Holiday gifts for grandparents and elderly parents
Hugs and homemade cards are great, but grandma, grandpa and good old mom and dad deserve a little something extra this holiday season.
Food of the month club(Credit: iStock)
Have loved ones with a passion for food? You can get them monthly gifts they'll crave, whether they're into cookies, pizza, wine, steak or any other gourmet good you can think of when you make them food of the month club members; at amazingclubs.com.
Medcenter pill system(Credit: Medcentersystems.com)
Know someone who could use help remembering to take daily medications or supplements? This 31-day monthly pill organizer and talking pill reminder system emphasizes the date rather than the day of the week, and has 31 pill boxes -- each with four individual dose compartments. Each box has a red end and a green end, to indicate whether that day's doses were completed. It has up to four daily alarms to remind someone that it's medication time. The talking alarm clock announces when the next daily dose is due. $75 at amazon.com, edcentersystems.com.
Step2 Garden Hopper(Credit: Step 2)
This multipurpose rolling work seat is designed for garden chores and keeps tools close and convenient. There's a shelf beneath the seat for storage, and the smooth 7-inch wheels make for easy mobility on grass. There's also a built-in beverage holder and carry handle for easy transport. The Hopper's double-wall construction has a 250 pound weight limit and wipes clean. $30 at step2.com, amazon.com
Pure Imagination Perfect Bake(Credit: Pure Imagination)
Know someone who loves gadgets and also enjoys baking? Perfect Bake does away with the need for measuring cups and spoons. Download the free app to your phone or tablet (requires iOS 6.0 or higher or Android OS 4.1 or higher) and select one of its hundreds of recipes for cookies, cupcakes, pancakes, biscuits, brownies and quick breads. Attach your device to the smart scale, place one of the three included mixing bowls on the scale and begin pouring your ingredients. The virtual bowl on your device's screen automatically fills as you add each one, telling you when to stop, and even adjusting the recipe if you over-pour. Can't decide what to bake? The Pantry feature provides a list of recipe suggestions based on the items you have on hand. Includes a phone/tablet stand and oven thermometer. $70 at brookstone.com, amazon.com
'How to stay fit as you age'' DVD and yoga mat(Credit: The Great Courses, Gaiam)
What's better than learning how to stay fit and having an expert demonstrate correct techniques in the comfort of your home? This DVD course, by certified yoga and fitness instructor Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, includes 18 half-hour lessons on topics ranging from getting and staying motivated, relaxation strategies, workplace fitness and chair yoga. Complete the package by adding a latex-free Gaiam Premium Sticky Yoga Mat. It features a nonslip gripping surface and twice the thickness of a standard yoga mat for extra comfort. DVDs, $60 at thegreatcourses.com; mat, $30 at gaiam.com
Mixbook montage and mosaic photo books(Credit: heymosaic.com)
Turn digital family pictures, old and new, into personalized photo books that can evoke joyful memories. There are three different book sizes with the Montage model (6, 8.5 or 12 inches), each with up to 70 pages and 180 photos. Upload your photos and the site automatically assesses their quality, chronology and importance, then places them on pages. Customize the book online with captions and design themes. The book is created on thick, lay-flat pages and has a leather cover.
Travel mug with easy clean lid and tea infuser(Credit: Contigo)
On the way to the tennis court or to work, there'll be no worries about spills or leaks with this travel mug. West Loop's easy-clean lid automatically seals between sips and its lid-lock button prevents the sip button from being accidentally depressed when you're done drinking. The insulated, stainless steel, 16-ounce mug fits under most single-serve brewers and into most car cupholders. Drinks stay hot for up to five hours, or cold for 12 hours. Comes in seven colors. For tea lovers, add a removable infuser for on-the-go brewing of loose leaf or bag tea. $21 mug; $10 tea infuser at gocontigo.com
Reizen talking atomic watch(Credit: Reizen/maxiaids.com)
This radio-signal atomic watch works like the bigger clocks and automatically sets itself, even adjusting for Daylight Savings. It also offers a convenient time, date and day of the week announcement at the touch of a button, or through an hourly chime and time announcement that can be turned off. Comes in a variety of styles for men and women. $50 at maxiaids.com
Apple iPad Mini 2(Credit: Apple)
It's small, it's fast and it can even do one thing the newer-version iPad mini 3, can't -- save you $100. If you're willing to forego mini 3's fingerprint identity sensor, you'll get almost an identical tablet for a lot less. The mini 2 has many of the features of the larger and newer iPad Air 2, including a Retina display and impressive front and back cameras. You can surf the Internet, send and receive email, view photos, read e-books, newspapers and magazines, and select from more than 1 million game, utility and music apps to download. Available in 16 gigabytes for $299 at apple.com, P.C. Richard & Sons stores, Best Buy stores and bestbuy.com. The 32GB costs $50 more.
Bedandbreakfast.com getaway gift card(Credit: Bedandbreakfast.com)
Perfect for the traveler who wants to go the distance or stay close to home on the East End, this gift card is accepted at 4,000 B-and-B's in the United States and Canada. It never expires or declines in value, and has no blackout dates. Select a card design (or upload a photo to customize your card) and the date you want it sent, via email or standard mail (no shipping charge). Available in amounts from $25 to $1,000 at bedandbreakfast.com
Sony MDRRF985RK wireless radio frequency headphones(Credit: Sony)
For friends or loved ones who love to crank up the volume when watching TV or listening to music, these headphones can add to their enjoyment, while keeping the peace - up to 150 feet away from the source of the sound. The cordless headphones work while puttering around the house, cooking or exercising. The set includes a transmitter and features automatic tuning, an easy-adjust headband, noise-reduction system and up to 25 hours of use before the battery needs to be recharged on its dock. $83.50 at abt.com, amazon.com.
VSN Mobil V.ALRT(Credit: VSN Mobil)
This personal emergency alert device offers security with the push of a button, for smartphone users who are injured, witness suspicious activity or who find themselves in a dangerous situation. V.ALRT connects via Bluetooth with the Android and iOS-compatible app on their smartphone and sends personalized text messages, phone calls, and/or location information (with GPS on) to three preselected contacts indicating that help is needed. V.ALRT can be carried discreetly in a pocket or bag, worn on the wrist with the included band, or around the neck as a pendant. $60 (use coupon code Holiday20 for a 20 percent discount) at store.vsnmobil.com
Art Classes(Credit: iStock)
Let your parents or grandparents relax and explore their creative sides by signing them up for art classes with the Art League of Long Island; information at artleagueli.org.
The greatest gift you can give is spending time together, so why not get them a board game they'll enjoy and then organize a family game night? This Deluxe Edition Scrabble is an upgrade on the old classic; $99.99 at brookstone.com.
Blue Apron(Credit: blueapron.com)
Save them a trip to the grocery store in this cold weather with a subscription to Blue Apron, and they'll receive original recipes complete with all the fresh ingredients they need every week for $9.99 per person; at blueapron.com.
Flannel throw(Credit: kohls.com)
Eddie Bauer Edgewood Plaid Flannel & Sherpa Reversible Throw; $39.99 at kohls.com.
A Cleaning Service(Credit: iStock)
Is tidying the house getting to be too much? Give the gift of a cleaning service. Just put in their zip code and find recommended maids in the area; at maids.com.
For people who are always misplacing things, the Loc8tor Lite's tag system helps you keep track of your keys, remote control and more; $80 at loc8tor.com.
Roll-up sewing kit(Credit: Restoration Hardware)
A roll-up sewing kit sure is handy; $24 at restorationhardware.com.
Infinity scarf(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Infinity scarf; $24.95 at Violets Blue.
Holiday soaps(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Holiday soaps; $5 at The Soap Box, Port Jefferson.
Yankee slippers(Credit: Jeremy Bales)
Yankee slippers; $24.99 at select Modell's stores.
Aquis exfoliating back scrubber(Credit: AQUIS/Amazon.com)
Make it easier for someone to give their back the attention it needs. This dual-sided scrubber has a loofah-like surface for exfoliating and invigorating the skin, and a soft, woven surface that gently cleanses. Flexible enough to get to hard-to-reach areas, the scrubber is 4-by-30 inches and is machine washable. $11 at drugstore.com, amazon.com.