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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.

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