Twinkle lights adorn houses, Christmas music plays across airwaves, and stores are packed with holiday shoppers. But you don’t have to brave crowded shopping malls to give thoughtful gifts this year. So, we compiled a list of holiday gifts grandparents and grandchildren can make together at home. Making gifts together is a way to spend quality time with the grandkids. Handmade gifts are so much more meaningful and the grandchildren will appreciate those special items they created for their loved ones.
What can I make my adult kids for Christmas?
It seems as though it gets harder and harder to find the right gifts for adults. Grown-ups are looking for ways to declutter. They want things that are useful, meaningful, or consumable. When grandparents and grandkids collaborate on a hand-made gift, it is so much more meaningful than something from a store. For example, you could work together to knit a winter scarf or hat. An album or framed photo makes a meaningful gift. And everyone loves sweet treats like cookies.
3 Holiday Gifts a Senior Citizen Can Make
1. Matching Hat and Scarf
Knitting is an enjoyable hobby. It can benefit mental health and fine motor skills. Also, teaching your grandchildren how to knit gives them a wonderful skill as well as spending quality time together. This matching hat and scarf pattern is a quick and easy project that produces a beautiful set. The grandparent can knit one item while the grandchild knits the other. This will make a useful gift that will be treasured for years to come. Download the free pattern from yarnspirations.
You will need:
- 3 skeins of medium weight yarn
- 2 sets of US 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles
2. Pull-up Photo Box
With this easy DIY gift, you can transform a collection of photos into a treasure box of memories. Open the box, lift a ribbon, and a trail of pictures will unfold. You can leave the box plain for simplicity or monogram the top for added personalization.
You will need:
- Card stock
- Squared photos
- A lidded wood box
Optional (for monogrammed box)
- Wood stain
- Monogram stencil
- Protective finish coat
3. Sweet Treats Box
Homemade cookies always make a thoughtful holiday gift. And how much more meaningful would it be to deliver them in a hand-made box. Once you’ve made the box, you can fill it with cookies, candy, cupcakes, or any of the holiday gifts grandparents and grandchildren can make together. Watch how it’s made.
You will need:
- Large square scrapbook paper
- Homemade treats
Give the Gift of In-home Care
People enjoy handmade holiday gifts because they come from the heart. But, a gift you can give your Senior loved one is in-home care. We offer flexible in-home care in every season. Our Certified Homemaker-Home Health Aides (CHHHAs) are here to help with cooking, grooming, shopping, and so much more. So, give us a call at 908-788-9390.