Last Updated on November 4, 2023 by Hina Rubab
Hopefully, we all remember to call, visit, or get a gift for our mothers on Mother’s Day. The question is, do we always remember grandma? Without grandma, there wouldn’t be “mom.” So, grandmas have a right to be remembered and honored on this day as well. Depending on how you were raised, your grandma may or may not have played a large part in your childhood years and how you were raised. Many grandmas act as mother figures for a lot of people.
Especially if grandma is older and maybe in a home, it can be not easy to know how to celebrate this day and honor her in a meaningful way. In this post, we will discuss a few ideas that we think Grandma will love.
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Mothers and grandmothers most often request quality time with their children for Mother’s Day. Moms want to be celebrated by spending time with and reminiscing about precious memories and being thanked for their years of commitment to raising their children. Building relationships become ever more important as we age, so it is no surprise that grandma would love a visit, especially if she does not get visitors very often. Ask her about her childhood memories, what it was like raising her own mother or father, etc.
This should be considered a last resort to the ever-popular in-person visit. If you live too far away, are on traveling restrictions, or cannot visit grandma due to covid regulations, then a phone call or video call is a great way to say thank you and let grandma know that she is loved and appreciated on this special day. While a phone call is much better than nothing, it is not the best option. It is the best option for those who forgot or are last-minute procrastinators that did not plan far enough ahead even to send a gift. Consider that if grandma is hard of hearing, this may be difficult for her. Check with the facility she is in, if applicable, to see if there is staff and technology available for a video chat.
Card- Snail Mail
This takes a little bit of forethought and preparation. Granted, if it comes a few days late, grandma will still be grateful. Take time to pick a card that is meaningful to you, or make your own card. If you have family or life updates, it is a great idea to include pictures in your card that grandma can hang around the house or her living space. What grandma do you know that doesn’t love pictures? Pictures are essentially bragging rights. If you are not the card type, consider writing a letter, having your kids draw pictures, or sending a small gift via good old-fashioned snail mail. The older generation still loves mail and is very used to getting a lot of it. A little snail mail could go a long way to brighten grandma’s day. Keep this in mind even when it’s not the holidays.
From the real kind to the plastic kind to the crocheted kind, grandmas love flowers. Especially if your grandmother’s life partner has passed on, chances are she does not get flowers very often these days. It’s also nice for the elderly to get flowers unrelated to illness or a hospital visit. Flowers are a reminder every day until the flowers die of a person that loves and cares about them. Not to mention they are easy on the eyes and might even add a nice aroma to the area. Flowers will always be considered a thoughtful gesture, especially to the women in our lives.
What if Grandma is in a home?
If your grandmother does not live independently, you should check with the facility she is in to see if they offer any family events on the day of or surrounding Mother’s Day. Many facilities will have pre-planned activities for families on holidays. Most facilities encourage family members to come and visit because they know the positive effect it has on their residents. The Gables of Idaho Falls is one of those facilities that care deeply about the welfare of their residents. Also, make sure to ask about their visitor policy if you plan to make a face-to-face visit.
If your grandmother is in a hospital in an isolated unit, they often will not allow anything from outside to be brought in, such as flowers. Make sure you call the hospital or nurses directly to confirm what the policy is before sending anything.
Grandmothers are special people who love their grandchildren unconditionally. They are an essential part of our families, and their love and guidance are precious. It’s important to show appreciation and love to our grandmothers by finding ways to make them happy. One way to do this is by finding something that they will love for our mothers. Here are some unique ideas that your grandmother will love for your mother.
- Homemade Gift: Homemade gifts are always special, and grandmothers love them. You can create something unique for your mother that your grandmother will appreciate, such as a handcrafted card, a photo album, or a knitted scarf.
- Special Day Out: A special day out with your mother and grandmother is a great way to create memories and show them how much you care. You can plan a picnic, a spa day, or a visit to a local museum.
- Personalized Jewelry: Personalized jewelry is a great gift idea for grandmothers. You can create a custom necklace, bracelet, or ring with your mother’s and grandmother’s initials or birthstones.
- Family Cookbook: A family cookbook is a great way to preserve family traditions and recipes. You can create a personalized cookbook with your grandmother’s favorite recipes and include pictures and stories.
- Plant or Flower Arrangement: A beautiful plant or flower arrangement is a great way to brighten your mother’s day. You can create a unique arrangement with your grandmother’s favorite flowers or plants.
Hopefully, this article has given you a few ideas for celebrating grandma this upcoming Mother’s Day. She will no doubt appreciate any effort that you make to show your love and appreciation.