Best Gift for Granddaughters?

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What is the best gift for a granddaughter? It is LG’s fourth birthday and, luckily, she has a clear idea of exactly what she wants. The first is flowers. An interesting request from a four year old I thought. Would that be a bouquet of flowers? Or a potted plant? A corsage? Or a crown of flowers for her hair? Or maybe a potted mum?

The second gift will require a more creative solution. She wants a book about ‘cups’. She explained she wanted one because she doesn’t really know anything about cups and would like to learn more about them. And what is there to learn about cups? Luckily, I have a brilliant friend, ELO’B, who suggested that I get her a set of measuring cups. Brilliant! What are cups really about if not about measuring? And for enjoying a cuppa in the afternoon.

The grandparent urge, that I try to quash, is to make every single present unique and wonderful and something that she will remember for the rest of her life. Phew. I am exhausted just writing about it. Sometimes all a kid wants is a crayon and a pad of blank paper. Her mom has a clever solution for this grandmotherly urge for prosterity. She writes a letter to LG every year on her birthday and puts it away for her to open and read at a specified date. So, a few weeks ago I wrote a letter to be opened on her 18th birthday. It contains some Euros and a suggestion on how they are to be spent: on champagne at the Eiffel Tower – whatever that means in 14 years. There is more than enough for a glass or two (I hope) and maybe even a bottle. With a little luck we will be there to share.


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4 Responses to Best Gift for Granddaughters?

  1. Karletta Moniz says:

    Ahhh, so glad to provide inspiration, E. I know she will love hearing from you! xoxo

  2. Elizabeth DePalmer says:

    I, too, loved this post and idea, K! Beautiful. In fact, it’s inspired me to write my Grandmother….thank you!

  3. Karletta Moniz says:

    Dear Elizabeth, I am so glad that you enjoyed this posting. I love the idea of the mirror to check the ‘rear view’. I once heard that style begins with a full-length mirror. I agree. xoxo and cheers to you and all of your lovely grand daughters this Christmas. xoxo, K

  4. Elizabeth Campbell says:

    Oh I so loved this one on best gifts for grand daughters, Karletta. The letter is such a great idea. I heard the other day that a woman that always looks immaculate told me that her grandmother gave her a small mirror for her 16 birthday with a note, “when you finish dressing use this mirror to see the reflection of your back in another mirror to be sure tags are tugged in and loose hairs are not on your shoulders, etc.” I will give this gift to my grand daughters this Christmas. You will definitely make Paris!

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