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Published By Hilary Young on November 30, 2020

'Tis the season for joy, merriment and gift-giving! The holidays are officially here, and even if we can't be together for the holidays this year, we can still be sure to let our loved ones know how much we love them.  Here are some of the best gifts for the beloved senior in your life this year:

For The Avid Gardener: Organic Herb Gardening Kit

Whether your loved one lives in a warmer climate or is bundling up for winter, if they love to spend time in their garden, an indoor gardening kit makes for a great gift. This certified Organic Indoor Herb Garden Kit brings the fun of gardening inside by allowing them to grow their own basil, parsley, sage, thyme, and cilantro. As the gift that keeps on giving, your loved one can add the fresh herbs to make meals zestier or use them as a garnish in a holiday cocktail.

For The Budding Artist: DIY Paint by Numbers

With so many of our favorite cultural locations—like libraries, music halls, and museums—closed to the public, we've all been forced to find new ways to incorporate the arts' into our lives. For those who have always admired art from afar, this holiday season can be the time they finally pick up a paintbrush! This DIY Paint by Numbers set provides everything an amateur painter needs to get started: a numbered canvas depicting "the colors of Greece," a full paint set, and four different brushes. Perhaps come the spring, the recipient of this gift might be able to host a "gallery" opening of their talents.

For The Passionate Traveler: NatGeo Destinations of a Lifetime Book

Travel is something so many seniors are passionate about, as they wait their entire lives to retire and visit exotic places on their bucket list. Since the global pandemic has had a debilitating impact on the travel industry, this beautiful hardcover book from National Geographic is an ideal gift for the elderly traveler in your life. Destinations of A Lifetime promises to take you on a "photogenic tour of the world's most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip."

For The Media Lover: Amazon Echo Show

Whether your loved one is interested in the news, listening to music and audiobooks, or playing an interactive game of Jeopardy!, the Amazon Echo Show does it all. Additionally, this model's benefit is the ability to participate in video calls on its 8" display screen, making it easy to connect with grandchildren who don't live near.

For The Spa Lover: Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager

Although it might be difficult to book a day at the spa anytime soon, there's no reason that we can't gift our loved ones the calming experience of an in-home massage. This Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager relieves sore, stressed muscles in the comfort of your own home. And don't let the name confuse you; although it focuses on the upper body, the massager can also be used on the abdomen, calf, and thigh areas. In addition to the massage function, it has an advanced heating function that can be turned on and off easily.

For The Person Who Has Everything: A Generous Donation

If you're finding that it's too difficult to shop for your older loved one this season because they don't really need anything, consider making a donation in their name to a nonprofit. There are plenty of admirable organizations to consider; simply pick a cause that your loved one is passionate about. With so many people in need this year, there is no greater gift that embodies the season of giving.

Author Hilary Young

About the Author

Hilary Young is a writer dedicated to helping older Americans live healthier, more fulfilling lives. She currently blogs for HuffPost50 and Medical Guardian. You can find her on Twitter as @hyoungcreative.

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