Unique Handmade Gift Ideas for Grandparents

How to Make Special Christmas Presents for Grandparents

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Boy hiding gift for grandfather. Getty/E+/SeanShot

Baby's first Christmas is a once-in-lifetime occasion. Get into the holiday spirit by creating unique handmade gifts for baby to give to their grandparents. A handmade, one-of-a-kind gift is sure to be appreciated much more than any old trinket you could pick up from the local mall.

These five homemade grandparent gift ideas are all relatively easy to make using basic craft supplies. Most are fairly inexpensive, although you can cut costs even further by shopping for materials at a dollar store or buying supplies in bulk and saving the leftovers for another crafting occasion.

Decorated Candy Jar:

Food is always a great fit. An edible gift is popular for Christmas because the recipient will actually use it instead of letting it take up space in their home. Sweet treats will also save grandparents from spending hours in the kitchen trying to satisfy their sugar cravings.

Presentation is key when you're giving sweets for Christmas. Decorate a mason jar with decoupage scrapbook paper, a photo of your baby or glass paint, and fill it with homemade caramel corn, party mix, chocolates or other Christmas treats. Alternatively, you could wrap the container in a drawing that your child created and use letter stickers or rubber stamps to spell out a holiday greeting of your choice.

Customized Day Planner:

Create a customized day planner for baby's grandparents with a three ring binder that allows you to design your own cover. Both a half inch or 1-inch binder are sufficient.

Once you've designed a customized cover for the planner, fill the binder with weekly calendar sheets printed on paper in the color of your choice. You could even design monthly divider pages using copies of your favorite digital scrapbook layouts or special grandparent quotes.

Painted T-Shirt or Tote Bag:

There's nothing cuter than baby's tiny hands and feet.

Make a fun keepsake gift by using fabric paint to decorate a T-shirt or tote bag with your baby's handprints or footprints. Add a saying like "My grandson walks all over me!" or "Word's Best Grandma, Hands Down!" when you are finished.

If you aren't proud of your freehand abilities, purchase iron-on letters to give the gift a more professional appearance. You could also use iron-on transfer sheets with a printer to incorporate text as well as photos or clip art into your or tote bag design.

Photo Jewelry:

There are a number of websites where you can order customized jewelry featuring your favorite baby pictures, but many of these services are expensive. If you're looking for something more affordable, try making your own photo jewelry using blank bezel pendants from a craft store. Follow the directions outlined in this Custom Photo Jewelry slideshow.

If grandma doesn't wear jewelry, you could use the same technique to create photo magnets for the refrigerator. Instead of attaching your pendant to a chain, just adhere a magnet to the back of the frame.

Photo Wall Art:

Grandparents love to display framed photos of grandchildren, but sometimes it's nice to have an image that's a bit more unique than your typical snapshot.

For an unexpected grandparent gift, turn your favorite baby picture into pop art using the instructions in our this Andy Warhol-inspired art slideshow. You could also Turn Photos Into Coloring Pages and frame the resulting image.

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