What grandparents got for Christmas in 1914

Here’s some shopping advice that ran in the New-York Herald Tribune on December 1, 1914 under the headline “Gifts for the Grandparent”:

“In some families the grandparents receive all the consideration possible; in fact, Christmas seems to centre around them and the children, while in others the older members of the household do not receive their share of thoughtful attention at Christmas time.”

“Why shouldn’t grandmother, who loves to knit, have a set of gold knitting needles—nothing is too good for her? And for grandfather, who loves his game of dominoes, why not a set of the mother-of-pearl ones, in a compact leather case? They are a bit expensive, but he will prize them.”

“If the frail grandmother is a great reader she would appreciate a mahogany book rest, which will save her fingers from holding heavy books. How unsuitable for her is the thin, gauzy chiffon scarf meant for a debutante, when a cosey woollen wrap could be thoroughly enjoyed!”

“Old people who must breakfast in bed do not like to be considered as invalids, but they would not mind eating from pretty bed trays that have not a hospital look. The white enamel or wicker variety, with the gay chintz under the glass, would prove inviting. The very long-handled scissors for picking up things from the floor are a useful gift for the person too weak or frail to stoop over.”

“No matter how much candy there is in the house, old people like to have their own boxes, so let bonbons be included in the list of Christmas remembrances for the elderly members of the household.”