Every year, our church hosts a children’s gift-making workshop. It is one of my favorite Christmas season events. The children go around to different stations and choose what they’d like to create for family members, coaches, and teachers. This year, we missed it for the first time. This has forced us to be inventive on our own – a challenge for any time of the year, but a special challenge at this time, when life can be busy and inventiveness drops away. Here are some of our ideas for a host of wonderful, child-made gifts that grandparents will truly enjoy.
1. Finger Knitting
If you have a child who loves crafts, this is a skill that is addictive! Finger knitting involves winding yarn around your fingers and using them as a loom or needles. Check out this post, which shows you how to knit individual ropes and attach them together to create a full width scarf.
My mother-in-law loves having crocuses in January, so a December-blooming bulb is definitely her thing. Paperwhites or narcissus are ideal for this task. Visit our Christmas house plants post to see how to get your bulbs blooming!
3. Art Stones for the Garden
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. The winter months can be long for gardeners. Using smooth river rocks or white or grey rocks from the craft store, create a name and decoration on each one with a permanent marker. Place them in a bag as unique art stones and row markers for the garden.
4. Decorated Bag
We all need bags for the grocery store. While I’m not a fan of accumulating stuff just for the sake of it, our bags are probably one of the most-used items in our house. Children can decorate a blank bag with hand prints or fabric markers, making a unique carryall for their grandparents.
5. Recording of Songs
For those grandparents who are farther away, why not record the songs that your children like to sing and send them on a CD as MP3 files? This gives grandparents something to listen to for many years, even when your children have grown up.
6. Book of Drawings
An invented story and a book of drawings go over well with grandparents, and we’ve given them to younger relatives as well. It’s fun to see how my daughter’s storytelling techniques have changed over the years. If you’d like to give these to multiple relatives, go for a book-printing service through an online book or photo store. A single relative can receive a handmade book.
7. Homemade Letter Paper
Whether your grandparents are in the same city or far away, I’ll bet that they’d be delighted to send a letter to their grandchildren, especially if they get letters back. Using white paper and stamps, decorate paper with “letterhead” and box it up with a ribbon. Save the same paper for your children so that they can write back to their grandparents.
8. Personalized Crossword Puzzles
Do your children have grandparents who love to do crosswords? There are many web sites that allow you to easily craft your own crosswords. Older grandchildren will have a great time brainstorming crosswords that fit in with their grandparents’ favorite themes. Bundle them together in a duotang and create a personal crossword puzzle book.
9. Mix of a Family Recipe
This is one that we’re creating this year. I have copies of my husband’s family recipes and my own. We made a layered dry mix of a family recipe in a mason jar and labelled it. My daughter will make this recipe with her grandma in the new year. Thanks to Shalom Mama for these simple ideas for mason jar recipes.
10. Box of Grandparent Dates
If you’re lucky enough to have grandparents who live in the area, take a small box and fill it with slips of paper that have statements of simple, inexpensive things that your children would like to do with their grandparents. In the new year, help them get together and do a few of them!
What are you creating for Christmas this year?