A New Kind of Birthday Gift

Dad and Mom are blessed to have such a growing group of grandkids! Over the past 10 years, Mom shopped and kept up with a gift each child would like.

Recently, they had an idea. Instead of a physical gift, the child gets a special evening over at Grandpa and Grandma’s. There is a string of summer birthdays, so Mom got right on scheduling.

The kids have totally loved their special time. After all, isn’t the gift of quality time something to be valued?

We began with Abby, then Joshua, and last Christina. Up next will be Danny and Drew, the birthday-cousin-twins. They will have separate nights. ๐Ÿ™‚

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7

20 thoughts on “A New Kind of Birthday Gift”

  1. Toys can break or be lost. Quality time creates memories which are so precious!

  2. I love this idea so much!
    We live in times, where material things and possessions are valued far more than what really matters.
    It must be so nice for the grandchildren do have this special day with the grandparents they so often share with siblings and cousins. Worth more than any material gift!

    Kind regards and blessings,

    (Excuse my bad English, I’m a long-time-reader from Germany.)

    1. Your English is great, Sophie. Thanks for sharing. You’re right. They do get quite a lot of cousin time, so time with Grandma and Grandpa is extra special!

  3. What a sweet idea! I wish our nieces and nephews lived closer! Mom and Dad would love to do that with them!

  4. I love this so much!! While almost anyone likes unwrapping something new, being able to spend time together and focus on the birthday girl/boy is something everyone will remember. I am 46, and my memories of my Grammie are of her taking me to the park, reading to me, and the smells and sounds of her kitchen and backyard while we were at her house. These days my kids are 19 and 21, and they love dinners together, hiking, and board games when they are not at work or college.

    1. Lori,

      Thanks for sharing. Yes, time together is so valuable! Possessions don’t matter in the long-term. Wow, your kids are already 19 and 21. Where does time go?!

  5. This is such a wonderful way of blessing your grandchildren with individual time for each. This will build more memories than “gifts” and you will gain wonderful insights in how to pray for them as well as building them up in the Lord! I have found one on one with our grands (26 at last count) a blessed and encouraging time for myself, too! We also have “twin” grandsons, same day, same year but a different set of parents! Thank you for that great idea, this past year we gave hymn books to all our children and grandchildren and it was appreciated as we spend time singing when we get together and we found a great quality hymn book that will build wonderful truths of God’s Word into their lives!
    Thanks, for blessing us with your books and sharing your ideas to build up your family with us all!

  6. Kids love spending time with the adults in their lives! One of my favorite things to do is take each of my nieces/nephews out for their birthdays. They pick what we do, where we eat, and where we shop for their birthday gift. They love it and I love hearing them tell me “I can’t wait for birthday shopping!” Such treasured memories!

  7. One of the BEST IDEAS EVER! The time spent together will create memories for life. Looks like such a fun time!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This is such a good idea! I do a similar thing for my sister on her birthday. She has a great deal of money so I could never buy her anything that she couldnโ€™t buy herself. She wants to learn to sew, which is something I do daily, so whenever she comes up to my house we work on a sewing project of her choice for the entire day. Itโ€™s been such a wonderful bonding time also!

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