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I came to a realization today: I have never bought my grandfather a birthday present. Not once, in my life. In fact, I don't think I've ever purchased a birthday gift for either of my grandparents.
My grandfather's birthday is coming up next month, and it really hit me today that I have never done this. I guess growing up it's the grandparents job to spoil the grandchildren, not the other way around.
However, now that I'm an adult, with children of my own to spoil (or not), I feel like giving a gift would be a very adult thing to do. Not to mention unexpected. And thoughtful. Which grandparents adore.
Unfortunately, we don't live anywhere near my grandparents. I've never lived near them, only visited in the summers. This has lead to a sad scenario where I am not entirely sure what my grandfather would like for his birthday. Men are hard enough to shop for, leading me to think that grandpa's must be especially hard!
After a little thinking I concluded that my main memory of my grandpa, the one thing about him that I am sure of, is his love for watches. He has so many watches! He keeps them in simple little boxes in his closet, and I recall bringing them out sometimes when I was young and going through them, trying them on, and listening to them tick.
I even received a watch from him once as a birthday present in the seventh grade. A lovely, quartz, Mickey Mouse watch. I wore it everywhere.
I knew I was on the right track. Using this idea I did a quick search and discovered beautiful boxes for displaying watches at Price Grabber Watch Accessories. I remembered my grandpa had really simple boxes for his watches, but nothing to display them in. Perfect!
I wish I could have been there to see him open his gift. (My grandparents still need to be taught the ways of Skype). I feel like this is a milestone in my adulthood, giving a beautiful, birthday gift to my grandfather, letting him know he is in my thoughts.