Buying holiday presents for grandma and grandpa can be quite the feat, especially with the stores stocked up with so many different tech devices. If yours are cell phone savvy (at least somewhat) you could help them get started on an app that is either fun entertainment for them or a useful tool that they can use.
Older people are much more computer and phone literate then we give them credit for. They may need a little help getting started but once you set them up with some apps they will enjoy, watch your FB page! Grandma may soon be leaving you comments.
Skype: Giving your parents or grandparents the gift of Skype is a great idea. Especially for those who have kids or grandkids living far away. Visits may be infrequent now a days, but getting to spend some face to face time and catch up never has to stop.
Words with Friends or Scrabble: What is nice for older people with these games is that they are already familiar with the concept (Scrabble is one of the oldest board games still in existence) and they can play against family members and friends. There is not too much family game night going on anymore, but with these apps at least you and grandma can fit a word in when you have time.
Camp Finder: This is for the older crowd who is still mobile and taking their RV on camping adventures. This app lets you map out the entire trip and even gives you pointers on local camp grounds and amenities. You can get the whole family in on this holiday gift by complementing it with essential camping gear like sleeping bags and camp tents. Don’t forget to throw a compass in their stocking in case they forget how to use the GPS.
GPS: Speaking of, if your parents or grandparents haven’t discovered the wonders of GPS, help them too. This will make it easier for them to find their way around to that new restaurant or shopping center they have been waiting to go to. Program in some of their favorite destinations beforehand (like your house) so they can see right away just how helpful it can be.
Solitaire/Candy Crush: Depending on their personality, hook them up with a game that they can play alone. These are great time killers when waiting in a doctor’s office or trying to get some sleep. There are only a couple named here, but there are hundreds more available to make it easy on you to find one that they will like.
There is no reason why grandma and grandpa can’t be nudged into the 21st century. The trick is to find mobile devices that are easy to navigate and to see. Then load it up with features and games that you know they will get great pleasure from.