What are some gift ideas for people in their 70's?

@ravinskye (8247)
United States
October 27, 2008 9:54am CST
We have these really great neighbors. We've been here two years now and they treat our kids like their grandkids. They love when our kids come over and play and visit. They have gotten our kids christmas gifts and birthday gifts and even made up special treat bags for them for Halloween. I would love to get them something for Christmas to show our appreciation. But they are in their 70's so I'm not sure what would be a good gift that they would need. So that is where I need help. What are some good gift ideas for a couple in their 70's?
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@misskit (289)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Flowers and fruit and treat baskets are always nice and are a good idea. They say that gift cards are a great idea too, maybe one to their favorite restaurant so that they can enjoy a night out might be a thought too.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks for the ideas. I'm a little worried about getting them a fruit basket. I'm thinking they will give half of it back to us lol.
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@katsmeow1213 (24579)
• United States
27 Oct 08
It's really the thought that counts, you know. I would go with a nice flower arrangement, or something of that nature. Perhaps a fruit basket so it's both a nice thought and something they can use. There's a new thing out called Edible Bouquet, they make something that looks like a flower arrangement but it's made of fruit, it's so cool looking. Or if you have a bread company near you, you could see if they have a bread basket, I did that for my MIL one year, got her a nice loaf of cinnamon raisin bread, and it was delicious too.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks that's a good idea. She likes to plant flowers so I was thinking something like that or even a gift card to the plant place here so she could pick out her own flowers.
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• United States
27 Oct 08
Gift cards are a great idea too! I plan on getting gift cards for the teachers and bus drivers this Christmas.
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@sunshine4 (8712)
• United States
27 Oct 08
WE had a neighbor that was in his 70's and he was so sweet to my kids, so I know what you are talking about. My neighbor had a sweet tooth, so whenever I made cookies or sweets, I would make sure to send him a plate over. At the holidays, I would get him gift cards from the grocery store. This way I knew it was something he could use. Unfortunately, we lost this wonderful neighbor last summer:( My kids still talk about him. They said it is going to be a sad halloween this year since they won't be going to his house to show him their costumes.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
28 Oct 08
That's sweet. I dread the day something happens to our neighbors. The kids are close with them and can't go a day without saying hi.
@tonniek02 (457)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I create gift baskets for friends and family on the holiday. This is very easy to do and everyone love them. First find a real nice (large) basket. This you can find at wal mart in the craft area. They have a real nice wicker basket that runs about $4.00. Then go over to the snack food and get a large summer sausage, box of snack creackers, cheese spead, and green olives, I always put in a can ham, homemade jam is another good thing to put in it. Also get a nice candy jar and fill it with candy and make some cookies and put in a container in the middle of this. pick up a couple of nice coffee cups and get a package of hot coco mix. Get some tissue paper and cut is to fill the bottom of the basket to make it pretty. Place your products around nicely and use the wrap that you would use to make a easter basket with and wrap the basket with this film. Place a nice bow around it and you have a beautiful gift basket that anyone would think you gave $100 for...This only cost you about $25.00 to create. Just be creative!! They will love it.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks! I like making gift baskets too so that was what I was thinking. I'm not sure what all they can eat, but i'm sure they will love it anyways even if they can't eat some of it.
• Philippines
27 Oct 08
Treat them in a theme park, they need not try the rides, but atleast somehow, it will make them feel yong again. If not, treat them in a spa wherein they will be well pampered. Better yet, ask them to join you for Christmas, that way they will be spending christmas with you, and your kids, Im sure it will be a lot more fun!
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I don't think they would be able to go to a theme park. They have a lot of family around here that they visit. They get out more than we probably will at that age lol.
@kedves (729)
27 Oct 08
a gift card is so impersonal .. i think the best thing you can do is get your kids or grandkids to make them a card and make them a gift .. it will not matter what it is because they important thing is that the kids did it and it is more rewarding. when you are in your 70's the feeling of being useful and wanted is more important than a gift card. so invite them over make them feel special and give them the gift that the kids make for them and you will see them light up with happiness.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
That's a great idea! I was going to have them make them a card, but making the gift would be really special.
@Thoroughrob (11772)
• United States
27 Oct 08
A fruit basket, a plant. Do they go out to eat, if so, a gift card. If not, maybe making them a nice dinner that you deliver to them. Is there anything around their house that needs done, that they cannot take care of? Just a few ideas.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks, those are good ideas. I thought of that but he keeps up everything around the house pretty well himself.
@nilugo (348)
• Singapore
27 Oct 08
You are very lucky to have such nice and loving neighbours. I would suggest you give something like tickets to their favourite play or restaurant or even some vouchers for a store which they can buy what they would like. The idea of a basket of fruits is also good.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks. I think I might do a combo thing with something for them to go out to eat and maybe the plants.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
27 Oct 08
I can not be any help on this one but just wanted to say that they do sound like wonderful neighbors and it is nice what they do for you children. I love what you are planning to do for them for Christmas. I love it that they treat your kids like grandkids and as I see it all kids can never have too many grandparent figures.
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@ravinskye (8247)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Thanks! yea we are really happy we got such nice neighbors. When we moved in the people on the other side of us made them sound like royal pains, but they like us lol so they aren't a pain at all.
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@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
27 Oct 08
That's great that you have good neighbors. A really good idea that we got our neighbor (he's 83) last year is one of those thermometers that tells the indoor and outdoor temp. time, date & weather forecast for the next day. They are digital and they have them at Lowes. I think we gave about $25.00 for it. He absolutely loved it. Another reason we opted for it was because he was always talking about the weather. I would also make sur th kids made them soemthing for Chrstmas like a card or something. They'll love that. Good Luck and have and great day!
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• United States
27 Oct 08
You could always make them a homemade meal, or get them a gift card to Walmart (I know this is generic, but with prescription prices these days they may need it), or have the children make them a special craft...perhaps their handprints!!! It is such a small thing to help someone as well, so maybe they need a little help around the house!!
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@metschica25 (5412)
• United States
27 Oct 08
Hello I think any gift that comes from the heart would mean alot to them .Try not to think of the age . However , you may wanna get them a nice throw and a engraved ornament . Candy is always loved as well .You could give them a few things too !
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@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
27 Oct 08
it could be a basket full of flowers, a painting, or new bedding set.
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• Philippines
9 Nov 08
Hi! ravinskye, if i got never on their 70's age already then i might choose a gift which is suitable with their age. I think i would give them a fan, kitchen utensils something that will remind them everytime they will gonna used it. or a dress for party, their favorite old fashioned dress, I think they would really love it.
@ersmommy1 (12607)
• United States
4 Nov 08
I know you may have to splurge. But why not invite them out to dinner? Sometimes the nicest gift is time spent with others. Many older folks don't even get that from their own children. Might be a nice experience.
@ronaldinu (12456)
• Malta
29 Oct 08
If I were you I would try to investigate and see what they need, pair of socks or other garments. Or else buy them their favorite food or check what is their hobby and if they require something in that field. © ronaldinu 2008
@gracie04 (4556)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
i guess it's really the thought that counts..but if i were to give presents to a couple in their 70's, i would give fruit baskets or some grocery items that they can make use of like milk, bread and oatmeal to name a few.
@Lindalinda (4118)
• Canada
28 Oct 08
One thing is sure, people in their 70's don't need knicknacks, vases and other dust collectors. Believe me, I am almost there myself. You should get them something that is consumable, either a fruit or food basket, some bulbs that grow and bloom indoors in the winter, such as paperwhites or crokuses already planted in a nice pot. If they write to relatives or friends, have some address labels with their address made up, give them note cards and postage stamps. Another good idea is a gift certificate to their favourite take-out place or restaurant. You could also make up a gift certificate, stating that you will take them out for lunch or dinner, or that you will take them shopping, or to a local event such as a craft fair or concert, you could get them a pair of tickets to a musical, theatre production or sporting event, you could buy them a membership for a year to an art museum or other museum. You could buy them a certificate from a ompany that does window or eaves trough cleaning for a spring cleaning. You could buy them a ticket to a senior citizen outing in your area. The possibilities are endless, but you have to find out what their needs and or interests are.
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 08
I suppose you could invite them to your Christmas lunch or dinner - I think they would enjoy it. My parents are in their 70s-80s, and my sister's kids would give them mugs, towels, house slippers (keep their feet warm), thermos flasks, pullovers, even chocolates (my Dad's favorite). If you know their likes or favorites, then it'd be easier to shop for their Christmas gifts.
@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
28 Oct 08
well fruit and that sort is nice but i am thinking of a more practical idea like a soup of the month club or cookies of the month club. or how about getting your kids (or others) to shovel snow for them. i have parents that are in the early 70's and i know that there are some days that they do not feel like doing anything, so stuff that is practical would be very helpful.