Items passed from a grandmother to her daughter and granddaughter are special not only to the giver but to the receivers. Many items she gives may not have much worth as far as the world is concerned but are priceless to her daughter and granddaughter who cherish their sentimental value. Sometimes a will is drawn up to make sure everything is legal, but often it gives greater pleasure for Grandma to give the gifts to her daughter and granddaughter in person while she is still living so the memory of it can be cherished forever.
Grandmothers can pass along priceless treasures.
Gifts that a grandmother may give to a daughter and granddaughter range in variety and can include family recipes and cookbooks; family heirlooms such as dishes, china, silverware, gold and silver jewellery, wristwatches, old diaries and historic letters from her wartime sweetheart; old-fashioned vases, handmade afghans or heirloom quilts. She can also give articles of her clothing they cherish, her shoes, purses and much, much more.
Grandmothers can give traditions.
Traditions pass down to women from generation to generation as well, like who will be in charge of baking the Christmas ham at the family gift exchange, or who will host the Independence Day family reunion, etc. Grandmothers also love to talk about love stories from yesteryear to their daughters and granddaughters and hope these verbal gifts will never fade.
Grandmothers can share their special talents.
Grandmothers bestow a great gift in teaching a unique talent or hobby to her daughter and granddaughter to keep it ongoing. It gives Grandma exceptional pleasure knowing she is passing on a craft she loves to fashion as a hobby. It may be a particular prize-winning recipe for her homemade jams or directions on how to knit or how to develop a certain variety of garden blossoms. Grandmothers have a world of knowledge from enduring good times and bad that can be invaluable to her female progeny.
Memories are great gifts.
Making memories with each other is a gift that can last a lifetime. Doing things together such as shopping day trips, eating out at a favourite restaurant, taking long walks in the park or driving around to see the fall colours are just some of a wide spectrum of memories grandmothers can give to their dear ones, and visa versa.
The written word is a great gift to give.
Writing letters on pretty, perfumed stationary will help them remember her favourite aroma. For Grandma to create poems about them are wonderful cherished gifts her daughter and granddaughter can receive. Writing a book and dedicating it to her daughter and granddaughter is a wonderful heritage a grandmother can leave.
Grandmothers can give modern favourites to daughters and granddaughters at special times.
Modern favourites of daughters and granddaughters are also gifts grandmothers can give such as Precious Moments figurines, perfume, a pretty locket, a rose bush to plant or a magazine subscription to Woman's Day and Seventeen. These are just a few ideas of things grandmothers can give to a daughter and granddaughters on their birthdays, holidays or anytime.
Grandmother's can give their successful business to their daughter and granddaughter.
Passing along to her immediate female offspring a successful women's vintage clothing retail store that she started from scratch in the 1950s is a way for Grandma to know that her hard work will continue on -- and help them out financially as well.
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- "A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words;" Thomas Nelson; 2007
- "Memories for My Grandchild;" Annie Decker; 2004
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