This post was sponsored by Flagology. All opinions are my own.
Our refrigerator doors are covered with photographs of the kids surrounded by their grandparents and so many of the faces we love and miss every day. At first glance, it may look a bit cluttered, but the pictures are a beautiful, daily reminder of who we are, where we’ve come from and all of the people who’ve made lasting marks on our lives along the way.
It’s not easy living so far away from our extended family, especially when it’s time to celebrate another holiday.
National Grandparents’ Day is right around the corner, and, this year, I want to do something nice for the grandmas and grandpas in our lives to let them know we love them and appreciate all of the things they have done for our family over the years.
A Brief History of Grandparents’ Day
In response to the efforts of Mary McQuade, an educator from West Virginia who aimed to honor the service and contributions of seniors throughout history, President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation declaring National Grandparents’ Day the first Sunday after Labor Day on August 3, 1978.
President Carter wrote: “The elders of each family have the responsibility for setting the moral tone for the family and for passing on the traditional values of our Nation to their children and grandchildren. They bore the hardships and made the sacrifices that produced much of the progress and comfort we enjoy today.” (Proclamation 4580; National Grandparents Day)
Well said, Mr. President.
This year, Grandparents’ Day falls on September 11.
Since pictures of the kids’ grandmas and grandpas never fail to brighten our day at home, I thought it might be fun to compile a short list of creative photo gift ideas to send across the miles to honor our loved ones on Grandparents’ Day.
Bookmarks from eyesonthesource.com
I think these photo bookmarks are just the cutest! Include a good book (maybe one you could dive into together). What grandparent wouldn’t appreciate seeing their grandchildren’s faces every time they sit down to continue reading a page-turner?
Luminaries from ourbestbites.com
How gorgeous are these homemade glowing luminaries? Such a creative alternative to the standard photo frame!
Planters from modpodgerocksblog.com
A Mod Podge photo flower planter would make a perfect gift for the grandmas and grandpas who boast green thumbs.
Photo Wreath from michaels.com
This is my kind of wreath! It’s truly amazing what you can do with a little hot glue. Fill the frames with photos of all of the grand kids, and you’ve got yourself a priceless piece of wall art the grandparents will be sure to treasure.
Personalized garden flag from flagology.com
I’ve designed photo mugs, stainless steel water bottles, cards and books for grandparents in the past, but I’m always on the look out for new and creative gift ideas.
Isn’t this personalized garden flag adorable?
All I had to do was choose a design and upload a photo of our boys. Flagology did the rest!
It usually takes anywhere from four to six weeks for packages to be shipped to our overseas post office box, so it was a pleasant surprise when I placed my order, and the package arrived less than 10 days later.
The garden post did not come with the flag (I had to order it separately), but I am thrilled with the overall quality of the product. The material is thick and sturdy, and the colors are bright and cheery.
I have a feeling the boys’ grandparents are going to love it as much as I do!
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Wishing all of the grandmas and grandpas out there a very Happy Grandparents’ Day! We are so thankful for you.