Top Homemade Gifts For Grandparents Day
While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are widely known in the United States, one of the lesser celebrated holidays, Grandparents Day, is often forgotten. However, this secular holiday is just as important — if not more so! Grandparents share wisdom and perspective with the youth, and helps connect generations. Celebrating this connection each year can serve to bring children and grandparents closer, and bridge the gap between the generations.
This year, Grandparents Day is on Sept. 10, 2017. The official commemorative holiday takes place the first Sunday after Labor Day, and is a great chance to show your grandparents or elders how much they mean to you. You can do this through a variety of ways — give them a call, spend time with them, ask them about family heritage or create a homemade gift.
For many younger children, Grandparents Day is a great reason to connect with their grandparents. Even if your child’s elders live in a different place, this can be a way to connect via mail, email or over the phone. Grandparents are great resources for children, and beyond being family, they can be a great connection to history and the past. Are you looking for ideas for gifts or ways to show your child’s grandparents how important they are?
Here is our list of top Grandparents Day gifts!
– Frame it!
Like they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words. A picture of your child with their grandparents will be worth even more to both generations. Find a favorite memory to frame for your child’s grandparents. Take this idea a step further and have your child write a note to their grandparents on the back of the frame. This can include what they like about the photo or memory, or what they love about their grandparent. Not only will they be able to look back on the memory, but they’ll also get a new memory from your note.
– Commemorate the year
For new parents, celebrating your child’s first Grandparents Day can be a great time to connect the generations and help your child stay in touch with their elders. If you’re looking for Grandparents Day gifts from a baby, consider something that highlights the baby! Put baby’s handprints on a flower pot or picture frame to commemorate how small they were that year. Don’t forget to write the date, so grandma or grandpa can look back on the year baby was born!
– Talk it out
Do you have a child that loves to chatter? Have them record a special message to mail or email to your grandparents. This can include a favorite memory, a message about why your child loves their grandparents, or making plans to see them for the winter holidays. Grandparents living in different places from their grandchildren will appreciate the ability to hear their voices!
– Work together
If your child’s grandparent lives close, find a project they can spend the day working on together. Maybe grandma needs help planting roses, or maybe grandpa wants to paint a dresser. Get your child excited about the project — feel free to pitch in as well!
– Dedicate to learning
Have your child interview grandma or grandpa about their childhood, how they met their spouse, their favorite family memory or what they remember about the day their grandchild was born. You can also take this a step further: Have grandparent and grandchild create a family tree together. This can be done with pen and paper, or by scrapbooking favorite photos of past relatives. This idea is two-fold — not only will it help generations bond, but your child will also be learning along the way!
What’s your favorite Grandparents Day gift? Did you give something homemade or heartfelt?