1. Hope Chest or Memory Box
As a new parent, you remember the thrills and trials of baby’s first year. During this time, busy new parents can always use help keeping baby’s memories together. Giving a special box or chest to put these things in will keep mementoes safely stored and in one place.
Remember to take lots of photographs. Arrange for a few special shots, you holding baby, baby holding your finger, their little toes. There are so many “new” creative shots I started a board on Pinterest you can check out. Do a little research so you can put together some very memorable shots you will treasure forever. These are the ones you will want to frame and have as “keepers”.
3. Plant a Flower or Tree
If you have the yard or garden, plant a flower or new tree for each new grandchild when they are born. It will always mean something to both of you as you watch the tree and your grandchild grow. It would be fun to take a photo of them next to the tree on every birthday.
4. Time Capsule
Save the paper from the day baby is born, cards and letters of congratulations…these will be wonderful things for a time capsule or to give to Mom and Dad for baby’s memory box.
5. First Gifts
Use this time to gift baby with a “first” gift, such as a silver first Christmas ornament, rocking horse, baby shoes or piece of jewelry such as a bracelet, charm or necklace. Gifts that can be used again are always special, such as a baby to bride or groom gift that can be part of a wedding, graduation or their first child.
6. Welcoming Home
If it suits the personality and needs of the new parents, do something to welcome baby home such as a yard banner, sign or wreath, luminaries, lots of fresh flowers, or a fridge stocked with prepared food.
7. Little Impressions
Give a gift that will allow Mom and Dad to get baby’s handprints and footprints. Make sure to get an extra, so you can get these adorable impressions for yourself as well!
Perhaps you have given a gift to a previous grandchild that would be a great tradition to continue. Ideas such as piggy banks, collectible figurines, embroidered or handmade blankets or bedding or the start to a college fund are all ideas to consider. Another idea would be to give each grandchild something special that belongs to you that you want to pass down to them.
9. Something from Parent’s Babyhood
If you have a baby keepsake from your child who is now a parent, the birth of their child would be a wonderful time to pass it on. Perhaps you saved a baby outfit, birth announcement or other keepsake that could be beautifully framed and passed on.
Write a letter to the new grandbaby on the day they are born. Take all of those wonderful emotions and share them in a letter that will be treasured forever.
About The Grandparent Gift Co. and Teri Harrison
It was 1989 and my mother had just become a grandmother. She was so excited, delighted and over the moon, I made the offhand comment she should open a store and call it “Grandma’s House,” and fill it with all things “Grandma”. That comment soon grew a life of its own and 24 years later, her first grandson is getting married and her daughter’s business celebrates nearly 20 years in business. We never did open that store, but the idea of celebrating grandparents was the underlying idea. We tried different types of gift businesses, but it wasn’t until the mid 1990s, when I wrote my first poem, “Grandma’s Heart” that our business found its purpose. When grandmothers and mothers started brushing away tears, I knew my words had touched their hearts. From there I never looked back.
Mother’s Heart, Daddy’s Heart and now over 150 beautiful poems, 2 books and numerous articles and short stories in parenting publications have since followed. I was first inspired to write because I felt the market lacked meaningful gifts for grandparents, but I continue to add new poems to my company’s selection and as well as working on several new projects and licensing opportunities, inspired by my everyday life as a mother.
Over the past nearly 2o years, I have always mothered first. I live and work outside of Atlanta, GA with my family including my husband and business partner and our four children. They are still in the growing years, so each day presents many ideas and inspirations for new product and things to talk about. I hope you will enjoy reading my blog and checking out the new items we come out with every few months.
About Our Gifts
All of the poems and sentiments you find on our products were written by Teri Harrison. They are one-of-a-kind, copyrighted sentiments you will not find anywhere else. Many of our products are made or assembled in the USA, a great deal of the work being done by hardworking moms. We take pride in our products and always strive to find the right words to say something important for you. We always hope the recipient understands the sentiment and loves it enough to share it with others and keeps it somewhere very dear to them. If you have a gift idea or sentiment you wish to convey and you don’t find it here, we would love to hear from you – just send Teri an email!