The holidays are right around the corner, so now’s the time to make that list and check it twice! It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of shopping for the children in your life, but don’t forget that grandparents deserve a little something special, too. Grandparents are usually busy spoiling your kids during the year, but December is the ideal time to turn the tables and show them some love.
Idea 1 – DIY Ornaments
There’s nothing like a craft project to get kids into the spirit of giving during the holiday season, and grandparents will be especially grateful to have something made by little hands. Clear glass ornaments allow your child to put a new spin on a classic Christmas tree staple. Try filling them with confetti, snippets of curled ribbon or even feathers and pine branches for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. These balls can also be painted inside and out, so let your little artists’ imagination run wild!
Idea 2 – Personalized Gifts
Grandparents like nothing better than to show off cute photos of their grandkids, but you can do better than handing them a stack of snapshots. Up your game with a portable brag book of the year’s best pictures, or create a hardcover book that tells the story of your family — complete with some artwork by your children. For a stocking stuffer, try a set of photo magnets they can use to hang those greeting cards and school essays on the fridge.
Idea 3 – Sweet Treats
If the grandparents in your life are downsizing or are running out of room for keepsakes, consider a homemade gift that can be consumed. Cookies are a classic choice, but if your kids are too young to use the stove, you can make chocolate-dipped pretzel rods instead. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and have kids dip one half of the pretzel to coat. Then they can sprinkle on chopped nuts, coconut or candy sprinkles for a festive treat. Cool on wax paper and package in a cute bag for giving away.
Idea 4 – An Original Performance
If you’re lucky enough to live close to extended family, encourage your child to give the gift of their talents by putting on a short show. They could sing a holiday song, play an instrument, do a dance or recite a poem. If you have lots of cousins, try putting on an original play or Christmas pageant. This has the potential to become a wonderful family tradition. If relatives are spread out, try making a video to share so they don’t miss out on all the talent your family has to offer.
The most meaningful present for most grandparents is one that comes straight from the heart, so be sure to get your child involved in the planning of whatever gift you finally choose. It doesn’t have to be perfect to make a great impression, so relax and let your kids have fun as they make, buy and wrap a present they can be proud of.