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A last-minute gift is better than no gift, but a personalized gift shows loved ones you invested some time and effort into making them feel special.  With today’s technology, finding and ordering personalized gifts – such as customized socks or calendars – don’t have to take much longer than ordering a fruit basket.

For the grandparents on your list, giving the gift of memories can be a welcome keepsake.  Print special photos and slide them into easy-to-handle photo albums, scrapbooks, or picture frames.  Custom photo blankets, photo puzzles, and photo sweatshirts can often be done online.

If time is limited, purchase a gift card to a favorite local restaurant or hair salon.  Many salons offer gift cards for spa services including massages, manicures, and pedicures.  Score extra points if you book a service for grandma and yourself, and provide transportation and a meal afterwards.

Offering to spend time with your senior and treating to a movie, concert, or coffee at a favorite restaurant can be a big hit, especially with shut-ins.  Also, offer to provide transportation and accompaniment to an upcoming doctor’s appointment.

Practical gifts are especially welcome for seniors on a fixed budget.  Grocery and restaurant gift cards can help defray living expenses.  Or write a check for the utility bill, and offer to mail it too.  To make them more festive, practical gifts can be creatively presented.  If grandpa could use cash, consider rolling and tucking $10 bills inside the fingers of a new pair of gloves or warm hat.

Other ideas include gravity blankets, which are weighted comforters aiming to encourage relaxation and simulate the pressure of a hug.  Or purchase a heated massager pillow, to help seniors get relief from aching backs, necks, and shoulders.  Other ideas include postage stamps and stationery, fleecy bed sheets, wooly non-skid slippers, puzzles, and indoor gardening kits.

Fox Point : 3300 Charles J. Miler Memorial Highway, McHenry, IL 60050 : 815.322.7166 : http://www.seniorlifestyles.com/foxpoint.

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