Homemade DIY gift ideas are some of the most meaningful gifts to give during the Christmas season. Learn how you can make 5 DIY Christmas gifts for Grandparents with very little experience or time, that will be appreciated and loved!
Plus a bonus idea at the end, so keep reading!
Grandparents find a lot of joy in receiving homemade Christmas gifts. There’s just something about the thought behind it that is extra meaningful.
Knowing that someone took the time to craft and create a gift by hand speaks a lot to the receiver. One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the joy and excitement the children have as they plan and create gifts to give.
Why should you make DIY gifts for Grandparents?
Growing up, as a child, I really enjoyed making homemade gifts for my family, whether it was for a birthday, Christmas, or a random occasion. I just loved using my creative mind to work something together with my hands.
Whether you are gifting to a family member, co-worker or best friend, handmade gifts are a great idea!
I think my grandma would say that some of the best gifts she got were the homemade ones that we made her when we were younger. Some of her favortes that she talked about alot were the flannel nightgown and pillowcase set we made.
Holiday season excitement is festive, fun and unlike any other time of the year!
Get a head start on the Christmas gifts this year by starting on these DIY homemade Christmas gift ideas for the grandparents.
5 DIY Christmas gifts for Grandparents that you can make:
Making a homemade pillowcase doesn’t take much time. One of the great things about this project is that you can pick the fabric that you like.
I recommend going to JoAnn Fabrics for their Black Friday sale and meandering up and down the fabric isles looking for what catches your eye. The children will love the involvement and choosing the print of fabric they specifically like.
Black Friday fabric shopping was a much looked forward to event when I was growing up! I loved sewing and would sometimes even make nightgowns or patch work pillows for the grandmothers!
All you need is the fabric, a measuring tape and sewing machine.
What type of fabric is used for homemade pillowcases?
I recommend using 100% cotton or flannel.
- Your choice of fabric. (Cotton and flannel work best!)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Measuring tape
There are many tutorials you can find with various pillowcase styles of varying amounts of difficulty level. Here is a tutorial you can check out for instructions how to make your own pillowcase.
This is a great gift project that the children will love to participate in. Purchase a box of quart jars, baking supplies needed for the recipe and then assemble! Finish the gift with a cute little festive bow or ribbon.
Cookie mix ideas: Chocolate chip, White chocolate cranberry, M&M, and many more!
- Quart jars, lids and rings
- Baking supplies like flour, sugar, etc
- Decorative tags, ribbons or bows
Check out this post for a cookie mix recipe!
Homemade body products like Bath Salts and Sugar scrubs
Homemade body products are special and fun to create. They can be made plenty of time in advance and only require a few hours of your time on a snowy afternoon. There are many recipes online for homemade body products.
Make up a little gift basket full of spa items for the grandma’s. A washcloth, candle, some tea and the body products will be a perfect complete set for Grandma or any other lady!
Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
Cinnamon Sugar Foot Scrub:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vit E oil
1 tsp vanilla extract/flavoring
1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup oil such as avocado, jojoba, almond or olive
15-20 drops of favorite essential oils
Mix together well and store in an airtight container. Rub on the feet well and allow to sit for several minutes before washing off.
This will all depend on the exact item you are making and the product recipe.
- Any of the items listed above for that Sugar scrub recipe.
- Additional items will depend on the the recipe you are using, but could possible include: beeswax, epsom salts, essential oils, shea butter and more. (Like I said it all depends on the recipe you are using. I listed typical ingredients for other similar body products).
Grandparents love photo gifts, whether it is a custom mug, photo coasters, scrapbook, handprint apron or t-shrit, photo ornament etc. Photo projects are great gift ideas for grandparents or family members.
Homemade Christmas ornaments are a great way to incorporate the grandchildren and their milestones all into a gift. A yearly gift of this sort can be seen progressively through the years to watch the child’s growth. Cut out the child’s handprints.
- Glue stick or hot glue gun
- Card stock or construction paper
- Pencil to trace child’s hand print
- Hole punch and ribbon
Use your favorite family photos to create a handmade scrapbook. This is a great way to let the children use their creative skills and at the same time is the perfect way to preserve those great family photo memories. Grandparents love sitting and paging through the pictures of their family and all the fun memories. They will treasure the photo books for a very long time!
This craft idea will allow the children to use their imagination and creativity. Finding something that the children love is half the fun!
Check stores like Walmart, Hobby Lobby or a local craft store for some fun and simple craft supplies.
- scrapbook paper
- pens and markers
And for the bonus number 6 idea!!
Beeswax wraps are another great idea as a homemade gift for the holiday season. This one is more on the adult level since it involves stove top work and the oven. See the post here on why to make your own beeswax wraps and for more information including links to purchase supplies needed to make the wraps yourself.
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Enjoy this delicious spice cake recipe this holiday season! It is full of amazing molasses and spice smells of the Christmas season and will motivate you as as it bakes while you work on one of these projects!
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