Three unique gift ideas for retired family members As much as you love them, it can be tough finding the perfect gift for the older members of your family. You are sure to have retired parents, aunts and uncles or even cousins who you struggle to buy for when birthdays, Thanksgiving or Christmas come around. This year, why not look to buy them something truly unique and special? You might also want to consider buying a gift that makes their life a bit easier if they suffer from some health issues or perhaps spend several months each year overseas. Check out the ideas below to find a truly different present for the retired members of your family.

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An experience

Do you parents dream of skydiving? Has your Great Uncle ever been up in a hot air balloon? Perhaps you have a family member who dreams of making a trip back to a place they haven’t visited since their youth? Why not look to purchase an experience as a gift this year? First and foremost, choose your gift wisely – it can be all too easy to splurge on an expensive driving day which is never used. If your relatives are less mobile, there are a range of truly personable options available – such as receiving a different book in the post each month or even painting or crafts courses that are in their local area and have disabled or easy access. If your family members are recent retirees with time on their hands, then you can truly let your imagination run wild! From craft beer experiences, to beekeeping or even salsa lessons – why not choose an activity that might even inspire a new hobby for their next few decades of leisure?

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One for the collectors

We all have one family who is a natural collector. From stamps to thimbles, homewares or even hats, celebrating and collecting times gone by can quickly become a way of life. Challenge coins are a great gift idea if you have relatives who have spent time in the military. Website MilitaryCoinsUSA has a huge variety of designs to browse and choose from. If you are looking for something slightly different, check out local collectors and vintage fairs to see if you can pick up some interesting items that your relatives will love. Remember, it’s the thought that counts – and beauty is always in the eye of the collector, even if you aren’t enamoured by that anniversary cup and saucer.

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Something to make life easier

If you have relatives that are starting to find retired life a little bit tough, then do consider gadgets or gifts to make life a little easier. Knitwear and blankets are great for the colder weather, whereas a pair of comfortable sandals will be appreciated for the warmer months. The more tech-minded of your retired relatives are bound to appreciate a fitness tracker to log their daily activities and step count, while in-car GPS system is ideal if you have serious road trip aficionados in your family. There’s no need to choose frumpy gifts – age is all in the mind!