As a longtime crafting enthusiast and a grandparent myself, I’ve always cherished the homemade gifts I’ve received from my grandchildren on Grandparents Day, which takes place every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Store-bought gifts can be wonderful, but nothing quite matches the sentimental value of something made by the little hands of our loved ones. In this spirit, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite homemade gift ideas for Grandparents Day – each one tested and loved in my own family.
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GRANDPARENTS DAY GIFT IDEAS
Hand Print Flower Pot
One of my personal favorites, and a hit with many of my fellow grandparent friends, is the Handprint Flower Pot. Simply find a plain terracotta pot, let your child dip their hand in safe, non-toxic paint, and have them leave their handprint on the pot. It’s not just a flower pot, it’s a timeless keepsake that captures a moment of their childhood.
Blowing Kisses Canvas
I’ve found the ‘Blowing Kisses Canvas’ to be a delightful gift for any occasion. I first created this with my granddaughter on a rainy afternoon, and it’s been a joy to repeat. Have your child apply a safe, non-toxic lipstick, and then ‘blow a kiss’ onto a plain canvas. Pair it with a lovely handwritten note, and it becomes a visual representation of your love for grandparents to cherish.
Grandparent’s Day Medals
Being a grandparent is an award-worthy job! So, why not acknowledge this with ‘Grandparent’s Day Medals’? They add a playful touch to the occasion and recognize the ‘World’s Best Grandparents.’
Heart Handprint Canvas
This heart handprint canvas is a beautiful, evolving piece of art that shows how the grandchildren how they’ve grown over the years.
10 Reasons Card
I cannot tell you how heartwarming it is to receive a ’10 Reasons Card’. Simply get your child to write down 10 reasons why they love their grandparents, each reason on their handprint.
The Thumbprint Charm is a unique idea that I discovered while exploring different craft techniques. What’s wonderful about this is that every thumbprint is unique – just like our grandchildren, making this a truly personal piece of jewelry.
Thumbprint charm (source: unknown)
Bookmarks / Appreciation Notes
My refrigerator is a gallery of magnets and we have a few of these thumbprint magnet masterpieces created by our grandkids. It’s a simple yet touching craft, with each child’s thumbprint imprinted on a small piece of clay.
With the Photoblock’ you simply take some of your favorite family photos, transfer them onto wooden blocks, and now, they serve as an artistic, rotating photo gallery on the coffee table, keeping precious memories always within sight.
Grandma’s Cookie Jar
Many of my warmest memories revolve around baking with my grandkids. To commemorate these moments, we came up with ‘Grandma’s Cookie Jar.’ A simple glass jar can be decorated with paint, or even better, with your grandchild’s artwork. Fill it with homemade cookies for a gift that delights the senses and brings back fond memories with every bite.
Mason Jar Frame Vase
I fell in love with the concept of the ‘Mason Jar Frame Vase’ when searching for craft ideas. A photo is fixed on a mason jar, and the jar serves as a vase for her favorite flowers. It’s a beautiful mix of memories and freshness that is sure to bright up your day.
Custom Golf Balls
If your grandparent is a golf enthusiast, ‘Custom Golf Balls’ is an absolute delight. All you need to do is spend an hour or so personalizing a set of golf balls with waterproof markers, doodling, and writing messages on them.
Custom Golf Balls (source: unknown)
Salt Dough Handprints & Footprints