–by Mary May Larmoyeux– As Grandparents Day nears (September 11, 2016) are you looking for a grandparent gift? Perhaps something that uniquely says to the grandparents in your life, “I love you, Grandma and Grandpa. Thanks for all you do!”
Here are 15 ideas for a special grandparent gift:
- Invite grandparents over for lunch or dinner on Grandparents Day. Help the grandkids prepare the meal (older ones could prepare it by themselves). Very young children could color large sheets of paper to be used as place mats.
- Create a hand-crafted card for the grandparents. You may want to use the pattern for a “Grand Card” on the website of Clubhouse Jr.
- Give the grandparents a picture of themselves with the grandchildren. Ask the children to write their names and ages on the back of it. (Of course, you could write the names and ages of very young children.)
- If you are an adult with living grandparents, send them a hand-written letter thanking them for the investments they made in your life. If possible, present the letter to them in person on Grandparents Day. If this is not possible, read the letter to Granny and Gramps on Grandparents Day over the phone or via Skype, and then mail it to them.
- Ask your children to write individual letters about why they are grateful for their grandparents. Then mail the lists in separate envelopes, asking each child to decorate an envelope in a special way.
- As a family, write a list of reasons why you are grateful for Grandma or Grandpa. Example: “10 Reasons Granny is Special to Us.” Ask the kids to write their names and ages on the back of the list, frame it, and present the list as a gift on Grandparents Day.
- Grandparents love to get hand-drawn pictures from the grandkids. Ask the children to each draw and color several pictures for grandparents. Create a drawing for the cover of what will be a one-of-a-kind book for Grandma or Grandpa. Staple all of the pages together and present the book to Grandma or Grandpa.
- Give the grandparents in your life a copy of The Grandparents Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available.
- Help the little grandkids (ages 6 and under) make up of a song of appreciation for a grandparent gift, using the melody of a familiar song such as “Old McDonald,” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” If possible have the kids sing it to Granny and Gramps in person. If not possible, do this by Skype, Facetime, or by a phone call. (Example, to the tune of “Old McDonald” – Boots and Pops have four grandkids, E-I-E-I-O. They like to spend time with them, E-I-E-I-O. There’s Tommy, and Susie, and Pete and Beth, E-I-E-I-O. Etc.)
- If the grandparents in your life are living nearby, personally visit them on Grandparents Day. Take time to talk about all of the special things you have done with one another. Snap a picture of everyone together, and mail it to Grandpa and Grandma as a memento of your time together.
- Make something special for grandparents with handprint art. Click here to check out some ideas on Pinterest.
- If your grandparents have a special family recipe, help the children make it as a gift for the grandparents. A favorite in my family is Mamoo’s Sugar Cookies.
- As a family, write a prayer of blessing for the grandparents in your life. At the end of a home cooked meal with the grandparents on Grandparents Day, pray it together for Nana and Pops.
- Spend some time on Grandparents Day visiting with the grandparents. Ask them questions about their own grandparents. Record their answers with an iPhone or hand-held recorder.
- Order a jigsaw puzzle for the grandparents made from a picture of them with the grandkids. Check out photo puzzles at your local photography store or on websites like Snapfish.
What suggestions do you have for a grandparent gift?
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)