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Hassle-Free Gift Shopping Tips For Grandparents

Jul 20 2018

By Jess Walter

Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

If you’re like most grandparents, you love spoiling the grandkids. There’s nothing quite as heart-warming as seeing the joy on their faces as they unwrap a new toy. In fact, 89 percent of grandparents spend money on their grandchildren simply because they enjoy doing so, data from Statista reveals. But, unfortunately, older age can mean shopping isn’t always as easy as it once was. Mobility issues can make it a struggle to leave the house, and crowded shopping malls can be too stressful and overwhelming. The good news is solutions exist. Here are some practical tips to take the stress out of gift shopping and make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible for you.

Plan carefully

If you’re okay with heading out to the mall, make sure you avoid the buildup to major holidays. Give yourself plenty of time to get your shopping done in advance of these dates. It’s also a good idea to give peak shopping hours a miss—aim to go early in the morning or late afternoon.

Why not ask some friends or family members to come shopping with you? Being with others will give you confidence, help choosing gifts and make it fun. If you live in a retirement community, talk to staff about planning a shopping trip, or simply invite friends yourself.

Internet shopping

Shopping for gifts online takes most of the stress out of gift shopping. All major retailers have an online store with offers and sales running nearly all of the time. If you’re not confident using the internet to shop, look into free online courses which teach how to use the major popular shopping websites like PayPal, Amazon and eBay.

Subscription boxes are another convenient option. Simply select a box that would appeal to your grandchild whether it’s educational, artistic or something else. Choose to have them regularly delivered to your door each month, quarter or year. With subscription boxes, you’ll have a steady supply of amazing gifts to give—hassle free. 

Ask for help

If you’re struggling for gift ideas, ask a family member to give some input. Perhaps they know what the latest must-have toys are. You can also ask them to verify the legitimacy of a website and help you make the purchase safely. Ultimately, searching for gifts for the grandchildren should be as enjoyable as giving them. Following these tips will help you overcome the challenges of shopping and find some great gifts.