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We’re a small family-owned business in Minnesota that creates innovative products that bring independence and confidence to people’s lives.

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Donate To: “Gifts For Seniors”

Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of isolated seniors.

  • 4% Raised
    of $5,000.00

Check is written out to: Gifts For Seniors c/o Lil Nipper

Mail to: Gifts for Seniors  2300 Kennedy Street NE,  Suite 40 Minneapolis, MN 55413

Gifts for Seniors is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you send donation via check, please include name and email for your Donor Acknowledgement (receipt).

Give the gift of connection & independent self-care

Donations go towards:

  • An in-person social visit to isolated seniors
  • The visitor will bring companionship, joy, and a gift of a Lil Nipper Automatic Nail Clipper for Adults
  • A “how to” demonstration and conversation educating the senior about the Lil Nipper’s features and the benefits of their new gift
  • Assisting Gifts for Seniors to be able to serve more & more seniors every year

Join us, in helping to make a social connection with seniors at risk of loneliness and depression. And in doing so, share the gift of independent nail grooming. Connection and Independence, a true gift!!

It’s that simple when you believe in a world where each day means a new opportunity to manufacture joy–collecting smiles with every clip.

Help us make an impact in the lives of isolated seniors living in Minnesota.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” —Mother Teresa

About Gifts For Seniors

You can touch a senior’s heart!

With the critical support of donors, Gifts for Seniors coordinates social visits for more than 7,000 older adults throughout the year. Your gift alleviates loneliness by letting them know they are loved, valued, and they are not forgotten…and bringing them joy a neat, unique gift! Please join us in bringing smiles and human connection to our senior friends here in Minnesota!

The connection:

Tom McMullen, Creator of ClipDifferent/Lil Nipper, is a senior himself at 79 years strong. He was born and raised in Minnesota and has lived here his entire life. He and his late wife and three children lived in Bloomington and Eden Prairie. Tom’s current wife, Pat, is very involved doing one-to-one visits with seniors who have physical and mental health issues. Tom met Carolyn, Gifts for Seniors Director, four years ago and was inspired by her dedication to helping seniors. Carolyn was inspired to join Gifts for Seniors after being a caregiver for her grandmother, Glenda.

Health Risks of Loneliness

There is strong evidence that many adults aged 50 and older are socially isolated or lonely in ways that put their health at risk. Recent studies found that:

  • Social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.
  • Social isolation was associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia.
  • Poor social relationships (characterized by social isolation or loneliness) was associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.
  • Loneliness was associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Loneliness among heart failure patients was associated with a nearly 4 times increased risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits.



Social Mission

Gifts for Seniors strives to alleviate the loss of connection to community and the devastating spiral into loneliness that negatively impacts one’s health and wellbeing.  Although we are often providing much needed resources for older adults on fixed incomes, the true gift is the life-affirming personal contact.  Social visits are also crucial for identifying unfortunate instances of abuse, self-neglect, and exploitation.

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Customer Reviews

Ruth Bachman

My 19 yr old special needs daughter LOVES your Lil Nipper.

1 month ago
Kim Stapley

For the first time in over 40 years, I was able to trim the nails on my left hand without anyone's help. It is only a little thing but it does give me a bit more independence. I am sure the more I use the Pro, the neater my nails will become.

1 month ago
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Kristine P

Lil nipper: rescue of my tremors. Not only do I not have strength to maneuver a manual nail clipper, my Lil nipper comes to the rescue as tremors make it near impossible to hold fingers still. But Lil nipper let's me press finger near the opening where my nail is cut. Excellent.

3 months ago

My Story from Faith - 5 Lil Nippers later A friend told me about the ClipDifferent Pro as a tool to help my adult son with multiple disabilities maintain his independence in grooming. I bought one for him over 2 years ago and he’s been cutting his nails himself ever since. When the Lil Nipper came out I immediately bought three. I gave one to my dad as he lives in a nursing home and the staff does not care for his nails. His arthritis prevents him from clipping his nails himself. After demonstrating how it works, my mom, MIL, son, and 8-year-old niece were clamoring for their own! While the other two Lil Nippers I purchased were earmarked for the moms, I was now short a few. Guess what my son and niece are getting for Christmas? Thanks, ClipDifferent!!

3 months ago
John S

Works very well.

4 months ago

Fantastic! We really love using this trimmer on our toddler. With a little distraction, we can breeze through a nail trim and get back to playing. It’s fantastic!

8 months ago

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