When it's time to choose Christmas gifts for the grandparents, skip the stores. A gift that is homemade lends a personal touch and becomes treasured for its sentimental value. A gift that is made by the hands of the grandkids is also guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind, which renders its value priceless. Best of all, homemade gifts from grandchildren to grandparents can be handed back down to the original creator as keepsake items that forever carry the memory of the happiness they brought to Grandma and Grandpa.
Home Baked Cookies
Baking cookies is a holiday tradition for many families. If your children's grandparents have passed down a Christmas cookie recipe to you, help your children bake a special batch for them. Have the kids decorate a cookie tin or gift box. Place the cookie inside along with a note that reads, "Grandma's favourite cookies, baked by her favourite sweeties."
If you don't have a traditional recipe to use, choose any cookie to start a new tradition of home baked gifts for Grandma and Grandpa.
Have the kids decorate a photo frame with various craft supplies, such as paint, glitter, beads and stencils. Place a photo of your children with their grandparents inside the frame. To give a collection of photos, have your children create a homemade scrapbook with construction paper, glue and embellishments found in the craft store. Help the kids glue the photos onto the pages and staple the book. Ask them to write something on each page about why the photo is special.
Pottery pieces painted by your child make lovely Christmas gifts. Holiday themed items, such as teapots, serving trays and cookie jars, can be found unfinished and ready to paint in craft stores, online or at ceramics studios. For a personalised gift, have them paint their grandparents' names on coffee mugs in Christmas colours or even draw a holiday scene that features the family on a dinner plate. Have the pieces professionally coated and fired to make them food safe or give the gifts as decoration pieces only.
Personalised Fabric Gifts
Fabric markers and fabric paints make it easy to customise most materials. Write a message on a canvas baseball cap for Grandpa or paint the kids' handprints on a T-shirt for Grandma. Whether you want to use stencils to paint some of your grandparents' favourite images or have the kids create freehand designs, some items that can be personalised with these methods include apparel, blankets, pillowcases, tablecloths, towels, canvas tote bags, neck ties and kitchen aprons.
Hand Decorated Storage Box
Whatever gifts your children give to their grandparents, create a keepsake box to hold them. Begin with a sturdy box that once emptied, can be reused to store items around the home. Have your children paint the box with craft paint. Allow the paint to dry and let them decorate the box with photos, written messages and accessories, such as stickers and ribbon. Assist young children with the glue gun and apply a coat of craft sealer when the decorations are complete.
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