Mother’s Day is only a few days away, and I hope everyone knows what to get for Mom. I am not a fan of most gift giving holidays, but I do appreciate that my family tries to remember me on Mother’s Day. You have to respect the lady who gave birth and raised you. Sometimes it’s harder to think of what Grandma might like on Mother’s Day. My grandmas have both been gone now for several years, but I do see a ton of very active grannies every week in my practice.
I don’t claim to know everything the modern grandma enjoys in this day and age – modern grandmas may even appreciate Mother’s Day eCards! – but I can tell you a few secrets you might not have thought of when shopping for Grandma this Mother’s Day.
You would not believe how many grandmas have adopted e-readers. They are not only easy to use, but for older people whose eyesight is not as good as it used to be, they are a Godsend. Because you can adjust the font, a Kindle replaces the need for those old, heavy, large print books. In my experience, older and less technologically savvy grandmas prefer the paper white Kindle while the more adventurous ones go for the Kindle Fire. I had an 88 year old patient this week who raved and raved about her Kindle. It gave her back the ability to read comfortably. While they might be more expensive that flowers, you really can’t put a price on being able to read if it helps seniors feel more involved and independent.
If you thought Crocs were for little kids, think again. Did you know that they actually make adult Crocs that don’t look like orthopedic shoes? Crocs are awesome for grandmas (or anyone) who gardens or work outside because they can be washed easily and are pretty durable. They are comfortable and easy to put on without bending over, and they come in cool colors.
Cool Kitchen Utensils
If your grandma is anything like mine were, she would be caught dead before she’d serve processed foods. Both my Grandma’s could whip up gourmet meals out of just about anything, but it took hours of effort. If your grandma is busy with her e-reader and computer, she would appreciate kitchen utensils that make life easier. Some of my favorites are cherry pitters, vacuum sealers, and baking stones. Grandmas can tend to be hesitant to buy modern kitchen tools because their old ones still work. I do love that practicality, but if you give them something to make life easier that isn’t too hard to learn to use, it’s a win win.
Give an Experience
One of my favorite memories with my paternal Grandma is when she came to visit me when I lived in Memphis. My Grandma always loved ducks, which is ironic since I hate birds, but she was nuts about them. I got to take her to the Peabody Hotel, where a group of very special pampered ducks come down the elevator from the roof every day to splash in the lobby fountain. At the end of the day, they go right back up top to their special duck house on the roof with one of the best views in Memphis. They even have a full time Duckmaster who takes care of them. Silly maybe, but Granny couldn’t wait to see it.
The day we went, I had other things planned after the duck parade, but Granny just wanted to sit in the Peabody lobby and watch the ducks all day. We ate in the stuffy cafe there, and probably paid too much for sandwiches and iced tea. It wasn’t really my thing, but she loved it, and it was certainly something she would have never done without my prompting. Someday, I’ll take my daughter there and tell her how much her great-granny enjoyed it. If you still have your grandma around, plan an experience she won’t forget. You might find it becomes one of your favorite memories as well.
What are you getting your grandma for Mother’s Day? Do you have an experience with your grandma that stands out?