by Staff Writer
When Easter approaches every spring, many grandparents want to select presents for their grandchildren. It can be fun and rewarding to show your love by giving the kids something new and unexpected. Easter gifts for grandchildren don't need to be elaborate or expensive. Just select presents that reflect the children's interests, carry some meaning, and last past Easter day.
Share the story: A special book, hand-picked by a grandparent, is a always a treasured gift. Younger children will love charming Easter storybooks with colorful pictures. Something that reflects a teenager's interests -- such as the latest teen fiction -- makes a thoughtful gift for older kids.
Very interesting: Your presents can encourage your grandchildren's hobbies. This gift will show them that you support them and their interests. Sports gear, action figures, and collectibles are all available for different age levels, so you can find something that's right for your grandchild.
Sweet treats: It's no surprise that children love treats. Chocolate bunnies and other Easter-themed treats are always welcome. You could also bake your grandchild's favorite cookies or muffins and put them in a decorative basket with a hot chocolate mix.
Have it shipped: If your grandchildren live in a distant city and you won't be able to visit at Easter, send them gift cards. Teenagers will be especially excited to receive a gift card that lets them do some shopping, and even smaller children like to feel like they are in charge of their purchase, even though their parents will be helping them. You could also a have a filled Easter basket shipped to them.
A little extra: Make a donation to a charity in your grandchild's name. Find out if there is something that the child is particularly interested in, such as wildlife preservation or children's health. Then add a card to your grandchild's Easter gift explaining what you've done. It's a simple way to encourage sharing and understanding at holiday time.
Season's meaning: If you want to make sure your grandchildren remember the religious meanings behind Easter, give them gifts that show you value that. Teens and tweens would appreciate religious jewelry, like cross necklaces or saint medals. A Bible bound in leather also makes a meaningful gift. For younger children, look for religious picture books that are geared for their age.