With that said, I struggle at times with finding the “perfect” gift. This was the case a few years ago. After searching high and low, I was stuck. What was I going to buy my granddaughter? I didn’t want just any gift. I wanted one that would make her smile. Her smile is beautiful.
For days I thought about what I could buy. Then it hit me. I don’t need to buy a “gift” per se. I didn’t need to buy a toy, a book, a stuffed animal, a favorite outfit, etc.
Given the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget that our presence is a gift, one often craved by those we love. With that thought in mind, I decided to create a coupon book. The book had 12 coupons that could be exchanged for an activity we could do together.
I created the coupons and personalized the cover. It included her name, favorite color and stickers of her favorite things. I also included a message inside that explained how to redeem a coupon.
Coupons included the activities below:
At the end of the year, I am still not sure who enjoyed the gift more – her or me. During each activity, we would take pictures and keep items that reminded us of our time together. We then created a scrapbook with the things we collected. These memories will last a lifetime.
Here are some other ideas for gift-giving.
As the parent of a child with mild Cerebral Palsy, I learned that the word “hurry” doesn’t apply to my son, Jason. With motor planning difficulties, hurrying just wasn’t something he could do. I learned to adapt and accommodate our schedule to allow extra time. However, when I found myself in the situation of caring for elderly parents & parents-in-law, and our son, I struggled to find the patience I once had with Jason.
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