5 Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma by Personality!

What type of Grandma are you shopping for?

Is she young and hip? Doesn’t like to be called Grandma?

Does she love tradition? Is she sentimental?

Is she all about the baby? Is she a  spoiler?

Check out these FUN Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma from the Grandparent Gift Co. to make your Mother’s Day shopping fit her like a great pair of shoes!

The Sentimentalist

Does she cry at the drop of a hat? Does she use words like darlin, honey, and adorable? Does she wear her heart on her sleeve? Then Grandma’s Heart will have her right where you want her. Wrap this gift with a tissue, because she will need it. Available in different frames and cards, choose one that suits her style. You can even get it personalized if she goes by another Grandma name.

Grandma's Heart

The Young and Restless

Did she have a hard time seeing herself as a Grandma? Did she choose a name other than Grandma? Is she Mimi, Gigi or Glamma? Is she at the gym, working out or traveling? Then our fun line of grandparent plaques will suit her perfectly. Choose from a sign for her beach or lake house or her home. Light-hearted and fun, these plaques will make her smile.

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The Story Teller

Does she often say, “when I was a little girl” or “back in my day”? Does she like heirlooms, old family photos, antiques and nostalgia? Make sure she is writing down her memories and stories in our Grandparent’s Memory Book. She may also love one of our Generations frames designs for her treasured family photos or the Grandma Life Story frame that tells her story in photographs.

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The Spoiler

At her house, the answer is Yes! We have a sign for that! It can be personalized with her name too. Check out our beautiful candy dish too. Comes with our trademark Orange Slices, but she can fill with her spoilin’ treat of choice.

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The Newbie

Is she totally over the moon? Does she start most sentence with “the baby”? Is she obsessed with baby clothes, baby toys, baby, baby, baby! Has she outfitted her house for baby? If baby isn’t here yet, she will love our ultrasound frames or first grandchild frame. If baby is a new arrival, a little hand, foot or thumbprint or a brag book or bragging rights sign will fit her like a glove.

The First Grandson

What personality is the grandma you are thinking of this Mother’s Day?

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The First Born Child: A Happy Birthday Message

I am compelled to write today because it is my “Birth Day.” No it’s not my birthday. It is my first born child’s birthday, but 16 years ago today, he entered the world and made me a mother and my world… my heart …they changed forever.

Really. Forever.

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I never want to take anything away from any of my four children. They are all truly deeply loved- each one of them as much as the first and their birthdays are memorable. I often write about the heart’s amazing ability to grow.

Your heart may actually be the only thing your kids don’t have to share. Sure, they share your time, your energy, your money, but not your heart.

Having said that, there is something that comes with the first baby that can only belong to the first.

They were the life changer.

And whether it be a first kiss, a first car or a first kid- you always hold a candle for the first. And with the first, came all those other firsts. The first time to hold your own, to dress, to feed, to bath. You are totally responsible and totally in love. Scared, excited, overwhelmed, exhausted and elated.

Each year on his birthday I get a little melancholy and introspective. I reflect on my years as a mother.

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Gosh darn after sixteen years, you’d think I would have this thing down! But each year reminds me I have much more to learn. Their wants, needs and desires are still moving targets, and my mothering skills are being stretched and challenged every day.

The years have flown and sometimes what I wouldn’t give to hold my little boy and hear his little voice just ONE more time.  (I KNOW there is money in bottling little boys.)

I have a birthday tradition I started years ago. I hang a sign and balloon on each child’s door the night before their birthday. They awake birthday morning to a “Happy Birthday” and occasionally a crepe paper filled room.

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This year it is going on 11 pm on a school night and I can’t wait up any longer for that little boy to go to bed. I can’t wade through the dirty clothes, school books, lacrosse gear and such to hang the crepe paper, so I am going to tape his sign and balloon and call it a night.

Tomorrow I will wake up and remember that amazing day 16 years ago and give him a big hug. He may be 16, but he’ll always be my baby.

Happy Birthday Corey-
Love Mom

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The First Born Child

Check out our site, where you will find our Children Series prints for the First Born Child, Second, Third and Youngest. You will also find the First Grandchild and Great-Grandchild too.

What are your thoughts on your firstborn child or grandchild? How do you feel on their birthday?

How to Hold a Grandma Shower: The Sprinkle

Why sprinkle? What’s a sprinkle?

My sentiments exactly.

I am very familiar with Grandma showers and have written about them in the past. There are many opinions about Grandma’s showers. Are they fun celebratory events or over the top,” it’s not about the grandma” celebrations? Regardless of the camp you fall into, I think both will agree, a Grandma “sprinkle”, if done following the guidelines below, can be a wonderful way to welcome in the second half of motherhood.

Before the guidelines, a little thought regarding the word sprinkle as opposed to shower. A shower has always been for babies and brides and so it should be. A sprinkle, is a cute little word. When I think “sprinkle”, I see adorable cupcakes and tiny droplets of water freshening a flower petal on an early spring day. I didn’t coin the phrase and I am not sure who did, but I like it.

Guidelines for a Successful Grandma Shower

It’s not a Shower

I think this one is clear. The shower is for the mom-to-be. The most negative comments I have read on Grandma Showers are from the moms-to-be. Many feel the expectant Grandma has had her time and it isn’t about her. I think this opinion says more about the quality of the relationship or lack of, more than anything. When there is a great relationship between the expectant mom and expectant grandma, a lot of this “stuff” never surfaces. With my Mom, her second half of motherhood has been 25 years of diapering, babysitting, cooking, hosting, gifting and more! A little sprinkle would be well deserved. As seriously and as lovingly as she took motherhood, she has also taken “grandmahood”. I know there are LOTS of these kinds of Grandmas out there!

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The Hostess is a Friend or Coworker

The expectant mom should never be expected to host a grandma shower or sprinkle. The sprinkle should be hosted by one of the new grandma’s friends or co-workers. (couples can sprinkle too!) Ideally your celebrations should not include the expectant mom, unless you know her well enough to think she might like to be included. We all know it is better safe than sorry to ask the opinion of the pregnant mommy. If you have been one- you know! Grandma sprinkles are easy to do when the grandma and mommy do not live too close to one another. There is no overlapping of guests and the emotions are a little further apart. If you are in a tight knit community, you will have to ponder on this one.

Keep it Simple, Keep it Fun

A Grandma sprinkle can be held at a home, restaurant or workplace. I see it as a get-together of friends to celebrate a new stage in life. It can be as simple as a dinner and toast after work or something with a bit more planning, such as a weekend afternoon luncheon. Decorations, if any, should be simple and gifts not extravagant. Read on for some great ideas on gifts with meaning.

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Yes to Gifts, No to a Registry!

No registry needed! If the new Grandma is going to be watching her new grandbaby, baby gear would be a great gift. Whether it is a safe, in good condition, hand-me-down stroller or perhaps a joint gift from all, baby gear is always welcome. For long-distance grandmas-to-be, a camera or travel gift card would also be wonderful group gifts. If Grandma is an avid-anything…ie  runner, gardener, baker, reader, golfer etc…, I think having themed gifts would be fun. In the coming years, she can share her passion with her grandbaby, so how about a few of these ideas:

Reader: A book theme. Bring a classic children’s book, so she can build a library to share. Books are always great gifts and can be new or gently used.

Gardener: Children’s gardening tools, seed packets, bright pots, adorable boots or apron would outfit a little helper perfectly.

Golfer: a little set of gold clubs, balls, child-size putting green or cup, toddler golf clothing.

You have the idea- take her passion and help her pass it on to a new generation.

Sprinkle it with Meaning

One or two thoughtful activities would make the celebration memorable for the expectant grandma.  Compiling an advice or quote book where friends and guests pen their favorite life or grandparent quote, or add tidbit of advice, would be a keeper.

Since much has changed in the world of babies, compiling a “quiz” on the latest baby trends and advice would see if she is ready for her new role. It would probably provide some laughs and memories too.

If she hasn’t chosen a “Grandma” name, which seems to be a growing trend, maybe a little help from her friends would be fun. A sweet little new Grandma name book would also give her all kinds of names to consider.

Perhaps Grandma would like a memory book she can fill out or a brag book or grandchild journal. (that is if you think she is apt to brag in the future. 🙂  A sweet Life Story frame with photos of her journey to “grandmahood” or a special First Grandchild themed gift would be sentimental as well.

How to Hold a Grandma Shower | The Orange Slice

If you have involved the expectant parents in any way and they are all on board with the event, a special message or card written from them would require tissue be on hand.

 

What do you think about a Grandma Sprinkle? Have you hosted or been to one? How did you celebrate becoming a grandma with friends or co-workers? What was your favorite gift or activity?

 

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6 Bridal Keepsake Gift Ideas She’ll Love You For

She has been planning for months or perhaps years for her big day. Showers, parties, appointments, it can be overwhelming and exhausting. but mostly memorable.

I love ideas that take these memories and make them part of the present. I see the beautiful photos of bride and groom hanging in the home, or the dress beautifully preserved and boxed, perhaps to be handed down one day. Then there is the silver dish from your grandmother lovingly displayed in your china cabinet, and the personalized quilt from a dear friend draped over the chair in the bedroom.

With those visions dancing in my head, here are a few of my favorite bridal keepsake ideas for the bride-to-be.

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Bridal Keepsake Ideas

Their Little Girl

When I got married my parents gave me something I had always loved as a little girl, a doll house. I never had my own, but was smitten with the one in my Grandma’s basement. It was a bittersweet gift in a way. On one hand it was a celebration of the little girl still inside me, and on the other it was a farewell to being their little girl. I couldn’t help but cry.

Is there something that defined who she was as a little girl you could give her? Perhaps a new pair of roller skates, a doll she coveted, a quilt stitched with fabrics from favorite outfits, a framed jersey or dance outfit or childhood books she read and cherished?

If you are reading this as a new parent, perhaps you want to start something now! No it isn’t silly, it will be awesome in twenty-something years. I love the story I read recently about the father who had all his daughter’s teachers over the years sign inside the same book to her, Dr. Suess’, “Oh the places we will go!”.

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Irreplaceable.

Something Old

This would also be a time to give something “old”. I have my earrings from my wedding day tucked away for my daughter, and my purse hidden in the closet for her as well. I have a few more years(!) to think about what I would do, but if she wasn’t interested in wearing them, they would be beautiful made into a pin or added to a bouquet or hair clip. For Dads, if they have cufflinks or a tie tack, they could also be added to the wedding day by pinning to a garter or ring bearer pillow.

Of course, a wedding is also the perfect time to pass on precious personal or family heirlooms such as wedding rings, art or personal effects.

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Cherished.

Kiss the Bride

Bridesmaids, your closet friends and family will be with you all the way. ..from showers, to bachelorette parties, tastings, fittings, rehearsals and of course the big day. Kiss the bride is a fun way to capture the love. These adorable frames were my way of giving brides an easy-to-do keepsake for their closest girls. Add kisses , signatures or messages and photos to make a frame you’ll always love.

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Loved.

Signatures

I have always loved signatures. A signature is like a fingerprint, a unique identifier that embodies a person.

Recently I went on a girls trip with my college roommates. Each girl (I say girl very affectionately)  mailed me deposit money on our Miami digs and I knew instantly who each letter was from by reading only the address line. Their handwriting was like seeing a treasured photograph. It told me who they were, even after all the years! I loved it and I saved them! Ok, enough on that but the idea is have your bridal party sign anything! I have seen photo frames, bottom of the brides shoes, chairs or other furniture, clothing or books. Selecting something meaningful for loved ones to sign will always speak volumes and evoke great memories.

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Remembered.

The Vows

Take the wedding vows and make them present in married life. The road will not always be easy and a refresher will be required, so displaying them in the home is a lovely idea. They can be framed handwritten vows or perhaps they can be professionally printed on canvas or on pillows for the bedroom or living room. They can be added to a wedding album or a favorite line can be made into a wall decal and displayed in the home.

 

Treasured.

Advice

If you don’t like advice from your parents, friends or relatives- skip to the end:) However, if you have been blessed to know couples who have had a long marriage, then I think it is worth an ear. A cute little advice book at the wedding to be filled out, or paper and pencil in the center of the table for guests to pen their advice would be fun. (possibly censored later!)  If you are the creator of the gift, how about interviewing those married couples and putting their advice and experience in a book, journal or frame for the bride. If you are doing a video, those clips or words of wisdom might make for great material as well.

Priceless.

 

What are your favorite bridal keepsake ideas? What is your most treasured wedding keepsake? What have you given that was that “perfect” gift.

 

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A New Mom’s Ah-ha Moment: A Mom’s Love

I still remember a telephone conversation I had years ago with one of my sales reps. We were talking work and the conversation turned to babies. She shared with me a conversation she had with her daughter, a recent new mom.  A conversation she will never forget.

It impacted me deeply, so I chose to write about it.

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This is her story…

One day her daughter called her out of the blue…sobbing. Not a little choked up, but bawling. You know the sniffling, stuttering, impaired type of crying.

Of course, her Mama Bear instincts took hold and in a brief second, her mind filled with terrible things. The new grandbaby was terribly sick. Her husband was in a car accident. She was calling with a devastating health diagnosis.

Is it only me, or does your Mommy brain work this way too?

Well, happily for her, none of her fears were realized. When her daughter gathered herself enough to speak, she told her Mom, she finally “got” it.

Yes she finally GOT IT.

She got the depth of how much her Mom loved her. It dawned on her that the indescribable love she felt for her baby, her mother felt for her. It was a moment of total clarity and understanding.

She got all the sacrifices, all the worry, ALL of it. To her core she was honored, humbled, amazed and profoundly changed.

I wrote, Mom, Now That I’m a Mother because I thought what seemed at first, to be a very personal revelation, was actually quite universal for those blessed with a loving mother.

I share it with you here and hope you can find a way to tell your mother you GET IT.

AND YOU LOVE HER!

 

Mom, Now That I’m a Mother…

Until I became a Mother,

I did not understand,

The profound sense of love,

in a Mother’s heart and hands.

As I whisper, “Mommy loves you”,

I rock my precious child to sleep.

Small perfection in my arms,

sweet breaths, slow & deep.

I now see me as a baby,

you’re rocking me to sleep.

You whisper, “Mommy loves you,

my heart is yours to keep.

At last I recognize your love,

as a Mother I now see.

As I hold and love my child,

you feel that love for me.

I will always be your baby,

despite the years that pass.

You have given me my life,

and a mother’s heart to last.

The greatest thanks I can offer,

more than words could ever say

is to give my child the love,

you have given me everyday.

copyright Teri Harrison

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What has been a profound realization for you when your baby was born? How has your relationship with your mom changed as you became a mother?

 

What’s Your Dish? Teri Harrison

My grandmother kept a silver candy dish on her living room coffee table as long as I can remember. I also remember me and my two brothers and sister making a bee-line to the dish upon our arrival. Lifting the lid off we would find one of many beloved favorites..would it be bridge mix? jelly beans? butter mints? or jelly candies? Whatever the treat, my mom would be guaranteed to hear our shouts.

“Can we have one?! Can we have two!?”

There is no doubt the sweets were a draw for 4 young grandchildren, but as an adult, the sweets are a symbol of all the goodness of my grandparents’ home. The basement with the narrow wooden stairs that led to a world of treasures, a closet full of games and puzzles, a kitchen that never left us wanting, and a yard perfect for summertime lemonade stands, those were the real treats inside the “candy jar”.

And so, this is how my blog begins. Sharing and celebrating life’s sweetness with our family and friends. I would love to hear your “candy dish” stories. Email me with yours and we will post and share. Click on Candy Dish above to read the beginnings of our collection of stories. Please join me!

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Teri

Pet Loss Poem: Pawprints Left by You

I wrote Pawprints Left by You, a pet loss poem, after my husband and I lost our first “baby”.  Kip, a German shepherd was our first parenting experience. You know what I mean. He lived until our first two boys were 3 and 4 years old. They don’t have too many memories from that time, but we certainly do.

His distaste for the UPS man, but his love of ripping open the boxes he delivered. His obsession with frisbees, his fear of the hose and loud noises, and the way he turned his head when you were talking to him. Like he understood everything you were saying- as pictured below!

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What struck me the most after Kip was gone, was the silence.

I understood the contradiction of “deafening silence”.

When coping with the loss of a pet, I think the lines, “I still listen for you, and miss you everyday.” ring so true with pet owners and address the loneliness when the pets sounds and warmth no longer fill a home.

No human will ever greet you at the door like a pet. On your worst day, they love you the same.

I  have found my words of sympathy have struck a cord with  so many grieving the loss of a pet, whether dealing with the death of a dog or a cat. For National Pet Month, I share my words and hope they will bring comfort to those remembering a beloved pet this month.

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Orange Slice Cookie Recipe #2

Another recipe to try. This is more similar to the texture of a chocolate chip cookie- never turned one of those down either! Try the different options to suit your tastes.

Ingredients:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 package candy orange slices
1 cup pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts(optional)
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
In separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture.

Cut up the orange candies. If you toss them with a little flour, they won’t all stick together.
Add the candies and nuts, oats and coconut and combine well.

Roll into balls and space 2″ apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 12-20 minutes depending on desired crispness.

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Orange Slice Cookie Recipe #1

The blog would not be complete without a few recipes for Orange Slice cookies. These are favorite of kids and adults alike. A taste of nostalgia for some and pure sweetness for all!

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups orange fruit candies
(this is a fairly large recipe, so if you don’t want as many cookies, half!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugars and shortening until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Mix into the creamed mixture.

Stir in the oats and the candies. You will want to snip the orange slices before mixing. Best to dip a pair of kitchen shears into a glass of hot water to make it easier. Roll cookies into balls and place on greased cookie sheets.

Bakes at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove, cook and enjoy!

Orange Slice Cookie Recipe

What’s Your Dish? Katie VanBrackle

What’s Your Dish Story -Contributed by Katie VanBrackle

It’s funny the things a child remembers about their grandparents’ home, but my grandmother’s candy dish always help a particular fascination for me as well. It was a pretty, crystal dish full of unwrapped hard candies—like peppermints, only instead of only red stripes, some had yellow, some had green, etc. I don’t remember any blue ones, but purple was definitely in there somewhere. The yellows were my favorites.

The problem with unwrapped candies, especially in hot and humid South Georgia, is they tend to clump together, so when my brother and I tried to select one, the whole bunch came up with it. Then we had to bang the lump on the side of the dish until we managed to chisel out the color we liked best. It was a bit of a challenge and rather noisy. Come to think of it, perhaps my grandmother intentionally used unwrapped candies in order to make it more difficult for the grandkids to sneak a piece unobserved. She needn’t have bothered. If we really wanted candy, all we had to do was find Granddaddy. He was a banker and always kept his suit pockets full of those little thin “bank suckers” that the tellers hand out to children. He would wink and slip us one behind his back.

Today, that crystal candy dish is still in use in my own home. It sits in our living room just as it once did in my grandparents’ home—-on top of the piano where my mother and her sisters took music lessons in the 1950’s, where I took lessons in the 1980’s, and now in 2013, where my youngest son is learning to tinker away on the keys.
Through the generations, it has been filled with various treats, has suffered through many poorly played piano concertos, and has been lovingly handled by many sticky-fingered children seeking a bit of sugar. How it has survived through the years unbroken is a minor miracle.

Today, I keep shiny, golden toffee candies in it——firmly wrapped and easy to sneak. I smile when I see it, imagining how many more generations of our family will seek its treasures in years to come.

Katie

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