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Creative Ideas for Grandparent's Gifts

What do you do to thank those grandparent's who are so dear to your children?  You have to think outside of the box and be creative to produce something unique that they will cherish.   I have accumulated a number of creative ideas that I have shared below. 

Great Ideas for Grandparent's Gifts:

  • Create a reading basket:  Purchase a wicker basket and put in big bright letters GRANDPARENT'S READING BASKET on the outside. Select books and magazines that you know will be enjoyed.   Have your child/children write a simple message to the insider cover of one of the books and sign their name/date.  Place all of the books into the basket.  This will be a present that will be appreciated.
     
  • Grandma's sewing/knitting chest:  Purchase a wooden chest from the craft store.  Give your child/children a stack of  white paper cut in the shape of squares or circles  (cut the edges with pinking sheers to give it a creative look).  Let their creativity emerge -- have them draw a picture, write a poem, create a  message or print their name on the sheets of paper.  Glue all of the creations, along with some favorite pictures, to the chest and then use decoupage to cover the entire chest to seal it.   Add some thread, needles, scissors, buttons, yarn, material etc... to the inside.  Grandma will have a memorable storage chest for her sewing materials.
     
  • Create a night at the movies basket: Start with a plastic popcorn bowl and customize it using permanent markers or puffy paint.  Then fill the bowl with microwave popcorn, large candy bars, and a gift certificate to the local video rental store or movie theatre.
     
  • Create a photo of the month club book: This is terrific for out of town grandparents.  Create a scrap book using a photo album.  Decorate the front cover to say "Photo of the Month Book featuring "your child's name".  Each month, for the entire year, create a scrap book page including pictures of events that occurred that month.  Work with your children to decorate the page and then have your child mail it to their grandparents telling them to add it to their book.  Remember you are trying to let grandparents see what you child's life is like on a monthly basis.  Include sports photos, outings, events, musical concerts, first day of school, Halloween, swimming etc...  At the end of the year they will have a wonderful memory book.
     
  •  Create an art memory page: Have each child do a watercolor painting on card stock paper.  Have them add a wallet-sized photo of himself or herself to the middle of the painting and sign their name on the back.   Punch holes down the side or across the top of and thread with pretty ribbon. 
     
  • Create a flower kit:  Purchase a large PLASTIC flower pot at the local craft store.  Have the kids each print their name on the outside back portion of the pot with a permanent marker.  Make a color copy of a family picture and decoupage it on the front of the pot.  Fill the pot with potting soil, gardening gloves, a small trough, and most importantly packets of flower seeds.
     
  • Personalized Note Pads: This is a simple but useful present.  Have your child decorate the top of a piece of paper (the size you want your note pad to be) and then take it to a copy shop or printer to be made into notepads.
     

  • Fun Box:  This can be made into a “Trinket Box" for earrings and rings, or a "Desk Organizer" for paper clips and rubber bands.    You will need a small plastic case with compartments, Foam sticky letters spelling “GRANDMOM”, and decorations specific for your theme.  Decorate the top of the box, add the word Grandmom and fill with Grandmom’s special items.
     

  • Grandpop's Mini Travel Kit:  Purchase a sturdy, expandable plastic envelope from an office supply store.  Make sure it is small enough to fit into the glove compartment of your car.  Have the kids decorate the front.  Fill with on-the-road essentials: map, pen, sticky notes, gum, roll of quarters, package of tissues, package of hand wipes, hand sanitizer.

    NOTE: This can be altered to be used as a “first aid kit” simply filling with Tylenol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.. OR a “Travel toiletry kit” by adding a toothbrush, and travel size toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and conditioner.
  • Car Wash KitHave the kids decorate a bucket using permanent markers or non-washable paint. Place somewhere safe to dry.  Once the work of art is dry have them fill it with everything grandpop needs to wash his car.  Examples include sponges, paper towels, cleaning products and an IOU to wash his car for him.
     

  • Create a Dedication Tape:  Pull out your camcorder and create a tape for the grandparents!!  Be sure to get everyone involved; in front of and behind the camera.   You will need to be creative with this one. Take one child at a time have them state their name and age and then ask them questions as you film.  You may need to adjust your questions based on the age of your kids. 

    Examples:
    What is you favorite thing to do with grandmom/grandpop?
    Where is your favorite place to go with grandmom/grandpop?
    What is the funniest thing that grandmom/grandpop ever did?
    What is something that grandmom/grandpop  has taught you to do?
    What do you love about your grandmom/grandpop?
    What is your favorite food that grandmom/grandpop makes?

    You may want to have the kids make something for them as well and present it to them on film.  They could explain what they made, how they made it and why it is special.

    The kids can put on a show or sing a song to add to the film.

    When your filming project is complete you are guaranteed to leave them with a smile and the kids will have a blast making it.