What to get the Grandparents for xmas…other than cash?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@weddingbee098:  I love putting together a small hamper of groceries of things that you know they will like.  You could put it together with a fruit bowl / nice basket or something that they can re use again.

This year I’ve packaged up a heap of gluten free food products for my mother along with a lovely stainless steel fruit bowl.

All the best!

Post # 4
7531 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@weddingbee098:  Not sure as they have others living with them? As I was making meals for our family, I used to make additional small serving sizes of dinners and freeze them for them.  Like making foods that you would likely make in larger family sizes, like pot roast or lasagna but make it in a loaf pan serving sizes, so it could serve 2.  


Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

For Christmas this year, I am giving all of our Grandmothers a photobook of our wedding day.  I know they will love, love, love this gift!

Maybe you could do something similar and include family photos in it, as well as photos of your and your FI?  One Xmas I gave my Gran a framed photo of my now hubby and I, and she loved it.  I think anything that is sentimental they will love.  The photobooks take a bit of time, but maybe you could put together more a small scrapbook style one if you are short on time? 

Post # 6
1754 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I can’t say I’m terribly useful, as Grandma is getting fancy slipper socks and Grandpa is getting fancy chocolates.

Post # 7
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Photos in nice photo frames!  Ours always love that 🙂 

And OY!, Isnt it a grandparents duty to spoil their grandkids with cash, not the other way around??!! lol

Post # 8
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hmm, that’s kind of a different family dynamic.  

I think it’s tough because they’ve made it clear that they only appreciate one thing, so anything else you give them may not be appreciated.  However, my Grandma always likes things that are photo related.  Photo books, photo calendards, etc.

THis year we’ve got it easy – photobooks of the wedding for all grandparents!

Post # 9
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Why do the FI’s parents not see the down-side of giving cash? Do they not realize where the money goes?

As for presents… maybe a gift certificate for a fancy dinner that you and your FI take them to?

Post # 10
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Pay one of their bills for a month. I’ve done that several times for a family member as a gift. That family member needs nothing and is very tight financially so it’s a big help to them as it gives them some cash to do something else with or have a cushion for next month’s. 

Post # 11
451 posts
Helper bee

I made mine last night for the future MIL (all our grandparents are dead) that I think she’ll love.  Walgreens allows you to put together photo books, posters, calendars, etc online to be picked up in the store.  Since it’s getting close to Christmas it’s cutting it close for the photobook to come in, so I did a poster.  Their website makes it so easy, you upload the pics you want (mostly of her son (SO) and grandson, Some just SO and I, some from the weekend vacation to the beach we took with his parents, and a joint photo of SO and I with all three of our kids).  You can pick the size, background color, add text (mine was Christmas 2013) and arrange the pictures so they are grouped the way you want and sized the way you want.  That was at 10 last night and I’m picking it up this morning.

Awesome last minute gift suggestion!

Post # 13
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

What about a gift certificate to the local grocery store?

Post # 15
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@weddingbee098:  Well, since two years ago, FI’s parents (FILs) told us that we NEED to give grandparents cash (and also they want cash for every occasion).

WTF?  Give them money so they can give it to their mooching children and grandchildren?  Nope.  Your gift is probably one of the few gifts they actually get each year and sending money means paying bills or buying things for other family members since they sound like selfless people putting up their adult kids and grandkids.  Send them a nice gift basket from Harry and David or Wine Country Gift Baskets.

Post # 16
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No way would I give my grandparents cash, especially so they could hand it out to two bum uncles. And you don’t NEED to do that, as it’s a gift, a gift can be whatever you want it to be.

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