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Pensioners opt for 'exciting rather than traditional gifts'

Pensioners opt for 'exciting rather than traditional gifts'
4th December 2007

British pensioners are sick of traditional presents such as soft centre chocolates, slippers and hankies, according to new research.

Barchester Healthcare carried out a survey of more than 10,000 of its elderly care home residents across the UK and found that more exotic gifts and experiences topped people's Christmas lists.

More than one in ten opted for a special day out such as a movie star makeover, a yoga session or a hot air balloon ride.

Technology such as digital cameras and game consoles also proved popular, as did luxury food hampers.

Tim Hammond, managing director for Barchester said: "Christmas is a special time of year for us. But buying presents for loved ones can be tricky and when they've lived a long life it can be even harder to find something they'd really like.

"I think our research shows we're all still young at heart and old age doesn’t have to mean you’re out of touch."

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