Grandparent gifts are usually easy. Why then, would anyone need advice on the worst holiday gifts to give them?
Just keep in mind that grandparents are “crazy in love” with their grandchildren. They see them as the absolute pinnacles of perfection and the requisites to a happy, fulfilled life.
Going with this line of thought then, the best holiday gifts are the ones that are most personal: a framed photograph, personalized calendars, mugs, tee-shirts, etc. all displaying photos of the darling little ones.
If you are contemplating buying gifts for grandparents, then your job will be to keep away from anything impersonal or unsentimental. The super biggest no-no is regifting! If ever the grandparents were to suspect that a gift did not come completely from the heart, you’re sunk! Here are the five worst grandparent holiday gifts:
1. Ties, underwear, socks. Just too ordinary and impersonal. Unless the tie has a special significance, avoid gifting ties to grandads.
2. Candy, fruit baskets and stuff of that ilk. Again, this may be OK if grandma craves Godiva chocolates and you know she will be thrilled by the gift.
3. Housewares. Grandparents generally don’t need another vase, fruit bowl, or serving platter. See above advice if this type of gift is given.
4. Books or magazine subscriptions. These can be either a “home run” or a total bust. If they are perceived as being carefully, thoughtfully chosen then they can be a wise gifting choice. Just be careful that these choices don’t seem like an afterthought.
5. Regifted gifts. What is it about regifting that these gifts tend to be “sniffed out” so easily? Boxed chocolates to your diabetic grandma? Not a good idea.
The most thoughtful holiday gifts for grandparents will express very personal, loving sentiments and express a real knowledge and understanding of the grandparents’ likes and needs.