Easy Homemade Gifts for Grandparents

It is often difficult to buy gifts for grandparents because they have collected a lifetime of gifts. For children, handmade gifts are an inexpensive and creative solution to this problem. Children can personalise gifts with their handprints, name and memories to make a unique gift that grandparents will cherish.

Holiday Ornaments

Homemade ornaments are small gifts that do not take up a lot of room. To make an ornament, create an approximately 3 inch by 5 inch picture frame using craft foam, a cookie cutter or wooden craft sticks and cut a photo to fit in the frame. A frame can be in any shape as long as there is a hole for the picture to show through. Use a hot glue gun to secure the photo to the frame. Hot glue a ribbon loop to the top of the frame to make an ornament to put on a Christmas tree.

Best Grandma and Grandpa T-shirts

Purchase a plain-coloured T-shirt and decorate it with a phrase such as "World's Best Grandma" or "Number One Grandpa." The shirt can be decorated using fabric markers and puffy paint or by creating a picture on the computer using an image design program and printing it on iron-on transfer paper. Personalise the shirt by adding the grandchildren's names.

Personalised Photo Frame

Purchase an inexpensive 4 inch by 6 inch photo frame. Using craft paint, decorate the frame with the grandchild's name or a special message. Place a photograph of the grandchild and grandparent in the frame.

Handwritten Letter

Instead of making a traditional gift, write the grandparent a letter about how special he is. Include memories of special events and lessons learnt. Even younger children who are just learning to write can create a simple letter to say "I love you."

Memory Jar

Grandparents are often associated with a lot of fun memories. Create a jar of those memories to help grandparents revisit special moments. In a clean glass jar, place slips of paper with the memories on them. Try to include at least one memory for every day of the month or, if ambitious, every day of the year. Decorate the jar with a ribbon and gift tag with a note about the jar's contents.

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Stacy Zeiger began writing in 2000 for "Suburban News Publication" in Ohio and has expanded to teaching writing as an eighth grade English teacher. Zeiger completed creative writing course work at Miami University and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Ohio State.