Gift Baskets and Gift Ideas for Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas

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Every year around this time, we start to plan our Christmas shopping list.  There seem to be those on my list that are “easy” to buy for and those that are more of a “challenge”.  I like to give gifts that are meaningful, desired, or useful. Buying for grandparents can easily fall into the “challenge” category.

The reason it is difficult to buy for grandparents can be for several reasons, but often distance in lives either by miles, generations, or busy schedules, can lead to not knowing what they like. As a grandparent myself, these are five gifts I would love to get.

Five Unique Gifts for Grandparents

A Memory Book

A memory book is a book that contains a question on a page and then has spaces for the grandparent to fill in their memory. The questions may be simple such as, “Tell me about your first pet”, to something more complex such as, “How did you feel when your family had to go through the Depression”?These books are made by several companies and are typically under $20, available online or from your favorite local bookstore.

When you give these books, the idea is that someday you will receive it back filled with memories much like a diary or journal. Grandparents like these gifts because it lets them know that you are interested in who they are as person. It tells them that you want to share their lives and memories.

Sweet Dreams Basket

This gift can be a little pricey depending on the quality of the items you choose, but it is a wonderful gift. Take a large rattan basket (big enough to use as a laundry basket) and fill with the following items:

  • · A new bed pillow
  • · A pair of soft slippers
  • · A soft bathrobe
  • · A bottle of Lavender scented lotion or the kind good for achy joints
  • · Two teacups and a box of assorted teas
  • · A Rosamond Pilchard or Louis L'Amour novel

Place all items in the basket arranged with the larger items in back and the smaller in front. Include a card and wrap up with cello wrap—tie with a soft silk bow.

Photo Album Journal

Take a photo album, divide into twelve sections, one for each month and sequentially position photos in each month as the events took place throughout the year. Write a caption or small story next to each photo telling them what was happening in the picture.

This gift is especially nice for grandparents who live miles away and only get to see their grandchildren infrequently. It helps them feel connected to your daily lives and share in them when they can’t be there in person. This is a gift that can be repeated every year and I can assure you will become something they will look forward to receiving.

Travel Pack/Emergency Pack

This is a more practical gift for grandma or grandpa. One that can be kept in the car for trips and emergencies. If your grandparents are more practical, they will appreciate this kind of gift.

In a small toolbox place the following items:

  • · Two good flashlights and batteries
  • · A prepaid cell phone complete with charger
  • · A prepaid American Express gift card with enough to buy a few meals or supplies
  • · A map of their region and one of their state of residence
  • · Face Masks
  • · Matches
  • · Pocket Knife
  • · Magnifying Glass (to read the maps)
  • · Gloves

This gift can serve double duty. If you know your grandparents are struggling financially, but you want to protect their self-esteem, you know they can “dip into” their “emergency kit” for any kind of emergency that may require the use of the gift card. It would also be helpful to show them how to use the cell phone.

Give the gift of Time to Grandma and Grandpa

Giving the gift of your time can come in many forms. Give your grandparents coupons with “good for one day of…” and then fill in the blank. Spending time with those you love are the greatest gifts anyone can give and receive.

This Christmas as you make your list and check it twice, consider giving one of these thoughtful gifts to your grandparents. You can be sure that they will be happy to receive any one of them and, if you can, always consider giving the gift of time no matter what. Giving this gift while you still have the time to give it will be something you will always treasure!

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Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

Some very original ideas. Great, as always with you. Thanks

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thank you DimF! I appreciate you stopping by!

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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

great stuff

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thanks for stopping by drcrischasse ! profile image 6 years ago

Your hubs just keep producing the great stuff! These ideas are so original and so well thought out for grandparents. Thnks bayareagreatthing!

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Yes I think the gift of time is often the most appreciated as we age.

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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California Author

Thank you for your kind words! We need to treat our grandparents with tons of love while we have the chance!!

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