While Mother's Day and Father's Day are well-known and widely celebrated, there's another public holiday in honor of our relatives that doesn't get the same level of attention and consideration that it should — Grandparent's Day! For many people, grandparents are an integral part of their everyday lives and the impact of their presence is immeasurable. Needless to say, nothing but the best will do when it comes to showing your appreciation for your elders. If you're still on the lookout for a last-minute gift for this year's celebration on Sept. 8, you're in luck: We've rounded up 10 of the best gifts for Grandparent's Day around.
Why is Grandparent's Day important?
One 2014 study out of the University of Oxford found that younger children who had close relationships with their grandparents exhibited fewer emotional and behavioral problems than those without these relationships.
Another 2016 research study out of Boston College found that close ties between grandparents and adult grandchildren resulted in lower rates of depression on both sides.
It's clear that close ties to our grandparents has a lasting effect that's to be treasured, and what better way to do that than to celebrate them on their big day?
When did national Grandparent's Day start?
Believe it or not, the holiday, which is typically celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, has been around since the early '70s, after Marian McQuade, a member of the West Virginia Commission on Aging and the Nursing Home Licensing Board, began a campaign to get the rest of the world on board with the idea.
The first Grandparent's Day was proclaimed in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore in 1973, and five years later, it was passed into legislation by Congress.
Best Gifts for Grandparents
If you think you've already missed your gift-giving window, fear not: There's still time to get a sweet surprise for the special grandparents in your life. From state of the art kitchen appliances and technology to sentimental gifts that will pull at the heartstrings, we have something every grandma or grandpa will appreciate — especially since it's coming from you. Keep scrolling to shop FIRST's picks for the best gifts for grandparents this Grandparent's Day.
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