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Keepsake Books for Grandparents to Give to Grandchildren

Give a Gift That Money Can't Buy

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You can give your grandchildren something that no one else can: a gift of your memories, recorded in a special keepsake book. If you're daunted by the task of creating such a book, these tips for completing a keepsake journal should help. It's also important to select the book that fits your situation and life experiences, as well as size of book that you are comfortable writing in. (Sizes are approximate.) Read on to find the one that's just right for you.

1. Stories From My Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild

heirloom journal for your grandchild
Photo © Family Tree
  • Designed for one grandparent of either gender
  • Wide range of questions/prompts
  • Attractive design
  • Family tree and places for photographs
  • Hardcover, 8 X 9 format, spiral bound to lie flat
  • 112 pages
  • Suitable for most grandparents

2. Grandma, Do You Remember When?

Give Grandma a beautiful Grandma's journal with old-fashioned illustrations by Jim Daly.
Photo © Harvest House Publishers
  • Designed for a grandmother
  • Grandfather version available
  • Beautiful artwork
  • No family tree or places for photographs
  • Large 8 X 9 format
  • 48 pages
  • Perfect for a grandmother in a traditional family of faith

3. Grandpa, Do You Remember When

Honor a grandfather with this nifty gift of a grandpa journal illustrated by Jim Daly.
Photo © Harvest House
  • Designed for a grandfather
  • Beautiful artwork
  • No places for photographs
  • Large 8 X 9 format
  • 48 pages
  • Perfect for a grandfather in a traditional family of faith

4. Memories for My Grandchild: A Grandmother's Keepsake Journal

This lovely keepsake journal that just might become a grandchild's most prized possession.
Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
  • Specifically for a grandmother
  • Family tree and many places for photographs
  • Beautiful book with enchanting vintage-style illustrations
  • Large 9 X 12 format
  • 80 pages
  • Perfect for old-fashioned grandmothers

5. Questions to Bring You Closer to Grandma and Grandpa

The subtitle says it all: "100+ Conversation Starters for Grandchildren and Their Grandparents."
Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
  • Designed for a grandchild to fill out
  • Contains questions for both Grandma and Grandpa
  • No illustrations or extras
  • Small, 6 X 7 pocket size
  • 192 pages
  • Perfect for grandparents who aren't willing or able to fill out a journal on their own

6. Reflections: A Jewish Grandparent's Gift of Memories

This gift journal will make it easy for a Jewish grandparent to bestow the gift of memories.
Photo © KTAV Publishing House
  • Designed for a Jewish grandmother and grandfather
  • Very detailed
  • Spaces for documents, photos and family tree
  • 250 pp.
  • Large 9 X 11 size
  • Perfect for Jewish grandparents who take their heritage seriously

7. A Grandparent's Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School?

Grandparents' Memory Book uses real questions from real grandkids.
Photo © Teri Harrison
  • Designed for one grandparent of either gender
  • Questions generated by real kids
  • Illustrated with vintage photographs
  • No spaces for family tree or family photographs
  • Medium 8 X 8 format
  • 120 pp.
  • Perfect for a grandparent with a sense of humor

8. Grandma's Special Memories: A Keepsake Record Book

Country-style illustrations make this keepsake record book perfect for special memories.
Image Courtesy of PriceGrabber
  • Designed for a grandmother
  • Covers only childhood memories
  • Suitable for divorced grandmothers
  • Fantastic folk-style artwork by Linda Spivey
  • Bible quotations and pages for recipes and photographs
  • Medium 8 X 8 format
  • 48 pages
  • Perfect for a traditional grandmother to pass on childhood memories

9. A Grandparent's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words

A month-by-month grandparent journal makes it easy to create a Grandparent's Legacy.
Photo © Thomas Nelson, Inc.
  • For one grandparent of either gender
  • Set up by months, with 12 questions per month
  • Some room for photographs
  • Spiral-bound
  • Small 6 X 8 format
  • 192 pp.
  • Perfect for a grandparent who may be intimidated by filling out a journal all at once

10. Grandmother Remembers: A Written Heirloom for My Grandchild

This sweetly old-fashioned gift journal will be perfect for a sweetly old-fashioned grandmother.
Photo © Abrams Books
  • Specifically for a grandmother
  • Family tree and many places for photographs
  • Hard cover book with delicate vintage-style illustrations
  • Large 9 X 11 format
  • 64 pages
  • Perfect for old-fashioned grandmothers
  • Not suitable for divorced grandmothers

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