-by Mary May Larmoyeux- It’s not always easy to choose the “perfect” gifts for grandparents for a birthday, Grandparents Day, Christmas, or other special occasions. But a friend’s son and his wife did just that when they gave her a beautiful Willow Tree® figurine of a grandparent and grandchild.
Some might have thought this was an unusual gift because my friend had no grandchildren. But when she opened the package she knew the Willow Tree figurine meant that would soon change. She was thrilled!
What makes good gifts for grandparents? I asked some of my friends this question. Here’s what they said.
32 Gifts for Grandparents
1. Time with them. As one grandmother said, “nothing is more precious to me than seeing or hearing from my grandchildren.”
2. Journals for them to use to write about their lives.
3. Framed picture of a special time when the grandkids were with Granddad or Grandma.
4. Handwritten letters and drawings.
5. A special piece of jewelry. Charlotte said, “My daughter-in-love helped my granddaughter choose a sweet piece of jewelry inscribed with ‘Grandma.’”
6. Tech times with grandparents to help them use their new electronic gadgets.
7. Flowers picked or drawn by a grandchild.
8. Something a loved one makes. One of my granddaughter’s made a spoon rest at a local ceramic shop and on it she wrote, “Things I love about Nana …” Every time I use it, I smile and think of her.
9. A coupon for a pedicure (at a beauty salon or one done at Grandma’s house by a grandchild).
10. Some kind of photo necklace or a mug that has a picture of the grandkids on it.
11. A framed picture of grandparents with all of their grandchildren.
12. A gift certificate to a photography studio for a picture of grandparents with all of their grandchildren.
13. Coupons for “FaceTime” or time together doing something fun.
14. Something personalized that has a purpose, such as a coffee mug with the names of all of the grandchildren or great-grandchildren.
15. A gift card to a favorite restaurant; but better yet, take Grandma or Grandpa there.
16. A copy of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.
17. A collection of hand-written notes, written by each grandchild, expressing why they love their grandparents, what they enjoy doing with them, and what they admire about them.
18. Photo book by Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc. Lis says one Mother’s Day her daughter made her a photo book with “pics of our family, children, and grandchildren and us.”
19. A framed colored print/s of baby’s foot. Make the print on a piece of sketchpad paper. Be sure and use a washable paint such as a washable tempera paint,Crayola Washable Finger Paints, etc. You can read more about making an actual footprint here.
20. Ceramic Christmas ornaments made from hand/footprints.
21. A dried flower arrangement in a jar decorated by a granddchild with a note, “Wishing your day is filled with joy.”
22. A decorated can labeled, “Reasons We Love You.” Fill the can with colorful slips of paper and on each write a reason Grandma or Grandpa is loved.
23. Fishing or hunting licenses.
24. A framed meaningful letter. LaRue said, “My daughter framed a letter she found that my mother had written to me when I was in college.”
25. A homemade cake, pie, or chocolate-covered strawberries.
26. Special things that equal a grandparent’s age. When Karen’s mother turned 60, the family had a birthday party where everyone brought 60 special things just for her. “I compiled a recipe book from all of us with 60 recipes,” Karen said. “Mother LOVED that!!! One person I know gave this gift to a grandfather and gave him 65/70 ties! Of course, they were collecting ties from garage sales, and everywhere.”
27. A special dinner prepared by the grandchildren and served to the grandparents.
28. A canvas tote bag with a grandmother’s special name embroidered on it. These can be ordered online.
29. A note telling grandma or grandpa how much you enjoy one of their special recipes along with a request for a date to learn how to make or grill it.
30. A shopping trip for Grandma or Grandpa with a grandchild to purchase something for their hobby: coin collecting, auto restoration, gardening, etc.
31. Photo calendar with pictures of all the grandchildren. Each child has their own month. Sibling groups have months. Photos of grandparents with the children and grandchildren. Photos of parents with their children. Also, on each date of the calendar that is a birthday or anniversary include a picture of that person or couple.
32. Gift certificate to the grocery store. Karen says, “Grandpa uses them for his favorite fresh food he has considered to be too expensive.”
What do you think would make good gifts for grandparents?
Grandparents, what gift have you received that was especially meaningful to you?
(Many thanks to those who contributed gift ideas to this article: Andie, Charlotte, Cindy, Dan, Deborah, Delores, Don, Elaine, Holly, Jolene, Karen H, Karen J, Karon, Kathy, Kerri, Laurie, LaRue, Lewis, Lis, Margaret, Mary, Sabrina, Suzanne, Tamara, Teresa, Trisha, Willy. Please let me know if I have overlooked anyone.)
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