Over 20 brilliant Christmas gift ideas for retirees | finder.com
ChristmasElderly-FeaturedImage

Over 20 brilliant Christmas gifts for the Retiree

Here’s what to buy when it’s the thought that counts.

Elderly people (aka retirees) have seen many Christmases and received many Christmas gifts. So how do you pick a present that stands out? Well, it really is the thought that counts. Candles, chocolates and books might seem like mundane gifts, but they can be perfect if you make them personal. Try finding their favorite boutique chocolates, a designer-scented candle or a hardcover classic novel.

Here are some fantastically thoughtful presents for the retiree or grandparent in your life.

Looking to buy gifts for someone else? See the rest of our guide to christmas gift ideas.

Our top gift picks for the elderly

Jump to:

Hand and Body Lotions

A nourishing hand cream is a thoughtful and useful gift for an elder.

'Creme de Corps' Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Bu...
Nordstrom
Aveeno Indulgent Scents Gift Pack
Amazon
Soap And Glory Hand Food Hand Cream
Amazon
Back to top

Chocolates

Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially around the holidays?

48 Ferrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates
Amazon
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Nordstrom
Green & Black's Chocolate Library Gift Set - Dark...
Amazon
Back to top

Candles

A beautiful scented candle is a great gift idea for the older, house-proud generation.

Candlefish Candle Tin
Anthropologie
Woodwick Fireside Candle
Amazon
White Wood Number One Flammable Scented Candle
Nordstrom
Back to top

Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are a great activity when you have lots of free time. Plus, they are a great family activity for grandparents and grandkids.

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Use the Force Puzzle
ThinkGeek
Aquarius Star Trek Federation Ships Puzzle (1500 ...
Amazon
The Eighties - White Mountain Puzzles
Amazon
Back to top

Whisky

These whisky themed items make for the perfect classy gift.

Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge
Amazon
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a...
Amazon
Set of 9 Grey Whiskey Chilling Rocks
Amazon
Back to top

Cookbooks

Cookbooks make great gifts for elderly people who love socializing over food.

NOPI: The Cookbook
Barnes & Noble
Jamie Oliver's Great Britain
Walmart
The Instant Pot: Cookbook
Amazon
Back to top

Golf Accessories

It’s no secret that retirees love to golf. These gifts are perfect for an avid golfer.

Golf Push Cart by CaddyTek
Amazon
Cool Cat Golf Balls Set
Zazzle
The Secret of Golf
Amazon
Back to top

Hardback Classics

Why not gift a hardcover copy of a well-loved classic? A beautifully designed hardcover book works as a decor accessory as well as a treasured read.

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Amazon
Jane Austen - Pride & Prejudice
Amazon
The Harper Lee Collection: To Kill a Mockingbird ...
Amazon
Back to top

A Cruise

If you really want to splurge, a cruise is the way to go. This is a thoughtful gift that will forge lifelong memories.

Cruise ComparisonBack to top

Current deals and specials

40% off active wear orders over $30

Coupon code expires

One-time use. Free Shipping with orders of $50 or more. Minimum order of $30 required.

Last verified

Show code SW****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

20% off women’s best sellers while stocks last

Deal expires

Last verified

Up to 50% off men’s essentials while stocks last

Deal expires

Last verified

$10 off orders of $40 and over

Coupon code expires

Plus $15 off $60 and over or $20 off $75 and over

Last verified

Show code SA****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

10% off orders of $150 and over

Coupon code expires

Restrictions Apply Exclusions Apply

Last verified

Show code CD****

After the store tab opens, come back to copy the code

Top retailers for elderly people

Do you have something else in mind? Why not check out these retailers to find the perfect gifts?

Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

Michael Bowley

Michael is a finder shopping expert with a nose for the best deals and a knack for selecting the right gift for any occasion. He loves working for finder because every day brings a totally new and fun challenge.

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
Go to site