by Vickie Kapnas
The joy of becoming a new grandparent is worth celebrating, and honoring a first-time grandmother or grandfather with the perfect gift is a gesture that is always appreciated. The best gifts for grandparents involve items that mark this important milestone with a special remembrance or a practical tool that every grandparent can use.
Photos they can show off: One of the first things that new grandparents are asked is, "Do you have any pictures?" Portable photo albums make some of the best gifts for proud grandparents who are eager to show off the new arrival. Most brag books are small enough to fit in a purse or briefcase and can display a surprisingly large number of pictures.
Photos for their homes: Grandparents love the opportunity to display pictures of their precious grandchildren in their homes. That's why photo frames are another excellent grandparent gift choice. You can choose a frame that matches their home decor or you can look for one that is baby-themed.
Babysitting gear: Many grandparents plan on being very involved in their new grandchild's life. The best gift ideas for these grandparents might be some handy baby gear. A personalized tote bag can be filled with baby toys, books, or baby supplies when Grandma or Grandpa takes the new baby for an outing. You could also put together a gift basket with everything that a novice grandparent will need for diaper changing, including baby powder, lotions, disposable diapers, and wet wipes.
Keepsake jewelry: Becoming a grandparent for the first time is significant. Keepsakes that mark this major event will be treasured for years to come. Jewelry makes an excellent keepsake. What grandmother wouldn't cherish a photo locket that features pictures of her pride and joy? A charm bracelet would also be a lovely gift for a new grandma; you could start a bracelet with the birthstone of her first grandchild and add to it over the years as the family grows.
A journal for recording memories: Giving a journal is a lovely gesture for grandparents who have an interest in family history. Journals allow grandparents to record things about their own lives as well as the family's heritage. Some of the questions that grandparent could record the answer to include "What was it like when you were a child?" or "When did you meet Grandpa?" When the child is older, the grandparent can present the finished journal to the child as a treasured part of a family's history.
Art celebrating grandparents: An art print featuring a humorous or tender quote about the importance of grandparents would be a thoughtful gift. Porcelain figurines that commemorate the grandchild's birth also make very special gifts for grandparents. These figurines might depict ethereal guardian angels, touching scenes between a grandparent and grandchild, or whimsical animals sharing a moment with a little one.