What to Consider When Purchasing a Gift for Your Grandchild.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Gift for Your Grandchild

Holidays are just around the corner, and as much as possible, you want to give your grandchild the best gift a grandparent can provide. However, maybe the past years have been a struggle for you in choosing the perfect gift. If you do not want to make the same mistake again this year (and in the coming years), please consider the following before heading out to shop:

  1. Ask for the parent’s advice

The parents will know what their child’s interests are, so use this resource to your advantage. Get all the information about your grandchild’s preferences and use this as a basis on what gift to give. Sure, you know that your gran

dchild loved dresses in polka dots back when she was four, but thisfamilymay no longer be true today. This is probably an essential part of the process as children’s minds, especially teenagers, are always changing so you want to give

something that they want the moment you hand it out to them.

  1. Gifts should be age appropriate

You may not be able to remember the last time you had kids

at your home. So, when you plan to purchase something for your grandchild, do your own research and look for items which are appropriate for their age. You can also make use of the internet to search for ideas or even buy a perfect gift. If your grandchild is still a toddler, ensure that toys purchased do not contain any choking hazards. The same also goes for your grandchildren who are in their teens – make sure that it does not promote violent behavior or abuse, it should be something that they need or want.

  1. Experience can be a great gift

It is never a requirement for your gifts to be tangible. Yo

u can give off tickets to trips and resorts to your grandchild as a gift. You can also look into zoo memberships, subscriptions, and sporting events if your grandchild is into these kinds of activities. You will surely give your grandchild a gift to remember for a long time.

Then there are “experiential” gifts. These gifts include any items which will help your grandchild with an activity he/she is most fond of doingrandmag. Cooking utensils will be perfect for your grandchild who loves to cook and arts and crafts materials for the grandchild who likes to do scrapbooks and tinker around.

Additional tip: Your grandchild may be even happier if you spend time with him/her while doing all of these activities. This getaway could even turn out to be one of the best trips between grandparents and grandchild.

  1. Treat each grandchild fairly

Deciding on what to give if you have more than one grandchild is more challenging, as the number of grandchildren increases, so is the pressure in coming up with equally-valued gifts for all of them. Most of the grandchildren will have varied interests from one another, and this could serve as your basis on what to give to them. But despite your efforts, they will eventually compare. You might have the liberty in spoiling one or two grandchildren but remember, you do not want to create resentment in the family during times like these. You do not want to create an environment of favoritism as this can significantly affect your grandchild until he/she grows up.

  1. Give what you can afford

Gift-giving is not synonymous with showing off. Whatever gift you decide to give your grandchildren, makes sure that it is something within the budget. Create a budget plan and stick to it, no matter how tempting the sales and discounts in the department stores could be. Do not go overboard for the sake of impressing your grandchildren (or for making up the lousy gift you gave last year). You do not want your generosity to create financial problems in the future.

Wrapping it up


Most people have this notion that grandparents give the funniest and weirdest presents. You can fight this misconception by being careful and putting in a lot of effort with what you purchase for your grandchild. After all, all grandchildren will love what they will receive especially if it is given to them wholeheartedly.

Danielle Hanson
Danielle is a loving and caring person who runs a successful at home business. She currently writes for relationship blogs such as The Eternity Rose and in her spare time she enjoys horse riding and living life to the fullest.


Inspiring Child Authors

What better way to hook children on reading than by introducing them to young authors? From classics like The Diary of Anne Frank, written at age 13, to modern day books like The World Through a Child’s Eyes by Michael Brasier, a compilation of his travel writings from ages 6 to 12, there are plenty of books written by children for children. Read your kids a book written by a young author, and maybe they’ll be inspired to pick up a pen and notebook as well!

The World Through a Child’s Eyes by Michael Brasier

By the time Michael Brasier was 12 years old, he had already visited 13 countries; The World Through a Child’s Eyes is a collection of his observations from his eye-opening childhood travels. His book will give future travelers the opportunity to explore new places and cultures… and will get them excited to plan trips of their own.

Eragon (Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini 

Christopher Paolini began writing this action-packed young adult epic when he was just 15 years old. This fantasy tale centers around Eragon, a young man who finds a mysterious blue gemstone that turns out to be a dragon’s egg. It leads him on a magical journey complete with elves, magic swords and a battle between good and evil.

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The diary of Anne Frank, a 13-year-old Jewish girl forced to hide in an attic with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation, is an honest, beautiful and heartbreaking true story that has been translated into more than 60 languages. Anne writes eloquently about her dreams, frustrations, fears and passions, and through her hardships, she maintains that, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” The book deals with painful subject matter, but pre-teens and teenagers will relate to her familiar struggles with growing up.

She Was Nice to Mice by Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy

At the age of 12, Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (better known as the actress Ally Sheedy) wrote She Was Nice to Mice, a charming take on the reign of Elizabeth I from the perspective of a mouse who lives in Buckingham Palace. Young readers will love this sweet, inventive version of an interesting historical period.

 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 

S.E. Hinton wrote this classic story of high school cliques, gangs and rivalries when she was just a teenager herself. Though the book, told from the perspective of the tough-yet-sensitive “greaser” Ponyboy, takes place in the 1960s, it is still just as relevant and poignant for adolescent readers today.

Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek 

Mattie Stepanek, a young man who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, began writing poetry and short stories when he was only three years old. This collection of his early writing is hopeful, candid, encouraging and often funny, a surefire way to inspire budding poets.


Is your child itching to become a famous writer? Read “Fun Activities to Do in Your Journal” to get the creativity flowing!


The Best Backyard Games!


School is out, and it’s finally summertime, that magical season full of warm weather, long days, family barbecues and, of course, backyard games. Dust off those hula hoops and squirt guns, and get to the backyard for these fun, active outdoor games!

If you have a big group of kids (and grown-ups), why not put together a festive summer Olympic-style competition? You can keep it simple and just divide everyone into teams, or go all out and make matching T-shirts and team flags for each “country.” For more inspiration, check out Scholastic’s Olympic blog post.

If you have a big group of kids (and grown-ups), why not put together a festive summer Olympic-style competition? You can keep score on your Frecklebox clipboard!

Games for Not-Too-Hot Days

Gymnastics: Hit the grass (or a soft tumbling mat) and do your best cartwheels or dance routines.

Bean bag toss/Cornhole: This is a safer, kid-friendly alternative to horsehoes, where you toss corn-filled bags into holes cut in a wooden box or raised platform. Learn the official rules.

Hula hooping: Spend a few dollars on a bunch of hula hoops and get those hips moving! Whoever can keep it going the longest wins.

Games for Scorchers

Water balloon toss: Win or lose, this is a great game for hot summer days. Split the participants into pairs and have each team stand facing each other. Toss full water balloons back and forth, moving teams farther apart with each round. If your water balloon breaks, you’re out, but you may be a lot more refreshed.

Squirt gun fight: Keep this one simple– fill up a bunch of water guns, have a blast and cool off!

Water relay race: Get creative with different water-related relay events, using everything from cups and sponges to ice cubes and T-shirts. Find easy inspiration for water games.

Pool games: If you are lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, it will be hard to keep the kids on dry land. Marco Polo, Colors and Treasure Hunt (diving to retrieve different objects on the bottom of the pool) are always crowd favorites.

What are your favorite summer backyard games?


The Restaurant Box: A guest blog by Jessie Ford

A couple weeks ago, we asked our fans on Twitter and Facebook for some great tips and tricks. Today’s guest blogger, Jessie D’Amato Ford, answered the call and shared with us about how her family uses our Tin Lunch Box: the Restaurant Box.

I had never heard of Frecklebox until my daughter’s second birthday. A friend had given her the lunchbox with her name on it and a personalized ABC book. Since then I too have bought many Frecklebox birthday presents and printed many-a-coloring pages for my little girl and her friends.

The lunchbox my daughter got has been a blessing as we have found a unique way to
use it. Our lunchbox has become our restaurant box.


The Restaurant Box

We bring our daughter out to eat with us at least once a week and have been doing so since she was a little girl. It has been a goal of ours to make sure she knows how to behave, no matter the age, at a restaurant or just out in public in general. But going to a restaurant before the lunchbox was annoying. I’d fill my purse with some books and other things to keep her little hands occupied. We also agreed as parents that we wouldn’t have children who sit at dinner playing a video game or on a phone playing. It would be family time.

Enter the Frecklebox lunchbox.


Inside the restaurant box

It was so cute and the perfect size for all our restaurant needs. I have it filled and kept in the car at all times so it’s available when we need it.


Items within the restaurant box

Currently our restaurtant box includes:

    1. A book (sometimes two or three!)
    2. Mini puzzles. These are a God send! My inlaws in England sent over a box of these mini puzzles though I’ve not seen them here in the US yet. They are great for on the go and the perfect size to do at a table while we wait for our food.
    3. A mini magnetic writer/eraser keeps her busy; especially when we play Pictionary.
    4. Paper and pen to practice our writing.
    5. Snacks and wet wipes just in case.
    6. Crayons and activity book. We use all the crayons that are given out at the restaurant and keep them to reuse.

All these little things fit perfectly in our lunchbox and my daughter happily totes it to and from the car. We get many compliments on this adorable box and many moms love the
restaurant box idea.

So the next time your little one is fussing at a restaurant, pick up your own restaurant box and fill it with their favorite goodies!

Jessie D’Amato Ford is a full-time mom, a Director of Events & Educational Programs for a Connecticut company, and writer. Working from home with her 2½ year old daughter provides a lot of entertainment, stress, and crazy stories. Jessie loves to write about them on her blog,These are Days… 

Are you a fan of Frecklebox and are itching to say something to our community? Do you have any amazing stories or awesome ideas that you want to share? Shoot us an email at info@frecklebox.com.


I didn’t really say that…….

First let me say that I am a happy, well adjusted adult (and when I am not, I pretend well).  This article is amazing. I am sure I have been guilty of most of these things. I remember the talk I received when I was 12 or 13. My dad (who is wonderful and loving) thought he was helping me by explaining that my older brother was the smart one and my younger sister was the good looking one but I was the NICE one. Just what every almost teenage boy wants to hear. Of course I heard that I was the dumb, ugly one who had a really great personality. Now my dad was telling me this and explaining that of course he loved me best because I was most like my mom (which is another goal of soon to be teenage boy, be like your mom). I am sure my kids will tell stories of all the damage I did with my “talks” with them. Reading this article will hopefully make you aware of some of the things you shouldn’t say as parent or grandparents. Now hopefully my parents won’t see this post since I am sure they have a different recollection of this talk.


Halloween Fun

Hair-raising Halloween fun is not only necessary, it’s neceSCARY!

Making Halloween the best that it can be is not nearly as hard as everyone assumes, we just have to think out of the box! Games, snacks, books, and parties can reach a whole new level with our awesomely scary, fun ideas!

Our Top Ghostly Games

Mummy Madness

This game will be a hit at your next Halloween party!

All it takes are rolls of toilet paper or white crepe paper.

  1. Divide kids up into teams of two
  2. One will wrap, one will be the mummy
  3. Start up the Halloween music and let the kids wrap their partner!
  4. Once the whole toilet roll is used, the mummies race to the finish line of your choosing, trying not to rip the mummy wrapping of course!
  5. Switch mummies, and do it again!

Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

This game takes treasure hunts to a new level, where kids have to find limbs instead of boring old treasure!

  1. Trace a large skeleton on paper or plastic
  2. Cut skeleton into just limbs
  3. Hide around the backyard, house, or neighborhood
  4. As kids find pieces, put them back together to create full skeleton!

(Clues may be made to find pieces!)

Zany Zombies

This game is goofy and fun for any zombie lover. Plus, you don’t need any supplies. It will be a hit at the classroom party!

  1. One person is “it”
  2. All other kids sit or lay down (zombies)
  3. “It” tries to get each of the zombies to smile, laugh, giggle, or move
  4. Whenever a zombie smiles, laughs, giggles, or moves, they then join “it” and try to get the other zombies to do the same!
  5. The last zombie left wins!

Each of these games will add spooky fun to any Halloween party!

Our Top Spooky snacks

Cup ‘O Dirt

This snack screams scary with it’s worms sticking out and delicious dirt at the bottom! These wiggly worms will slither down your children’s throats, creating a great Halloween snack!

You can find the recipe at:


Finger food

These delicious snacks are not only healthy, but are also actual finger food! What kid doesn’t want to eat a finger? All you need is mozzarella string cheese, green bell peppers, and cream cheese!

You can find the recipe at:


Mummy Pizza

These scrumptiously scary snacks will be your kid’s favorite at the next Halloween party! Not only is pizza one of the best foods ever, but now you get to eat a mummy face, and have it taste like pizza! We don’t think it gets much better than that.

You can find the recipe at:


Our Top Scaaaary Stories

The Hallo-Wiener

BY: Dav Pilkey

This hilarious Halloween book will entertain and delight your kids with its fun imagery and creative illustrations! Oscar is a cute wiener dog, but the other dogs make fun of him for being short, until he shows how heroic he really is.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

BY: Alvin Schwartz

This haunting Halloween book of short stories will be fun and scary for kids, without being too much. We recommend this book highly for slightly older kids. It will knock your Halloween socks off with its thrillingly spooky stories!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

BY: Linda Williams

This book shows just how scary Halloween can be. The little old lady who was not afraid of anything even gets scared in this fun, spooky story. When she has the scare of her life, she may learn to take Halloween a little bit more seriously.

Goodnight Goon

BY: Michael Rex

This hilarious hair-raising tale is sure to be your kid’s favorite this Halloween! With its creative illustrations and fun take on monsters, your kids will be dying to have their own goon!

Room on the Broom

BY: Julia Donaldson

When some friendly animals help a witch recover some items she has lost, there may not be room on the broom! This fun-filled book will delight with its hilarious story and fun witchy theme!

Our Top Petrifying Party Decor and Favors

Coloring Pages

Our spooky coloring pages can decorate the walls of any party, and give the kids a fun way to get into the holiday spirit! With their fun, frightening designs, they will inspire any child to get creative with their Halloween decorations!


What can decorate almost any surface with our Halloween fun? Personalized stickers of course! Our Halloween stickers will decorate the party and the party favors!


Our personalized Halloween placemats will spook up any party or meal with their fun, creepy designs! Your child will feel like Halloween was made for them with their name set right in place!