8.20.2010

Grandparents


We are fortunate to live close(-ish) to my husband's parents, who, as grandparents do, love their grandkids. This past year I was trying to come up with birthday presents for them and decided that instead of more things, the most meaningful gift we could get them would be memories - specifically, memories of time spent talking and bonding with the grandkids. So I made a little book with 12 pages, and bought a gift card for each month of the next year with the idea that it could be used for a special outing with one of the kids. Like, for example,


June's gift card was for Jamba Juice with the three year old...


and May's was for a burger with the nine year old.


Other gift cards were for manicures at a local nail salon and Starbucks, for hot chocolate. Nothing was too expensive or complicated - just meant to provide some simple and sweet moments together; and hopefully conversations that might be treasured down the road.

16 comments:

Kathleen Frances said...

So clever. I might just have to try this out myself!

Jess said...

I am sure they will appreciate such a thoughtful gift!
What grandparent wouldn't love 12 dates with their favorite kiddos?

seemommysew said...

What a wonderful idea! I might have to steal it! :)

Karin van D. said...

That's such a cute idea!

irene said...

It was a great gift and we relly have enjoyed the time with the kids. We are still collection on the gift cards. I would suggest that you have the grandparents put the cards in their glove compartment of the car so they don't forget them. After all we are a bit old.

BundlesofBlossoms said...

What a fabulous idea-I might have to copycat that. How original!

Jen said...

Oh man!!! I am stealing this one! You are brilliant!
Jen

Karen L R said...

this is a super idea.

our four are all grown now, and living in many places... visits with the two remaining grandparents are few and far between.

but this gift-card-a-month idea might be just right for other special occasions.

thanks!

Mamma said...

What grandparents wouldn't enjoy this! Love it.

Emily said...

Great great great idea! Christmas time is coming...

Lauren said...

You are so thoughtful. What a great idea.

Joy said...

absolutely sweet perfection. as always ;)

Aimee said...

I thought this was such a sweet and thoughtful idea. I featured it here. So clever!

Lauren said...

PS Is that first picture your rug from Turkey? I can't wait to unpack my stuff and find mine again!

alexandra said...

Lynne, you should sell these. I would seriously buy one. You have such gorgeous handwriting, too.

melissa said...

brilliant gift idea!