12/17/2019 | By Terri L. Jones

Do the seniors on your Christmas list have everything they need or want (not to mention, an attic full of stuff that they don’t!)? Have you plain run out of clever gift ideas? I know I have, so I went in search of some inspiration. Here’s what I came up with.

1. Reading Material

If your loved one is a voracious reader, why not give them a subscription to Book of the Month? Readers choose from a selection of books that have been selected by experts who know what’s popular and getting good reviews. The book they choose each month will show up at their doorstep … ready to dive into. Give 12 books for $149.99 at

2. Learning Experience

Everyone wants to learn something new or broaden their knowledge in a particular field (or fields) of interest. What better way than to learn from someone at the top of that field? With MasterClass, celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, Steve Martin, and Jane Goodall teach about cooking, comedy, conservation, and much more! Get an all-access pass (which means the gift recipient can take as many online classes as they choose) for $180 at

3. Life History

Has your loved one always wanted to write his or her memoirs? Here’s the next best thing! A journal of sorts (of past rather than current experiences), My Life Story – So Far includes thought-provoking prompts to help your friend or family member recall and recount stories about first dates, life-changing events, and funny experiences to share with future generations. Find My Life Story – So Far for $30 at

4. Personal Treasure

Give something completely one-of-a-kind with personalized coasters, doormats, pillows, blankets, magnets – you name it! Whether you use a photo of their kids or grandkids or personalize with the recipient’s name (or the names of their whole family!), your loved one will cherish these unique gifts for years to come. A variety of companies offer these personalized treasures including and We also have our own list of sentimental gift ideas!

5. Helping Hand

But one of the most clever gift ideas of all is the gift of giving back. Ask your friend or family member for a cause that’s important to them and make a generous donation in their name. A gift like that spreads the joy far beyond just you and your loved one!

Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over ten years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide.

Terri Jones