Homemade Gift Ideas for Grandpa

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Grandchildren can create their own gifts for their grandpa. Homemade gifts have a personal touch that's missing from store-bought gifts. Children's handmade gifts remind grandfathers of their grandchildren. When choosing what to make, let the children help decide. They know him as a grandfather, and they might have a different perspective than his own kids on what he would like.

Hand Prints

  • Use a child's hand prints to personalize a gift. Put hand prints on T-shirts, hats, towels, mugs, plates or other clothing and gift items. To put hand prints on cloth, use fabric paint. Wash the item before painting. White fabrics work best, but any color will do. Have one child put prints on the item, or include several grandchildren's prints. For example, have all the boys put their prints on a shirt. Write "Grandpa's Boys" on the shirt with a fabric marker or paint. Hand prints freeze that moment of time in the child's life, making it a good memento.

Grandpa and Me

  • Give a grandfather a memento from time spent with his grandchild. Take or find a picture of the duo together. If you frame the picture, have the child decorate the frame. Decorate by gluing on accents, painting or decoupaging paper.

    Decoupage works like glue and can be found at craft stores. Make your own decoupage by adding a quarter cup of water to one cup of glue. Spread the mixture over the frame's surface. Dip the paper--any type of paper, but tissue works best--in the mixture. Wipe off the excess decoupage with fingers and set it on the frame. Use a brush or sponge to flatten the paper. After it dries, add two more layers of decoupage; dry after each layer.

    Another option is to put it the image on an item. T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads and hats can all have images printed on them. Contact a photography shop or a store's photo department to find out prices and options.

Gift Basket

  • Grandchildren can make a gift basket catering to their grandfather's favorite hobby. Baskets work for any holiday or for retirement. Find out what the grandfather's favorite hobby is. Buy a basket or container to hold everything. For example, use a tackle box if his favorite leisure activity is fishing. Have children choose items to go into the basket. The grandchildren may come up with items an adult may not normally use in a themed basket. For example, a child may want to put in a jar of peanut butter because grandpa will need a snack while fishing. Have the grandchildren make a note to describe the gift. Add a personalized hat or shirt to complete the basket.

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