I love my parents, but man, are they hard to shop for.
My mom is the easiest to shop for — in fact, she’s so easy I sometimes end up wanting to get her a little too many presents. My dad, on the other hand … WHEW! He is officially the hardest person I’ve ever had to find gifts for. He’s the type that would love a ’69 Camaro or 80″ TV, but when it comes to realistic gifts? I’ve always struggled finding one that truly impresses him (to be fair, he loves anything anyone gives him, but he’s my daddy, I love to surprise him).
I’ve learned that when it comes to shopping for the grandparents in my life, we can’t just hold out to the very last minute and hope to find something perfect. Our family usually has the best luck with gifts that are personal or customized. That doesn’t mean I have to spend a lot of money, I just have to plan ahead. We’ve had some pretty good successes the past two years, and in all my research for Christmas, I’ve come across several more ideas that will work really well for both my parents and many of them are great ideas for going in on together with a sibling or other family member. Chances are if they’ll impress my parents? At least one of them will impress any hard-to-shop for grandparents in your life as well.
1. Digital Photo Frame
With this digital frame, you can easily upload and share photos with your grandparents no matter where in the world they are.
2. Recordable Storybook
Grandma can record her favorite wishes and stories for her grandkids with this storybook, while they enjoy tales that can be enjoyed for a lifetime!
3. Art Cabinet
With this artwork cabinet, they won’t have to worry about what to do with all of your kids’ artwork — in addition to having the ability to display them in their very own home. Enjoy a shadowbox, picture frame, and a filing cabinet all in one!
4. Photo Book
With so many options for customization, it’s never been easier to get printed memories into the hands of loved one than with this photo book.
5. The Story of a Lifetime
This books allows grandparents to fill it with their own stories and words of wisdom to inspire their family members for future generation to come.
6. Doodle Tag
This tag takes a whole new spin on the classic locket. It allows you to upload your child’s doodle to be imprinted into a pendant made of a recycled silver that grandma can cherish for a years to come.
7. Photo Calendar Poster
Give the gift of a year-long memory with this personalized photo calendar poster. You can count on it as being something that will be treasured (and frequently used) by grandparents all around.
Long-distance can make it difficult to pay frequent visits to grandma and grandpa. Provide the ability to stay in touch via video with a device as user-friendly as an iPad!
9. Photo Blanket
Nothing will keep the grandparents cozier than wrapping themselves with a blanket featuring their beloved grandkids.