Christmas Gifts for Grandparents

  1. What do you buy people in their 80's for Christmas? They have the money to get what they need, and my god, they don't need anymore pins or junk to put in their house. When I buy stuff, I always ask myself, "Do I want this in 10 or 20 years?" Then I holler at my brothers for buying the same crap.

    I decided this year to sponsor some children thru Christmas is for Kids. My g'parents are very spiritual and giving. I thought this would be a nice thing to do in their name than to buy them a ceramic bird or something. What do you all think?

  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   bagladyrn
    That sounds like a wonderful gift, especially if the charity sends some sort of card or announcement stating the gift was given in their name. I always gave older relatives some sort of gourmet goodie that would be good to share with company, since they always had a lot of extra company at the holidays. For instance, one of those baskets that has ham, pancake mix, maple syrup and special coffee to make a complete breakfast.
  4. by   Rustyhammer
    Last year I bought my folks (late 60's) some southwest design lightswitch covers. They ARE hard to buy for but we look and listen throughout the year and if we hear something they want we buy it right away.
    What I'd LIKE to give them?
    Perhaps a bit more patience with the grandkids.
    The ability to give someone else the last word.
    A calendar to remind them it is no longer 1965.
  5. by   Q.
    For my husband's grandparents (mine are dead) last year I made them something. A tall glass jar filled with Christmas porpurri and white Christmas lights inside. The top is covered with a doiley. You plug the lights in and the heat from the lights makes the porpurri smell - and it looks nice too from inside the glass.
  6. by   kaycee
    I buy restaurant gift certificates. They love to go out and try new places to eat and it's really special if they don't have to pay for it. We also promise to go with them which I think is the better gift as far as they are concerned.
  7. by   ptnurse
    Emily_mom, your gift idea sounds great. My mom is not too difficult to buy for, but my father (70 this year) is IMPOSSIBLE to impress. But I actually pulled it off one year. I got into my parent's old pictures (the ones when my brothers and I were little) and I put some of the pictures in a collage frame. I also added a copy of their wedding announcement and pictures of the grandchildren. It was a pictorial history of their life up to that point. He seemed to be truly impressed. He enjoyed seeing the pictures and having them displayed. This idea works well for silver and golden wedding anniversaries too.
  8. by   shygirl
    When my Grandmother was alive, I would get her stationary and stamps. Various greeting cards, picture albums to put the many pictures that she had, home made little gift certificates for house cleaning, errands, etc.
  9. by   whipping girl in 07
    My sister-in-law made a quilt for my mother-in-law last year. And no, my SIL doesn't really sew that well. But she took old pictures of the family, scanned them into her computer and had them screenprinted onto the fabric she made the quilt out of. It was beautiful, and my MIL was still crying when we left to go home two days later.

    I like the gift certificate idea.

    Food is always good.

    Hey, Russell, I have a friend from NM, and she has some of those light switch covers you were talking about. They are beautiful.
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    Wow. If my grandmother were still alive, I'd give her a letter telling her how much I appreciated her taking the time to talk to me and just her words of saying, "Everything is going to be just fine, child" would make me feel so much better. I'd tell her how I wish I could inherit her ability to cook everything, EVERYTHING with love where the recipients could TASTE the love in each and every bite.

    There would be so much I'd tell her.

    You never know how much someone impacts your life until they are gone.

    I'm sorry, I know that went WAY off topic in a depressing way...
  11. by   adrienurse
    My Grandmother (late 70's) is hard to buy for. I go with themes that I know she loves (that don't take up a lot of space -- she lives in a teeny seniors apartment). This year I got her a Louis Comfort Tiffany Callender. She loves stained glass and has a reproduction lamp. Last year I bought her professional grade cookie sheets (she'd given all her good ones to my Mom). She loves them.
  12. by   boggle
    We got all the kids and grandkids together one day when the folks were out. We took a photo on the grandparents front porch....all of us holding paint cans and brushes. We wrapped up the photo as their Christmas gift, and all came over to paint the porch that spring!

    They got a freshly painted porch and a great spring get-together too!!
  13. by   Tookie
    My parents are very hard to buy for - 81 and 86 -

    they say to give them soemthing they eat, drink watch or share.

    I generally send flowers - as l am often not home for Christmas - will be this year though!! and my sister and brother generally buy them a voucher for a choice of a live show - 2 tickets to use when they see something they would like to go and do.

    When l go and visit l ( a few times each year l try and get down) always take flowers (Mainly singpore orchids if l can get them) and Dad loves chocolates.

    Good luck at what ever you but l am sure it will be OK
    Happy shopping
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    MY grams is 95....and lives in a 1 room assisted living home. Talk about hard to buy for. I usually get her BEAUTIFUL picture frames and put nice pics of the kids in them....she enjoys them and has the room. At 95, there isnot much a lady her age wants/needs in material ways, so it is challenging.