What Not to Give Grandkids for Christmas

Considering how parents might feel about certain gifts may be among the most compassionate of acts this Christmas season.

By Lisa Carpenter
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Love this article! Thank you GP.com and Lisa Carpenter for letting GPs know/reminding us GPs that there are some gifts NOT to get the GC, or, at least, not to get w/o checking with the parents first.! In fact, for those of you here who are interested, this subject frequently come up in the Community. That seems to be especially true in Mothers-in-Law Anonymous but, right now, there's a conversation going on about it in the General Gabbery, as well.

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rosered135 on 2013-12-07 15:46:06

Thinking back on being a kid, my siblings and I had one aunt who ALWAYS gave us clothes. There's nothing more disappointing to a kid than getting clothes on Christmas morning. How do you play with clothes? We had another aunt who always gave us Lifesaver candy books-- a book that had several rolls of Lifesavers in it. I don't know how our parents felt about it, but as kids we started to expect and hope for that Lifesaver book each year. As a grandparent now, I nearly always ask the parents about a gift, mostly because I've listened to my daughter complain about gifts given by the other grandparents!

bjbsister@gmail.com on 2013-12-05 19:57:19

the best ever to give is a gift card to cracker bell.. dennys or any of the fast food mc donalds,etc that way everyone is pleased....parents can never refuse a kids meal with surprise toy

martialive1947 on 2013-12-05 15:09:21

There are some GREAT tips here, and I had to chuckle over this piece as I just posted my own thoughts (as a parent of a 6 year old) about four types of gifts parents dread getting for their kids (and a suggestion for a winning gift as well!) Grandparents and parents, would you add any other categories to this list? http://bookboard.com/blog/2013/12/please-dont-buy-these-for-my-kid/

dianadull@sbcglobal.net on 2013-12-05 13:07:13

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