The relationship between children and their grandparents has changed a little over the years. Compared to 20 years ago, people are more likely today to get to know both grandparents on both sides of the family. In fact, in this day and age, grandparents are more immersed in their grown children and grandchildren’s lives than ever before. Some of them even share homes.
So, with the holidays almost upon us, grandparents are probably at the top of your children’s gift-giving lists. Sometimes it’s fun just to give the kids a price limit and pick out those gifts themselves. After all, you know Grandma and Grandpa will love whatever they give them. But you’d probably also like to give them gifts with meaning or sentimental value. And that’s where these gift ideas come in. Choose any one of them and you’re sure to make a grandparent’s heart melt.
Nothing makes a better gift for grandparents than moments captured in family photos. And canvas prints are works of art that can be passed down from generation to generation. During the holidays, you might even find some great deals, such as a free canvas print with a certain amount of purchases. This means great gifts for both sides of the family. What’s great about this gift is that you can usually simply upload one of your best snapshots of the kids and have the canvas delivered right to your doorstep.
Who doesn’t love a good coffee mug? And even if they don’t drink coffee, grandparents will cherish a mug made at the hands of their precious grandkids. Today, it’s possible to make mugs several ways. Many services such as Snapfish and CafePress make it easy to design mugs online using photos, graphics, or lettering. Kids can even upload their own drawings to make something unique. Aside from that, you can also take them to a local pottery studio where they can learn and design their own mugs and make them as large or small as they’d like. Or better yet, book a class for your child and their grandmother so they can keep the mug and the memory.
It’s not just the grandparents who constantly misplace their keys. Key finders make perfect gifts for just about anyone on your shopping list. These great little gadgets are usually synced with your smartphone and attached to your keychain. But if they are technologically challenged or refuse to use a smartphone, there are simpler finders that work with a pair of key fobs that you press a button on. This way, you could leave one in a drawer or attach it to the second set of keys and they can find each other.
Digital photo frames
Digital picture frames are great because grandparents don’t have to choose just one photo to display. And the great thing about it is that once you have it all set up for them, you can electronically send your iPhone snaps directly to the frame. They will love waking up to see new photos of the kids. It will make every morning feel like Christmas morning.
Mugs aren’t the only things your kids can design for their grandparents. There are literally hundreds of online shops where you can design custom tees, bags, hats, or bags. You can upload drawings and photos or use something from their online gallery to create anything you’d like. Maybe your kids could design shirts that read something like “Nana’s Little Angels” with all the grandkids’ names on the back. They could each include their own little drawing or photo to make it even more unique.
No matter what your kids give their grandparents, they are sure to love it, but giving them something they can cherish as a keepsake makes the ultimate Christmas memory.