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The Ultimate Grandparents’ Guide to Gift Buying On a Budget

Budget-friendly gift ideas for your grandparents to encourage play. Get ready to embark on a journey of play and bonding that will create cherished memories for generations to come.
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Grandparents, armed with the power of play, have the unique ability to create endless moments of laughter, learning, and connection with their grandchildren. To aid you in this delightful endeavour, and to help you gift buying on a budget for your grandchildren, we’ve curated a selection of our favorites. We know all grandchildren are unique and have their own specific interests, so we've included garden games, outdoor play equipment, and indoor board games that promise hours of entertainment. Get ready to embark on a journey of play and bonding that will create cherished memories for generations to come.

1. Gift Buying on a Budget: Garden Games

Giant Snakes and Ladders:

When considering gift-buying on a budget, giant garden games are hugely impressive with very little investment. Engage your grandchildren in a game of giant Snakes and Ladders that spans your entire garden. With larger-than-life dice and colourful game pieces, this classic game becomes a thrilling outdoor adventure, teaching them the ups and downs of life in a playful manner.

Target Toss Challenge:

Set up a target toss challenge in your own  backyard. This game enhances hand-eye coordination and concentration. Watch as your grandchildren aim for the perfect throw, cheering for each successful toss. Like other garden games, you aren't competing with iPhones and tablets, the bright colours and endless, engaging outdoor play makes it a perfect option for gift buying on a budget. 

Quoits Set:

Another game perfect for developing fine motor skills!. Small enough to set up anywhere - grandchildren will love the challenge of tossing the rings onto the pegs. It’s a wonderful way to enhance their aiming abilities while having fun and won't hurt your wallet.

2. Gift Buying On a Budget: Outdoor Play Equipment:

Probably not your first thought when gift buying on a budget, but investing in outdoor play equipment can be something that provides years of fun without burning a hole in your pocket. Grandchildren will enjoy hours of fun with their friends when their garden is transformed into an adventure playground with swings, slides, and climbing stones.  A haven for little explorers!

Junior Basketball Hoop:

Let your grandchildren practice their shooting skills and engage in friendly basketball matches with a junior Basketball Hoop. It’s a fantastic way to promote teamwork, friendly competition, and an active lifestyle. It's perfect whether they're always around friends and want a game to play together, or more keen on shooting hoops on their own. 


It's not just a good choice for gift buying on a budget, it also shows you're in touch with current trends! Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and you might just help foster the talent of a budding LeBron James!. 

Gift Buying On a Budget - Board Games

3. Gift Buying On A Budget: Board Games

For Grandparents who are not quite up to joining their Grand kids on outdoors adventures, board games are an excellent choice.

Shut the Box:

Gather around the table for a game of Shut the Box. This mathematical game encourages strategic thinking and calculation. It’s not just a game; it’s a brain-teasing challenge that enhances numerical skills and promotes healthy competition. play tent guarantees a comfortable and safe playtime experience, free from overheating or confinement. Not only will this help with gift buying on a budget, but it'll also potentially help save your kids costly tutors as their children navigate complex mathematical problems with ease, fun, and engagement. 

Marble Solitaire:

Marble Solitaire is a game of patience and strategy. With a beautifully crafted wooden board and marbles, this game tests problem-solving abilities. It’s an excellent way to teach your grandchildren the art of planning and critical thinking.


Introduce your grandchildren to Mancala, an ancient game of counting and strategy. With colourful stones and a wooden board, this game promotes mathematical skills and tactical thinking. It’s a fascinating journey into history and mathematics, wrapped in the joy of gameplay.

Wooden Chess and Draughts Set:

Perfecting for gift buying on a budget, this classic can provide years of fun and even become something parents eventually pas to their children. Unleash the grandmasters within your grandchildren with a wooden chess and draughts set. This classic game enhances cognitive skills, strategic planning, and patience. It’s not just a game; it’s an opportunity to pass down the traditions of intellect and strategy through the generations.


Creating memories doesn't have to break the bank and gift buying on a budget doesn't have to mean skimping on fun! 


When buying gifts for Grandchildren bear in mind the type of child you're buying for - sporty? outdoorsy? reflective? and invest in gifts that don't just provide  entertainment but also nurture skills, teamwork and creativity. Encourage them to ditch the digital devices and get out there and  play!