Keepsake Gifts for Your Young Grandson

by kajohu

Your young grandson is the apple of your eye! Give him a special keepsake gift as a reminder of your special love for him.

I am a new grandmother of a grandson who is indeed the apple of my eye. He is beautiful, he is adorable, and I know he'll grow into a wonderful young man someday, given the loving care that he receives from his parents and other doting relatives.

Besides the toys and other fun things I'll undoubtedly get for him as he grows, I also want to occasionally give him small special gifts that he can remember me by when he gets older.

It's easier to find keepsake gifts for girls, but here are a few that I've found are suitable for young boys. Older boys may not be as sentimental about these items -- but then again they may surprise you!

Musical Figurine Gift - "My Grandson, My Joy"

Here's another figurine that would work well as a decoration in a baby's or young boy's room.  

This guardian angel keeps your grandson safe, and plays the tune "The Wind Beneath My Wings".  

Handcrafted porcelain with platinum filigree and accents, with the phrase, "My Grandson, My Joy" painted on the side.  

Grandmother, Grandfather With Grandchild Figurines

Willow Tree Figurines by Susan Lordi

I absolutely love these Willow Tree figurines by Susan Lordi.  These beautiful pieces evoke the tenderness felt by the grandparent toward a grandchild.  The Grandmother figurine especially tugs at my heart-strings, since my grandson is currently about the same size as the baby with the Grandmother.

These figurines would look nice in a baby's room, and later put on a special shelf to be taken down for a young grandson to handle under supervision, perhaps when grandparents come to visit, or alternately to remind a grandson about his grandparents when they can't visit often.   (Our grandson and family will be moving out of state in a few short months.)

These lovely figurines would also make good gifts from the parents to the grandparents.

I Loved You Before You Were Born

And other books for grandson (or granddaughter)

We're a family of readers.  I started reading to my sons very early, and I'll be doing the same with my grandson. 

While these books aren't exactly "keepsake gifts" in the strictest sense, your grandson will love having you read these books to him as he snuggles up next to you, or by his parents when you can't be there.

"I Loved You Before You Were Born" is about a grandmother eagerly awaiting the birth of her grandchild, and is imagining all of the things he'll do when he's born.   NOTE:  This is from the viewpoint of the paternal grandmother with a living spouse, to a biological grandchild.  

"The Night You Were Born" celebrates the birth of a baby in this picture book, where all the creatures rejoice at the arrival of the new unique baby.

"Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You" has the speaker promising adoration and support forever, as with "My love is so high, and so wide, and so deep, it's always right there even when you're asleep".  

These books are suitable for preschoolers through 2nd or 3rd graders.

Treasure Boxes, Trinket Boxes, Music Boxes

For small keepsake items

Boys love boxes to hide away small treasures and keepsakes!   My husband still has his wooden treasure box from when he was a child (and it still includes a snake skin and a thumbnail that fell off after a thumb injury -- good treasures for a boy!). 

Give your grandson a treasure box with a note and a photo of you and him inside, and a couple of small "treasures" to get him started (candy, interesting small stones, a few coins).

Do forewarn him that the box is not to hide away frogs or worms!

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Updated: 01/19/2014, kajohu
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[email protected] on 02/21/2013

I would like a music box for a 10 year old boy.

emmalarkins on 01/21/2012

Great gift ideas! I love the thought of preserving family bonds through little tokens of affection.

kajohu on 01/16/2012

Thanks Caroline -- I really enjoy these books too. I'm looking forward to when he's old enough to have them read to him.

ohcaroline on 01/16/2012

I especially like the choices of books. They will provide special memories when you read them to your grandson.

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