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Don't look now, but there are already Halloween decorations showing up in stores—which means that the next thing you'll see will be the signs for Christmas. It's honestly not too early to start planning out your holiday gift-giving list, especially if you have older parents who don't have a lot of wants on their wish list. What do you get someone who already has a house full of stuff and more bath oils than they could ever use? Here are a few ideas for gifts they can put to use before the actual holiday.
1.) Cleaning services.
This is a perfect idea for someone that's suffering from a health condition that makes cleaning difficult. It's estimated that about 1/2 of adults over the age of 65 have arthritis, which can make it difficult to grip cleaning brushes, mop a floor, run the sweeper, and even dust. A cleaning service can help your mom or dad get the homestead ready for guests this holiday season and make it easier to relax and enjoy the visit.
2.) A handyman.
As your parents or other relatives age, they may have a harder time doing small repairs around the house. If you notice that small things seem to be slipping by the wayside, like a broken handle on a cupboard door or a door that doesn't close quite right, consider hiring a handyman to work down a list of the top ten things around the house that need to be done. Even if everything in the house is currently okay, a handyman can also be hired to hang the holiday lights and decor outside the house (and come back and remove everything again after the season is over). That will keep your older parents off ladders and let them decorate their house the way they like.
3.) Chimney cleaning.
The holidays always seem more cheerful when there's a fire in the fireplace, but it can be dangerous to light up the Yule log unless the chimney has recently been checked and cleaned out by a chimney sweep. There are over 25,000 chimney fires every year in the US due to built-up creosote, problems with liners, and cracks in the mortar that allow embers to reach places they shouldn't.
4.) A furnace tune-up.
Nothing can put a damper on the holidays faster than a furnace that's on the fritz and an estimated 75% of no-heat calls are due to a lack of maintenance. If it has been a while since your parents have had a tune-up on the furnace, consider paying for an inspection and basic maintenance. An HVAC technician can make sure that there are no dangerous carbon monoxide leaks and that there are no obvious problems that need to be repaired for an affordable average of $65-$80. Check it out.
The best present you may be able to give your parents this year at the holidays may just not fit into a box. Even better, it can help take some of the stress of the holiday season off their shoulders.