I Found the Very Best Gift for Hard-to-Shop-for Grandparents — and It’s Up to 50% Off Right Now!

published Nov 1, 2021
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It starts every year around this time. I call my mother and stepfather, grandparents extraordinaire, and ask, “What do you want for Christmas?” Without missing a beat, they answer, “Oh, we don’t need anything. Your love is enough.” It’s the world’s most familiar grandparent script. Don’t get me wrong: we are grateful to have such caring parents who couldn’t care less about material goods. Yet this beautiful-but-unhelpful response has created some undue angst on our part, trying to find something that’s meaningful yet not so extravagant that it annoys their frugal sensibilities. Because we do want to give something thoughtful to the givers-of-life, the #1 members of my daughter’s fan club.

Over the years since they’ve been grandparents, we’ve done it all: gift cards to local restaurants, hand-painted coffee mugs, photo books, wall calendars … I’d wager that half my parents’ home goods are emblazoned with my daughter’s sweet little face. And it’s really all they want, a lasting memento of their only granddaughter who they adore so mightily. With this pandemic year being a particularly rough one (we only got to see them once, to our dismay!), we wanted to do something different and extra-special. 

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The second I saw Fracture, a service that prints photos directly on glass and also specializes in photo walls, I knew I had my answer. My parents have been doing some cleaning around their house and refreshing their art, so I knew they’d welcome their very own photo wall full of our shared memories. I hopped on Fracture’s site and started building my wall right away. There are a handful of layouts (we chose the Frankie, $154 with discount code HEADSTART25 and free shipping over $100) that are all very simple to customize with a drag-and-drop functionality. You can crop your photos and add filters, as well as upgrade to a free non-glare matte finish, which has a nice, luxe quality. After adding the photos, you’re set to check out! All in all, the process took ten minutes.

Now through November 14, 2021, Fracture is running an incredible sale with the codes below:

  • 50% off $350+ (code: HEADSTART50)
  • 40% off $275+ (code: HEADSTART40)
  • 30% off $200+ (code: HEADSTART30)
  • 25% off sitewide (code: HEADSTART25)
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Our Fracture photo wall shipped within days, and arrived that very weekend — a huge plus for those who are worried about holiday shipping delays (read: all of us). The packaging was sturdy and safe, and even came with a template for easy, stress-free hanging, as well as screws for the wall. And the Frankie photo wall looked so elegant in my parents’ space. The durable, modern prints are neutral (no worrying about whether frames match their decor) and perfect in quality — crisp images with bright colors. (Now I’m eyeing them for my own home.)

My parents absolutely loved the gift — they can’t stop gushing over how fun it is to look over and see their favorite grandchild (their only grandchild) on their walls. They thanked us for making another home chore totally easy for them. If you have multiple sets of grandparents to shop for, you could even stack the purchases for extra savings up to 50% off. You can also send a gift card (also 25%; no code needed), for those who may prefer to design their own photo walls. It’s a surefire answer to an ongoing gifting dilemma! 

Get it here: Fracture Photo Walls, with codes above for extra savings

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