Most Popular Gifts for People Who Have Dementia

If you’re unsure what to give this holiday, we have put together a list to help you choose the perfect present. First is our most popular gifts from last year. Then take a look at some of our new best selling items from this year. If you still need help, please feel free to call John or Holly at 847.223.3021. We would be happy to help you choose a gift for your loved one.

Top 14 Gift Ideas for Alzheimer’s/Dementia


Twiddle Muffs

These are the original Twiddle Muffs designed by Margaret LightThe Twiddle Muffs have been a top selling item for years and makes a perfect gift. Muffs come 5 ways and each contains a soft, squeezable ball tethered inside. The creator originally made a muff for her grandmother: “Twiddle™Muff was created to give her inquisitive hands something to keep them moving, active and warm and remind her how much she is loved……..even when I couldn’t be with her.” -Margaret
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Busy Bee Lap Pad

Offered exclusively at Best Alzheimer’s Products, the Busy Bee Lap Pad is made of a soft fleece and is weighted with a 10″ x 18″ five pound gel pad inside. It has 5 manipulative and stimulus providing attachments including real lamb’s wool, a liquid motion, a bean bag, a Tangle, and moveable wood beads.

David bought a Busy Bee for his mother, “She wants it on her lap at all times. The things to fiddle with keeps her occupied and the weight on her lap really seems to keep her centered and relaxed. My only problem is prying it away from her at mealtime and bedtime.”
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PICLINK-developed specifically for people who have cognitive disorders. There are so many different ways to playPicLink is a game that was developed specifically for people who have cognitive disorders. There are so many different ways to play this game, which is why we recommend it so highly. Games are always a hit!
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Playable Art Ball

Playable Art BallThis colorful Playable Art Ball is fun for everyone! Create your own art by simply twisting and turning twenty interconnected wooden balls into an endless number of configurations. So beautiful that you can’t help but pick it up and play with it!
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Nostalgic America is a beautiful gift for reminiscing - it will be enjoyed by the entire familyThis wonderful stroll down memory lane is charming, colorful, and very special. It is sure to inspire reminiscence in all who encounter it! Quality photographs come from Getty Images, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and other well known publications. This is sure to be enjoyed by everyone in the family for years to come..
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Gifts for Caregivers

Games and Puzzles Box - a collection of appropriate games and puzzles for people with Alzheimer's and related dementiaIf you are reading this it is probably because you are a care provider, or know someone who is caring for a person with dementia or  some other physical or developmental challenge. Here are some ideas to make care more efficient and to improve quality of life for everyone in a care partnership.
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Lock Box

Activities for menLock box memory toy for Alzheimer's. Men especially love this. with Alzheimer’s and dementia can be hard to find. This one is perfect for manly interests and memories. Superbly crafted solid hardwood lock box with 3 separate compartments and 10 doors, each door has a different kind of latch or hasp or bolt or other locking mechanism.

“My mom ordered the Lock Box for my dad who lives in a memory care center. She filled the box cavities with trinkets including a key ring, a mini flashlight, coins, things one might find in every household junk drawer. When she presented the box to my dad, he was instantly engaged in opening the closures and looking inside to see what he would find. He spends at least half an hour at a time opening the doors, removing the items, examining them, putting them back in, and closing the locks. It has improved his quality of life and the quality of our visits with him. I feel that the Lock Box has provided a tactile therapy that was missing. I highly recommend this product.” – Happy Farmer
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Strengthen Your Mind

Strengthen Your Mind Volumes 1 & 2Strengthen Your Mind includes two volumes. Each volume is packed with activity including trivia, reminiscence, and sensory stimulation. Not only will these books stimulate cognition and the senses through imagination, but they inspire conversation.
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Follow Your Nose

Follow Your Nose |sensory stimulatio game for dementia/Alzheimer's

Games always make great gifts for people who have dementia, and for everyone else. Follow Your Nose is one of our favorite, partly because it relies on the sense of smell more than the sense of sight. The more we use all of our senses the better off we are.

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Not Just Jigsaw Puzzles

Alzheimer's and dementia gifts - puzzles. This is a large piece puzzle showing a variety of birdsExplore our large collection of puzzles! We are sure to have something that you will find appropriate for any stage and for your loved ones interests. The extra large jigsaw pieces allow for easy gripping and minimize the frustration caused by regular-sized pieces. And our jigsaw puzzles aren’t cartoonish – they are age-appropriate as well. But puzzles aren’t just of the jigsaw variety. A puzzle is anything that poses a problem and has a solution.
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Essential aromatherapy oils for Alzheimer's make great giftsAromatherapy can improve the ambiance of almost any setting. Familiar and pleasant scents like lavender, frankincense, and lemon lend a pleasing atmosphere to any room. But aromatherapy does more than just smell good. Essential oils used in aromatherapy can actually clean the air of viruses and other pathogens. And there is growing evidence that certain oils are effective against some of the symptoms of dementia.    More»

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Gift Guide

Click on the pictures and links below for more ideas for enjoying the holidays and other special occasions.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Popular and appropriate gift ideas for people with dementia including Alzheimer's


Alzheimer's Gift Guide - presenting a gift

Once your choice is made you are ready for the next step – presenting the gift to him or to her. Some tips on presenting a gift to someone with Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Sharing holidays with family and loved ones

Suggestions for making your holiday season enjoyable for everyone.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - Gift giving if you cannot be with your loved one with dementia

Long Distance Gift Giving:Things to consider when buying a gift this season for someone you won’t be able to share it with personally.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - some some thoughts on what might not be a good or appropriate gift for a person with dementia

What not to give: Some things just do not make good gifts.

Alzheimer's Gift Guide - The stage of Alzheimer's should be considered when selecting a gift

It is important to consider the stage of disease progression when choosing a gift.