Aside from being able to enjoy all the smiles and giggles and then hand your grandchildren back to their parents when things turn sour, the best thing about being a grandparent is being able to spoil your little ones rotten without an excuse or a worry for the consequences.
It is part of your role. Of course, there is a teeny-tiny little problem that accompanies the gift-giving ceremony and that’s knowing what to get them. You want to get something age-appropriate but also fun.
Now, we don’t have all the answers, but we do have a list of ideas that may help you out a little.
This is the time to go all homemade with your gifts and make something that could become a treasured keepsake as the years go on. What you make is up to you, but we suggest you get your sewing machine out and make your new grandchild something special, like a quilt, a blanket, a doll or a stuffed bear. Whatever your level of needlework lets you achieve.
That first year just becomes a kaleidoscope of toys, all of which can be a little overwhelming for the child (and annoying for the parents). So choose your present wisely. As a tip, try and choose something that could be considered a classic, something sturdy and delightful that can be passed down the generations.
If there is one thing toddlers love more than anything it is discovering new skills, which is exactly why you should help them to discover and grow. They are also tough little cookies too. So get them some big building blocks or their first tricycle or a Scuttlebug. Anything that will help them learn to push the boundaries.
Ah, this is that gorgeous age where they start learning something new every day. They get into sports, and board games, and the arts and they start to fine tune their skills and language and it is just amazing. So get them a little kitchen to play with, or some puzzles, or a load of outfits to play dress up in, and anything that will encourage their minds to keep ticking.
The world is your oyster at this age because kids aged between five and nine are just so excited by everything. That means you could buy a Razor scooter or a more complex board game, a science kit or a tablet. You have so much wiggle room to play around in. One thing we do recommend is getting them a gift that they can share. It is a great skill to have.
This has to be the hardest age to buy for by a country mile. That’s because trends start to kick in and what is cool this week is totally uncool next week. Your best bet is to just talk to your grandkids about what they love and loathe and get some insider knowledge from the parents. If we could give you one tip, though, it would be to keep it fun. They start getting presents that are more useful than fun at this age, so be the person to break the mould.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.