This is by far the most popular blog I ever wrote, getting more than 2,000 readers on one day alone. I have repeated it every year for those who have not seen it.
I am among the elderly. I am nearly 77, so I have an idea about what we want. Most of us don’t need any more talcum powder, or perfume, or nighties or bath robes. Most of us have homes full of things because we have collected stuff over the years. I have gotten rid of more things than I have left.
What most of us want are things you may not ordinarily think about as a decent Christmas present. But here is what I would appreciate, and I bet your elderly relatives would say so too.
A 24- or 48-role package of toilet tissue; wrap it in a big fluffy beautiful bath towel.
Gift cards to places like CVS, Walgreen’s (good for use with meds), Target, Wal-Mart.
Books or panes of stamps, preferably the pre-stuck kind, and if they still sell them, the good-forever stamps
Gift cards for grocery stores where you or the person lives, for me, it is HEB.
You get the idea; there are necessities for every elderly person who is maybe living on social security that they sometimes cannot afford. Most of us simply don’t want another knickknack or bottle of bath product that are just going to collect dust.
We mostly live on limited incomes, and necessities, especially paper products, can be very expensive. So use your imagination – give us things we can use but might not have money for – and just get creative with the wrapping, adding a set of towels or new bed sheets.
Children want fancy, expensive things. The elderly don’t.
Love from Carol Stepp
Happy Holidays to all.