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 They’re simplified, but have all the benefits of a full computer. And tech support pro- grams are available to help if any problems come up.
If you’re hoping for a little fun and movement then music might be what your’re after. Help the loved one set up albums on their smart phone or even purchase a porta- ble ipod and fill it with their favorite music. Consider Bluetooth ear buds to eliminate wires or even a headset. They probably already have experience with something
if they’ve been using a smart phone for a while. If so, purchase an app for their phone an help load music or even podcasts they would enjoy.
  When technology needs are met the keep- sake gifts are my favorite because I always appreciate an opportunity to celebrate spe- cial memories. Your loved one will enjoy customized photo books, calendars, puzzles, mugs, frames, blankets, and more. These can all be created for less than $60. Shutterfly is my favorite place to order online but local- ly you can create some of these items at Walmart or Meijer.
Another fun gift to share is the adult col- oring book, along with colored pencils or markers. Jigsaw puzzles are always a treat along with jumbo-sized playing cards.
will appreciate adaptive clothing and foot- wear. Specialized clothing makes life easier for someone with arthritis, limited mobility, incontinence, or other special needs. House slippers with non-skid soles are helpful as are compression socks, which improve cir- culation and reduce swelling from conditions like congestive heart failure. Many new brands offer stylish and fun patterns.
Another keepsake item is a digital photo frame. Some digital photo frames require a separate, low cost USB stick flash drive or SD memory card to hold the photos, others can hold and share short videos. Price range is $40-$150.
Sometimes just sharing the good times with loved ones is most treasured. Consider giving a gift certificate for something they’ll enjoy such as dinner at a favorite restau- rant, or a service such as at a hair salon, a massage, or pedicure. Or take them out for
a meal or activity. During the pandemic this might not be possible but things will even- tually change. You may even work toward planning a fun trip with them when the pan- demic is under control and accompany them on the journey. Be sure to bring journals and record your activities as well as conversa- tions.
Work with the grand children to create special cards, ornaments, or refrigerator magnets. Anything created by grand children will be a prized possession through the ages. Even if they are not putting up a large tree this year ornaments are always precious and can hang anywhere. Visit your local craft store and pick up the kits to create handprints or make your own; it just takes a bit of flour, salt, and water. Price range priceless!
Gifts that help to reduce anxiety are a blessing. Try a new weighted blanket, heat- ed throw, or even a lap blanket. You can get them just about anywhere ranging from $30- $90. For some this may be uncomfortable so help them with it when it’s ready to be used
With a little bit of time and energy you can create the perfect gift basket of goodies for your loved one this year.
Loved ones might also enjoy special chan- nels or apps for the smart T.V. Find those channels that delight them whether its cook- ing, history, or the Hallmark channel. Be sure to set up the channels and remote options. Maybe it’s time for the smart T.V. too.
Gifts that make daily life easier, health- ier, and more comfortable include remote control devices, motion-activated devices, cup holders for a mobility device, or gel
and memory foam cushions. Consider other electronic devices to make tasks easier such as a keypad entry system for their home, smooth touch can opener or automatic jar opener, electric toothbrush, Waterpik, or shaver. Devices that set the time for lights
to turn on and off can be helpful as well as cameras for the front door or other places. Help your loved one set up those that require integration with a smart phone or computer. And get permission to also run them from your phone; it may be a valuable tool in the future. Other gifts that assist with mobility and transportation are helpful as well. That could include paying for a membership to a program that delivers groceries or even take out foods.
for the first time.
The loved one as well as the caregiver
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