Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Dementia

Holiday Gift Ideas for Loved Ones with Dementia


Holiday Gifts for caregivers - The Bridges at Mission Assisted Living

The holiday season can be both joyful and challenging for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. We at The Bridges at Mission understand the difficulties and want to help make this time of year special. This holiday gift guide offers suggestions for your loved one as well as for you, the caregiver.

Gifts for Your Loved One

Choose gifts that engage the senses, spark memories, or enable your loved one to participate in activities. Some ideas include:

  • A personalized photo album or collage to help with recognition
  • A weighted blanket for comfort and security
  • Textured lap blankets or fidget toys to keep hands occupied
  • An adult coloring book and crayons
  • A digital photo frame loaded with family photos
  • Music from their era – CDs, playlist, or wireless speaker

These gift ideas are great but sometimes its okay to focus less on the actual gift and more on spending meaningful time together looking through photos, listening to favorite tunes, or reminiscing.

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Gifts for Caregivers

Caring for someone with dementia often means putting your own needs last. You deserve some holiday cheer too! Consider asking friends and family for:

  • Gift cards for self-care (massage, manicure, cleaning service, meal delivery)
  • Help around the house – coupons for yardwork, errands, a homemade meal
  • Caregiver-themed books and magazines
  • Adult coloring books and cozy slippers for relaxation
  • A journal to record memories or express emotions
  • Wireless headphones and audiobook subscription for a mental escape


Of course, the most valuable gift is the gift of time and presence. Schedule regular respite so you can recharge. Don’t isolate yourself – stay connected with supportive friends and family.

The holidays can be filled with special moments if you focus on what your loved one can do rather than what they cannot. May this season bring your family peace, comfort and joy. Please reach out if we can help in any way.