Holiday Gift Ideas for Grandparents Who Are on a Budget
The holidays are a time of year when many families pause to enjoy quality time together. Decorating the tree. Lighting the Menorah. Exchanging gifts. Every family has their own traditions. But for older adults who live on a fixed income, the holidays can take a big bite out of their budget. This is especially true when it comes to buying gifts for all of the grandchildren.
This year, instead of spending a lot of money on gifts, consider other ways you can celebrate the season with your grandchildren.
Creating Meaningful Holiday Memories
Here are a few ideas to help you manage your budget while bonding with the grandkids:
- Host a movie night: The grandkids might enjoy an afternoon or evening of movies with their grandparents. No parents allowed! Have them help pick out the movies. Pile pillows and blankets in the living room and serve a few favorite treats. Be sure to take selfies to save and to share on Facebook. You may even want to borrow a projector so you can show the movie on a wall in the living room for a true theater experience!
- Get creative: Another idea for a holiday afternoon is to spend time crafting. There are many fun and inexpensive projects you can tackle together. Homemade wind socks, holiday cards, bird seed ornaments, milk jug fairy gardens, and craft stick snowmen are just a few.
- Make a video: Almost all cell phones have a video feature. This makes it easier to create your own family video. It might be something as simple as documenting the grandkids singing karaoke-style to their favorite songs. Or, you could go all out and help the grandchildren write their own play and act it out while you video the production.
- Playing around: Kids of all ages like playing games. From Candyland to Yahtzee Jr., you can gather the grandkids together for a day of gaming. Serve a simple meal or just some tasty snacks.
- Bake dog or cat treats: A twist on holiday baking is to make organic dog or cat treats to donate to the local animal shelter. The two generations will have a chance to bond while baking the treats and delivering them to the shelter dogs and/or cats.
Finally, if you live in an assisted living community, take a look at the holiday programs scheduled there. You can invite each grandchild to pick their favorite activity.
With a rich variety of life enrichment activities to choose from at Sunrise, each member of the younger generation will surely find an activity the two of you can enjoy together.