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Slice of life advice: ‘any advice on what to buy an older person that has everything?’ – gifting solutions for seniors who seemingly have it all

Dear Slice of Life,

Dear Slice of Life,

I’m seeking advice on a matter that’s been causing me some confusion lately. You see, I have a dear friend who is much older and frankly, seems to have everything they could possibly need or want. I’m at a loss for what to get them for their upcoming birthday.

They are not lacking in material possessions, nor do they have any particular hobbies or interests that I could cater to. I’ve thought about the usual gifts – books, clothes, gift cards, but none of these feel quite right. I want to give them something meaningful, something that will bring them joy, not just add to their collection of ‘stuff’.

So, my question is, what do you buy an older person that has everything?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Yours Perplexed,


Slice of life advice: 'any advice on what to buy an older person that has everything?' - gifting solutions for seniors who seemingly have it all
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Dear Charlie,

Firstly, I want to acknowledge the thoughtful consideration you’re putting into this gift. It’s clear you care deeply about your friend and want to provide them with something special, which is a beautiful sentiment in itself.

It can indeed be challenging to find the perfect gift for someone who seems to have everything. However, it’s important to remember that often the best gifts are not physical objects, but experiences or gestures that show how much you care.

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Have you considered offering them a shared experience? Perhaps a nice dinner out, a theatre show, or a day trip to a place they’ve always wanted to go? This not only provides a tangible gift but also creates lasting memories. Another idea could be to create a personal gift, such as a photo album, a custom piece of art, or a heartfelt letter expressing your appreciation for their friendship. You could even offer your time and assistance, perhaps in the form of a project they’ve been wanting to do, but haven’t had the ability or time to complete.

However, there are some potential downsides to these suggestions. Shared experiences, for example, may not be feasible if they have limited mobility or other health concerns. Personal gifts can be wonderful, but they require a good understanding of the person’s tastes and preferences to get right. And while offering your time is a generous gesture, it’s important to ensure it’s something they would truly appreciate and not feel burdensome.

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Ultimately, the most important thing is the thought and care you put into this. I’m confident that whatever you decide, your friend will appreciate the effort and sentiment behind your gift. Remember, it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag or grandeur of the gift.

So, take some time to think about what your friend would truly appreciate, and don’t stress too much about finding the ‘perfect’ gift.

As an example, our reader Lucy was in a similar situation and decided to create a scrapbook filled with cherished memories and photos for her friend. It was a hit and her friend loved it. She mentioned that it wasn’t just the scrapbook but the thought and time Lucy put into it that made it special.

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Please also remember that it’s okay to ask for help if you’re still feeling unsure – you could ask other friends or family members for their input or ideas.

Remember, it’s the gesture and thought that counts the most. Your friend is lucky to have someone so considerate in their life.

Stay confident and trust your instincts, Charlie. You got this.

I hope this « Slice of life » proves useful and do keep coming back for more soon! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need further advice.

Best wishes,

Slice of Life Advisor

Katrina E. Shuman
Written by, Katrina E. Shuman
With an unquenchable thirst for unraveling the secrets of the cosmos, Katrina is the guiding star behind our astrology, numerology, and horoscope sections. Her fascination with the celestial realms is intricately woven into every word she crafts, allowing her to seamlessly bridge the gap between cosmic wisdom and everyday life.