Gift Ideas for Grandchildren

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January 11, 2008

I am a cybergrannie and it is difficult to choose gifts for my children and grandchildren. I buy clothes and odds and ends from yard sales, thrift stores and church sales and sort these out in a small room set aside for this purpose. I have a rack for hanging clothes and shelves for folded clothes. I try to sort by size but this is not necessary.


At Christmas and when anyone's birthday arrives, they get to go into this "special" room and pick out whatever they like. They all tell me that they love this idea and I never have to worry about giving something they do not like or have to return. I have been doing this for several years and never had anyone go away empty handed.
As a bonus, I spend about 1/3 (or less) amount of money as in the past.

Hope someone can use this suggestion. I have never heard of anyone doing this before.

By Cybergrannie from Belleview, FL

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April 15, 2008

I'm a kid and take it from a kid, kids hate getting: flashlights, clothes (unless we're in love with clothes of course), or anything involving safety for any holiday. What we want is of course is sweets, video games and and money, NEVER a gift card unless it's for Toys-r-us. We prefer money over gift cards any day.



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June 25, 2018

I'm on a tight budget this year for Christmas gifts for my grandchildren. Any idea what I can start buying them before Christmas comes.


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June 25, 20180 found this helpful
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How about the gifts of experiences! Some of my best memories are baking with my nana and my grandmother playing dolls with me.

Set up a special day with each punkin grandbaby and do something you both can do dolls, baking, etc. They did special things with my brother also...I just wish I remember what it was...probably baking and playing with his toy cars.


Take lots of selfies so the can share with their parents!

If you feel you have to give a tangible item...are there things that have special meanings to you that you could pass on to them NOW and enjoy watching them enjoy them today? Both of my grandmothers gifted me with jewelry of theirs when I was old enough to appreciate it. It was costume, and totally NOT my style, but I appreciated having it.

Memories keepsakes are the best gifts! Have fun creating them for the holiday!


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June 25, 20181 found this helpful
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We had a frugal grandfather and we really looked forward to his gifts. They were very similar year after year:

  • An empty peanut butter jar filled with loose change
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  • One small doll/action figure that was popular that year
  • One year magazine subscription to kids science magazines
  • Cookies


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February 22, 2017

Grandparents often look to give their grandchildren gifts other than the typical clothes and toys. Think about more personal items that may cause them to think of you for years to come. This is a page about unique gift ideas for grandkids.

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March 7, 2013

This is a page about saving money on gifts for grandchildren. Grandparents are often on a fixed income, making it necessary to choose a great gift at an affordable price.

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January 7, 2011

I am looking for some creative ideas I can make for my grand kids. I have boys and girls to think about. All are 4 and under. I am at a loss. Please help. Christmas is coming soon.


November 16, 2009

Any suggestions for gifts for 13 grandchildren of a Nana living on social security?

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