Grandparents Will Never Give A Bad Gift After This… [FREE Download!]
If you’ve been Living Simply for a while this fact won’t surprise you: gifts can be problematic.
Throughout my client work, I’ve noticed that gifts from grandparents have a tendency to be especially so. I’m not sure whether it’s the age disparity or the relative distance from the grandchild in question (and therefore also from the grandchild’s interests and preferences), whether it’s just differing core values, or all of the above, but grandparent gifts can definitely be doozies.
Yesterday, after an (unusually long) 8-hour session editing two girl’s bedrooms, with more “gift from grandma,” “gift from the other grandma” explanations than I could keep count of, I came home and decided that bold action was required; the Grandchild Gift Guide was born. Consider it your way of throwing well-intentioned grandparents the proverbial bone.
Download the file, print it out, fill it out with/for your child/children (if you have more than one small human, I’d recommend doing a form for each), and then send it off to the grandparents. Or, steal smaller nuggets from the form to pass along in whatever form you prefer. Just don’t say I didn’t prepare you.
Download the form: The Grandchild Gift Guide
A little disclaimer for the PC police among you: this post is not intended to be offensive to grandparents, nor to suggest that all grandparents lack a sense of style, etc. It is a conclusion based upon extensive and first-hand experience, but is not meant to be taken as a blanket statement for third-gen-ers. I’m sure you may know or have or are a grandparent that gives only the most coveted, well-chosen gifts imaginable. If that’s the case, you can rest easy and maybe send this form on to someone who isn’t quite as lucky.
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