Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Do you have a difficult time thinking of creative ideas for gifts for teens and twenty-somethings? Grandpa had a great idea this year for Christmas presents for his grandkids. Since he's a "snowbird" and heads for Arizona right after Thanksgiving, he presented his Christmas gifts early. His gifts were thoughtful, well-received, and fun! He spent time well in advance, preparing them. Each grandchild was given a United States collectible quarter holder and a container of quarters. The containers held at least one quarter from each of the fifty states. There was much activity around the table as everyone worked to find the appropriate quarters and put them in their proper place. Before long, each set was properly matched in each book and each grandchild went home with a state quarter collection lovingly collected by Grandpa over the years. Evidently the bank tellers at Grandpa's bank were also enthusiastic about his project! He was missing quarters from Hawaii. He thought they would be missing until the grandkids could find them later, but when he walked into the bank the day before his presentation, a teller called over to him --- "I got them"! She was nearly as happy as he was about those quarters! For the grandkids, it was a Christmas gift that was meaningful, fun, and interactive. Simple joy --- a thoughtful gift. Thank you, Grandpa!

13 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea... a treasure that will be still cherished for years to come...

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  2. What a great grandpa! I'm so impressed.

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  3. what a WISE grandpa...
    this is a neat idea..
    Deby

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  4. I hope this isn't a duplicate comment. This is so much fun LaTeaDah. It's exactly what my dad is giving all his grandkids this year! He's so excited about it. That is so sweet that the bank tellers got involved, too! It's fun to see all the kids around the table busy filling in their books!!

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  5. Wow, how cool. That must have taken awhile for him to do looking at all the kids I see sitting at that table.:)

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  6. Very nice! Way to go, Grandpa! And Merry Christmas to YOU!

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  7. What a thoughtful and creative gift! xoxo

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  8. What a great idea and so thoughtful of the Grandfather to do.

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  9. What a great idea! I'll have to remember that for Christmas in 13 years--for my nephew who will be 15 and my niece who will be 13 then. :)

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  10. What a thoughtful gift.

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  11. What a great idea. Sure beats iTunes gift cards.

    Jody

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  12. That is a wonderful idea, What a smart grandpa. Clarice

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  13. What a great idea for a gift! I should pass it on to my mother. She has a terrible time deciding what to get her teenaged granddaughters. I love the picture of all of the arranging their quarters. I have a student that is collecting them and he gives me a list to "look for" all the time.

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