With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, you are probably facing the question of what to buy for your grandchildren. Choosing the right gift may not be easy, as you want to get them a present which is both useful and something they will like. If you are no closer to the answer after giving it some thought, below are some suggestions which will help you choose the perfect Christmas present for your grandchild.
You can never go wrong by investing in your grandchild’s future. If you are in a position to help them financially there are several things you should consider. Funding a college plan is always a good choice, as there is nothing more important for your grandchild than getting a good education, and such an investment is something both your grandchild and their parents will be thankful for. Another option to consider is buying them a share of stock to teach them about money and how investments work, while also allowing them to save up some money from the dividends. On the other hand, if your grandchild is older, a simple money gift, or paying for some of their expenses should prove a good choice.
Do something together
Spending time with you can be a gift in itself for your grandchildren. Plan a dinner and movies night and treat them with their favorite movie and food, or some other activity they enjoy or you feel they should learn about. For example, you can take them to a museum, the theatre or a concert. Encouraging such activities through example, perhaps by making monthly arrangements, is the best way to interest them in culture, and they will never forget it.
There is something special about unwrapping a present on Christmas day. Buying your grandchildren something useful for Christmas and seeing the look on their faces is always an option, especially if you have several grandchildren and need to distribute your time and gift budget. However, choosing the right present for them can be tricky. In case you are unsure of what they need or are looking forward to, you should talk about it with their parents. When buying a present you probably want something they will be able to enjoy for a longer period of time or a gift which will spark their interest in something.
Buying a gift for a baby or a toddler can be harder, since their parents probably already bought everything they need. In that case, you can always opt for something useful and nice that everyone in the household can enjoy. For example, this multifunctional bamboo glass diffuser can be a nice addition to any room in your grandchild’s home. Purifying the air of harmful substances and giving it a pleasant smell will turn the room into a fresh allergy-free environment for everyone.
Older children, however, probably have their own interests. If they already have a hobby, your work may already be cut out for you. Try to find out what equipment they need, or what the missing piece in their collection is. There is nothing better than a surprise present they thought about getting themselves.
If your grandchild is something of a game enthusiast, or you want to provide them with a game that is meant to be played without a computer or a phone, buying them a board game is always a great choice. That way you will encourage them to spend time offline with their friends and socialize, which makes a game that much more fun. However, you should keep in mind that board games have progressed a long way since monopoly and clue. The number of different board games can confuse anybody who is not familiar with them. If you decide to go for an age-appropriate educational board game which encourages logical thinking and socialization, your best course of action is to consult your local game store and browse the internet for the best board games.
Gifts with an intangible value
The perfect gift for your grandchild doesn’t necessarily have to cost you money. A piece of family history, such as a photo album containing old family pictures or a family heirloom, can be a great Christmas present which will mean a lot to them as they grow older and they will be able to add their own memories to it and pass it on.
Hopefully, some of the suggestions above will help you choose a present which fits both your grandchild’s needs and your budget. Although you want to get them a present they will love, keep in mind that they probably realize that it truly is the thought that counts, and will appreciate the effort you made to brighten Christmas day for them, regardless of the gift you choose.
This guest post was graciously contributed by Chloe Smith. Chloe is a cycling enthusiast, business consultant, and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breeds success.