Finding the Right Gifts for the Older Children on Your List


   Holidays and birthdays are never far away and our great joy as parents and grandparents is to see faces light up as they open much-anticipated presents. Eagerly they strip away wrappings to reveal the dolls, trucks and games that they have requested.

As they laugh and smile and radiate excitement we oldsters are once-again pleased that we have given joy to our loved ones. There is great satisfaction in giving a gift that “fits”. But as our children get older it isn’t as easy to satisfy them nor is it as easy to anticipate what will bring about those happy and excited faces. None of us want to give a gift that misses the mark.
   One of the keys to finding the perfect gifts for our pre-teens or teens is truly knowing who they are and what they enjoy. If you live far away from them and don’t have the opportunity to visit with them in their home setting, you have an even greater challenge in keeping up with their current interests. However you will find that making an extra effort to either talk to them personally or to talk to their parents will pay dividends in the end. 
   Is your young man or woman a sports enthusiast? Does he or she have more of a creative nature? Perhaps he enjoys hands on science activities or she enjoys writing.

Whatever the current hobby or activity may be, your efforts in finding a gift that dovetails with it will show your child that you took a personal interest in them. So often we hear that teens feel isolated and unloved. They are going through difficult transitions and it is vitally important that the adults in their lives continue to play steadfast mentoring roles for them. So do a little research before shopping for those older children this year and reap the rewards of genuine hugs and thank-yous.
Here are some suggestions:
For active pre-teens and teens:
biking equipment such as helmets, pads, blinking lights, skateboards and equipment, snowboard or ski equipment, clothing or tow passes, dance pads that are compatible with home games, box sporting equipment, soccer, baseball, football, etc.
For the creative:
art supplies: easel, canvas, brushes and paints, knitting books, needles and yarn beading supplies.

More ideas next month!

Gifts for Grandparents: Time and Effort Sweeten the Deal

Gift giving is fun. And receiving gifts never gets old—it’s one of the ways we humans show love and caring for one another. But our taste in gifts may change over time. We seniors often care more about the relationship with the giver than the gift itself. And one way the younger generation can please us is to give gifts that require the giver’s time and effort. So we will love gifts that have taken a bit of energy or creativity and also those that require our loved ones spend some time in our presence.

Next time your children or grandchildren ask, “What do you want, Grandma?” or “What can I get for you, Grandpa?” you’ll want to answer, “Something that you’ve made or something we can do together.”

Here are some great gifts for grandparents that require some love and a bit of extra thought:

Collections of Family Photos

There are lots of companies that produce great ways to assemble family photos. Some show several generations, some come with fancy or unique frames, some look like family trees. All of them honor the love and legacy of a family. Want to remember a family vacation or a landmark anniversary or birthday? A collection of family photos created just for the grandparents is a great way to go.

Craft Supplies or Kits

Lots of seniors enjoy knitting, crocheting, doing cross-stitch or otherwise using their hands to create. Others are crafty and enjoy scrapbooking, doing decoupage, working with wood or a myriad of other crafty projects. The supplies for these endeavors are often beyond a senior’s budget. A gift of supplies or a kit to create a project makes a wonderful present.

A New Game

Card games and board games are wonderful family fun. They require the skill to participate in the game but also serve to gather family members around a table for several hours of togetherness and laughter. There are literally hundreds of games to choose from and the challenge of learning a new game and spending time with family is, in itself, worth its weight in gold. Here are some of the Best Family Board Games of 2019.

Something that Makes Us Laugh

If games don’t create the laughter, perhaps a funny gift will do the trick. Buy those socks with the silly words across the soles, find the perfect joke book or select the perfect funny mug or poster for your grandparent. Laughter does a heart good. Try Off the Wagon for some unique funny gift items.

Household Helps

Sometimes a practical gift shows a great deal of caring. A homemade throw blanket or warm slippers might be needed. A touch lamp or a foot massage unit might make life easier for a shut-in grandparent. A gadget to unscrew tight lids or to reach items from a high shelf may make daily life simpler for your loved one. Go to Hobbr to find lots of helpful items.

Gifts that Pamper

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of pampering once in a while? Choose from an array of essential oils, or delicious shower steamers. Buy that calming neck pillow or squishy therapy dough. Choose a beauty sleep tea bag eye mask or a lovely scented candle. Knowing the grandparent’s favorite scent or product and then finding it for them is like sending them a great big hug. Go to Uncommon Goods for a nice selection of pampering products.

It’s not hard to find great gifts for grandparents. All it takes is a bit of time and some heartfelt effort.