Mother’s Day is right around the corner (Sunday, May 12 – mark your calendars!), so now is the perfect time to plan the perfect gift for your mother and grandmothers. It’s always hard to find a gift that really shows how much you care about the amazing women in your life, but as always, it’s important to remember that it’s the thought that counts. Try to think ahead, so that you aren’t left grabbing a leftover bouquet of flowers at the supermarket a few hours before, and find a gift that suits your grandma’s personality. If you’re struggling to brainstorm ideas, check out our list of gifts for grandmothers below.
Gifts for Grandmothers
Let’s start with a few classic, irrefutably good gifts. Nearly all women appreciate being given a potted flower or bouquet. To step it up a notch, try to give your grandma her favorite flower or a flower that’s her favorite color. Some common favorites for spring are tulips, lilies, hyacinths, and hydrangea.
With an edible treat, you can feel confident that your gift won’t sit around gathering dust in the back of a closet. The key is to purchase a food that feels special and personalized. Try going to a farmer’s market, a patisserie, or a specialty food shop to find something unique. The following edibles make great gifts:
- Artisan bread
- Jams and jellies
- Herbs and spices
- Tea and coffee
If you treat your grandma to a special meal out, you’ll be giving her two gifts at once: some delicious food and your company. You could go to her favorite restaurant or seek out a new establishment to surprise her.
Games and Puzzles
If your grandma loves puzzles, a new puzzle is obviously an excellent choice. You might also consider giving your grandma a new game or a fancy edition of one of her old favorites. When you get together on Mother’s Day, you can play a round of the game during your visit.
Of course you could choose to give your grandma a gift card to a spa for a massage, a facial, or a manicure, but if you’d prefer to avoid handing over an envelope, consider creating a spa kit. In a basket (which she can reuse), assemble the following: a candle, hand lotion, an exfoliating scrub, a face mask, a bath bomb, slippers, and hot tea. Whenever your grandma craves a day of pampering, she can pull out the kit and enjoy it.
If you wish to use this broad gift idea, you’ll need to think about your grandmother’s hobbies. What does she like to do in her spare time? What does she wish she did more often? Once you’ve pinpointed her favorite hobby, you can find a tool that would improve her enjoyment of that activity. Here are some examples:
- Gardening: Gardening gloves, seeds, a special plant, pots
- Photography: Camera lens, picture frame, membership to a botanical garden
- Walking: Nice socks, travel mug, earbuds, walking poles
- Bird-Watching: Binoculars, bird guide, camera
- Yoga: New yoga mat, yoga block, aromatherapy candle
- Knitting/Sewing: New yarn, fabric, a book of project ideas
- Reading: A book, bookmark, a cozy blanket
- Writing: A blank notebook, stationary, a journal with prompts (such as My Life Story)
- Art: Pencils, paints, paintbrushes, a canvas, drawing paper
- Cooking: A cookbook, special ingredients, an apron
A handmade gift will always be loved by the recipient (even if the creator is not especially talented!). So don’t be afraid of creating something imperfect. Put your heart and soul into it so that your grandma can see how much you care. Here are some ideas for you:
- Framed family photo
- Art (a drawing, painting, sculpture)
- Jewelry (such as a handmade necklace)
- Food (homemade bread, cookies, muffins, etc.)
- Painted pot
- Knitted scarf
- Homemade exfoliating scrub or soap
- Homemade candle
Which of these gifts for grandmothers best suits the grandma in your life?
Whatever you decide to give your grandma, remember that the best gift you can give is your time and attention. So visit her, give her a call, teach her how to use FaceTime, or send her a long and thoughtful letter this Mother’s Day. She’ll appreciate it far more than any expensive gift you could buy at a store.
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