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12 Hot Gifts For Boomers, Seniors, & Maybe YOU This Christmas

Goodies and gadgets for the later-aged this Christmas... We have twelve, one for each day of Christmas and you can take your pick of your favorite 8 for Hanukkah gifts.  You'll have to judge which are the best for your boomer and senior relatives; we don't all age gracefully.

We'll start with something that's definitely timely...

 

1. Icetrax Pro "Walking Chains"

Walking on snow and ice?  Put chains on your feet!

As we get older, our balance gets shakier and our bones more brittle.  These are not necessarily symptoms of disease; they just happen.  Seniors, especially, need to careful about falls, because the older you are the longer your bones take to heal.  The Icetrax Pro set uses a proprietary SkidLock™ coil system to grip the ice and snow as you walk, providing stability.  They just slide over your shoes. (Update: This item is no longer available. Perhaps this well reviewed ice walker would be be a good alternative.)

 

Icetrax Pro Skidlock CoilsIcetrax Pro Skidlock Coils

 

Icetrax Pro Skidlock CoilsIcetrax Pro Skidlock Coils

 

2.  Neck & Shoulder Compression Massager

This massage device works by compressing air in and out of 12 air bladders along the neck, the sides of the head and under the shoulders to stimulate circulation, relieve soreness, and loosen muscles.  The bladders are integrated into a 10" thick air pillow which moves with the massaging bladders.  The Compression Massager can be tethered to a chair or you can lie on it.  The remote control allows you to focus in one area or another and program the massager. (Update: This massager is no longer available. But this inexpensive massager gets good reviews and is very simple to use. If you are looking for heat, this neck and shoulder heat wrap looks amazing.) 

 

Neck & Shoulder Compression MassagerNeck & Shoulder Compression Massager

 

 3.  Indoor Rollator

I don't want to rush things but when I do get to the stage when I need a walker (or 'rollator'), I want to get one with an attachable TV tray on it like this Indoor Rollator.  Other features are that the adjustable Rollator is very sleek and very adept at getting around corners. It folds up, and it has a detachable carry bag.(Udate: This walker is sold out. But you can always get a simple walker tray to add that convenience to any Rollator.)

 

 Indoor RollatorIndoor Rollator

 

Indoor RollatorIndoor Rollator

 

4.  Foldaway Treadmill

Boomers and seniors do not get enough exercise today, in spite of efforts of public health officials, exercise clubs, etc. for older adults. Here's a Foldaway Treadmill for apartment living with a lifetime guarantee from Hammacher Schlemmer.  And it's got all the bells and whistles to keep track of your performance, even a heart monitor.  If fitness isn't enough inspiration, put together some inspiring exercise music on an MP3 player. This treadmill comes with two 2-watt speakers. (Update: This model is sold out, but this newest model of the  foldaway threadmill gets great reviews looks great.)

 

Foldaway TreadmillFoldaway Treadmill

 

5.  The Treadmill Desk

This one is my dream gift; with the amount of time I spend on the computer, the Treadmill Desk, also from Hammacher Schlemmer, is the only way I'm going to get fit.  Is it something like walking and chewing gum at the same time?  No, I think it's a bit harder... but it's a nice desk, and it's definitely worth your life to try it. (Treadmill not included.) (Update: This item is no longer available but this other treadmill desk gets rave reviews and is worthy of considering. So is this much cheaper desktop for the treadmill.))

 

The Treadmill DeskThe Treadmill Desk

 

 

6. Brain Teasing 3D Puzzles

These cast iron puzzles are not only challenging they are decorative too.  Five puzzles are included to drive you to distraction - no, I mean to sharpen your thinking. 5 Brain Teasing Puzzles

 

Brain Teaser PuzzlesBrain Teaser Puzzles

 

Brain Teaser PuzzlesBrain Teaser Puzzles

 

7.  The LED Pain Reliever

This little gadget hold 60 LEDs that produce safe infrared heat to stimulate circulation to sore muscles and joints.  The technology, developed and used by NASA, relieves pain (up to 37 percent according to a study) when placed just 1/4" from the skin.  Lightweight and comfortable to hold. (Update: This model is sold out. The new model of the LED Pain Reliever gets terrific reviews and well worth considering.)

 

Led Pain RelieverLed Pain Reliever

 

8.  Cordless Picture Light

Our parents and grandparents have some special wall hangings in their homes.  Show them off with an antiqued brass or polished brass Cordless Picture Light so everyone can get a better look at these treasures. In three sizes, these battery-run lights can last 20 or 40 hours from one set of batteries and there won't be any ugly cords to try to hide.  Bulbs are included, batteries are not.  

 

Cordless Picture LightCordless Picture Light

 

9. Wahl All-In-One Lithium Ion Trimmer

Men tend to get more hair as they get older, but generally not on their heads.  So the latest technology trimmer can help them with the ear, nose, and brow hair, as well as various facial hair.  The other gadgets in the Wahl All-In-One are a dual foil shaver and a T-blade trimmer with three guide combs.

 

Wahl All-In-One Lithium Ion TrimmerWahl All-In-One Lithium Ion Trimmer

 

10. Adjustable Height Magnifying Mirror

This adjustable make-up mirror can sit or stand with you, and even travel easily from room to room.  Cordless, the Adjustable Height Magnifying Mirror requires just 3 AA batteries and provides bright LED glare-free illumination.  There is a 1:1 ratio on one side of the mirror and 5X magnification on the other.  Height raises from 49" to 68". (Update: This mirror is sold out. The new model is here.)

 

Adjustable Height Magnifying MirrorAdjustable Height Magnifying Mirror

 

11.  The Snore Relief Wrist Band

This wrist band has a microphone that can recognize snoring and differentiate between that sound and those of ambient noises like air conditioners for dehumidifiers. The band uses electrical stimulation of the median nerves in the inner wrist, causing you to change position and thus relieve the snoring.  A Chinese study revealed that 80 percent of spouses of snorers recognized improvement in their partners' snoring after two weeks of use.  The Snore Relief Wrist Band is not for sleep apnea patients and it may not be used with a pacemaker.

 

Snore Relief Wrist BandSnore Relief Wrist Band

 

12.  Identity Theft Prevention Stamps

Identities aren't just stolen from the Internet.  All that printed, uninvited, mail we receive every day has our personal information on it.  And seniors have to be particularly careful about their information because of their susceptibility to con artists.  Shredding everything takes a long time, but this Identity Theft Prevention Stamp can just blot out sensitive information from junk mail, credit card applications, statements and more.  Two stamps are provided; ink-pad is additional.

 

Identity Theft Prevention StampsIdentity Theft Prevention Stamps

 

For more gift ideas for seniors, please take a look at 10 Gadget Gifts for Boomer Dads and Grandpas.

Happy Holidays!

Keeping you posted...

(Updated December 2014 to update information.)

 

Comments
Dec 24, 2010
by Anonymous

Gift your elderly with the Just5 cell phone

Consider getting the Just5 cell phone for seniors. I have given my grandpa this phone last Christmas and I see how this phone is helping him in his everyday life. Wherever he goes, I know he is safe because he can use the phone to call for help if he is in an emergency. In fact, calling help using the phone is as simple as pressing the SOS button. I also love the fact that this phone has large buttons, bright display, and amplified sound. Check this phone here: www.just5.com.

Feb 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Gift ideas for Grandparents

I might have to buy the snoe relief band for my husband!! For my grandfather's birthday, I got him a cell phone. Everyone was like "why would you get an 82-year-old man a cell phone?!" But, he had been having trouble finding one to match his needs. I found a prepaid cell phone that has large buttons, so its easy for him to dial, and is hearing aid compatible. The phone is a Samsung, and the plan (in the TracFone network) is under $7 and I will have peace of mind knowing he has a phone should he need to contact us while he is driving.

Feb 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Gift ideas for Grandparents

I might have to buy the snoe relief band for my husband!! For my grandfather's birthday, I got him a cell phone. Everyone was like "why would you get an 82-year-old man a cell phone?!" But, he had been having trouble finding one to match his needs. I found a prepaid cell phone that has large buttons, so its easy for him to dial, and is hearing aid compatible. The phone is a Samsung, and the plan (in the TracFone network) is under $7 and I will have peace of mind knowing he has a phone should he need to contact us while he is driving.