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Sending gifts to distant grandkids.

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Do grandparents really send gifts of $30. plus to there grandkids for Valentines? I want to send mine a little something but $30+. Is to much.  Any ideas on something simple & mailable wt?

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30 minutes ago, grandmamt said:

Do grandparents really send gifts of $30. plus to there grandkids for Valentines? I want to send mine a little something but $30+. Is to much.  Any ideas on something simple & mailable wt?

If you have grandgirlies, valentine socks are always cute...and they are lightweight so mail cheap...books are always good. I'll be seeing all of mine at some point....I have Dollar Store heart shaped beads for my 3 girlies (3, 4 & 6)...I may get the little boys (4 & 6) those wooden airplanes that they put together...not sure about the olders (two are turning 10 in a few weeks, two are 12)....I'll come up with something.

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Meh.

I'd say it depends on how old the kids are. Mailing here (Canada) is so freaking expensive that to do a little something or other, it would cost more to send than the original item was to buy. It's crazy.

If they're old enough to be excited about getting mail, I'd just send a card, maybe w/some stickers in it.

I'm not big into Valentine's day for my husband and I, so it's not really a gift giving occasion to me.

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5 hours ago, grandmamt said:

Do grandparents really send gifts of $30. plus to there grandkids for Valentines? I want to send mine a little something but $30+. Is to much.  Any ideas on something simple & mailable wt?

Welcome grandmamt! So glad you decided to come in and talk w/ us!

However,  while I understand why you placed this thread in Club Newcomer, I think it fits better in the Grandparenting From Afar forum. So I'm going to move it there.

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Ok, now I've moved this conversation from Club Newcomer to this long distance GP forum....

Anyhow, grandmamt, I think it's lovely that you want to send Valentine gifts to your GC (grandchildren)! Especially since it seems they live at a distance. Sending cards, gifts, etc., no doubt, is one of the ways GPs maintain a connection w/ faraway grands.

I don't see why the gifts have to be  "$30+" though. Kids don't generally care about price if they're little. And if they're older, hopefully, they'll know just to appreciate that you send them anything at all. Things that are fun, attractive and, perhaps, memorable (as in, "Remember when  we were kids and GM used to send us those... ?") should be fine w/o having to be expensive.

IMO, you got some good suggestions from the PPs (previous posters). It might also be a good idea to check w/ the parents about what might be best.

Hopefully, you'll enjoy whatever cards/gifts you send them and they'll enjoy receiving them! :)

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I only send a card.  My grands already have more junk than their mothers can keep picked up.

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When they were little, I'd pick up a small stuffed animal, usually for a few dollars.  But, like many say, they have too many so have quit that.  

A lot depends on the age.  I usually send a card, put in $1 (they love money to save) and will buy a pack of stickers with 4 or 5 sheets in it.  The card probably costs more than what's inside,  By putting these things in with the card, it usually doesn't cost any extra postage either.

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I suppose that some grandparents send expensive gifts to their grandchildren. Most of us can't really afford to do that often, so we don't.

I don't want to be a "Grandma Moneybags" who is associated only with loot, anyway. Even if I could afford to be! :P But since I can't afford it, I also think in terms of saving that money for maybe being able to visit some day.

I do send cards and letters with regular monotony, and occasionally a little gift that fits in the envelope without costing a lot more. With my English speaking grandchildren, I try to send books once per year or so and with the children who don't speak English, I try to send tourist t-shirts on about the same schedule. 

I really think that the children feeling remembered, known, and loved is far more important than gifts.

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Welcome GrandmaMisti

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Just now, SueSTx said:

Welcome GrandmaMisti

Thank you, Sue. :)

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Welcome Grandmamisti! Happy you've chosen to join us.

I'm a crafty kind of grandma, so hand made pjs are huge hit all around. This year my 3 girlies will have some American Girl matching outfits that are far cuter, better quality and less expensive than purchased stuff. Amazon will deliver for you along with a gift tag.

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I've made doll clothes and those little sleeves are hard to set.  I don't sew much anymore so I buy the "fat quarter" for quilters.  They have some really cute prints.

 

 

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Do the sleeves before sewing the side seams....much easier to work with the garment flat

 

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OH, I do...but my fingers are so stiff anymore

 

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I send one card in a small box with home made Valentine cookies. There are 3 of them. Let's face it, the cards get thrown away or lost. Those cookies? Who bakes any more? Their moms and dads are busy. I'm told they look for the cookies now. Their happy and I'm happy because I love to bake and I love them.

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Welcome Gardenlady1.  I always bake cookies if the kids are coming, but I haven't tried mailing them.

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I don't give presents to grandchildren except on their birthdays and Christmas.  Am I the only one?  

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On ‎2‎/‎5‎/‎2017 at 0:59 AM, grandmamt said:

Do grandparents really send gifts of $30. plus to there grandkids for Valentines? I want to send mine a little something but $30+. Is to much.  Any ideas on something simple & mailable wt?

Looking back at this, I'm wondering why $30 became a demarcation point.

Also wondering, grandmant, what did you decide to do?

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51 minutes ago, RecLucy said:

I don't give presents to grandchildren except on their birthdays and Christmas.  Am I the only one?  

I'm sure you're not, RecLucy, but even ta Christmas or bday gift may have to be sent if the GP lives at a distance and won't get to see the GC that Christmas or for this/that bday. Also, I think LDGPs often give gifts more frequently than GPs who live nearby as another way to stay connected.  

As for DH and me, we generally, focus on Christmas and bdays. However, we sometimes get them a little something "just b/c" or if we find out they need it and their mom/my YDD is ok w/ our getting it.

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2 hours ago, RecLucy said:

I don't give presents to grandchildren except on their birthdays and Christmas.  Am I the only one?  

Do what works for you....I often do Dollar Store gifties randomly. No on has ever asked "what did you bring me?" I shopped Valentine's Day at Dollar Store....coloring books & crayons/colored pencils for the littles along with "conversation heart" candies for all and puzzle books for the olders

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Messaging is an option on iPads. You can have moment to moment conversations or leave a message. You can send pictures too. The kids love it.

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3 hours ago, Gardenlady1 said:

Messaging is an option on iPads. You can have moment to moment conversations or leave a message. You can send pictures too. The kids love it.

I am looking forward to the day my grandchildren are old enough to communicate that way.  I have been e-maw since they were born with the idea that I am only a text, skype, or e-mail away... right now, mine are only 11 and 7 years old... and I am fortunate enough to live close enough to get to them in 15 minutes.

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13 hours ago, RecLucy said:

I don't give presents to grandchildren except on their birthdays and Christmas.  Am I the only one?  

I mostly can't even manage that. :(  I have (soon to be ) 13 grandchildren and live on a very fixed income.

But when I can, I send a little trinket that I can enclose with a letter. They are hardly "gifts" - they cost a dollar or two and are small enough that they can ride along on the same stamp as the letter, but it says "I love you".

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