Best Un-gifts for Children
There’s no harm in giving toys or clothes for Christmas or Hanukkah, but if you want a gift that lasts, consider giving a child something you’ll both remember: time together. It could be as simple as a sleepover featuring a favourite meal, reading bedtime stories together and enjoying breakfast at the local diner. Here, a few more ideas for inspiration:
See a show
For the past few years, one grandmother has taken her four grandchildren to see a Christmas pantomime in Port Hope, Ont. The kids look forward to enjoying a few laughs with their cousins and grandmother, since all live in different cities.
Bake something special
Even little hands can stir batter or use cookie cutters to make a gift of sweets for a teacher or parent. Phyllis has made rocky road candy with her children since they were little. They’re in their 40s and still love the ritual!
Make a scrapbook
If you’re crafty, wrap up an empty scrapbook with photo corners and stickers and plan a date with a grandchild to arrange pictures of their vacation, pet or favourite sport.
Indulge a hobby
One man recalled taking his car-buff nephew to the International Auto Show for a few years so they could check out the latest supercars. A young sports fan would love tickets to a local sporting event.
Fire their curiosity
Do you live near a museum, planetarium, art gallery or zoo? Wrap up a ticket for one visit, complete with lunch, or offer a family membership.
Pampering or tea?
Treat grandchildren on their best behaviour to tea at a hotel (they probably have a children’s menu). Or enjoy side-by-side manicures at the spa (it costs as little as $10 for a basic polish).
Take a trip
It’s not cheap, but one grandmother of three treats herself and one grandchild per year to a trip to Europe. She signs up for intergenerational trips at an educational travel company such as Road Scholar.
Find a BayBridge senior living community near you to swap stories about your grandchildren.