September 10th is Grandparents’ Day! {DIY Gift Ideas}

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It’s JUST around the corner! (And believe me, I only realized it when my son’s school sent out an email reminder just yesterday)- Grandparents Day! When many of our little ones have the honor to invite a VIP to their school, see their artwork, hand over a DIY card, and sing and dance for their very special Gramma, Glamma, Oma, Gramps, Big G, Pops, Opa, and many more nicknames!

While some grandparents live just a few blocks away or a short drive across town, others are a flight across the country or even half-way across the world. Either way, honoring the pair that had a large part in influencing who we are as people and parents through a hand-made gift from their grandchild will certainly give our special folks something to cherish and ooh and ahh about!

Here are a few of my favorite DIY projects for toddlers to preschool aged kids (with a little help from parents!).

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1. Gifts based on Hobbies:  Is Grandma’s garden her favorite thing to tend to besides all of her grandbabies? Does grandpa enjoy a few hours on the green every weekend? Try to think of what hobbies the Grands love the most (besides doting on their grandkids, of course!) and personalize an object or tool that they would use daily!

These two examples are super sweet— Decorated golf balls for Grandpa and a personalized watering can for Grandma!  

You can also put kiddo handprints on aprons for the chef in the family, make a handmade bookmark for the bookworms, personalize a canvas bag to hold knitting needles and yarn, and much more!

2. Gifts based on children’s art

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work:Create the perfect card to send or give on Grandparents Day by having your baby, toddler or preschooler get into some kid-safe paints and have a ball! Handprint art, footprint art, even just a few polkadots and stripes can bring a smile to every face.  Pinterest is your best friend here: feet have been made into butterflies, hands into the tops of flowers with stems added below them, you can even make multiple handprints to create a border and write a message from your child inside. 


So let the kids get messy on a rainy afternoon!

3. Gifts based on photos: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try your hand at some photo-based gifts? These might require a bit more legwork (choosing photos and printing to the correct size), but they’re definitely a personalized favorite.

—A quick and easy project is grabbing a small chalkboard, writing your “love” message (I <3 Grandpa and Grandma) and getting a quick phone pic of your cuties in the backyard holding up the sign. This can be printed, and given as a gift with a child-decorated frame!

—Here’s one that’s a bit more involved, but would be a cool project for a kindergarten or larger crowd: Hand made snow globes out of baby food jars (or other comparably small jars, jam, etc… if you don’t have a baby in the house anymore!)

—And if you’ve got a LOT, and I mean a whole garden-full of grandkids and easy access to individual pictures (maybe the school pictures from last spring) try making a centerpiece photo flower garden. 

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Let’s show our grandparents the love this September 10th!


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