For the older people in your life, it can be hard to shop for them effectively as they seem to already have everything they need. How can you spend your money on them in a way that will be memorable and fun?
In getting the older people in your life the perfect funny gift, you will need a mix of comedy and a bit of practicality. The ideal gag gift will make the recipient laugh while still providing them a bit of utility.
So, let’s take a look now at some top picks! Here are 25 fun options that are all available on Amazon, meaning you can shop while reading through the suggestions. From books to mugs to games, there is undoubtedly something for everyone on this list.
Seniors Texting Code Mug
If you have someone in your life who hasn’t fully embraced the way of communicating by text and the abbreviations that come along with it, this mug is a sure way to get them to laugh. They might not know what TTYL (Talk To You Later) means, but this mug will help them learn the funnier, more relevant TTML (Talk To Me Louder).
Did you think that BTW meant “by the way”? This mug will teach your special senior that it really stands for “bring the wheelchair!” This gag gift is an excellent choice for coworkers looking for a little office humor, especially for office retirement parties. Many gifted this mug to their bosses as a departing gift and shared a laugh at these unique texting codes.
Dr. Seuss’s You’re Only Old Once
Dr. Seuss books have always made great gifts for classic milestones. “Oh The Places You’ll Go” is probably one of the most gifted graduation presents of all time. There’s no reason to stop gifting Dr. Seuss titles just because the recipient has gotten older. Here is one book better enjoyed by those well past their childhood. You can gift this Dr. Seuss classic with confidence to any special senior in your life.
The humor and whimsy that is Dr. Seuss’s signature style can be found in abundance in this book, as we follow a patient through his time at the “Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair.” Dr. Seuss uses his unique perspective to poke fun at the aging process and society’s reaction to it.
This book is full of the colorful, creative drawings that you would expect from Dr. Seuss, as well as his classic rhyme scheme and cadence that have attracted his readers for generations. When he turned 82, he wrote this book to celebrate what it is to be an “obsolete child” in this world. This book will make a great gift for any occasion from birthdays to retirements and is sure to please any fans of his better-known children’s books.
Retirement Is A Full-Time Job Gift Book
This small, pocket-sized book is loaded with colorful, humorous pictures and quotes to light-heartedly guide a new retiree into the latest chapter of their life. If you have an older person in your life who loves a cute animal picture, this is certainly the gift for them. Each page features a different cute and comical animal paired with a relevant quote.
The book is hardcover and can be thought of as a replacement for a retirement card. If you’re thinking of giving it in the office, you can easily have your coworkers sign it as well in order to add some additional meaning and sentiment to this lovely retirement gift.
Wampumtuk Retired Cat Mug
If you need a cute and fun mug for a newly retired woman or man in your life, this mug from Wampumtuk is a great choice. With a cute illustration of a cat wearing glasses and the message “I don’t want to / I don’t have to / You can’t make me / I’m retired” printed on both sides, this gift choice is sure to please.
This mug is made from ceramic and is safe to be used in both the dishwasher and microwave. It is a standard-sized 11-ounce mug and comes at an affordable price, making a great choice for those in need of a cute and comical retirement gift on a budget.
Memory Mints for Senior Moments
If you need a purely fun gag gift for someone who is beginning to enter the world of senior moments, this tin of mints is a perfect choice. Not only are you giving the gift of a small container of breath mints, but the name “Memory Mints for Senior Moments: Extra Strong” is sure to get a laugh from the recipient.
This just-for-fun gift is great for any occasion and isn’t specifically for retirement parties or birthdays. Also, since this gift is quite affordable, you can easily stock up on these tins, making sure that you always have the perfect gag gift on hand. No matter the occasion, you will be ready to make the older folks in your life laugh and freshen up at the same time.
Don’t Forget My Discount T-Shirt
This gag gift t-shirt makes a great birthday gift, especially for those big milestone birthdays. Featuring the silhouette of an old man and a cane with the lettering: “Don’t Forget My Discount,” this t-shirt is perfect for those people in your life who have been talking up their senior citizen discount for years.
If you are feeling particularly playful with someone, this can even be a good birthday gift long before they are ever eligible for an actual senior discount! No matter the number attached to the birthday, this humorous t-shirt is sure to bring a laugh.
This shirt comes in a variety of colors, with solid colors featuring 100% cotton materials and the heather color varieties featuring a cotton and polyester blend. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes, featuring styles for men, women, and children.
Senior Moments Board Game
This gift is the perfect mix of practical and fun! It is a real board game that can be played with 2 to 8 people and is sure to bring laughs to whoever is playing. It’s essentially a memory game, with creative and surprising lists to test your memory. However, every player’s first move has to be the same: you can’t get started playing until you find your keys!
While full of gags and humor, it is still a good cognitive exercise and will help strengthen memory muscles by playing. You can enjoy the fun of the game while keeping your mind sharp at the same time. While it might be fun to laugh about Senior Moments, the truth is that brain exercise and memory strengthening is a necessary part of an older person’s routine. By playing this game together, it’s a win-win for the young and old alike!
Racing Granny and Grandad
If you’re looking for something purely silly, you can choose this Racing Granny and Grandad set with confidence. You can wind up Grandad on his motorized scooter and Granny with her walker and watch them go! These little racing figurines are sure to cause some laughs and bring some fun the next time you need to give a silly gift to older people in your life.
Each figure is made from plastic and stands about 9 cm (3.5 in) tall. These feature a windup racing mechanism that the young and old alike will easily be able to operate and enjoy.
Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager
It’s no secret that our bodies are continually reminding us that we are getting older. For a special older person in your life that often complains about aches and pains, this is a perfect gift for him or her. This back and neck massager from Shiatsu uses electricity to provide a heated, deep kneading massage. This massager helps with blood circulation and will leave the user feeling deeply relaxed.
This experience will give any muscle group deep relief and can be used with or without heat. There are three speeds to choose from to provide the user with the best experience. And if you are worried about grandma falling asleep while the massager is at work, don’t worry! The heating function will automatically shut off after 15 minutes to avoid any complications from dozing off.
A Book That Takes Time
If you are looking for a fun and sweet gift for an older person in your life with a little more depth, A Book That Takes Time is a wonderful choice. This beautiful, colorful adult activity book has been created with the concept of mindfulness at its core. It encourages its reader to slow down, forget about multitasking, and engage with the activities in a meaningful way.
This gift is not just a typical book. It is loaded with hidden surprises inside, like small notebooks, stickers, cards, and collaging materials. The reader is inspired to activate their “beginner’s mind,” meaning they engage with new activities with the full attention of a first-timer. This book is a wonderful and thoughtful present for anyone looking to spend their time in a meaningful way.
Anywhere Travel Guide
This little deck of cards is sure to mix up any gathering and get the older people in your life adventuring in unexpected ways. This deck of cards features a variety of whimsical prompts that push the reader to forget their usual routine and approach life differently. You may get the card prompting you to make a souvenir to remember this day, or perhaps you will get the card that tells you to notice your shadow and attempt to draw it.
These cards are full of fun, surprising ideas that are perfect for anyone feeling a little lost with their daily routine. They capture the spirit of adventure and give unexpected experiences that travel can bring without ever leaving your own house or hometown. For anyone who could use a little adventure without a passport, this is a great gift.
BrainBox: Senior Moments Edition
If you are a fan of the BrainBox game for kids, you will be thrilled to know that it now comes in a senior edition. Each card features a brightly colored illustrated image, ranging from pop culture references from the 20th Century to simple scenes that will evoke personal memories. This game is a great way to reminisce about youth (especially if that was a long time ago) and share your memories with the people you are playing with.
Not only is this a fun game and great conversation starter, but it will also get the brain cells active and help improve your memory recall. This game can be played across generations, letting children or grandchildren get in on the fun of learning about the early days of their older relative’s life.
Over The Hill Socks
These socks are sure to cause a hoot upon unwrapping! What first might appear as normal, these white men’s socks will quickly reveal “LEFT” and “RIGHT” printed on each individual sock. For an older person in your life who can’t quite match his socks the way he used to, this will be both a comical and practical gift.
Jumbo Sized Playing Cards
This jumbo-sized deck of playing cards has everything a standard deck would have– just in a much larger size! Each card measures about 5 inches by 7 inches, making the card itself much bigger than usual. The print on the card itself is also quite large, meaning that older folks who can’t see as well as they used to will be able to spot what cards they have in their hand easily.
While the shocking size of these cards will be sure to cause a laugh, they will also let your card-shark granny have the advantage again when playing against you. If playing cards is a favorite pastime in your family, this is the perfect gag gift for you.
Day of the Week Clock
This 9.5-inch wall clock will look like a traditional wall clock at first glance, but upon a closer look, you will see that there are no numbers on the clock face. Instead, there are only days of the week! This gag gift is a great choice for the newly retired or for anyone else who may face the challenge of keeping track of the days of the week.
You can choose between mahogany, oak, or pine for the clock’s frame, each offering a high-quality wood material in different pleasing colors. A great addition to any wall, this gift will make sure no one has to ask, “What day is it?” ever again.
Things I Will Forget Notebook
Getting older can mean that you don’t remember things the way you used to, and that’s why this next item is another great gag gift with a practical side. This standard-sized 8.5 by 11-inch notebook comes with 120 pages to fill with notes and reminders of all kinds. And the inscription on the cover is just perfect: “Things I Will Forget If I Don’t Write Them Down Immediately.”
This notebook would make for a great retirement present or gift for any occasion. It can be used as a journal, to-do list, or just a scratchpad for those notes that need to be taken down hastily, or they run the risk of being forgotten.
I Forgot What I Was Doing Mug
Here we have another comical set of mugs that is a perfect and funny gift for anyone who isn’t as young as they used to be. This mug reads: “I Came, I Saw, I Forgot What I Was Doing, Retraced My Steps, Got Distracted On My Way Back, Have No Idea What Is Going On, And Now I Have To Pee.”
This 11-ounce ceramic coffee mug is sure to make anyone laugh and is also dishwasher and microwave safe. This fun gift is sure to bring a smile to the morning coffee routine for any senior in your life.
Teeth Denture Shaped Ice Tray
Simply pour some water into this ice tray and pop it in the freezer, and a few hours later, you will have hilarious perfectly-shaped denture ice cubes to put in your favorite drink. Each ice tray will make four life-size denture ice cubes, complete with teeth indentations making each cube really come to life.
This tray is made from high-quality silicone and can easily be washed without damaging its shape. And there’s no need to limit yourself to just ice. You can easily use these trays to make jello treats and sweet fondants. If crafting is more your style, you can even use plaster to make denture-shaped decorations. The recipient of this gift can let their imagination go wild and surprise their guests with many unexpected denture-shaped surprises.
Laugh and Live: Advice for Aging Boomers
Here we have another comedic book recommendation, this one aimed specifically at the boomers. If you need a gift for the boomer in your life that is in denial about their advancing age and the aches and pains that come with it, this book is a great gift choice. The book features a lot of self-deprecating humor that is sure to get the boomer in your life having a bit of a laugh at himself.
Don’t worry– it’s not all dark humor in these pages. The book also helps aging boomers remember all they still have going for them in their lives and some practical advice to take on this stage of life with grace and ease. If you are looking for a gift that mixes humor and practicality, this is a great choice.
Ear and Nose Hair Trimmer
If you’ve noticed Grandpa’s nose hair coming in a bit thicker than it used to, this might be the present that will both make him chuckle and take the hint. And it’s not just for Grandpa– this trimmer from FlePow can be used by both men and women. No matter where some unwanted hair is sprouting up, this trimmer will be able to tackle it in a comfortable and pain-free way.
This trimmer is both cordless and made from stainless steel. It’s ready to take off that little extra bit of hair from your eyebrows, inside your ears, or nose. It’s also waterproof, meaning you can clean it quite easily, and it can even come in the shower with you. It is battery-powered, and the manufacturer promises six months of use with the purchase of just one battery.
With an impressive warranty and an affordable price, this makes a great gift that will give your favorite senior a tool to take on the surprising new hair that comes along with age.
Gut Busters and Belly Laughs Book
If you are looking for a purely comedic gift, this book is the perfect choice. Loaded with jokes, funny anecdotes, and quotes that are designed to get a laugh out of the older generation, this book has something fun for everyone.
Beware, though– this book can get a bit on the crude and dirty side! If you are looking to gift this book to someone who already has a bit of a dirty sense of humor, then you’ve really found the right gift. However, if the person you are thinking of might get offended, perhaps another gift choice on this list is a better option.
Living That Senior Citizen Life Calendar
This paperback organizer for 2021 has a comedic cover image featuring a walker, dentures, hearing aid, and the slogan “Living That Senior Citizen Life.” It’s a standard 8.5 x 11 size notebook that has both the year overview as well as monthly and weekly organizers. All holidays are noted on these overviews, and there is lots of space to record appointments and to-do lists.
This planner also has plenty of other prompts to help keep the older folks in your life organized– there’s a place to note down your passwords for those who are struggling to remember as well as areas for flight information and travel goals. There are spots to write down your Bucket List as well as imagine your very own vision board. This organizer will help keep any senior well organized and dreaming big in 2021.
Sofa Armrest Organizer
This armrest organizer from Joywell is made from a soft linen fabric that will stand up to the daily use that comes with being near the favorite couch or armchair in the house. It features six compartments that can hold much-needed items like TV remotes, cell phones, tablets, books, glasses, or any other easy to misplace item.
This item comes in both different sizes and a wide range of colors and patterns. You can even choose a holiday theme print to go with household decorations! The back of this organizer is lined with plastic in order to keep it in place and not slide around, no matter what material your armrest is made out of.
Even though “armrest” is in the name, it is actually usable on any surface you might want to organize your most sought-after items. You could hang it on the wall or drape it over a bedside table. It is also machine washable, so you don’t need to worry if you decide to place it in a messy, high-traffic area.
MagniPros 3X Large LED Page Magnifier
Technology has finally come to the magnifying glass, and it looks like this LED Page Magnifier! With this 4.5 x 7-inch viewing area, you will be able to move the magnifier over any reading material you wish to magnify. This particular model can enhance the size up to 300% of the original print.
It is lightweight and fully adjustable, and you can choose how much you wish to enlarge the font and how bright you would like the display to be. It is also made from super strong ABS material, meaning that it will be highly resistant to cracks and damage even if it gets mishandled on occasion.
The LED lights will clearly and brightly present your reading material to you and are designed to last over 100,000 hours. This means they should last over 20 years without causing you any trouble. If you have a senior in your life that is starting to struggle with the font size of their favorite newspapers and magazines, this gift will get them comfortably reading again in no time!
Set of Large Print Puzzle Books
If you have a puzzle fan in your family, this set of 6 Jumbo-Sized Word Search Puzzle books is an excellent choice! The font is extra-large, meaning that they can enjoy all the pleasure that comes from solving a puzzle without any of the struggles of hard-to-see smaller fonts.
With each book coming in at 100 pages of puzzles, this pack will give the favorite senior in your life 600 pages of unique puzzles. These will be both fun and a great way to stay mentally stimulated. These also come with answers in the back of the book, meaning that the answers can be checked and puzzles can easily be solved to completion.
No matter what style of funny gift you are looking for, you will be able to find something for the special senior in your life on this list. From purely comical gag gifts to gifts that will cause a laugh while still being practical, you will be able to make the older folks in your life laugh when unwrapping gifts at the next special occasion.