Attention holiday shoppers!
Is there a caregiver on your holiday gift-giving list this year? This group is often difficult to buy for, because the bulk of their time is spent tending to an aging loved one or spouse. Whether you're out battling long lines during the busiest shopping season of the year or you plan to cash in on digital deals for Cyber Monday, we have some great gift ideas for you for the caregivers in your lives.
- A journal. Documenting your thoughts and emotions is a welcome release for many caregivers. From simple to fancy, journals can make a great gift for caregivers who enjoy writing or journaling.
- An Amazon Kindle or a Nook.A Kindle or Nook is an easy-to-transport reading device that can allow a caregiver to read a favorite book, newspaper or magazine anywhere. Long waits in doctor's office waiting rooms or time spent keeping watch over an elderly loved one can be more enjoyable with some entertainment. (Not to mention, you can avoid touching the germ-filled courtesy magazines and save yourself and your loved one from an unwelcome seasonal cold.) Load it up with an inspirational book, such as Chicken Soup for the Caregiver's Soul, or a new novel by a favorite author.
- A smartphone. Caregivers have a lot to keep track of: Medications, appointments, notes and reminders, lists of supplies needed, not to mention important contact information for healthcare providers. A smartphone can be an invaluable resource for a caregiver who's always on the go but needs to be constantly connected.
- A healthcare and scheduling app designed for caregivers. To go along with that new smartphone (or a smartphone they already have), a healthcare application can provide a solid foundation for tracking all that caregiving information. These apps are free or very affordable, such as Caregiver's Touch for $4.99 or Elder411 for just $1.99 from the iTunes store.
- A domain name with one year of hosting. If the caregiver in your life is tech-savvy and the writing type, a domain name and one year of hosting can be exactly what they need to start blogging their journey, a hobby that many caregivers say is a great source of stress relief.
- A "gift certificate" for free respite care along with a restaurant or shopping gift card. Offer up your services to provide some respite for a few hours or a few days, and include a gift card for a favorite restaurant or retail store so you know your loved one will get out and do something fun for themselves.
- A photobook or scrapbook. Caregivers are sometimes so busy keeping track of medications and appointments they lack the time to do what's really important: Document memories. A gift of a photobook or scrapbook can be a gentle reminder to take time out to appreciate the memorable moments--and makes it easier to get started.
- A spa gift certificate. Caregivers spend hours on their feet tending to their loved ones. A gift certificate for a spa treatment, such as a pedicure or massage, would offer some R&R along with some well-deserved pampering.
Caregivers: What would be the best gift you could receive this holiday season? Tell us in the comments or visit us on Facebook to join the conversation!