Warning: If you are a grandparent of my children, you should stop reading this now! (Sorry!)
As the holiday season is upon us, I thought I’d share some of my favorite gift ideas for grandparents (or really anyone else who loves your kids!). I know I’m always on the lookout for gift ideas for the people in my life who are hardest for which to buy. Specifically, my father-in-law is notoriously hard to buy for, and his birthday is Christmas Eve, so it’s a double whammy!. My in-laws are wonderful people who are so generous and so caring…and so impossible to shop for.
Here are some ideas that I’ve gathered:
- An Artkive Book or item. This App will help you create a book of your kids’ art work or a specific item like a blanket or pillow. Great quality & very easy to use-I recommend this to everyone.
- A gift basket of their favorite junk foods-healthified. We did this for Pop Pop’s birthday present this year and the kids had a great time picking out all natural soda, organic popcorn, quinoa chips, dried fruit, and a “manly bin” to put it in.
- Photo cell phone cover (because what grandparent doesn’t love pictures of their grandkids?) We got ours from Shutterfly.
- Grandparent family tree. (I bought this for my parents from this Etsy
- Framed photo with text overlay. Did this for Matt on his birthday one year and had Jackson answer questions about Daddy (here’s how to do it)
- Homemade crayon-drawn kitchen towel. (I first saw this a few years ago here. See directions are below)
My kids made the last gift for my mom (Nana) last Mother’s Day, and it was a big hit & was so simple to make. Supplies for crayon kitchen towel:
- Gritty Sandpaper (We used 250 because that’s what I had on hand)
- Plain white kitchen towel. (I used Flour sack towels from Target because they were cheap and they worked perfectly)
The steps are easy. Have the kids draw (press hard!) with crayons on the rough side of sandpaper. Place the sandpaper crayon side down on the towel, and iron over the sand paper using a cotton setting. Like magic the crayon image will transfer onto the towel! Just remember to write any words as a mirror image or they will come out backwards…not the I know from experience (see image for evidence).
You can wash your towels and they won’t really fade (at least mine have not)
I highly recommend wrapping gifts in some homemade wrapping paper. Just grab one of those butcher paper rolls (we got ours at Ikea, but it’s just like the one that comes with the Melissa and Doug Easel). I actually have my children make the wrapping paper for all birthday parties, and it is always a big hit. Plus it keeps my kids busy and it is something they can do all by themselves.
I hope some of these suggestions give you good ideas for gift giving around the holidays or really any time of year 🙂