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Mable’s 2021 gift guide for older Australians

Have you been mulling over gift options for an older special someone in your life? We’ve put together a list of suggestions you may never have considered across a range of categories including.

Recreation and amusements

Clever ideas to make fun more comfortable and relaxing.

  • Playing card holder – For those with limited dexterity but who love a game of cards, a playing card holder is an excellent option. $25.
  • Tabletop jigsaw puzzle board – An adjustable jigsaw puzzle board that can be angled for comfort and is lined with felt so that puzzle pieces stay in place. It’s made from attractive hardwood and folds flat for convenient storage. $159.00.
  • Mandala colouring books – Designed to help promote relaxation and mindfulness, mandala colouring books can be coloured with crayons, pens or pencils. This one features colouring pages printed on separate sheets. $26.99.

Gardening

Bring your loved one’s balcony, patio or sunroom to life with smart gardening gifts.

  • Lifecykel mushroom growing kit – Simply add water and reap multiple harvests of nutritious oyster mushrooms, straight from the box. The mushroom growing kit is easy to use, doesn’t make a mess and can be fascinating to tend to. $29.95.
  • GreenWall vertical garden – Easy to wall-mount so that it’s accessible without bending or stretching, the GreenWall vertical garden brings the garden to the balcony or deck. It features an in-built irrigation system and 16 individual posts for herbs and plants. $59.

Technology devices

Isn’t technology grand? Look at these clever ideas to keep your loved one safe and content.

  • Walkie-talkies – Perfect to use at home for family to communicate between inside and outside or upstairs and downstairs, these compact Uniden two-way talk radios are easy to use. The pair can also be taken away from home for use when shopping or at appointments, to increase confidence around communication with companion when not close by. $59.
  • Tracker tiles Tile Mate is a versatile tracker for everyday items. When an item can’t be found, Tile can locate them in seconds. Attach one to a keyring, another to a handbag or wallet and even attach one to a mobility scooter in the case of loved ones going for a journey and potentially forgetting when to come back. Incredible functionality and easy to use. $39.95.
  • Electronic pill organiser – The Handi Pill Organiser is a 28-compartment medication container that can be set for four alarms each day to remind the user to take their meds. It includes a missed pill reminder. $39.
  • The Connected Photo Frame – Send beautiful family photos and a loving caption directly from your phone from anywhere in the world to your loved one’s Connected Photo Frame whenever you like. Your gift recipient doesn’t have to have a mobile phone, just an internet connection. The photos automatically appear as a slide show and the touch screen allows users to scroll them whenever they like. At night, the frame goes into sleep mode until morning. $219.

Health

From sleeping better to enhanced circulation and relaxation, here are some ideas to consider.

  • Neck massager pillow – Relieve pain and ease tension in the neck area with this Shiatsu neck massager pillow. It offers vibration and kneading techniques to work on muscles that have knots and helps to improve circulation. $59.90.

Precious memories

Whether compiling beautiful memories or helping a loved one who lives with Dementia to engage their brain, here are a couple of interesting suggestions.

  • Personalised photo book – More than a photo album, a Snapfish personalised photo book is a loving gift of beautifully arranged memories. Simply upload your photos and choose the style, from simple and elegant to lavish and beautifully bound. Prices vary.
  • Aquapaint reusable painting sets – Specially designed as a mess-free, therapeutic art activity for people living with Dementia, Aquapaint’s reusable painting sets use water to reveal the images. With a range of themes including The Tool Shed, Home Comforts and Classic Vehicles to choose from, each encourages conversation about familiar topics. $34.95.
  • Custom photo puzzle – Create a very personal jigsaw puzzle using a treasured photo from your family’s collection. Choose from 200 through to 2,000 pieces. $25-$45.

Bonus round

Just for fun, here are two more ideas for gifts for older Australians.

  • Insulated tumbler with straw – Choose from a range of practical and attractive insulated tumblers with straws for easy use. Drinks or soup will remain cold or hot for several hours in these spill-proof tumblers available in various sizes. From $29.95.
  • Gourmet gift hampers – Whatever your loved one’s tastes, there’s bound to be a gourmet gift hamper to suit. Starting at $39.95.

The gift of spending time with an older Australian

We can learn so much from the stories our older relatives and friends have to tell. Providing companionship and love are often gift enough, but sometimes you can’t be there to provide it in person. Mable can connect them with more than 10,000 independent support workers who provide an array of aged care services, from personal care and social support to allied health therapies and nursing.

Connect your elderly family member or friend with Mable and the can select their preferred support workers and the services they provide.

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