Grandparents are very special people, yet it’s often hard to find them the perfect gifts. They either already have everything they want or they don’t enjoy traditional gifts.
However, there are a handful of options to choose from if you know what to look for:
1. Photo Books
There are two things grandparents love: their grandchildren and bragging about their grandchildren. You can appeal to both of these by giving your grandparent a photo book. They’ll enjoy looking through the book and sharing it with their friends.
Thanks to a variety of websites – including popular ones like Shutterfly and Snapfish – creating photo books is as simple as dragging and dropping photos into a template and filling out the shipping information. Start by gathering a bunch of pictures you think they’d like and then choose a specific style and number of pages. You can even make notes and customize the cover.
2. Custom Home Portrait
Has your grandparent lived in the same house for 20, 30 or 40-plus years? While your grandparent’s house may be special to you, it’s exponentially more valuable to them. Consider getting a local artist to do a drawing or painting of the home. This is something that will become a family treasure and be proudly displayed for years to come.
3. Hearing Aids
According to Rush University Medical Center, one in three adults will have trouble hearing by the age of 60. Two of the most likely causes are normal wear and tear on nerve cells in the inner ear, and long-term exposure to loud noises. Unfortunately, many people either don’t know that they have a problem, or are too stubborn to do anything about it.
Under the right circumstances, one of the best things you can do is give your grandparent a set of hearing aids. Most of today’s hearing aids are programmed to accurately match the inerrancies and nuances of each individual’s needs. They’re also virtually invisible.
If you want to give a gift that’s both meaningful to you and your grandparent, consider gifting a nice journal. Not the kind of journal you buy at the local drug store, but a journal with quality paper and leather binding.
Journals are great because they allow people to put their thoughts and memories into writing. When you give one to your grandparent, you’ll love knowing the fact that one day you’ll be able to remember your grandparent by the things they’ve written.
5. Homemade Gifts
When you were little, you probably gave your grandparent little crafts. You know, holiday ornaments, drawings for their refrigerator, or little picture frames. Well, just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can’t keep up the tradition of giving homemade presents.
Now that you’re older, you probably have more sophisticated tastes. You may even have a talent – drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, etc. – that can be utilized. Put your craft into action by making something memorable.
If you live far away from your grandparent, you probably don’t get to see them as often as you’d like. While they may not be super tech-savvy, an intuitive webcam could be the greatest gift your grandparent has ever received. Look for an easy-to-use option and see if someone can help them set it up.
Give a Gift They Actually Want
Finding a gift for your grandparent can seem like an impossible task. They already own all of the clothes they could ever want and they don’t have the same tastes as you. However, this doesn’t mean you have to give them a boring gift card or lame kitchen accessory that will find its way to the bottom of a drawer. From webcams to hearing aids, there are options out there. Get creative!