Every year, I struggle to find gifts that my kids can give to their grandparents. If your family is like mine, most of the grandparents are retired and living comfortably. There is really not too much “stuff” they need. I want to make sure that we give them gifts that are meaningful and useful. Here are the 8 gift ideas that grandparents will love.
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Everyone needs a calendar, so why not give grandma and grandpa one they will enjoy filled with pictures of their grandkids and family? Now is the best time to buy these with Cyber Monday quickly approaching. There are multiple photo sites that will allow you to create your own calendar or they will create if for you. I recommend Shutterfly.com, but there are many others to choose from. If you are in a big family you may want to collaborate on this one, since they probably don’t need multiple calendars.
Next to the calendar, this one is also a big hit. You can add one or more photos to it, depending on the style that you choose. You could add photos of the grandkids, your family, favorite pets and more. I’ve added pictures of drawings my children have made or notes they wrote. Most people drink some sort of warm beverage, so why not give them a mug they will enjoy! Isn’t it about time that you helped them replace a random freebie mug they picked up years ago?
Photo Blankets, or Bags
What grandparent wouldn’t want to snuggle up with a photo of their grandchildren or show them off in a handy tote. These are also quite easy to make.
Photo Collage or Wall Art
Several years back my husband had a photo of our kids printed on metal. It is one of my favorite prints, not just because of the picture he chose, but because of the material it was printed on. The metal really gave the photo a unique look. The options now for wall art are unlimited. You can find pretty much anything to suit the recipient’s decorating style.
A Family Photo Session
If you are part of a big family and you will all be together for the holidays, why not pitch in and pay for a large family photo session? Capture those moments when you are all together for a keepsake that will be treasured for years. You never know what memories you will create that day. For this type of photo session make sure to do your research. Ask around to friends and family and review websites to find the best photographer to suit your needs and price point.
Hand Print Keepsakes
There are hundreds of ideas for hand print keepsakes you could make with your little ones for their grandparents. Just search Pinterest for 5 minutes and you will see Aprons, Tree Skirts, Wall Art, and more. You will have fun making it and the grandparents will get a gift that they treasure.
Another fun way to make a keepsake for the grandparents is to paint a piece of pottery for them. Mugs, plates, and platters are always a hit. I recommend doing this project with older kids who will have the patience and attention span to create a finished work of art. Painting pottery can also be a fun way to spend the day bonding with your kids.
A Date with the Kids
My mom loves to take the kids out every once in a while for lunch. Since my kids are younger this is easier for her. Why not set up and pay for a date for the kids and Grandma and take them to a restaurant or attraction they all will enjoy?
I know this list is full of photo ideas, but do Grandparents ever get tired of seeing the faces of their beautiful grandchildren? I don’t think so. What ideas would you add to this list?