Seniors May Appreciate a Grocery Store Gift Card More Than Anything Else You Can Buy Them

Mother’s Day
In 2014,  $3.65 billion was spent on jewelry for Mother’s Day; $2.35 billion on flowers and $780 million on greeting cards, according to AARP.

Birthdays, Christmas, and other gift giving occasions
Mom or Grandma doesn’t need more perfume, another blouse or knick-knacks to set on a shelf to dust.   What many older adults aren’t sharing is  that with interest rates so low they have had to dip deeper into their saving and are struggling.

Why not help our parents and grandparents or another elderly person we know with a grocery store gift card. Their response to something like that will tell you real quick if they are struggling a bit.


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Our goal is to educate people that vulnerable seniors are having to choose between food and other basic needs, present some suggestions and listen to others ideas on what they can do to help with this unnecessary burden some are quietly carrying.


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6 Responses to Seniors May Appreciate a Grocery Store Gift Card More Than Anything Else You Can Buy Them

  1. Dana says:

    Ministry in TN: explains so well about widows struggling to eat and who might like to be able to be a part of something like a church potluck (so they aren’t so isolated).Also if you click on the “Mission” tab. There are two other pages that explain where and why.

  2. Kathy says:

    Someone wrote Ask Amy saying as a recovering hoarder, who is digging out from all the stuff they own they don’t need/want anything else. They asked Amy for her opinion on a polite and appropriate way to tell loved ones that she’d rather not receive any more gifts as that could trigger a hoarding cycle for her.

    With Amy’s help it was suggested the letter be very brief, explaining the situation.

    Here is what I would write:
    “Dear Loved One,
    I appreciate that you care enough about me to gift me at Christmas. However, now that I am downsizing and need to get rid of many of my possessions the most welcome and wonderful gift would be that you used your generosity to do something special for a person who may be forgotten and won’t ask for help.

    There are many widows trying to survive on $600 or less each month from Social Security. They might love a gas card (to help them get to the doctors appointments or church) or gift card to a local store (that can be used for prescriptions, groceries or personal items such as toilet paper and toothpaste). Some year round Farmers Market stores have gift cards available.

  3. Ellison says:

    Well-chosen Gifts Show You Care
    November 29, 1989|By Abigail Van Buren.

    Dear Readers: Well, it seems as though we just finished polishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, and it`s time to start shopping for Hanukkah and Christmas gifts again.

    If you plan on sending holiday gifts, let me tell you what not to give Aunt Bessie or Grandpa who doesn`t get around much anymore.

    Forget the cologne, after-shave and dusting powder. Chances are, they have several unopened boxes gathering dust on their closet shelves.

    Grandpa doesn`t need another paisley necktie, and Grandma doesn`t want any more bracelets, brooches or earrings. With the price of groceries going through the roof, older people who live alone on fixed incomes would appreciate a basket of practical goodies. How about small tins of tuna, chicken and ham? Also, crackers, instant coffee, tea, soup mixes and cookies. People who live in confined quarters do not need more “things,“ so don`t send music boxes or bric-a-brac. And don`t send articles of clothing unless you`re sure the size is right. “warm-up“ suits are comfy and easy to launder. Older folks love them.

    Some truly useful gifts: an assortment of postcards, some lined stationery with envelopes and a generous supply of postage stamps. And enclose some felt-tip pens.

    Another suggestion: a variety of greeting cards for all occasions. They might want to send someone a nice birthday, anniversary or graduation card. Don`t forget get-well cards, condolence cards and “congratulations on the new baby“ cards.

    Never give a pet to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that person wants a pet and is able to care for it properly. And if you want to make a hit with someone who has a pet, send a little holiday gift (a tin of dog or cat food) along with a gift for its master.

    Don`t give wine or liquor to people unless you are sure they imbibe. A thoughtful idea: a gift subscription for a magazine or newspaper you know they will enjoy. Candy, nuts and fruitcake make beautiful gifts for people who aren`t counting their calories, but have a little compassion for those who are, and lead them not into temptation. Also bear in mind that some older folks have difficulty chewing nuts and caramels.

    Another good idea for those living alone on a fixed income: a gift certificate for some kind of service such as window washing, carpet cleaning, taxi rides, barber shop, beauty parlor or dinner or lunch at their favorite place. And (don`t laugh) a gift certificate entitling them to a trip to the podiatrist. Because medication is no small item these days, a gift certificate from the neighborhood pharmacy would be very much appreciated. Trust me.

    Holidays can be depressing for people who are alone-loneliness is the ultimate poverty. So if you know someone who could use an outing, give him or her the best gift of all: an invitation to have a meal with you and your family.

    Love to you and yours,


    • Billiam says:

      December 22, 2000 Letter to Ann Landers

      With the Christmas holidays coming up, please write about gifts for seniors. Our kids, bless them, keep giving us fancy soaps, perfume and knickknacks. We are in our late seventies, and do not need these things. If only they would give us gift certificates to a nearby restaurant or cafeteria (in $5 and $10 denominations). And with the cost of medications so high, gift certificates to our local drugstore would be enormously helpful.

      We love our kids and know they love us. We don’t want to hurt their feelings, but they should realize our lifestyles are different from theirs.

  4. M.Louise says:

    A lot of elderly don’t know how to or even know that gift cards have to be activated. I have given dinner cards in the past for places like Carrinos, etc.

    We are older and have told everyone that if they insist on getting something, the husband loves FOOD!

    I adore homemade banana bread and it doesn’t mean it has to be from scratch either. A friend
    always bakes us some brownies and for me, lemon drops! We are in heaven receiving something like that.

    The cost is practically nothing and makes us so happy. I think cheese and crackers & a small jar of jam is useful too.
    Love the idea of pet food as that is so expensive for folks on a fixed income. For bird lovers, a gift of songbird food(expensive) or sunflower seeds is terrific.
    There are so many things that aren’t that expensive but are so useful especially if you know the person(s) well enough to know their likes and dislikes.

    Another suggested…Be a Santa to a Senior…a good pillow, some sugar free candy, a shiny blouse, socks, soap, a box of dominoes, a nice set of pens and pencils, posters for ceiling if someone is bed ridden.

    Don’t give them powder or any antibacterial hand cleaner from Bath and Body.
    She would probably rather have something she needs than a bouquet of flowers.

    If they have a cat or dog pet food is a good idea….also laundry soap, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, batteries. (Change the smoke alarm battery and a lightbulb while you are there.)

  5. A Frugal Grandma says:

    AGREED! In a small Apt. we have limited – wall space to hang things, shelves to display things & closet space to store things.
    – I love it that people show their love by remembering me. A kind word, call or card are Great!
    – A gift card to buy toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent or dish soap or something they like to eat they don’t normally buy – like a pint. of sherbet or a bag of fun-size candy bars or pkg. of Doublemint.
    – A shared meal is my Favorite Family Connection!
    – My 2 most favorite things are my humidifier (which helps heat the air and saves on my utility bill & toaster oven, which saves energy as I can do most of my cooking in there!
    – Blank Cards & Postage is a way Widows can stay connected w/loved ones.


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