My son is incredibly blessed in the grandparents department.
He’s got a Nana who sings and dances with him all day long, a Grandpa who makes him crack up, a Gigi who takes him on all sorts of adventures, and a Pops who’s always up for anything, be it reading silly stories or playing ball in the backyard.
Needless to say, my son’s grandparents are quite a blessing to me too!
If your child’s grandparents are as awesome as mine, you’re probably looking for some thoughtful ideas for Grandparents Day. Here’s a big list of ways to celebrate this special day.
10+ Thoughtful Ideas for Grandparents Day
1. Play journalist.
Have your child think of a few interview questions to ask their grandparents—about what life was like when they were kids, their favorite memories, or life lessons they’d like to pass on to future generations. The questions will open the door for what could be a very memorable conversation!
Not sure where to begin? These TableTopics cards are full of great ideas!
2. Lights! Camera! Action!
Use your camera or smartphone to shoot a cute video of your child. If your kid is young and just starting to speak, try to capture them saying their grandparents’ names (like this video my husband made for me of my toddler saying “mama” over and over again). For older children, record their answers to questions like, “Why do you love Grandma?” or “What’s your favorite thing about going to Pop-Pop’s house?”
3. Grab your apron.
Have your kids help cook their grandparents a special meal, or plan a grandchild-grandparent baking afternoon. Bonus points for teaching your kids a treasured family recipe in the process. No doubt the memories made will be even sweeter than the treats they bake!
4. Create a personalized photo gift.
These days it’s easier (and faster!) than ever to create a one-of-a-kind present featuring your child’s adorable smile. Here are some of my favorite personalized gift ideas for Grandparents Day!
Photo books are a classic option that’s always sure to please. I love this Grandma’s Brag Book, which comes in a variety of sizes and both hard and soft cover styles.
Freestanding Curved Glass Print
We have one of these freestanding curved glass prints and it’s absolutely stunning when the light shines through it.
What grandparent doesn’t love a personalized mug? Perfect for that daily morning cup of coffee.
I especially love this personalized pillow with black-and-white photos.
Custom Phone Case
This custom phone case is great for the tech-savvy grandpa or grandma, available for iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.
If you’re having trouble choosing just one photo for your Grandparents Day gift, instead go with a Photo Cube that displays five of them!
Catch All Tray
For something different and unexpected, I love this custom photo catch all tray. It could hold Grandpa’s keys and coins inside a doorway, or Grandma’s jewelry on her dresser.
Personalized Playing Cards
Now this is a fun idea, especially for the grandparent who loves their weekly bridge game. Even better, grandparents can use these personalized playing cards to play Go Fish with their grandkids!
5. Head outdoors.
Take the grandparents for a relaxing stroll around the block. Or plan a low-key picnic at a local park. Grandparents Day falls at a wonderful time of year weather-wise, so take advantage and get some fresh air.
6. Get crafty.
Now’s the perfect time to pull out the crayons, markers, stickers, glue sticks, and washable paint. Let your kids play Picasso (or, more likely, Jackson Pollock!) and create something worthy of Grandma or Grandpa’s refrigerator.
Here are some of my favorite crafts for Grandparents Day.
Grandparents Day Watercolor Art
Grandparents Day Flower Pots
via Sparkle Power
Grandparents Day Salt Dough Coasters
via Rainy Day Mum
Looking for more craft inspiration? I’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to Grandparents Day crafts ideas!
7. Step up your greeting card.
I recently discovered Postable, and I cannot wait to give it a try! It’s basically all the convenience of an e-card but all the appeal of a physical card; you type it, they mail it. (And they’re printed on pretty, 100% recycled paper. And it’s only $3.50 a card!) Choose from one of their designs or upload your own image—maybe that great candid shot of your son with his grandpa, or one of your daughter holding up a sign that says “I love my grandma!”
(I also saw that you can automate all your birthday cards for the entire year. That’s amazing news for all the kin-keepers out there!)
8. I scream, you scream.
Plan a simple grandchild-grandparent ice cream date. Check around to see if any ice cream shops near you are offering discounts or even free ice cream for grandparents in honor of Grandparents Day (my local ice cream place does this!). Then let the bonding over mint chocolate chip begin!
9. Shirts with sayings.
When I saw these Nana Told Me I Could t-shirts, I simply couldn’t resist! These photos made such a silly and memorable gift.
10. Get literary.
Check out some of these super sweet books about children and their grandparents. (Click the covers to learn more about them.) Then invite Grandma and Grandpa over for bedtime stories!