Age Appropriate Gifts for Grandparents

September 7, 2012    |    By +
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With Grandparents Day coming up on September 9th, it marks a great time to reflect on where you come from and think about all your grandparents have seen in their lifetimes. I’m a sucker for a historical, romantic tale so I love hearing stories from my grandparents. But, it’s not just a time to listen to old yarns – it’s also a time to let your grandparents know how much you care. You can find plenty of gifts for grandparents out there, but here are a few of my favorites, big and small.

Young at Heart Grandparents

If your grandparents are like mine, they like to keep active. Many of our grandparents live in senior communities with a lot to do. While these communities have a lot to do, they can be a challenge to drive through. If you get a bit worried every time your parents or grandparents get behind the wheel of their Caddie, you may want to consider getting them one of the street legal golf carts or neighborhood electric vehicles from Road Rat Motors. These vehicles are safe, offer tremendous mileage and can be shipped anywhere you need them. They will also help your parents or grandparents win the admiration of their friends and neighbors.

They may seem tacky to some people, but I really like gift cards or vouchers as gifts for my grandparents. Treat them to a day at a spa or a winery where they can meet new people and have a good time. Or, find a really nice restaurant near them that they might not normally splurge on and let them have a romantic evening out. Gifts cards let them choose when and how to use their gifts to fit into their own lifestyles.

Take It Easy Grandparents

Of course, not all of our grandparents will be active, and eventually they might just prefer a quiet evening on the porch swing to relax. If your grandparents have hung up their adventures shoes, there are always more thoughtful gifts you can get them for Grandparents Day. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank, I like teddy bear gift baskets from The Serious Teddy Bear Co. They come in dozens of varieties, including Thinking of You teddy bears, which are perfect to let your grandparents know you’re thinking of them.

And when you are thinking of your older relatives, it is natural to be concerned about their health, and it can be especially nerve-wracking if they have an ongoing condition like diabetes. Getting a parent or grandparent to wear a medical alert can be a serious challenge, but I got my grandmother a medical ID bracelet from Hope Paige. They have a lot of stylish options for bracelets, necklace charms and more, which is great because my grandmother won’t wear anything that doesn’t look good. You can give them a stylish new piece of jewelry and provide piece of mind for both you and your grandparents or parents.

Whatever you wind up getting for your grandparents this week, make sure it’s from the heart. Whether it’s just a phone call to stay in touch or something with a little more flash, Grandparents Day represents a great time to let them know how much you love them.



Erin Leigh is a freelance writer for The Serious Teddy Bear Company, a gift basket company for every occasion, from get well soon bears to teddy bear birthday gifts. She’s a self-proclaimed gift giving expert. She strives to find the perfect gift and is a frequent host to celebrate any occasion.


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