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An Inspired Grandma: Gifts That Keep on Giving

By Teri Harrison,

x01_524889It 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 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!


Teri Harrison
The Grandparent Gift Co. Inc
1005 Alderman Drive Ste. 115
Alpharetta, GA 30005
770-619-3167 ph  770-752-7499 fax
“giving meaning and memories to life’s milestones”


The Grandparent Gift Co. sells baby gifts, ultrasound frames, ultrasound cards, ultrasound ornaments, grandma brag books, grandpa brag books, aunt brag books, christening gifts, baptism gifts, dedication gifts, christening gifts for godparents, gifts for great grandma, gifts for great grandmother, gifts for godmother, gifts for godfather, baby handprint frame, first grandchild gifts, new pregnancy gifts, adoption gifts, adoption keepsakes, twin baby gifts, handprint ornaments, pet memorial gifts, great grandparent gifts, gifts to friends, mirror stories, new aunt gifts, new uncle gifts, father’s day gifts from baby, mother’s day gifts for grandma, grandbaby gifts, baby shower gifts for grandma, gifts to grandparents, gifts for best friends, gifts for pregnant moms, gifts for new dad, gifts for grandma to be, ultrasound magnets, ultrasound Christmas ornament, Christmas handprint, 50th Anniversary frames, 25th Anniversary frames, gifts of remembrance, teacher frames, retirement frames, wedding gift for dad, wedding gift for mom, Mother’s Day gifts for grandma, Father’s Day gifts for grandpa, great grandpa gifts, first Mother’s Day gifts, signature frames, first birthday frames, brag books, grandparents memory books, pregnancy calendars, pregnancy journal, big brother frame, big sister frame, footprint frame, gifts for grandson, gifts for granddaughter, gifts for godson, gifts for goddaughter, first child frame,first holy communion gifts, confirmation gifts, grandparents day cards, grandparents day gifts, google shopping, baby heaven, heaven’s angel, mimi gifts, gigi gifts, papa gifts, best grandmother gifts, unqiue Christmas gifts for grandparents, Gigi gifts, Mimi gift, Nonna gifts, Bubbe gifts, first granddaughter, first grandson, gifts for Mimi, Christmas gifts for grandparents, best Christmas gifts for grandparents, best-selling gifts for grandparents,

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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