Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when thoughts turn to…What to get the grandkids for Christmas? If your grandchildren are like most, they already have an overflow of toys, electronics, gadgets, and clothes!
So, this year, get personal! Give gifts that will have a lasting impression and that speak from the heart. Whether your grandkids are toddler aged or teenaged, here are a few gift ideas that will let them know how much you care about them.
- Buy tickets to an event where you can spend some quality time together. This doesn’t have to be elaborate. Perhaps a ballgame, a ballet, or an art show, depending on your grandkids’ interests. If you’ve got some rowdy grandsons, maybe a monster truck show! The gift isn’t in the entertainment, but rather the company.
- If you live far from your grandkids and want a longer-term get-a-way, consider hosting a camp like we discuss in our book. Or, if you’d rather not do it yourself, you can book a family camping time with GrandCamps for a truly God-centered camping experience that any aged grandchild would enjoy—and remember for years to come.
- Assemble a photo album filled with pictures of your times together over the past year, or if you didn’t get to see your grandkids much, just pictures of you in various settings near where you live. Be sure to include areas or events that they may enjoy and would remind them of times with you. Another option is to include older pictures of you, your spouse, and other family members that will help portray their heritage.
There are so many fun things you can do with pictures nowadays. You can create photo books, pictures on canvas, digital slideshows, or even picture montages in video form. If you have older pictures, simply scan them to convert to a digital format that can be manipulated into various forms.
If you’re unsure how to work with digital pictures, consult your local camera store, a store’s photo department, or any teenager!
- For a truly personalized gift, consider writing a blessing or prayer for your grandchild. Fill it with verses from God’s Word, and make it special by including your grandchild’s name. Either hand write it or type it, then mat and frame it to keep for the ages.
Whichever gift idea you choose, you can be assured it will have a longer-lasting effect on your grandchild than, say, a pair of roller skates!
Now it’s your turn! What are some ways you’ve blessed your grandkids in the past with personalized gifts? What are the gifts you’ve received over the years that have made a memorable impression on you?