A Guide to Grandparents' Day
24th September, 2020
Most of us celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day, but what about Grandparents’ Day? Should we be celebrating the older generation too?
We think yes – absolutely! Afterall they’ve spoilt us rotten over the years so now it’s their turn.
Just think about it. Grandparents enrich our lives in so many ways, whether that’s sharing wisdom and treasured memories, or offering more practical help – like looking after the grandkids for one (thanks for the free baby-sitting services!).
So this year we thought we’d help get the celebrations in order, with an all-you-need-to-know guide to Grandparents’ Day. Whether you’re after gifts for grandparents or ideas for a Grandparents’ Day celebration, we’ve got everything you need to fill their day with love.
When is Grandparent’s Day 2020?
In the UK Grandparents’ Day is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of October, this year that makes it Sunday 4th October.
What’s the history of Grandparents’ Day?
It depends who you ask! Many sources say it was created in the USA in 1973, and introduced in the UK by charity Age Concern in 1990.
According to Gransnet, its creator in America – Marian McQuade – created the day after realising how few residents in nursing homes had visitors. Now it’s become a celebration around the globe, giving people worldwide the chance to celebrate older generations.
Ideas for celebrating Grandparents’ Day 2020
For many of us Grandparents’ Day might look a little different this year. With gatherings limited and social distancing still very important, hugs and large get-togethers are off the cards. But, all is not lost! There are still plenty of ways to make this Grandparents’ Day special. Here are just a few ideas.
Crafting or baking together
If you have the space (and enough hand sanitiser!) to do indoor socially distanced activities crafting or baking are great for involving family members of all ages. Grandparents’ can help with the fiddly bits of baking, (and maybe even pass on a recipe or two) while grandchildren can take care of very important jobs – like licking spoons!
Going for a walk
Although the weather might be turning a little chillier, if everyone’s suitably wrapped up an autumn walk is a good way for a family to gather while staying socially distanced. It also helps everyone get some exercise and gives younger members of the family the chance to burn off some energy. If walking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, try adding a focus – like nature (how many types of bird can you spot? Or types of flowers?) or games like ‘I spy’.
Grandparents’ Day is a great excuse to look back and share happy memories. It’s also a chance to learn more about the older members of the family: what are some of their favourite childhood memories? How did they feel about becoming a grandparent? Do they have any funny family stories to share?
Or some of the above over video or the phone!
If you can’t visit grandparents in person a lot of these activities can be done using the magic of technology. If older members of the family are good with tech you could even try baking together over a video call, or perhaps make it a baking lesson.
It’s all about showing the grandparents in your life how special they are – whether through an activity, or simply by getting in touch.
Send Grandparents' Day flowers
If you want to make a big fuss over your grandparents from afar (or thank your parents for all their time spent looking after the little ones) then a surprise flower delivery is just what you need. Our flowers are hand-crafted by local artisan florists using the freshest flowers available on the day (because seriously special grandparents deserve seriously special flowers).
Choosing Grandparents’ Day flowers
We might be a little biased, but we think flowers are one of the best Grandparents’ Day gifts around – they bring so much beauty and joy into a home. The only question is which blooms to choose?
According to floriography (or ‘the language of flowers’) every flower symbolises something , so we’ve done a little homework to find blooms whose meanings are just right for Grandparents’ Day.
A soft, pretty flower that symbolises lasting beauty, a happy life and the bonds of affection. Ideal for celebrating an abiding family bond.
Signifying gratitude, appreciation and admiration, the delicate blush of pink roses will show your thanks for all grandparents do.
Bursting with beauty, chrysanthemums symbolise optimism, joy, and long life. A perfect uplifting bloom for a Grandparents’ Day in strange circumstances.
For Grandads and Grandmas who love joining in games with the grandkids try the glossy pink blooms of the hyacinth. They signify playfulness and joy.
Ready to send a beautiful Grandparents’ Day gift? Every one of our Grandparents’ Day bouquets is hand-crafted by a local artisan florist using the freshest flowers available on the day. And remember, even if your grandparents are far away, we can still delight them with a beautiful bouquet – we offer International delivery to 130 countries!