20 August 2021 (updated)

Celebrate Grandparents Day! Ideas, Gifts and Activities

Grandparents Day 2021 is right around the corner. Celebrate the special day with your grandma and grandpa by indulging in their favorite hobby or trying something new together!

It’s been hard to spend time with loved ones over the past two years, especially when it comes to our grandparents. Fortunately, Grandparents Day is right around the corner! While many people might still not be able to spend the day with their grandparents right now during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many ways to show them you care. Be sure to share your social distancing ideas for this special day on your favorite family app!

When Is Grandparents Day?

In the United States, National Grandparents Day always falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day, so in 2021, the holiday takes place on Sunday, September 12th. It was created due to the efforts of Marian McQuade, who started campaigning for its creation in the 1970s. Soon after, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it official with the National Grandparents Day holiday.

The holiday’s official flower is the forget-me-not, and its official song is ‘A Song for Grandma and Grandpa’ by Johnny Prill. But this year, it might be more fun for your grandparents to celebrate them with their favorite songs from years past and flowers from your garden. 

What to Do on Grandparents Day?

There’s never been a better time to show your grandma and grandpa you appreciate them! If you’re able to be close to them this year, here are a few ways to enjoy the day. Share your Grandparents Day activities on FamilyApp with other givers!

  • Enjoy a Hobby Together - Grandparents Day is the perfect occasion for doing something they really like to do with other family members. If your grandpa likes woodworking, his granddaughter or grandson could make something with him. Or, if your grandma loves painting, go outside in the fresh air for some impromptu art lessons with her. Even with social distancing measures in place, you can still do many fun outdoor activities!
  • Try Something New - Every day, we get the opportunity to try something new. That’s why getting out with your grandparents for a new activity is a great option. You'll have the best time trying a new experience like going to the new doughnut or pastry shop you've always wanted to try or reading a new comic book together.  You could also enjoy a leisure activity, like heading to the cinema or theatre. 
  • Make a Meal - Few things are more precious to grandparents simply spending time with their grandchildren. However, doing something for them can make it even more memorable! Or maybe you want to organize a family lunch, dinner, or another mealtime with their favorite food. Whether you go with something simple or decide to wow them, they’ll feel celebrated!
  • Explore Your Family Tree - Grandparents offer such wisdom and experience, so take advantage. of their memories and learn about your family history. 

What Can You Give on Grandparents Day?

If you can't be with your grandparents in person,  you can send them some fantastic gifts! You may want to make a Grandparents Day card or write them a note on a piece of paper. A special keepsake, like a mug or keychain with a digital photo imprinted on it, can be the best gift of all! Grandma would love a handmade necklace or drawing. You could show off your baking skills and deliver them a basket with a gourmet selection of baked goods like banana bread, baklava, shortbread, or chocolate chip cookies. If it’s one of your grandparents’ recipes, it’s even better! Delicious dark chocolate is also an excellent choice. 

A simple Facetime call can also be a great way to catch up and let them know they’re appreciated. It's also a wonderful time to share the joy of their favorite book, activity, or meal. No matter what you do, make sure you connect with your family members in meaningful ways. 

Coronavirus has made it an isolating year for many people, and it’s especially true when it comes to senior citizens. Fortunately, whether or not you’re spending time together this year, there are ways to show them you care! Do you have any Grandparents Day ideas? Tell us about them in our comments! A small act of kindness can go a long way towards making them feel loved.



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