Lifelong gift ideas for grandchildren

As a grandparent, you play a special role in your grandchild’s life – the meaningful memories you make together during childhood last a lifetime.

When it comes to gift giving, you have the opportunity to give something more special and meaningful than simply toys or clothing.

Special keepsakes, family heirlooms and recipes are things that your grandchild can cherish well into adulthood.

If you’re looking for something meaningful, take a look at our pick of some of the best lifelong gift ideas for grandchildren.

Recipe book

If you’re known in the family as a good cook, a recipe book is a beautiful gift. Pull together your favourite recipes and take the time to write them out by hand. They get the benefit of your wisdom and also the gift of your handwriting – something they’ll cherish after you’re gone.


As a grandparent, you have the ability to provide a sense of family history and connection to your grandchildren. Are there special family heirlooms or keepsakes from around the house your grandchildren might love as they get older? Many people hang on to watches, jewellery, old records, handkerchiefs from their grandparents as treasures.


Making a long-term investment is another lovely gift idea for grandchildren and one that has the benefit of also teaching them the value of money. Opening an ISA account or purchasing a bond that matures over time or can be added to is an opportunity to help them develop good money skills.

Something homemade

If you have a hobby, why not make a gift instead? Hand-carved boxes, knitted blankets, pottery mugs and other items are truly one-of-a-kind.

Make a recording

The sound of your voice – particularly if you live far away – can be a fun and comforting gift for your grandchild. Consider recording yourself reading a short novel or bedtime story that they can listen to when you’re not around.


Share your favourite books with your grandchildren that you have always loved yourself. Special hardback copies are also great for writing inscriptions inside – which they can keep and cherish for years to come.

Do you have any lifelong gift ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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