a gift for grandma

Hello, lovelies!  Welcome back from our glorious Christmas break!  I have to say, I think this was my favorite Christmas to date.  Extra jolly, extra joy.

So my adorable grandmother is 88 years old, and this year we figured she had enough “stuff.”  What we decided to give her for Christmas was a memory box — a box full of stories, greetings, and memories that we secretly collected from our whole family and all of her friends.

I can’t claim the idea myself; I found it online during a search for “unique Christmas gifts,” but have since lost the website and can’t find it again.  (If I do, I’ll be sure to post).  Basically, we sent a letter via snail mail to all of our friends and family, explaining our plan and asking for their help.  We included a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a few index cards on which they could write their memories.  We sent them out about 5 weeks before Christmas, and slowly but surely, they started trickling in!  When all was said and done, we had over 160 cards.

We compiled them all, put them into a little photo box labeled “Friends and Family” (typed out with our old-school Smith-Corona),  and wrote some instructions for Grandma on the top.  We told her she could read as many at a time as she wanted, but if she read one a day, there would be enough to last until June!

It was so lovely to see what some folks sent; it’s also nice to know that so many people will take time out of their busy schedules to help with a project like this!  Although I didn’t read them all, I peeked at a few, and I just know Grandma will have an absolute ball looking through them.  Verdict:  a very merry Christmas present, indeed!  xoxo

Grandma with her sister, Rose, opening the box and reading the instructions.
Nick, Paige, and Grandma.

4 thoughts on “a gift for grandma”

  1. Love this is a great idea. Another idea I did for my 101 year old mother a few weeks ago was a “Prayer Garden” You can see 2 photo’s on my Easter board under Dorothy Dorchester. She loved it, it is colorful and so cute sitting in her nursing home room. The cards were little prayers for her or thought people had of her through the years. …

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