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5 Fashionable Gift Ideas for Grandma

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Gift Ideas for Grandma

“I need something for my grandmother,” the young woman said to me as she entered the store on Black Friday. “I guess pajamas. That is all she ever wears. She never goes out.”

“Oh, I am so sorry,” I replied. “Is she ill?”

“No, she says she is too old to go anywhere.” You can imagine my surprise when I discovered grandma is in her 70s! Hardly old. Her granddaughter told me that she has lost her confidence to enjoy life. My suggestion? Let’s give her a reason to get out and have some fun.

I believe the best scenario for a gift would be to plan a shopping trip with the grandmother and guide her in some decisions to take her look from PJs to joyful. Take her out for the day and include lunch at a fun restaurant. Remind her of life outside of the house.

Whether it is on a shopping trip, or if you would like to actually purchase pieces of clothing to gift her, there are some ways to pump up her style and hopefully give her a reason to get out there again. Coordinate a makeover with the rest of the family:  have some gift clothing; someone gift a certificate for a hair stylist; and someone gift a certificate to a good esthetician. A complete feel-good package!

For the clothing, remember baby steps are best.  Just give her reasons to begin a makeover:

  1. A CLASSIC WHITE SHIRT WITH COLLAR. She can wear this with pants, jeans, leggings, or skirts. The classic white shirt is always in style and can be found in tunic length as well. It is a perfect go-to piece and always says chic.
  2. A NAVY BLUE SWEATER. It looks good on anyone and is a great addition to her wardrobe. Consider a V-neck in a quality knit, silk blend, or perhaps cashmere in colder climates. The V-neck opens the face and gives length to the look.
  3. A STATEMENT ACCESSORY PIECE. It could be a scarf of many colors, necklace, or jacket which would go with any casual look and hopefully give her a reason to get out and show it off. Find out her favorite color and gift it to her in an accessory.
  4. A PERFECT FIT PAIR OF JEANS. This will probably take a shopping trip to achieve just the right fit and encourage her to select dark denim for a polished style she can wear anywhere.
  5. A FUN PAIR OF SHOES. According to the experts, shoes hold the power of bringing a smile to any woman’s face. If she has tossed the heels, then show her how many fun flats and comfort shoes are on the market. Do not give her another pair of house slippers!

I understand how life can shut someone down and how low self- esteem can drive an older woman to sit all day in comfort wear. It might take a team of encouragers to surround her, but she can be shown a difference with a reinvention plan. What better time of year to begin again, and receive purposeful gifts which encourage her to enjoy life? Sometimes we all need a cheerleader.

Don’t give in and gift the PJs. Show her life is short and there is still joy to experience.

Any other ideas for gifts for the stay in grandma?

Thanks for stopping by the Joy Boutique. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Pamela Lutrell

Pamela Lutrell began her blog, over50feeling40, July 2010 with a desire to encourage women over 50 to walk in strength, confidence and joy. Of course, head turning style makes each day fun!

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Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

I agree with a fun lunch out and also there are some lovely accessories and bath/body products from India Hicks to make any woman feel great!

xoxo Karena The Arts by Karena Books for the Holidays!


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Thanks for your words of inspiration. It IS difficult sometimes to motivate a loved one to continue to live and enjoy life. I am dealing with a similar situation. I think your advice is accurate, especially the "team of encouragers" I send well wishes to the granddaughter and grandmother, Hope they make it to that fun restaurant for lunch!


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Your ideas for items of clothing are great but I think a better gift (or maybe an additional gift) would be an experience. Get grandma out by taking her to lunch, going to a play, or attending a lecture in a subject of interest. She will enjoy the gift of your time and attention as well as have an opportunity to wear her lovely new clothes.


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Hi Janis, If you look right above the list of clothes you will see that I recommended this first. So agree! Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

These are great gift ideas, and they inspire me!! I have been looking for that Navy blue sweater pictured. Where is that from, if you don't mind sharing? ! My mom is 91 and a shut in. She gets dressed up even so, and still likes to shop. I hope I never lose my ability to enjoy the life I have! That sweater...!

Elizabeth Lee

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Karen, I'm the one who sourced the photos. The sweater pictured in the post is no longer available. The link goes to a similar one that I found on Amazon.


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Hi Karen, The wonderful ladies of Midlife Boulevard actually pulled the items. Let me see if I can find out for you! Thanks, Pam

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