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10 Ideas to Show Your Grandparents Appreciation
Each year, Grandparents’ Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This is a day to honor and celebrate the joy our grandparents bring to our lives.
Here are 10 ideas on how you can show your grandparents appreciation today!
Make Them Something Handmade
Making your grandparents a handmade gift is one way that you can show them that you care. After all, some grandparents seem to have everything that they want or need, but a handmade gift is something that is thoughtful and unique.
A few ideas for handmade gifts include drawing a picture or decorating an ornament. You can also check out our full list of handmade gift ideas for more unique ways you can thank your grandparent today.
Share a Picnic Together
One way to show your grandparent appreciation is by gathering the family together and going for a picnic. It can be a fun activity to prepare food together with your grandparent, especially if they enjoy creating homemade meals.
You can enjoy the picnic at a local park or on your front lawn if your grandparent would feel more comfortable staying by the house. All you need is a picnic blanket and a nice day!
If your grandparent doesn’t live near you, setting up a call on Facetime or Zoom can be a great way to tell them “thank you” for everything they’ve done. This is especially important if you haven’t spoken to your grandparent in a while, and can be a great time to catch up.
If you have kids, it can also be a nice surprise to have them on the video call as well. Many grandparents enjoy connecting with their grandkids and talking with them about what they’re learning and doing.
Plan a Family Movie Night
A movie night is another great idea to get the family together to watch something that your grandparent enjoyed when they were growing up.
They can choose something beloved from their childhood and share their memories of watching the movie for the first time. If older movies aren’t their taste, your grandparent can share a movie that they recently enjoyed with everyone in the household.
Don’t forget to add some snacks including popcorn, cookies, and candy to make the movie night more fun!
Another way to show your grandparent appreciation on Grandparents Day is by sending them flowers. Flowers are a great idea because you can send ones that are their favorite color, and they can be displayed in their kitchen or dining room table.
There are also numerous ways you can customize the flowers, such as adding chocolates, a card, stuffed animals, or other fun goodies that your loved one will enjoy.
Make a Photo Album/Scrapbook
Many grandparents cherish the memories that they’ve had with their family. One idea is to compile the pictures you have into a photo album that they can page through and remember the different family events that they attended over the years.
A photo album can be customized to meet your grandparent’s taste too – there are ways to add fun borders or decorations around the pictures, or write little notes from each member of the family.
Take Them Out to Lunch
If your loved one enjoys food or has a favorite restaurant that they like to frequent, going out to lunch can be a fun way to show appreciation on Grandparents’ Day.
This is a great opportunity for your grandparent to reconnect and share stories from their past. It can also be a time to listen to their advice and create new memories with the family.
If your grandparent doesn’t have a particular place that they want to eat at, you can suggest to try a new restaurant together. This can be an experience that your family shares, and can even help you find a new favorite establishment!
Offer to Help Them
Sometimes actions can speak louder than words. If you want to show your grandparent appreciation, you can offer to help them in small ways around the house.
Many older adults are unable to do the things they once could, and helping them with household chores can be a way to show them that you care. Whether you offer to help them each week with their lawn, a meal, or assist them with organizing their house, there are many small ways you can help your grandparent.
Give Them a Gift
A gift can be a great way to show your loved one appreciation on Grandparents’ Day. If there’s something that you know that they want or would enjoy, this is a good opportunity to purchase and gift it to them.
- A handbag/purse
- A stuffed animal
- A sweater
- A DNA Test
Write Them a Letter or Card
Sometimes, the best way to tell someone that you appreciate them is to directly express it in words. A handwritten letter or card to your loved one is one way that you can make their day and say “thank you.”
One reason why a card or letter makes a great gift is you can personalize it to them. You can decorate it with pictures that they will enjoy, and even add in family photographs that you think they would like.
We Encourage You to Celebrate Grandparents Day!
Here at Saber Healthcare, we encourage you to take time and acknowledge all of the work your grandparents have done for your family. Seniors are an important part of our community, and letting them know that you care can help them feel appreciated.
Happy Grandparents Day!
Saber Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing consultant services to long term care providers. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be seen as professional advice. Please consult with a medical expert before relying on the information provided.