Grandparents can be amongst the hardest family members to find and buy gifts for within your family circle.It doesn’t have to be that way though and there are plenty of gifts you can consider that will give a lot of pleasure.
Photo gifts are often the presents most likely to bring a smile to a grandparent’s face. They will love a picture of their children and grandchildren. You can opt for a canvas, an album, a cushion, blanket or even a fridge magnet. If you have a bit more of an expansive budget you could look at something like an electronic photoframe. These gifts all take a little time to set up and they really will be cherished. If they have much loved old photographs, consider getting one restored, so it can be enjoyed for many more years to come.
A practical gift
For many older people, living in their own home as long as possible is a key life goal. To encourage that you can look at a selection of aids: this can be something like a reaching aid (think litter picker), a walking aid or specialist furniture. Climbing the stairs can be problematic and in many cases a stairlift for the home would be very much appreciated.
An experience, meal or day out
Giving the gift of memories and experiences can be a good choice, especially when you can create that memory or enjoy that experience together. Buying a voucher for an afternoon tea or a meal out can be a great way of treating an older person. It can also mean a guarantee of your time and your attention if you take them, maybe pick them up and drive them there, then enjoy the experience with them. For those who are more active, they might like a crafting course to learn a new skill or develop an existing one, or maybe a footplate day out driving a steam train.
A DNA test
A DNA testing kit makes a great gift for those who are curious about their ethnic origins or family background (and selfishly, as offspring of the recipient, you can also benefit from their findings). But a note of caution: These kits occasionally reveal secrets that people may not want to know about (secret siblings or a whole different father!). If your grandparent is okay with the potential for unexpected revelations, and they wouldn’t be scared off by the inherent privacy concerns, the potential ancestral findings are compelling enough to justify the risk.
A donation to a favourite charity
As people age, they often become less concerned about receiving and more focused on giving. Consider what charities or causes they give their time and/or money to regularly. Could you make a donation in their honour? Most organizations will send an acknowledgment that you can present as the gift to your family member. Sometimes you can even have a permanent record of that donation like a dedicated garden bench, a sponsored theatre seat or even a dedicated brick in a donor’s wall.