Whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or wedding anniversary, or simply to say, ‘I love you’, treating your older friends and family to a cake is a great way to show you care. Cake in a box designs delicious cakes and cupcakes and offers nationwide delivery. They can make egg free cakes, dairy free cakes and gluten free cakes if required, and will create a cake to suit your budget, so why not bring a smile to a loved one’s face with a sweet treat?
- Help them learn
U3A, or the university of the third age, provides creative, educational, and social activities for people in their ‘third age’. They have recently launched Trust U3A as a way for people to join their community online while face-to-face contact is limited. Why not treat someone dear to a Trust U3A membership for just £7.50, and give them access to learning resources, interest groups, and events and activities that they can take part in.
- Top up their hobby supplies
Do your loved ones have a hobby that they enjoy? Taking part in a hobby exercises the brain and supports positive mental health, so making sure their hobby supplies are topped up is a great way to support your friends and family. Most supplies can be purchased online and delivered directly to their front door. If you’re not sure what they might need, just ask!
- Send a letterbox hamper
From cheese to chocolate to healthy snacks, receiving a hamper is a lovely experience – so often they contain little luxuries that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves. Treat your loved one to a Yumbles letterbox hamper that is beautifully presented, full of carefully chosen treats and fits through their letterbox.
- Write a letter
This is a simple but powerful way to support your friends and family – a personal letter shows your care in a unique way and is sure to be treasured and reread. If you don’t like writing letters yourself, take advantage of RoboQuill’s offer to send 150 free notes to the ‘loved and elderly’ during lockdown and beyond. RoboQuill’s robots pen ‘handwritten’ notes using real fountain pens and using real ink – they are so realistic your loved ones won’t believe they’ve been written by a robot!
- Spoil them with a boutique treat
The Bias Cut is the first age-inclusive online women’s boutique with lots of gorgeous treats to cheer up loved ones, including clothing, jewellery, and accessories. Even better, buy an item marked with a rainbow, heart or star and they will donate 25% of the proceeds from your sale to Hospice UK. For your older male friends and family, why not treat them to something from Charles Tyrwhitt.
Whichever way you choose to show your care and support for your friends and family that are over 70, it is sure to be appreciated and will make a real difference reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
If you are feeling lonely and feel like you need to talk to someone immediately, call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 055 6112.