The Feel Better Box



A cookbook for two

Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen


Most cookbooks offer recipes for a family, and are meant to serve four or more. But many people in their 50s and beyond either live alone or with just one other person. If they enjoy cooking but aren’t keen on leftovers, consider gifting them a cookbook that caters to smaller households.

“The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook” from America’s Test Kitchen provides cooking tips and foolproof recipes of all kinds including soups and desserts made for two.


To order: Amazon.com



Handwritten memories

adorable girl writing greeting card

There are lots of ways to memorialize time spent with loved ones, and hand-written notes are always appreciated. The company greetingStory offers a box full of cards labeled with questions like, “What do you admire about your grandparents?” and “What are your favorite activities to do with your grandparents?” Kids can fill the cards out to capture these memories in their own writing. Boxes come with packs of 12, 24 or 48 cards.

Cost: starts at $29

To order: greetingStory


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A comfy medical gown alternative

Courtesy of GetJanes

If your aging loved one spends a lot of time in the hospital or doctor’s office, they may appreciate this Jacks and Janes “wellness gown,” a welcome alternative to the hospital gown. These garments are warm and lightweight and provide more coverage than the traditional medical gowns. They can be used at the doctor’s office or hospital and then brought home and washed for the next visit. Each gown comes with a bag for easy transport.


Cost: $55

To order: GetJanes


All-inclusive entertainment



If your aging loved one is the person who already has everything when it comes to material goods, you may want to think about a subscription service this Valentine’s Day like the one from Amazon Prime.

They won’t just get free shipping (which can come in handy when he or she would prefer not to run errands in the cold), but a range of entertainment options including videos and movies, a free e-book download each month, unlimited music streaming and photo storage.


Cost: $99 per year

To order: Amazon Prime


A good night’s sleep

Courtesy of Nightingale


If you know someone who has trouble sleeping, consider a gift that could help them get more zzzzzz’s. One option is the Nightingale Sleep System, which uses “sound blankets” to block out noises like snoring in nearby bedrooms. According Nightingale, the device can even work for someone with a hearing-related health condition like tinnitus. The system can be set up through a phone, Bluetooth or computer.

Cost: $150

To order: Nightingale


Varied costs

An anytime massage

Courtesy of Zeel


As we age, our bones, muscles and joints can get achy and need a little extra care. If your loved one enjoys massages but can’t get outside or just wants to stay in the comfort of her own home, consider gifting them with an on-demand massage from a company like Zeel. Their massage services are available 24-7 in more than 70 cities and metropolitan areas across the country.

At Zeel, you can usually get a same-day massage and some therapists are available in about an hour.

Cost: Varies

To order: Zeel


A day of adventure

Courtesy of Cloud 9 Living


If your sweetheart is far from a couch potato, you may want to consider giving them the gift of adventure this Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of ways to do this – an online search brings up many results. Or you can try a company like Cloud 9 Living, which offers golf lessons from a pro, dinner cruises, flying and driving lessons or helicopter rides. Options vary depending upon the locale.

Cost: Varies

To order: Cloud 9 Living


Legos for adults

Sphere made of random colored toy blocks. 3D Rendering

Legos aren’t just for kids anymore. If your Valentine likes to work with their hands, Lego offers a surprising range of sets that adults love. He or she might enjoy building an old-time fishing store, a double-decker London bus, a Disney castle, a winter village or 50s-style diner. Building with Legos can be a great way for your loved one to pass the time while improving their dexterity.

Cost: Varies

To order: Lego


Dance lessons

Courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs, FL

photo courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bonita Springs, FL

If you think nothing is more romantic than sweeping across a dance floor, dance lessons will spark a fire this Valentine’s Day. Organizations like the Fred Astaire Dance Studio offer lessons all over the country. Many of the studios offer private, group and practice sessions. Dancing can help your loved one burn calories, improve muscle strength and provides a great opportunity to socialize and express themselves.

Cost: varies

To order: Fred Astaire Dance Studio


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