5 BEs from a grandma on composing meaningful gift cards and inscriptions

The gift-giving season is upon us, and many grandparents like to include a meaningful, memorable message with the gifts they give their loved ones.

Whether you plan on crafting quips for gift cards or unforgettable inscriptions in gift books, here are my top five tips for meaningful and memorable — as well as short and sweet — sentiments for your sweeties.

tips for writing to grandchildren 

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Be yourself. Use words and phrases you...

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11 last-minute gift ideas for grandmothers and others to give and get

Time's ticking and if you still have a few stockings to fill or a few gifts to give, here are some simple gift ideas to consider. I tested out each — free for review — and give an honest thumbs-up to all.

A few are ideal for grandmas to give, a few more ideal for grandmas to get. Bonus: All can be ordered online, so no need to be out and about in the snow. (Note: There are NO affiliate links in this post.)

RING IT GAME ($14.99, BlueOrangeGames.com)

ring it game

Oh my goodness! My four-year-old grandson loves this game, even though it's designed for...

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Gift ideas for grandmas to give and get

Time is ticking! If you're still on the lookout for the perfect gift to give — or hope to get — here are some ideas straight from Grandma's Back Room, plus two scheduled to appear there soon. I've reviewed them all (including the two reviews yet to be published), and you can get the details by clicking on the photo of each product.

gift ideas for grandmas

 

Starrytime Blanket Full of...

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Personalized (and precious) gift giveaway, plus GRAND Social No. 133 link party

Personalized (and precious) gift giveaway

Have I got a perfect gift for you, a gift I'm giving away so you can then give it away for the holidays.

Click on this link right here to see what I'm talking about.

Oh, heck... I'll just tell you: I'm giving away a Starrytime Blanket Full of Love Personalized Book and Blanket Keepsake Set. Like this:

starrytime blanket full of love

I received a set personalized for Jak, and I promise you...

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Lesson learned

Not long ago, I wrote in this post of Bubby's utter and undisguised disappointment in the gift I sent him for Valentine's Day. He made it perfectly clear then that little boys want toys not something practical in the gifts they open from their grandma.

So when looking for small gifts to mail to Bubby and Baby Mac for Easter, I thought long and hard about my choices, hoping to hit the mark on two counts: 1) they were toys, and 2) they were toys my grandsons would like.

For Bubby the Batman fanatic, I found a set of action figures that featured Batman, Robin, and a motorcycle. For Baby Mac—who truly wants for nothing because Bubby has it all and shares it all—I opted for a stuffed Mickey Mouse. According to Megan, he loves Mickey and Bubby never did, so there were no Mickeys in the house.

The day the package arrived, Megan texted me the following photos of the boys upon first opening their Easter gifts from Gramma. 

I think Gramma did okay this time.

Lesson learned.

Today's question:

What was the highlight of your Easter/Passover holiday?