Follow the link to see our tips on buying presents for granny and grandad. Also check out our list of the best "Muppets" movies.
Tip of the Week
Today's grandparents are a unique bunch, with a number of traditional apple-pie bakers, knitters and chess players that are just as likely to be tech savvy or connected to their children and grandchildren on Facebook. According to a survey by Consumer Cellular, 67 percent of consumers 50 or older are on Facebook and desire a smartphone for easy Web access; 60 percent want to download financial apps, travel discounts and other offers. If the grandparents on your list enjoy the latest gadgets, consider these holiday gift ideas:
- Share the memories: Pre-load a digital album with the best photos from the past year, including holidays, birthdays, celebrations, vacations and everyday moments. For grandparents who live out of town, such a gift bridges the distance and keeps children and grandchildren connected.
- Stay in touch: Select a cellphone that grandparents can use to keep in touch with loved ones, and consider paying for a plan for the first year. It doesn't have to break the bank.
For grandparents who are less technology oriented, think about these alternatives:
- Plan a night out (or in): Pick up vouchers to a movie, concert or other special event that grandparents can enjoy. Or, as kids' schedules are packed these days, consider planning a family outing to ensure some quality time with grandparents. Home-made certificates for a classic movie marathon or a game night are an affordable way to enjoy each other's company at home.
- Dinner, on you: A special dinner is always appreciated. For grandparents, a gift certificate to one of their favorite restaurants is a good way to ensure a great meal without the hassle of cleaning up!
- Create brag books: Use an online photo book site to create brag books for all of the grandparents. Make several copies of one version to save time, and you may even cross some aunts and uncles off your list, too. If grandma loves to brag, keep the album small enough for her pocketbook so that she's always prepared.
Family Movie Night
With the new “Muppets” movie out, we thought we’d take a look at the best films from the puppets out on DVD. How would you rank them? Let us know!
1. “The Muppet Movie”
2. “The Muppets Take Manhattan”
3. “Muppets From Space”
4. “The Great Muppet Caper”
5. “Muppet Treasure Island”
“The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Ages: Young adult
Synopsis: It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on - and discover themselves on Facebook, 15 years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. - Penguin Young Readers
Did You Know
A study published in Pediatrics says that children under 18 are generally OK to use acupuncture – when a qualified practitioner is used.
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