12/11/2018 | By Terri L. Jones

Have friends and family been hounding you for gift ideas lately? If you’re like most of us, you “don’t need a thing”! At least the things you know about! Here are some functional gift ideas you may not have known existed but may find you can’t live without.

Digital Photo Frame

No more photo prints.

If it’s become a hassle to make prints of your favorite photos but you still want them on display, ask for this high-tech digital frame for Christmas. Just plug a flash drive or memory card with your favorite photos into the frame and you can enjoy a rotating slideshow of your favorite photos in any room of the house. The frame also offers calendar and clock functions.

The Comfy

Here’s what happens when a sweatshirt meets a blanket.

Check out this innovative “part blanket/part sweatshirt” loungewear that made its debut on “Shark Tank.” Snuggle into The Comfy while lounging at home or huddle underneath it around the firepit or while rooting for your grandchild’s sports team.

Hamilton Beach Open Ease Automatic Jar Opener

Get a grip.

Are those jars lids eluding you these days? Even the rubber gripper gadget isn’t cutting it anymore. Just place this automatic jar opener on the lid of any jar – no matter the size – and press a button and voilà, your jar will loosen up without any effort of your own. It’s one of the most stress-preventing functional gift ideas.

Extra Long Professional Silicone Oven Mitt 

Hot stuff.

You may look like you have lobster hands, but these extra-long silicone oven mitts will ensure that your fingers, as well as your wrists and forearms, don’t ever get burned again. I have a pair and can personally vouch for their effectiveness!

Flower of the Month Club Subscription

Flower power.

Everyone likes to come home to flowers. They brighten a home like nothing else! Now you can have flowers delivered to you every month with the “Flower of the Month Club.”

Save this gift idea, which is on the higher end of the price scale, for that someone in your life or your kids!

Bonus: Magnetic Fasteners

A great stocking stuffer, too!

Do you have a hard time fastening and unfastening necklaces and bracelets these days? Try these magnetic fasteners for easy on and off.

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