Gift Ideas for the Elderly | 6 Houseplants That Make Great Gifts

A Perfect Gift?

Looking for a gift idea for Mother's Day or Easter? If you have an elderly loved one, it can be challenging to find a perfect gift that will be both appreciated and practical.

Common gift choices often have a downside, depending on your loved ones needs:

  • Candy might not be ideal for those who are diabetic
  • Overly practical gifts (such as socks) can be a disappointment for all occasions
  • Jewelry is not always a good option for those in LTC facilities
  • "Clutter" gifts such as plush animals, framed photos, and knick-knacks can take up space and require cleaning. 
Instead, why not give something that is practical, attractive, low-maintenance, AND healthy? A house plant can be all of those things and more. Many people enjoy caring for a plant because it is more forgiving than a pet (it can go a little longer without water and food!) yet still provides a sense of responsibility. 

Check out my article on 6 Easy Houseplants for the Elderly if you aren't sure where to start. 

Why A Plant for the Elderly? 

Besides being pretty, and much more practical than a bouquet that will shrivel and die in only a few days, a houseplant will help purify the air and provide oxygen. Elders who live in nursing homes rarely get enough fresh air, and those who live at home may keep their homes stuffy and closed off. Plants can help filter toxins from the air. 

Also, unlike pets, plants don't need care several times a day. So if your elder needs help with tasks such as re-potting, watering or fertilizing, you can help with this only when needed, rather than all the time. Take the time, and you may find that you have discovered a wonderful bonding experience as well as the perfect gift!