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12 Best Gift Ideas to Make for Grandparents


What to make for grandparents this year for Christmas presents is no longer the question! Here are the best gift ideas to make for your grandparents!  These home made gifts are perfect for grandma and grandpa and include pictured tutorials for mugs, a family tree tray, candy jars, bracelets, footprint stool, handprint art and fridge magnets.

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for Homemade Gifts for grandparents so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Best Gift Ideas

grandparent gift ideas

1.  Grandparent Mugs ~ Your child’s handwriting plus a mug equals the cutest grandparent mug in existence!  Get some ceramic paint pens and mugs and let your kiddo’s draw their picasso’s.

grandparent gift plate

2.  Family Tree on a Tray {Gift}This is such a fabulous gift idea, mom or grandma will love this one! Using an old tray, a silhouette or cricut to cut out the tree pieces and mod podge you will create a thoughtful gift sure to make grandparent’s day!

candle stick candy jars for grandparents

3.  DIY Candlestick Candy Jars ~ Who remembers going to grandma and grandpa’s house and always having candy available?  Make these adorable candy jars and fill them with candy for a ready made treat for your children when they visit.  Or, have your children fill the jar with fun little notes or anecdotes.

grandparent gift bracelet

4.  Shrinky Dink Bracelet {DIY Jewelry}Make you own darling DIY jewelry for yourself or to give as a gift with this free set of 34 vintage ephemera images. Or, use photographs of your children/grandchildren to make this a wonderful personalized gift for parents or grandparents.

photo pendant for grandparents
5.  Photo Pendant {tutorial} – Aren’t these personalized photo pendants adorable?!  They are so simple to make too!  Only minimal supplies are needed.  {Hooray}  Add a family photo or a photo of your children.   They are guaranteed to be worn with great pride!

best gift ideas for grandparents
6.  DIY Wooden Photo Tiles ~ These wooden photo tiles can be made in any size and would be a terrific gift for the grandparents.  Display them on a tray or in a decorative bowl for some sweet, personalized home decor.

foot stool diy

7.  Footprint Stool Makeover {tutorial} ~ This is such a fun keepsake for grandparents.  They can treasure those tiny footprints forever.  All you need is an old stool, mod podge, spray paint and some cute little feet.

What to Make for Grandparents

diy frames for grandparent gift

8.  DIY Magnetic Fridge FramesUsing a template traced onto foam board, you can cut out these chic frames and attach any scrapbook paper to match your kitchen decor.  Great for the grandparents to display kids’ artwork.

mini polaroids for grandparents

9.  Mini Polaroid Magnets {printable} ~ These tiny polaroid templates are about the size of a scrabble tile, but the cute-factor is huge!  Download the template and print out your photos for some seriously custom fridge magnets.  Grandparents would LOVE these…

 Handprint christmas tree
10.  Handprint Christmas Tree ~ Your kids will LOVE this fun project for grandma and grandpa.  They get to paint their hands and get messy!  It’s a wonderful keepsake to treasure year after year.

silhouette pillow DIY
11.  Silhouette Handprint Holiday Pillow ~ You don’t have to have a craft machine for this vinyl project.  {wink}  Trace your children’s hands on heat transfer vinyl and iron them onto a store bought pillow.  If you are extra crafty you can make your own pillow.

liquid soap with artwork for grandparents

12.  Liquid Soap with Kid’s Artwork {tutorial}Check out this fun and easy gift idea, especially perfect for teacher or grandparents.  You can get this particular soap at your local Target, and follow the easy tutorial for adding your child’s own artwork for a fabulous custom gift.

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  1. This is an awesome list of DIY gifts. I love the foot print stepping stool. The mugs are awesome too. My mom is VERY practical and probably would put our hand print art creations in the garage or something lol.

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