Thinking Outside the Box for Christmas Gifts Ideas for the Elderly Parents in Our Sandwich Generation Families

by Kaye Swain

This Sandwich Generation granny nanny granddog liked his hat but it was tricky getting the pix even with my easy to use digital cameraLast month, while enjoying visits from various out-of-town company, one of my grandkids and I enjoyed a trip with one guest to our local pet store where she shopped for a special dog and cat and we enjoyed perusing fun ideas for our own granddog or two. I don't usually give Christmas gifts to the granddogs (though I did buy a couple of cute granddog holiday jingle bell collars and matching hats) but I do like to keep my eyes open for practical granddog helps and tasty doggie treats to ensure that they are happy little campers (not to mention the added bonus that they come fairly quickly when I call them :) ). 

You should have seen some of the cute gifts and treats at the store! Things I'd never seen before! Many of them would make delightful gifts for the elderly parents' granddog that would put a HUGE smile on our parent's AND granddog's face. And sometimes, that can be the best Christmas gift of all, don't you think? :)

My granddog loves to give this Sandwich Generation granny nanny big huge smiles

Check out these cute granddog rawhide candy canes! :)

Grabbed a pix of these adorable granddog candy canes with my easy to use digital camera

Then there were these adorable faux food gift baskets:

Too cute - squeaky faux sausage mustard and pears for the Sandwich Generation granny nanny and granddog

Amazon didn't seem to carry those, but they did have these granddog-scrumptious-looking REAL organic homemade dog treats from Heidi – and even the basket holding them is edible. How cool is that!

organic handmade dog treats are a delight for the granddog in your family

Of course, as fun as all the above ideas are, I also spotted several practical gift ideas, including dog booties to protect a paw that might have an owwww-ie on it. We had to deal with that earlier this year for one granddog…

This granddog had a sore foot so we found him cute booties that helped him heal - watch not to do too tight tho

and they were so handy! (Footsy?!?!?! :) )

Woof Hoofs Dog Boots for the granddog who needs protection for their paws - due to injury or weatherMany people also use these for their dogs and granddogs when they live in snow areas, complete with salt sprinkled all around. That can help protect the dog, which also helps our senior parents from having to worry or be more active in such a situation. Just be careful to adjust them tight enough to stay on but not so tight you cut off their circulation.

My granddogs all love their tug of war ropes

Another practical idea is a "Tug of War" rope. Your senior parents can toss it and their sweet pup can bring it back to them. He gets good exercise and they enjoy the fun.

And oh my goodness, check out this adorable dog toy box! Perfect for the granddog who has everything, and then some! :)

A toy box for the granddog toys made the Sandwich Generation granny nanny grin big time

Definitely some cute and fun gift ideas for granddogs near and far. Fun for the senior parents, fun for the grandkids, fun for the granddogs, and fun for us – AND with some very helpful items as well! I must say, that trip to the pet store was definitely interesting for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny! What granddog toys and practical items can you recommend? :)

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 WorkingBoomer

Gifts for our 4 legged friends. http://t.co/HVa94fIL

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