5 Useful Gifts That Can Make Anyone's Life Easier in 2023

5 Useful Gifts That Can Make Anyone's Life Easier in 2023

Navigating the world of gifts can be a bit like finding your way through a maze – exciting yet sometimes overwhelming. But fear not! As an occupational therapist with a knack for finding practical, life-easing products, I've rounded up five fabulous gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated by anyone in 2023. These aren't just any gifts— they're thoughtful, functional, and will undoubtedly make day-to-day life a bit smoother. Let's go!


1.The Modern Marvel: A Bidet Attachment

Gone are the days when bidets were seen as a luxury item in opulent European hotels. In 2023, they've become a much-loved addition to any bathroom, offering a touch of everyday luxury while promoting better personal hygiene. A bidet attachment is surprisingly easy to install on existing toilets, making it a fantastic gift for anyone looking to upgrade their bathroom experience. It's especially beneficial for those with mobility challenges or those who just love a fresher, cleaner feeling. Plus, it's eco-friendly, reducing the need for toilet paper!

2.Shower Power: Handheld Shower Head

A handheld shower head is a game-changer for anyone, from busy parents bathing kids and pets to older adults who value safety and convenience in the shower. The flexibility of a handheld shower head allows for better control and accessibility, making the showering experience more comfortable and efficient. Look for one with multiple settings – a gentle mist for relaxation and a stronger stream for an invigorating shower experience. It's a thoughtful gift that blends practicality with a touch of everyday indulgence.

3.Stick to It: Fixate Gel Pads

In a world where we're constantly juggling gadgets and gizmos, Fixate Gel Pads are a clever and practical gift. These reusable, sticky pads are perfect for holding items like phones, keys, or even small tools in place. They can be stuck to virtually any surface, making them ideal for use in the car, kitchen, or office. They're not just handy for keeping things organized— they also prevent items from sliding around, which is particularly helpful for those who need a bit more stability in their surroundings.

4.Comfort and Health: Compression Socks

Often overlooked, compression socks are a thoughtful gift that can benefit virtually anyone. They're not just for those who experience leg fatigue or swelling, they're also great for people who spend long hours on their feet, travelers, or anyone who values comfort and wellness. Compression socks come in a variety of styles and compressions, making it easy to find a pair that's both functional and fashionable. They help improve circulation, reduce swelling, and can even aid in recovery after exercise.

5.Light the Way: Motion-Sensing Night Lights

Nighttime navigation just got easier with motion-sensing night lights. Perfect for hallways, bathrooms, or bedrooms, these lights provide safety and convenience without the need to fumble for switches in the dark. They're especially helpful for older adults, giving them peace of mind during late-night trips to the bathroom or kitchen. Plus, they're energy-efficient, only lighting up when movement is detected.

Each of these gifts isn't only thoughtful but also enhances daily living in simple yet significant ways. Whether for a birthday, holiday, or just because, these practical presents are sure to be appreciated and used frequently. Remember, the best gifts are those that make life a little easier, a little safer, and a lot more enjoyable! Sign up for our weekly newsletter for more helpful hints like these!

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Dr. Brandy Archie, OTR/L, CLIPP

Dr. Archie received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Creighton University. She is certified in both Living in Place and Low Vision Therapy.  Dr. Archie has over 15 years of experience in home health and elder focused practice settings which led her to start AskSAMIE, a curated marketplace to make aging in place possible for anyone, anywhere! Answer some questions about the problems the person is having and then a personalized cart of adaptive equipment and resources is provided.

She's a wife, mother of 3 and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan! Connect with her on Linked In or by email anytime.

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