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Personal Gifts Often the Most Popular for Father's Day

You can never go wrong with a personal gift, like a scrapbook filled with photos and other family mementoes.

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Perplexed about what to get Dad this Father's Day? It's sometimes difficult to buy for seniors, especially if they're no longer able to do what they may have enjoyed in their younger years. You can never go wrong with a personal gift, though, or even something that you make yourself. Following are several ideas:

  • Photo album. Why not go through your stack of family photos from family vacations and other memorable moments and put together a photo album or collage. Then, on Father's Day, spend time remembering those special family events.
  • Scrapbook. You could take the photos that you've gathered and include them in a scrapbook with other family mementoes. For instance, if you saw a favorite show and saved the ticket stub, add that to the album along with the photos.
  • Large-print books including trivia. If your dad enjoys books and trivia games, large-print versions are available. Contact your local bookstore.
  • Large-print jigsaw puzzle. You can turn creating a puzzle into a family event. Buy a large-print jigsaw puzzle and work on that with your dad on Father's Day and after.
  • Reminiscence games. Many games are available to help seniors improve their memories. Search the Internet or contact your local bookstore.
  • Homemade gifts. What special things did your mother do for your dad on Father's Day? Did she make him a favorite meal? Or collect flowers from the garden to create a centerpiece bouquet? Why not include some of those memorable touches in your celebration.
  • Special outings. If your father doesn't get out much, he might enjoy seeing a movie or special event with his family. If those activities don't appeal to him anymore, even a vehicle ride to his favorite spots can be enjoyable.

In addition, why not buy Dad the gift of companionship that he could enjoy all year long? If you're not available to spend time with your father, a companion could help him do many of the kinds of things he's always enjoyed including accompanying him on outings and to social events.

Your local Home Instead® office hires both women and men CAREGiversSM, who are screened, trained, bonded and insured, to serve as non-medical companions for seniors. Many CAREGivers are seniors themselves and have much in common with their clients.

Last revised: July 15, 2011

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