It's likely that your grandma has a secret closet filled with enough inventory to open her own gift shop like scented candles of all sizes, fancy soaps shaped like birds and more bud vases than the local florist. Perhaps each Christmas, you just add to the collection. Granted, it's hard to buy for someone who seems to have everything she needs, but that's no excuse for resorting to the same old gifts each year. No matter what type of grandma you have, a little effort can result in a perfect gift that won't end up in the closet.
Older eyes have never had it so good. Check out the wide variety of gadgets that can make Grandma's life easier by putting an end to all that squinting: high visibility keyboards, stylish magnifying glass necklaces and clocks, remote controls and calculators with over-sized numbers. Big button phones are a relief for older eyes and arthritic fingers, or maybe Grandma would prefer a phone programmed with photos so she doesn't have to worry about reading the numbers at all.
Give Grandma the gift of safety this Christmas. Appliances, including irons, coffee makers and teapots have automatic turn-off models, all of which are useful gifts. Help her navigate in the dark with decorative nightlights for hallways and bathrooms or a rechargeable flashlight. Grandma might appreciate an emergency alert system or outdoor motion sensor lighting.
Nursing Home Grandma
Grandmas who rarely get out to shop will be happy to receive a wide selection of greeting cards, complete with stamps and return address labels. Buy a year's supply of birthday and anniversary cards, get well cards and general greeting cards. Add a calendar already marked with important family dates. A digital photo holder is another good idea, as Grandma will enjoy watching the photo slide show and sharing this gift whenever someone stops by to see her.
Consider giving Grandma a season's worth of lawn mowing or snow removal services, or a certificate offering eight hours of your help to clean out the basement and garage. If she likes to sit with coffee at her favorite window, a birdhouse or bird feeder will provide year-round entertainment. Many kits are available online and in local craft stores if you want to add a personal touch. Another option is to browse the nursery catalogs and let Grandma look forward to spring by choosing her some perennials or even a sapling. Include your guarantee to do all the planting.
Grandma will feel pampered with a padded sheepskin for her chair or bed. They are soft, natural thermostats that can keep her cool in summer and warm in winter. She might also appreciate a body pillow for sleeping, which can help minimize the aches and pains of age. U-shaped neck pillows give tension-relieving support during the day.
Chances are you are not the only one in the family who has trouble coming up with gift ideas for Grandma. Ask other relatives to join you in creating a group gift like a personalized memory quilt with squares marking family milestones. Grandma will be warmed all winter as she wraps herself up in the quilt -- and her heart will be warmed by your thoughtfulness every time she looks at it.
Of course, when every grandma makes her wish list, time with family is at the top. Make this the year you give her the gift of your time. Choose a project to work on together. Create a family tree or a DVD of interviews with Grandma and clips of all the relatives reminiscing about the family. Add her favorite music and historic photos from each decade of her life. The result will be an invaluable family heirloom.
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