A Holiday Gift Guide for Caregivers by Beverly Nelson

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If you know people who work endlessly to make another’s life better, be sure to take this holiday season as an opportunity to make them feel appreciated for all the sacrifices they make. Whether they’re caring for an elderly or disabled person, make things easier for the caregiver in your life by pampering them with gifts like these.

Therapeutic massage. Relieve all the tension and stress from their body.
Mani-pedi. Treat them to perfectly polished nails and a venting session.
Candles. Everybody loves the soft light and sweet smells of a candle. They can also instantly transform the mood of a room and the person in it.
Bath Bombs. Nothing says indulge in self-care like a colorful soak in the tub. Get some essential oils and lotions to complete the experience and have them feeling freshly relaxed and ready for bed.
Coffee. A gift certificate to their favorite local shop could be just the escape they need. You could also pick out the perfect inspirational mug to put it in so they can start their day off right.
Planner. Help them keep their lives organized with a day planner or wall calendar.
Movie night. Sometimes a good night in is needed, so put together a basket full of their favorite snacks, movies, and a soft blanket to snuggle up in.
Car wash. If they don’t have the time to devote to their vehicle, gift them with a fully detailed service so they are driving around in style.
Subscription to a meal service. Make life easier for them by cutting out the shopping and planning when it comes to dinners. They can get pre-portioned ingredients and instructions to make delicious meals for the whole family.
Gift certificate to a department store. Let them buy something nice for themselves without all the guilt.
Hair appointment. Get them a new haircut, dye, or style so they can look and feel their best.
Alarm system. AARP suggests “floor-mat alarms, bed- or chair-pad alarms, motion-sensor alarms, door alarms, audio monitors, and video camera monitors.”
Sound machine. Encourage meditation with a sound machine or CD. It’s important to take care of one’s mental health, especially if they’re caring for another. The Huffington Post notes that “Meditation can help boost the immune system, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, decrease blood pressure, improve your sleep, increase your happiness, and has even helped people deal with alcohol or smoking addictions.”
Flowers. Perk up their day with the bright colors of their favorite flowers.
Mail. Surprise them with inspirational letters and cards or add them to a wine- or cheese-of-the-month club so they have something to look forward to when they get the mail.
Phone accessories. A smartphone sanitizer, portable charger, or phone and key finder could all come in handy for someone who lives a hectic lifestyle.

Sometimes the best gift of all can’t be purchased at a store. Instead, listen and give words of encouragement. Remember that when shopping for caregivers, you should avoid gifts that will require extra work, regular maintenance, or time. You could even volunteer to help out with some of their daily duties or chores by paying for a few hours of respite care. In the end, as long as you’ve taken the time out of your day to make their life a little easier and let them know they’re not alone, it’s a job well done.