Grandparents can be exceptionally hard to shop for. Perhaps even harder than teens. Either they’ve got everything they need, or the generational gap is so large you just can’t imagine what they would want. This is especially tricky when you are trying to get the kids to help choose a gift.
But, these gifts are more important than you might imagine. Many older adults spend most of their lives in isolation. Even those with close family can spend days alone, looking forward to their next visits, barely getting out of the house themselves once they have left work. As their own friends start to pass away or move into care homes, their lives can become quiet and depressing. To these grandparents, a thoughtful gift from their children and grandchildren can mean the world.
Even if the grandparents in your family are still working, and nowhere near old age, it’s a good idea to get into good gifting habits now. Show them how much they mean to you with well thought out gifts. Grandparents are after all, unbelievably important to our children’s development and happiness.
A Photo Gift
Grandparents love nothing more than getting to look at their grandchildren, so a photo gift is perfect. There are plenty of sites out there now that will put your photos on gifts such as calendars, homeware, clothing, and textiles.
A Meaningful Souvenir
A great way to show them you care is by finding a gift to help them remember a special time in their life. If they’ve ever served in the armed forces or worked for a prestigious company, MilitaryCoinsUSA challenge coins could be perfect. Other options include something to commemorate a special relationship in their life such as a restored photo of their own wedding day.
A Pamper Day
If you aren’t sure what to get them, tickets to an event or experience might be perfect. A spa day or treatment gives them a great chance to relax and get pampered for a change. A massage could even improve their health by boosting their circulation and reducing their blood pressure.
An Experience Day
You’re never too old to try new things and have exciting new experiences. If you are buying them an experience day, consider getting yourself a ticket too so that it’s something that you can enjoy together. When choosing what you want to do, consider their health and age. Skydiving might not be the best idea for someone with a heart condition.
You’re never too old to learn something new either. In fact, older people often appreciate education much more and find their life experience invaluable. Classes you could consider, include cooking, art, music or computing.
A Tech Gift
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the older generation has no interest in modern technology. It might take them a little longer to get it, but they can love tech gifts as much as the kids. A tablet or iPad, for example, would give them the chance to chat with the kids when they’re not together. What could be better?