Whether it’s your father, grandpa, or a beloved uncle, shopping for an elderly gentleman can be frustrating. Once a man reaches a certain age, he has most likely already purchased or been given just about everything he wants or could need. If you’re finding it difficult to shop for a mature gentleman about to celebrate another birthday, here are some ideas to consider.
An Indulgent Day Out
Some men may balk at spending his money to play a round of golf at the most expensive course in the area. Others may feel the same way about a costly lift ticket at the ski resort or the price of an hour-long massage. If he already has all of the material possessions he wants, give the gift of a special day out. You can accompany him, or gift two tickets so that he can take a friend or spouse with him.
A Specialty Food Item He Adores
If he loves smoked venison, caviar, or real truffles, consider going to the trouble to find the item as your gift. High-end consumables may seem silly, but many people living on a pension may see the cost as extravagant. Even if he is financially well-off, the long drive across town or to the next county to get some of his favored food may be too exhausting or time consuming. The same goes for a meal at a ritzy restaurant that specializes in his favorite cuisine.
A Photo Album or Scrapbook
If children have grown up and moved away to start families of their own, the gentleman in your life may be feeling left out or that he is missing the childhoods of his grandchildren. A photo album or scrapbook that features current pictures can help him to see those who live far away. This is an exceptionally good gift for a man who is not web savvy and may not be able to use social networking sites to see the latest photos.
A Gift of Music
Buying a simple MP3 player, filling it with his favorite music, and then teaching him to use it can bring him hours of joy. Rather than struggling to find replacements on vinyl or cassette tapes, he can listen at his leisure with either a pair of headphones or a set of speakers. Be sure to include a playlist of songs that were popular during his childhood and teen years for extra entertainment!
Buying gifts for him that are both practical and well-received can be a challenge. However, by thinking outside the box, you can surprise the elderly gentleman in your life with a gift he can truly savor.