Christmas Gifts…What To Buy For Someone Who Has Everything?

In our family the grandparents are the hardest to buy for. What do you give to someone who has everything, buys what they need when they see it and does not want any other mugs, sweaters or slippers? We have tried everything over the years even gift cards and sometimes they sat in the drawer collecting dust.

It can be tough to come up with different ideas but with a little research and creativity you can give gifts they will love and have fun putting it together. One year I gave my grandma a selection of Birthday cards and stamps for all the people she mailed cards to over the year, her sisters, children, grandchildren and other family members. I put the cards in the order of when their birthdays were so she could just take the top card, write her message and mail it out. She loved it and it made it easy for her to keep track of the many people she sent cards to each year. Another year I went through my grandparents bathroom and kitchen, wrote a list of all the products and brands they used then put together a care package for them each, one of bathroom and household products and another of foods they liked. They really appreciated receiving gifts they could use throughout the year.

Restaurant gift certificates are Great! My parents live out of town and it can be difficult to get together for birthdays. I have a list of all their favourite restaurants where they live and arrange a gift certificate at the restaurant they are going out to for their birthday dinner a couple of days before they go. They enjoy a delicious Birthday dinner on us! It is a nice way to give something they will enjoy and it will not clutter up their home. Massage or pedicure gift certificates can be another service making a great gift especially if they go regularly.

Craft Fairs Can Offer A Variety of Delicious Edible Gift Ideas!

Craft Fairs Can Offer A Variety of Delicious Edible Gift Ideas!

Give them something they can eat! Craft Fairs can offer a delicious variety of gift choices. There is always an abundance of food at craft fairs from jams, jellies, pickled beats and asparagus, honey, cookies, chocolate and more. If your special person is into baking or cooking themselves you could give a ready to make treat in a bag. I have seen everything from soups, stews, cookies, bread and crackers with all the dry ingredients packaged beautifully into a bag or jar and all that has to be done is add an egg, water, milk or soup broth to make a delicious edible gift. Some of the stalls even have hot chocolate in a bag together with marshmallows and a mint stir stick. They make great gifts for a quick meal or treat and are sure to be eaten throughout the year. You could even create your own. Kids love to help make something special for Grandma and Grandpa!

People love something homemade! A plate of baked cookies or treats they can bring out when they have guests is a great gift idea. Even frozen made from scratch savory pies, casseroles or a lasagne they can heat up and have for dinner can be a heart warming gift for the person who has everything.

Give the gift of time! A date with you and their grandchildren might make the perfect gift for a grandparent who doesn’t get to see you very often. Spending time with loved ones is something they treasure most! Take them out for lunch or to their favorite park for a walk or just go over and have tea with them. I guarantee they will love every minute of it!

There are so many ideas out there I would love to hear some of yours! Have you ever received the perfect gift or given a gift that was really appreciated?

My Child’s Art Work…What can I do with it All?

More Pictures! Where Do We Put It All?

More Pictures! Where Will We Put Them?

Kids produce a lot of art work especially from preschool to grade 7. If they love art and take extra classes after school there is even more! Each piece is so precious we hang it on the fridge or pin it to a wall until our house feels devoured by paintings and drawings. Then when our child is at school and we can’t stand it anymore we rip it all down and recycle it hoping they won’t notice when they get home.

At least that is what happened in our home. Sometimes I felt bad about throwing a piece away they had worked so hard on but we just didn’t have the room to keep it all. One year I tried keeping just the ones I really liked and ended up with a pile of dusty crumpled papers under my bed by the end of the year. It too went out to the bin. Then my oldest daughter Marie attended a week long art camp and came home with the most massive painting yet a 4’x4’ cave man painting. She loved it and I must admit it looked pretty cool but it consumed an entire wall. I really wanted to keep a memory of it so, prior to sending it to the bin I hung it up and took some close up photos of it framing the entire photo with her picture.

Turns out that was the best idea yet! From that point on we started taking pictures of all her art work. If the pieces were small enough we could scan them in and get a really clear copy. She didn’t feel so bad when it disappeared because we always had a picture of it she could look at. At the end of the year we had quite a beautiful collection of kid’s art work photos so we decided to print some off into Kids Art Cards and give sets out as Christmas presents that year. Her grandparents loved receiving the gift of homemade art cards and Marie was so proud to show them what she had been doing all year.

To this day I have a collection of my children’s art photos to choose from whenever I need a card printed off. They make great thank you, birthday or any occasion cards and it is a fun way to preserve a masterpiece that may never be produced the same again. 🙂

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The information on this site is based on the personal experience of the author. There are no guarantees of a perfect method to raise a child, it is all trial and error. Please feel free to try some of the suggestions on this site and let me know how you make out. If you would like to use any words or pictures from this blog please contact me for written permission. © 2013

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