It IS a conundrum.
My Mom is 80. She pretty much has everything, so, I send her things she won't buy for herself but loves like Godiva chocolates and fresh flowers.
Her last b.d., I got her a cellphone and I pay for it.
I think the idea of a Medic Alert type thing is a good idea (My
mom refuses to wear the tag.) and maybe a Security System for the house.
Recently, I bought my Mom a carbon monoxide detector.
I bought a self-propelled vacuum cleaner for her a while back because the one she had wore ME out and she won't let me hire a housekeeper for her, not even once every other month but I think that's a good idea for older folks if they'll allow it.
I send her Visa gift cards. She can use them for anything including travel, a trip up here, repairs to the house, gas,... etc.
She won't cook for herself anymore but I send gift cards for the places she likes with curbside takeout like Outback and Applebees. (Applebees sucks but she likes it.)
You just have to put yourself in their place and figure-out what they would really like or need.
- Response by jenny12
, A Career Woman, Female, 46-55, Other Profession