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Have you checked the calendar recently? It's that time again! Tis the season to think of gifts. Nope, I'm not talking about Christmas gifts, though that is just around the corner. I'm thinking about school being back in session, and our kids and grandkids having sleepovers and birthday parties every other week,or so it seems like. And, of course, that brings along with it the need for planning and making or buying gifts for each of their friends. And boy, that does impact many of us in the Sandwich Generation, doesn't it?
Sometimes, in fact, we can be impacted double because of trying to fit in the shopping with all the caregiving needs and other duties. Shopping for gifts is an easy task to accomplish when babysitting grandchildren, so many of us grandparents are helping with that duty, including yours truly last week.
My granddaughter and I headed to one of our fave stores! She was shopping for gifts for one of her tweens-turning-teens girl friends and we were discussing ideas. Then, she spotted a gorgeous soft fuzzy red sherpa throw blanket and was struck with one of those scintillatingly great ideas that are so wonderful to have AND to put into effect.
"How about soft fuzzy slippers to match or coordinate with the blanket?" she asked.
"GREAT idea!" I enthusiastically replied. "They're comfy, ok if you don't get exactly the right size, and you can never seem to have too many slippers OR cozy sherpa throws around here. Those warm blankets are especially great out here with cold winters and lots of sleep overs."
Putting the cute throw blanket into the cart, we headed for the shoe department where we found great little slippers in a coordinating color, and then on to the card section for a fun card ($1 – since I'm the kind of granny nanny who prefers to spend more money on the gift and less on the card. 🙂 ). We also found a cute gift bag in a matching red design making it look quite coordinated. And while the bag didn't cost TOO much, it did remind me I need to head for the Dollar Store to stock up on GREAT looking gift bags for all occasions and only a buck a pop! Now THAT'S the kind of good news for boomers and seniors looking for practical and creative ways to save money that I REALLY appreciate! How about you?
P.S. While it's not really time for me to do much Christmas shopping – other than gift ideas – if you prefer to start early, this would also make a delightful gift for tweens and teens for Christmas – no matter what color you pick. Think how much they'll love wrapping themselves in it while unwrapping the rest of their gifts.
P.P.S. Don't think these are only great gifts for the kids and grandkids. They are wonderful for elderly parents as well. My senior relative used them for a long stay in the hospital recently, after her total hip replacement surgery. She LOVED the heated blankets the hospital provided, but these were even better as they were lighter weight and she stayed warmer longer. These are definitely great for the whole Sandwich Generation family. 🙂