The best gifts for caregivers are ones that make them feel supported and give them well-deserved time off from caregiving.
That way, they’ll get a chance to rest, recharge, and have some fun. Here are our top 10 holiday gifts for caregivers.
1. REGULAR BREAKS
Caring for an older adult takes a major toll on the mind and body. What caregivers need most is to take regular breaks to rest, recharge, and take care of their own health.
An amazing gift would be to commit to helping with caregiving tasks on a regular basis. That could mean one weekend every few months, one day a month, 3 hours each week, 2 hours every other week – whatever you can commit to will be a big help.
If you can’t help in person, consider a gift card to help pay for in-home care or respite care for their older adult so they can still get some time off.
2. SET UP A SERIES OF COFFEE DATES
Being a caregiver is lonely and isolating. After the holidays, don’t disappear into your own busy life.
Set up a schedule for regular coffee or tea dates so you can continue to show your support throughout the year.
If you’re in the area, take them out to their favorite coffee shop or bring their favorite beverage to the house. If you live far away, give them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop, like Starbucks, and make a phone date so they can sip their favorite drink while you catch up.
While you’re chatting, don’t forget to ask how they, the caregiver, are doing. And see if you can figure out how you can help in other ways, rather than waiting for them to ask.
3. RELAXATION AND PAMPERING
Caregivers are usually in permanent stress mode, so they could always use a little help to relax.
A spa or massage gift certificate is a great way to de-stress and loosen tense muscles. Spafinder is a convenient way to find local spas and buy gift certificates.
You could even take this gift to the next level by adding something extra.
If they can’t leave the house because nobody else is available to care for their older adult, it could be tough to use your gift. Volunteer to help out while they’re getting pampered or include a gift card to help pay for some in-home care help.
4. HOME-COOKED MEALS
Eating nutritiously is a time- and energy-consuming task. Taking meal prep off a busy caregiver’s to do list is a wonderful gift!
Load up their freezer with home-cooked meals that can be easily re-heated.
5. A NICE MEAL OUT
Another great present for caregivers is a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant.
A fantastic accompaniment to this gift is to take care of their older adult (or pay for caregiving help) so they have the chance to leave the house to enjoy a nice meal.
6. A CLEAN HOUSE
Cleaning often gets pushed to the bottom of a caregiver’s to do list, but…