Gifts for people with dementia

The best gifts for people with dementia this Christmas

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 07.12.2023

Alistair Clay

Christmas is coming, so it’s time to find out about the best gifts for people with dementia.

It can be a challenge to find a gift that your loved one with dementia can use and enjoy throughout the year.

While Christmas might not be the same, it’s still important to include your loved one in the celebrations and show them you care.

This is your guide to the best gifts for people with dementia, so you can find the perfect present.

Here’s a summary of what we’ll cover:

  • Christmas can be challenging for people with dementia, so finding a gift is a great way to support your loved one.
  • Help your loved one feel special this Christmas with a comforting gift to beat the winter blues. 
  • Create something unique together that helps them record happy memories of special moments. 
  • From weighted blankets to games and puzzles, you’ll love these gifts for people with dementia this Christmas.
Why should I give a gift to someone with dementia

Why should I give a gift to someone with dementia?

It can be hard to know what to buy for a loved one with dementia, but that doesn’t mean you should deny them a gift. 

Especially when they may feel overlooked or overwhelmed during big and busy celebrations like Christmas. 

An appropriate gift depends on your loved one’s unique circumstances, but there are some great options for family to consider.

Supportive gifts that help with the symptoms of dementia are a good way to show your support and appreciation.

The best gifts for people with dementia

Here’s a run down of what we think you’ll find to be nice gifts for people living with dementia.

Weighted Blanket

A weighted lap blanket is a gift that can be both luxurious and practical for your loved one with dementia. 

Especially in winter months, a cosy blanket can make all the difference for people who are sitting or lying down a lot. 

Plus, the weighted element of the blanket can be a useful care aid that promotes calm and relaxation.

Which is helpful for people who experience symptoms such as agitation or even dementia sundowning.

Why do we love it?

Giving your loved one a weighted blanket this Christmas can help them stay grounded during the busy festive period. 

If they need a moment to relax and feel calm, sitting or lying down with a weighted lap blanket can really work wonders. 

It’s also something they can use often, so it’s a perfect practical gift that can be used throughout the year.

lap blanket for dementia

Fiddle Blanket

If you’re looking for something more quirky, then a dementia fiddle blanket could be the answer. 

Unlike a weighted blanket, this fiddle blanket is full of sensory toys and fidgets for your loved one to play with. 

Instead of fidgety feelings causing agitation, this fiddle blanket allows them to be embraced and explored. 

This gift will definitely bring a smile to a loved one’s face and keep them entertained during the Christmas period.

Why do we love it?

This blanket is filled with sensory toys which can help if your loved one experiences restlessness as a symptom of their dementia. 

Activities on the blanket can be task oriented and help improve motor skills, so it’s a great way to keep occupied. 

It can mimic other activities like knitting if your loved one can or struggles with it, or no longer do these activities.

You can conveniently take this blanket anywhere to create a distraction and reduce anxiety wherever they are.

All About Us Game

All about us Game

Give the gift of family memories this Christmas with the All About Us game.

All About Us is an excellent game that can help your loved one practise their memory and motor skills. 

Having this game to hand at Christmas can really help them join in with the festive fun. 

Everyone can get involved, whatever their age or relation, so you can be sure it’s a family favourite.

Why do we love it?

This game is discrete and doesn’t mention dementia on the packaging, so it can be viewed as a regular board game.

It’s for all ages and is a multiplayer game, so you can play with your family and friends.

It allows your loved one to be conversational and interact socially which can help them with their dementia symptoms. 

It’s a safe and supportive game that gets the whole family involved and helps make Christmas that extra bit dementia-friendly.


tips for carers dementia puzzles

Dementia puzzles

For someone who loves a challenge, dementia puzzles are a perfect Christmas present. 

These puzzles can be fun and cognitively stimulating, and once complete, they’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

Puzzles are a nice way to disconnect from any Christmas craziness and enjoy a slower pace for a little while.

You can find puzzles with your loved one’s favourite TV show or hobby on them, suited to their cognitive and sensory needs

Why do we love it?

Like other popular items such as Lego, dementia puzzles aid concentration and coordination skills at a suitable level. 

They can be a solo mission or a family activity for everyone to enjoy, but the adapted designs always ensure suitability for dementia.  

With a range of design pictures to choose from, you are sure to find something appealing for your loved one.

memory book for dementia

Memory book kit

If you’re looking for something that will take them back to a happy time, a memory book could be the perfect gift. 

This is a great handmade gift that you and your loved one can make together, and is a great way to practise reminiscence therapy.

Just like a scrapbook, a memory book can be a sentimental gift that can give you time to reflect on happy memories.

Why do we love it?

A memory book can be a helpful tool for your loved one to engage with, and to improve their memory.

They can use it to reflect on happy positive memories through real moments from their past through photos. 

They can organise and customise their book however they like, and can continue to add to it.

It prompts them to create new memories and have experiences as the book can act as an anchor for them.

FRAMEO Digital Photo Frame

Digital photo frame

If you have tons of digital photos for your loved one to enjoy, why not buy them a digital photo frame.

Load it up with your images of your loved one’s favourite people and places to give them a revolving display of lovely memories. 

It’s a great way for them to see familiar faces, even if you don’t live close by. 

Why do we love it?

Photo frames can give your loved one a family reminder of someone or something they care about.

It can provide comfort and spark positive memories to see a photo of a person or place that they love.

They are an easy and affordable gift that can always be updated with new content – it’s a gift that keeps on giving. 

Can I buy one of these gifts for any occasion

Can I buy one of these gifts for any occasion?

Yes! While Christmas is just around the corner, these gifts for people with dementia are for all year round.

Whether your loved one has a special birthday, or you just want to treat them, these gifts will make them smile.

Giving a gift can make your loved one feel special, so make sure it’s something they’ll use and enjoy. 

You can find out more about how to support a person with dementia at Christmas, in our dedicated care article.

Gifts for dementia

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Alistair Clay Author

Author 07.12.2023

Alistair Clay

Alistair is a founding Director of Sweet Pea Care and the Managing Director of social care communications agency Arc Seven where he advises some of the UK’s biggest care providers.