Almost annually, I receive aÂ call from my mom a few weeks before Christmas: â€œWhat do you think we should get your grandparents this year?â€
It seems they have as much trouble answering this question as I do.
However, itâ€™s not actually a major challenge. Â A few minutes looking around their house may give you some great ideas. Here are some suggestions:
- Ask them to sign up for â€œAll I Wish Isâ€: You donâ€™t want to give something they donâ€™t really want, or â€“ more awkwardly â€“ already have. Signing up and creating a wish list is easy. You can also guide them through it and show them your own wish list while youâ€™re at it. Â Sign up/Login here.
- A classic TV series on DVD: Take them back to the â€œgolden ageâ€ of television with a season of the Dick van Dyke Show, Andy Griffith or I Dream of Jeannie. Amazon.ca has a lot of options.
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- A coffee table book: Searching this phrase on Amazon.ca will give you an extensive list of ideas, from photography, to history, to horses and cats.
- Gloves, hat and a scarf: Help them prepare for playing with their young grandchildren in the snow. If you want to make it a patriotic Christmas, take a look at The Bay; there are a lot of Canada-themed options.
- New additions for their kitchen: There are endless ideas here! Their kitchen may be a ragtag collection of items they purchased for over the last few decades. It may be time to give them a new coffee maker, set of glasses or a tea kettle.
- A sweater: If theyâ€™re anything like my grandparents, they bought you several by now â€“ itâ€™s time to return to the favour! Check out The Bay, though Amazon.ca also has several cool options for your price range.
- A set of mugs, hot chocolate, and an afternoon: In the end, the best gift may be your time. Bring a small gift and a few questions, then sit down and prepare to hear some awesome stories.