Christmas presents are some times a difficult part of the holidays. Finding the perfect present for someone can be a struggle. However, the best Christmas gifts aren’t always found in a store or catalog. Gifts that are unique and heartfelt are much more important and meaningful to grandparents.
Photo Christmas Gifts
Today, just about anything can be used as a canvas for a special photo. Collect a few photos of the grandkids from the past year. Pictures of the kids and the grandparent(s) together will also work well. Check out a few of the photo websites on the Internet and decide what item would be most useful. Grandpa might have a closet full of ties, but not one with all of the grandkids smiling. T-shirts with pictures are great because grandparents can wear these around and show off those special grandchildren.
Christmas photo gifts don’t have to be ordered online. Many places around town such as Walmart and Walgreens can make Christmas photo books and calendars. Calendars make great presents because each month, a new photo is on display with personalized dates added to each month.
Be sure to plan ahead if choosing these types of gifts. If you order online, take production and shipping time into consideration. Some projects ordered in the store still have to be sent away and then returned to the store. It is never too early to begin preparing a photo gift. If a grandparent doesn’t live in town, this type of gift can be mailed directly to them or if ordered from a store, many times, the final product can be shipped to the closest store to the grandparent to be picked up.
Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas
Kids are the best resource for grandparents’ Christmas gifts. Even though grandma may have a drawer full of kitchen aprons, she may not have one with the kids’ handprints all over. Anything made or decorated by children adds a special touch to any gift. Don’t worry if things don’t come out perfect; in this situation, it is the thought that counts. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive.
It can be something small, like a Christmas card, made from construction paper with marker and crayons. For grandparents, it is the thought and the time that was taken that means more than anything with monetary value. Cards can be put up on the fridge with magnets for friends and family to see.
Michaels Arts and Craft Store offers numerous handmade gift ideas with a list of supplies and easy to follow directions online. Each project has a difficulty level to assist in matching the correct project to a child’s age and ability.
Making Memories Together
Time spent together is a wonderful gift to give anyone. Don’t just make a suggestion of something to do, make it important by laying out a plan and working out all of the details. Think about something that the grandparent or grandchild is interested in and find a way to put the two together for a morning, afternoon, or evening of fun. Purchase tickets for a special show or movie; make dinner reservations at a favorite restaurant or even plan for some playtime at the park much like the gifts listed above, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
To give this as a gift, let the kids decorate a coupon detailing the “gift” to their grandparent. It can be wrapped up and opened just like any other gift. Consider wrapping it with a disposable camera to record the time spent together.
When it comes to a gift for grandparent this holiday season, look at making things special this year with photo gifts, handmade gifts, and even the gift of time spent together.