We all know it can be hard to find just the right gift for Grandparents. They seem to be at the time of life where they have “everything” and don’t really want more. They say they “don’t need anything” and sometimes that’s true. Yet when the holidays come around they are often high on our shopping lists because they have been so super all year long, helping with our children, inviting us for holiday meals, making cookies for the family, and in all ways loving and helpful. We know they adore they grandchildren and spoil them to death. And often, the children want to find their sweet Nana and Poppa something special as a gift.
Here’s an idea that came from a customer many years ago. A Grandparent’s Wreath. Purchase a nice quality artificial Christmas wreath suitable for hanging on a door or on a wall inside the home. The size should be up to you, but be sure to purchase some pretty ribbon to make a bow, or purchase a pre made bow that is large and pretty on the green wreath. If you are adventurous, buy a strand of mini lights to wrap around the wreath and plug in for added brightness.
Now, spend some fun time with your children shopping online for some personalized Christmas ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa. We have lots of cute reasonably priced items at www.calliopedesigns.com. Let each child pick one ornament that will have their name on it – and don’t forget the year. When they arrive, have the children help you decide where to affix them onto the wreath. Make it a strong permanent attachment so the ornaments can stay on the wreath year after year.
The first year the wreath might be sparse, but you can choose to add an ornament each year and soon the wreath will be a collection of memories of each child as they grow and experience new things. For instance, if you have one child, a girl, you can start with a cute photo frame ornament of her first Christmas. Then progress to Baby Girl’s First Steps, and the next Christmas – She’s Potty Trained. Yes we have a cute ornament for that. There’s one for losing the first tooth. And first day of school. All sports and hobbies can be represented by an ornament, as well as special achievements and vacations.
Another way to start the wreath collection is to involve your siblings so that all of the grandchildren are represented on the wreath!
If you feel the wreath is getting too expensive, please read our blog on How to make your Own Dough Ornaments at home. We give the recipe and tips to create fun designs. Each child can create something that is special.
This will become a fun tradition that the children will look forward to and the Grandparents are sure to treasure.