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Finding gift ideas for retired parents is tough. Shoot, it feels like finding the perfect gift for anyone is difficult for me. Especially when they use the common line: “I don’t want anything, honey!” Then, you have the parents who already have everything. What in the heck do you get someone who already has EVERYTHING?! You want to make everyone’s holiday jolly. Sometimes, though, it’s just difficult.
Guess what ya’ll?! Tomorrow is the BIG day. We’re releasing the “Moms Uncut: Holiday Gift Guide 2017”! Here’s the most recent post about the holiday gift guide. Have you checked it out?! If not, you definitely should. It’s the FIRST sneak peek of our holiday gift guide for this year. If you have babies or toddlers at home, I’m sure you’ll love it.
Before we launch the “grand finale” tomorrow, I wanted to give ya’ll one more sneak peek. This sneak peek is totally different than the other one we posted. In fact, it doesn’t focus on little ones at all. Instead, it focuses on all of our favorite naysayers — our parents. You know, the people who gave us this thing called life.
Gift ideas for retired parents are the hardest!
Prior to developing our 2017 gift guide we took a survey. Surveying people on and off social media, we asked one very important question. Who is the hardest person for you to shop for this holiday season?! An alarming amount of people we surveyed gave the same answer. The older generation.
When asked why we received a variety of responses. Here are a few of those responses.
“My parents are in their 80’s. They have seen it all and have it all. I can’t think of anything I could get them that they do not already have.”
“Dad retired last year. He’s been living it up since then. I think he has already bought everything he’s ever wanted since retiring.”
“My mother-in-law is so hard to buy for. She never wants anything. Except for us all to get along when we get together. C’mon, lady, let us bicker. Stop making my Christmas shopping harder than it already is.”
We started interrogating those people who want “nothing”. Holding them against their will. Forcing them to speak. Totally kidding. But, we did reach out to our own family members. The responses were so widespread. Some were NOT giving up the secret sauce. Others were happy to give a hint or two. Honestly, we weren’t getting anywhere with this method.
8 Gift Ideas for Retired Parents Who Have EVERYTHING!
In order to get to answers, we had to dig deep. So, a few of our Moms Uncut Squad ladies put their brains together. They put together a list of over 100 possible gift ideas for retired parents. Presented the list to our previous contestants and let them have their pick of their faves.
So, here’s another sneak peek at the upcoming “Moms Uncut: Holiday Gift Guide 2017”! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for our official launch of the 2017 gift guide!
One of the most popular options on the list was actually something for the kitchen. Shocker. 😉 Secura Portable Induction Cooktop was one of the most raved about products. Simply put, it’s a safer and simple way to whip up a meal in the kitchen. Well, it’s portable. You could really whip up a meal anywhere I suppose.
This little winner is super lightweight. It even has a super neat feature. If the top doesn’t detect any for 60 seconds, the cooktop will shut off automatically.
Do you have a googly-eyed grandparent or two on your list? We have a few. One of the best gift ideas for retired parents my family had was when we ordered “Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember”. It’s a super awesome grandparent’s memory book. It’s one of those gifts that will stay around for years to come.
It’s a guided way for grandparents to share all of their childhood memories with their grandchildren. The memory book covers everything from the grandparent’s early childhood life to their work experience. As well as everything in between. It’s a great way for grandparents to reminisce and a great way for their legacy to live on.
We had so many of our survey takers pick the personalized photo cube option as one of the top gift ideas for retired parents. With this gift idea, we decided to not narrow the choice down to a specific brand. There’s a ton of options out there. Like this one that has super positive reviews about it. (Pssst.. if you’re a cheap-o like me, it’s one of the more affordable ones, too!)
Personalized photo cubes are a great way to share memories. They also are beneficial to keep your parents busy during their retired lifestyle.
I’ve heard when you’re empty nesting it, food doesn’t seem to disappear as fast as it once did. Help your parents save on that grocery bill you once ran way too high. They’ll be able to keep food fresher 5 TIMES longer by using the FoodSaver 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System.
There are no annoying attachments you have to purchase separately It’s an all-in-one system ready to keep all extra food your parents have since you’ve been gone fresh!
One of our gift ideas for retired parents is one of those “tricky” products. This idea may not work if your parents are sensitive about their age. Instead of it being a “helpful” gift, they may see it as a reminder of their forgetful memory. On the other hand, if your parents enjoy neat gadgets or what they see as a “gag gift”, this may be the perfect gift idea.
Personally, I can’t lie. I need a wireless key locator set for my keys. Without exaggeration, I lose my keys at LEAST once on a daily basis. I’m not even 30 yet!
Plus, let’s be real. Your parents may not be forgetful about other things. But, keys are just one of those things they tend to misplace. It’s life. We all have our quirks.
Apparently, the Moms Uncut Squad’s family members enjoy kitchen time. Here’s proof with the next “big hit” among popular gift ideas for retired parents. Introducing the SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer.
My grandparents are no longer with us. But, if there’s anything I remember about them is their impeccable grocery list making skills. Their list was always so thorough. They even had each list planned WAY before the actual grocery store trip. Uh, I’m lucky if I even take or USE a list.
If your parents have mad grocery list making skills, this little gadget will make list-making so much easier. It has all the edgy technology features like voice recognition and 2500 preloaded grocery items. You can also attach it conveniently to your fridge with the attached magnets.
A thermal printer is also embedded in the SmartShopper Grocery List Organizer. Making printing out a grocery list super simple. Which is awesome when writing isn’t your favorite activity anymore. Hello arthritis at 29!
After reading the reviews and description of one of our gift ideas for retired parents, “Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.”, our family members were hooked. This seems to be a top pick among grandparents when it comes to a memorable gift.
This book is a way for grandparents to seal memories for their grandchildren. Memories they can open at a later time. It even comes with stickers and is shaped like an actual letter you’d get in the mail. So, you’re getting the novelty and memorable appeal at the same time.
The ONLY reason I didn’t place the iRobot Roomba 890 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner closer to the top of the list is due to it’s higher price tag. My family has enjoyed iRobot products since they first launched. I’m always secretly rooting for iRobot. We go way back.
Roomba 890 is one of iRobot’s more savvy models. It has a ton of features like dual multi-surface brushes that are tangle-free. You can even have your Roomba 890 clean while you’re AWAY from home thanks to it’s Wi-Fi compatibility.
Gift Ideas for Retired Parents Who Have EVERYTHING: Bonus Idea #9
I’ve shared with you the top 8 picks from our Moms Uncut Squad member’s family members. But, one option that was often a choice isn’t exactly a product. Simply put, you can’t really wrap it up and throw it under the Christmas tree.
Well, I guess you could share the “gift” you’re giving by telling them in a card under the tree. But, they won’t get the full satisfaction right away.
Anyways, let’s get to it. Our #9 top pick for gift ideas for retired parents is the gift of time together.
Did you expect that? Maybe so. It falls right along the lines of the “I don’t want anything, honey.” statement. Followed by the popular: “All I want is to spend time with you. That’s the best gift I could ever get.”
But, we all know how that usually ends up. You feel guilty for not putting a little heart — or money — into your parent’s holiday gift. Even if you’re on a “tight budget” you can still honor that wish for “time together” outside of the day your family celebrates together.
Some ideas may include reserving a learning adventure for the two of you, dinner reservations together, a planned vacation together, or even taking a class together.
LivingSocial is a great place to look for activities you can enjoy together. Most of their options have awesome discounts, too. They even have deals under $10.
If you’d rather gift an adventure than a “product” then I’d definitely check out LivingSocial.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! Don’t forget, tomorrow Moms Uncut will release their 2017 “Moms Uncut: Holiday Gift Guide“. It’s a mini-gift guide filled with quirky gift guide categories that explain our Moms Uncut Squad perfectly. We’ll see you tomorrow on Turkey Day!