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17 Gifts For Older Parents That They'll Actually Use

Don't overthink it.
12/20/2017 02:05pm ET | Updated November 12, 2018
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Wondering what to gift your mom or dad this holiday season? Worried about getting them something they won’t use or shame you for overspending? Don’t sweat it.

It’s easy to overthink gifts for older parents ― some gadgets seem too complicated to use, new socks and perfume feel a bit cliché ― but it doesn’t have to be. Your best bet? Give them gifts and experiences they wouldn’t normally get for themselves, or find items that will make their lives easier.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you by pulling together a list of useful gifts for older parents, from key finders and glasses holders to ancestral DNA kits.

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Take a look at our 17 favorite finds below:

1
An Ancestry DNA test kit so they can discover their roots.
Ancestry
Take some time to share stories about family members.
2
A temperature-controlled travel mug.
Amazon
Keep mom or dad's coffee warm on-the-go with this temperature-controlled travel mug. Set it to their favorite temp, and it'll stay warm for hours on end.
3
A way for them to always find their lost keys or phone.
Amazon
They'll never waste time looking for their keys again.
4
A tasteful glasses holder.
Uncommon Goods
Great for when their glasses aren't at the top of their head.
5
Wine delivered right to their doorstep.
Winc
It will be their favorite monthly delivery, sign them up for a subscription here.
6
An online class so they can learn a new skill.
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Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibovitz. Give the gift that helps them grow here.
7
An extra-long device charger, to make things easier.
They can plug in this extra long charger near their couch or nightstand.
8
These cozy herbal warming slippers.
Uncommon Goods
These soothing slippers will help anyone unwind.
9
An Amazon Echo for, well, everything.
Amazon
Bonus if they start asking Alexa questions instead of you.
10
A shave kit so they never have to worry about buying new blades again.
Harrys
Most dads will appreciate a quality shave.
11
A heated mattress pad.
Target
They'll stay warm all winter.
12
A Keurig coffee maker.
Target
Who wouldn't appreciate a good cup of coffee?
13
A good night's sleep with a Casper mattress.
Amazon
Better yet, they can try it out for 100 nights risk-free. Get it here.
14
A food scale so they can keep those healthy 2019 resolutions.
Amazon
A great way to measure portions.
15
This all-natural sleep pillow spray.
Dermstore
Help them destress and get a better nights sleep.
16
This sunrise alarm clock that'll wake them up naturally.
Amazon
Get it here.
17
A wi-fi enabled memory card so they can share pics and videos wirelessly.
Amazon
This will make it easier for them to share their vacation photos.