If you’re like me, you are probably wondering what to get your grandkids for Christmas this year. In the past, I have usually sent money to their parents and asked them to put something under the tree from me. Impersonal, but easy.

A Gift from the Heart

However, last year, I stumbled across a gift I felt was special. Researching Amazon, I found just what I was looking for: stuffed animals with a voice recording box inside.

There are many options to choose from, and they are relatively inexpensive. For my granddaughters, I decided to go with gray plush elephants. For the grandsons, I found plush teddy bears.

The next step, and the one that makes this gift unique, was to record myself singing a sweet little song for each of the children.

My Own Words

My granddaughters’ names are Lena and Nina, and this is how their song goes (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”):

Little Lena, you’re a star, and I love you as you are.

You are sweet and funny and smart,

And you have a wonderful heart,

Little Lena you’re a star, and I love you as you are.

Each voice recorder has a time limit of about 25 seconds, and this little ditty fits perfectly, as does the one for the boys, Cole and Nico, as follows (to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”):

Cole, Cole, Cole is great,

He’s nice, and good, and kind,

And as everybody knows,

He has an excellent mind.

A Gift to Cherish

After recording each song, I simply opened the little Velcro strip and inserted the voice box inside. I wrapped each one in holiday paper, then used the same envelope in which they had been sent to me for mailing, and off they went.

To be sure, I can barely carry a tune, but these little gifts were a huge success last Christmas. I was not with my grandkids on the holidays, but I am told they carried their toys with them and constantly pushed on the hidden voice box in the animal’s tummy, listening intently to me singing my little ditty just for them.

It is my hope that, long after I am gone, they will listen to my slightly off-tune voice and remember how much I loved them, making this a very special gift that “keeps on giving.”

What unique gifts have you given your grandchildren to date? What are you planning to give them this Christmas? Please share in the comments below.

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