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Published January 20th 2013
No Time? No Money? No Problem
We all lead busy lives and in doing so can have a tendency to neglect those things or people in our lives that don't scream loud enough to get our attention, however it doesn't take much money or much time to enlighten your special nan on Grandmother's Day.
1. Buy a handkerchief with your nan's initial on it. These can be found at leading department stores such as Myer and David Jones. It's the personal touch of picking out one with her initial that will make her day. And yes, the rumours are true that nan's do love a good hanky.
2. Take her to her favourite place for lunch. It doesn't have to be expensive; it could be pumpkin fritters from the local fish and chip shop or a burger from a fast food chain. For some reason nanna's don't need to watch their weight once they've reached a certain age!
Nan looking very content after scoffing down a Grand Angus burger
3. Help with odd jobs. As nannas get older, it gets harder to maintain a household. By giving a hand in the garden, doing some sweeping or vacuuming, or mopping the floors, this will take a huge burden off nan and will minimise the chances of her getting hurt.
4. Take her for a drive to the beach. Park the car so it's overlooking the water and have a little picnic either on a picnic table near the water or if it's too cold you can have the picnic in the car with a thermos full of coffee and tea accompanied by biscuits, cakes and anything else that takes your fancy. Tip: Don't forget nan's disabled permit if she has one.
5. Do her grocery shopping. It gets harder and harder for the elderly to get out and about so depending on the capabilities of your nanna you can either take her shopping with you or get her to write out a list and do the shopping for her.
6. Bring her flowers to brighten her day and her home.
Alternatively you can buy some very life like wooden roses that will last forever
7. Call in for afternoon tea. Nanna's are usually well equipped with coffee, tea, biscuits, cakes and lollies.
8. Take her for a walk. Even if it's to the letterbox and back, it's important for nanna's to keep moving to keep joints and muscles active so they don't seize up and get stiff and sore.
9. Take her for a historical drive. Drive past previous houses, school, churches, pubs and anything else that is relevant to her life and get her to share the history of the places with you. I'm sure you will learn some very interesting things about your nan and her life.
10. Tell her you love her. The most important and least time consuming and inexpensive way to let your nan know that you love her is to tell her. Its amazing how a kiss and hug and three simple words will give your Nan a warm fuzzy feeling that will last an eternity.
It doesn't take much to make the forgotten generation feel thought of and appreciated. What are you wating for?
I loved your article on 10 ways to show Nan you love her!!I am a Nan,an would so love it if any of my 5 Grandchildren did 1,of these treats,occasionally for me,it does get lonely some times,as family grow up,&apart..
My grandad passed away on the 21st February 2014 (about three weeks ago) and when I was 16 - 17 (I'm 18 now), I used to make him videos of his family photos and of his favourite jazz songs so he wouldn't have to keep changing discs (he had dementia and other illnesses, so he couldn't remember how). I also bought him blue cheese because it was his favourite.
When my grandad was getting worse, my nan was still his primary carer, so I bought a few basic things (super soft tissues, hand cream, pen and notebook, incense and something else which is escaping my memory), put them in a basket and gave it to her. I called it a "care basket", to remind her to take good care of herself too.
I can't drive yet, so I can't really take her anywhere and she's not completely up for it at the moment, because of Grandad's passing. They were together for 59 years.
I'm still searching for a job, so I have no money, but I'm hoping I'll be able to cook/bake with my nan when she's feeling better.