This was part of a discussion on gifts to get elderly parents that have everything, another writer came up with a great discussion about what NOT to give. Thought I would start it as a new discussion.
My significant other and I are push 70 years old, and his grand-daughters, who are grade school age, keep giving him t-shirts and mugs that say "The Worlds Best Grandfather". He rather wear sports t-shirts such as the Yankees, and the Grandfather shirts/sweatshirts/caps never get worn, they get donated. I can understand it, as I prefer not to wear any t-shirt that has writing or a basket of kittens on it.... it's just not my style. I try to suggest to his daughter what his wish list is, but another delivery of Grandfather stuff comes in.
On Saturday I do volunteer work at a regional hospital and we get those "boxed" flowers and we deliver them to the patients... 75% of the time the patient doesn't look physically able to tear into a box and they have to wait for someone from the nursing staff to help them open the box. I usually get really big smiles when I deliver a beautiful bouquet from a local florist or flowers from the hospital gift shop.