Gift Ideas for Nursing Home Residents

Please be mindful of diet restrictions or resident's abilities.

Digital picture frame with family photos

Newspaper/Magazine subscription (related to former hobby or interest)

Plants (orchid, amaryllis bulb), monthly flower delivery

Have Pizza delivered

Tabletop water fountain

Music CD's (nature sounds, old time radio shows like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, George Burns, etc.)

Audio books

iPod/MP3 Players with personalized play list


DVD's (old TV series such as Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, etc.)

Stuffed animals

Clothes, socks, sweaters, pajamas

Shoes, slippers

Hats, scarves, gloves

Nail polish, Grooming items, Costume Jewelry, Lotions, Soaps, Hair clips

Room decorations (plaques, photo frames, calendars, pretty pillow for their bed

Personalized gifts (photo pillow, personalized photo calendar)

Books (fiction, history, etc. Large print)

Magazines, puzzle books (Word search/crosswords), magnifiers/reading lights.

Jigsaw puzzles, Games, Deck of cards

Box of greeting cards.(they can use throughout the year to write to family and friends) Stationery/Pens/Stamps

Craft items/kits

Candy (chocolate, regular/sugar free)/ Cookies/ Hot Cocoa/ Tea/ Something to share with table mates

Photo albums

Lap robe/ Afghan, blanket

Bird feeders

Gift baskets

Disposable camera (and developing)  or digital camera

Purse wallet




Decorative or ornate box for special items of jewelry

A donation made in the residents honor to a Favorite Charity, Local Charity (Second Harvest Food Bank, Sacred Heart, etc.) World Vision Gift Catalog (cows, ducks, etc) from, or (trees to the national forest).