Fun Gifts for the Caretaker in Your Life

They’ve spent all year caring for you or a loved one, now it’s time to show them you care. Here, Whittier Glen Assisted Living takes a look at the best gifts to give your favorite caregiver this holiday season based on their personality.

For the fun-lover

You can spot a fun lover by the way they walk and talk. He or she may crack jokes to lighten up the mood or show up to your 4th of July barbeque wearing a Santa hat. Here’s what to get them:

Adult party games –  Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, and Family Feud After Hours are NSFW or kids but will put a smile on any fun lover’s face.

Funny socks – Hobbit feet, chicken legs, and other fancy foot warmers are a great gift for anyone. You can find fun socks online or at your local novelties store.

For the quiet type

The quiet people are often introverts with little use for others beyond their closest friends and family. Help them avoid the public with these gifts:

Adult coloring book – You can find everything from Harry Potter to exotic chickens to swear-word coloring books that will let your recipient turn their attention to not people, just the way they like it.

A virtual BFF – Even the least talkative folks need a listening ear from time to time. Consider a Google Assist or Amazon Echo.

For the foodie

You’ll know the foodie by the way he or she snubs McDonald’s and insists that coconut oil makes the best brownies. Satisfy their food love like this:

Food delivery subscription — You can’t give the foodie just any subscription, it has to be something unforgettable. Consider iGourmet, which offers a selection of mouthwatering meats, cheeses and accompaniments to please the pickiest palate. Blue Apron is also popular and comes packaged with ingredients and instructions.

Food thermometer – A food thermometer might not be at the top of your wish list, but those who love to cook also like to know their food is safe.  Travel+Leisure recommends the ThermaPro TP03A.

For the technologically impaired

If you’ve ever received a phone call at 10 PM asking how to change the input on the television, you’ve met the technologically impaired. Bring them up to the 21st century with these:

Big-button remote control – With buttons labeled for exactly what they want and no confusing language such as “input” or “on demand,” a big-button remote control  can help them channel surf without feeling overwhelmed.

Voice-activated vacuum cleaner – It doesn’t take a degree in software development to tell the  Ionvac Smartclean 2000 Robovac when and where to clean up. And you can tell it to pause by linking it to your Amazon Echo or Google Assist.

For the traveler

If your favorite caretaker indulges their wanderlust whenever they can, you want to give them something to enhance their travels.

Beach rental – A vacation rental situated on or near one of LA’s top beaches can provide the perfect retreat for your traveler who needs downtime. Somewhere in Santa Monica, Venice, near Playa Del Ray, for example, can put them in proximity to a beach as well as restaurants and shops.

Suitcase – If your travel lover’s suitcase has seen better days, give them a new one that matches up with their sense of adventure. Opt for a carry-on size from Eagle Creek that they can throw in the overhead bin or that can stand the pummeling of baggage hold.

For the homebody

A homebody may be anything but quiet, but they share many common traits with the introvert including a preference for staying home. Cater to their inner hermit with these gifts:

eReader – Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet allows for full access to the Google Play store and features a 10-inch display for optimized reading. Other popular e-reader devices are the Amazon Kindle and the Kobo Clara.

Adult onesies – Fun adult pajamas are really a great gift for anyone on your list, but those who prefer sticking close to home may appreciate the comfort and coverage given by these blanket alternatives.

Regardless of their personal interests, everyone who spends their days caring for others needs to have the opportunity to focus on self-care. Whether it be reading, cooking, or simply zoning out with a set of colored pencils, remember to give your gifts based on your recipient’s interests. They will appreciate your thoughtfulness and return the favor tenfold by providing the best care possible for you or your loved one.