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Video: Check out these great gifts for seniors

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updated 12/12/2005 10:57:34 AM ET 2005-12-12T15:57:34

With more than 45 million people over the age of 60 living in the United States, you're bound to have at least one special senior on your gift list this season. Jim Miller, editor of syndicated newspaper column Savvy Senior, was invited on the “Today” show to share some practical suggestions for holiday gifts. Here are tips:

LapWrap Shawl
(Janska.com; $45)
This two-in-one garment is a stylish shawl and a perfectly sized lap blanket that will keep you or those you love warm and cozy. Made with velvety soft polartec fabric, machine washable. 866-452-6752

Clarity C410 Cordless Amplified Telephone
(Radioshack.com; $69.99)
For seniors with mild to moderate hearing impairment, the new Clarity C410 makes phone calls not only louder but clearer and easier to understand. It amplifies incoming sounds up to 30 decibels. It also offers large, lighted dial pad buttons and a customized extra loud ringer. 800-843-7422

LightWedge Mini
(Lightwedge.com; $14.95)
The pocket-sized LightWedge comes in a range of cool colors. It’s perfect for dimly lit restaurants, dark theatres, and any reading on the go. The integral magnification barrel provides 1.5X magnification and measures 5.0 x 2.25, 1.5 oz. Ships in blister package with carrying case and two CR2 batteries that provide 20 hours of light. Also available at Barnes & Noble and Staples. 877-777-9334

Conair Massaging Heating Pad
(Target.com; $29.99)
Soothe away the aches and pains with the Conair massaging heating pad. This king-sizes pad features vibrating action with heat option and high/low massage settings. Also includes self-adhesive belt. Target.com

Fellowes Powershred P-45C
(Officedepot.com; $49.99)
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S., and seniors are particularly vulnerable. A great way to protect your identity is to shred your personal information before you throw it out. The Fellowes P-45C Power-shredder will reduce paper documents to confetti particles quietly and quickly. It also shreds through staples and credit cards. 800-463-3768

6-piece Kitchen Essentials Set
(Oxo.com; $39.99)
For those who struggle with arthritis or limited hand strength, the OXO GOOD GRIPS Kitchen Set makes the perfect gift. Each utensil features soft, non-slip ergonomic hand grips and durable stainless steel heads. The set includes a swivel peeler, can opener, grater, 9" locking tongs, ice cream scoop and 11" balloon whisk. 800-545-4411

9-piece Essential Home Tool Kit
(Lowes.com; $49.98)
The OXO Good Grips 9 Piece Essential Home Tool Kit is the ultimate all-purpose kit for everything from small crafts to larger do-it-yourself projects. Each tool features soft, non-slip ergonomic hand grips ideal for seniors with limited hand grip. The Kit contains 6" Long Nose Pliers, Multi-Purpose Snips, 8" Groove Joint Pliers, 8-ounce Curved Claw Hammer, 8" Adjustable Wrench, 25' Tape Measure, 6-in-1 Screwdriver, 9" Torpedo Level, and a nylon tool bag. 800-445-6937

6-in-1 Game
(Redenvelope.com; $50)
Six classic games wrapped in one package. A great gift for seniors who enjoy various board games including: chess, checkers, backgammon, dominoes, cribbage, dice and cards. Measures 12" x 12"; instructions for each game included. 877-733-3683

Hugo Folding Cane
(Hugoanywhere.com; $29.99; additional handles $6.97 each)
This is one of the classiest canes on the market. The Hugo folding cane is strong (supporting up to 550 pounds), adjustable and comes with a shock-absorbing tip with an ultra grip edge that provides extra traction and stability. When you're finished using it, it can be folded into 4 parts in seconds for easy storage. But the best part is you can customize your Hugo folding cane with 13 stylish, interchangeable handles. 866-321-4846

Verilux EasyFlex Floor Lamp
(Healthylight.com; $195.97)
Bring natural daylight indoors without the glare. The pure white light increases contrast for better vision, reducing eyestrain, making reading and other close-up tasks easier and more comfortable. Includes a detachable utility tray, two-level brightness control, flexible gooseneck, soft-touch handle, hands-free magnifying lens attachment and a replacement bulb. 800-211-7775

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