Every year when the holidays roll around, it's inevitable that this question pops up: What gift should I get for the special people in my life?
While it may seem like there is no shortage of what your kids need, it may be harder to find something for your parents. Don't worry, gift hunters, we have you covered: From a homemade gift certificate to a food of the month club, here is a list of eight useful, heartfelt gifts your parents are sure to love.
A Donation To Their Favorite Charity
They say there is no greater gift than the gift of giving back. Donate money to your parent's favorite charity in their name and give them the gift of making a difference. Make sure you are giving to a sound charity by checking out <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">CharityNavigator.org</a>.
A Gift Certificate For A Professional Cleaning Service
Are Mom and Dad getting too old to get in all the nooks and crannies of their home? Or maybe you want to give the folks a day off from housekeeping? Get them a gift certificate for a local cleaning service that will leave their house spotless. To find a professional cleaning service near you, visit <a href="http://www.mollymaid.com/">MollyMaid.com</a>.
A Lifelong Learning Class
Lifelong learning courses allow the elderly to remain intellectually engaged long after they've left school. Most community centers and local universities offer a wide variety of courses that cater to many interests. Other programs, like <a href="http://www.onedayu.com/">One Day U</a>, travel to different cities with prestigious professors and lecturers. Enroll your parent in a course and give them the gift of learning.
Food Of The Month Club
Are your parents fans of fruit, wine, chocolate, or cheese? Enroll them in a <a href="http://www.amazingclubs.com/">food of the month club</a> and get these gourmet items delivered to their home, month after month.
A Digital Picture Frame
Photo albums can be bulky, disorganized, and hard to manage. Buy your parents a digital photo frame and allow them to consolidate their memories in one place. The price of these frames vary based on the amount of photos you want the frame to hold. They can be found in electronic stores such as <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Cameras-Camcorders/Digital-Photo-Frames/abcat0408000.c?id=abcat0408000">Best Buy</a> or Walmart.
A Homemade Gift Certificate
You know best what your parents need, whether it be help running errands or a hug. Make your parents a homemade gift certificate letting them know that you are available to do whatever they need, when they need it.
Their Life Story
There are several organizations that can help you chronicle your parent's life story in one cohesive place. If you live in the St. Louis area, <a href="http://mgmemoirs.com/">Morning Glory Memoirs</a> will compile your parent's story in a book. <a href="www.storycorps.com">Storycorps</a> sells kits that can help your parent record their life story.
The Loc8tor Plus, $169.98
Do your parents have a tendency to misplace their keys, wallet or TV remote? <a href="http://www.loc8tor.com/">The Loc8tor Plus</a> will allow them to tag their often misplaced items, which alerts your parents every time the item moves beyond a pre-determined safe zone. The device comes with a handset that guides you to those troublesome set of keys.