I recently received a request for ideas of little gifts that grandmas can take when they visit their grandchildren. The message didn’t mention what age the grandchildren were or if they were boys or girls. So, I’m going to give suggestions of things that you can take for young grandchildren and older ones and ideas of things for boys and for girls.
Before I give my ideas, I thought that I would mention that when my mother-in-law visited, she always brought a stick of sugar free gum for the kids. Just one stick. She lived fairly close and we would see her several times a month. If you are in this situation (and also have many grandchildren), giving a little gift can get expensive. I think that’s why my mother-in-law gave just one stick of gum. It was inexpensive plus really easy to take along when she came over. And the grandchildren loved it. (It was also something she could easily put in a letter as she wrote to her grandchildren who lived far away.)
Ideas for little granddaughters:
• Little anklet socks (that you’ve added lace, ribbons, bows, or buttons to)
• Coloring books, crayons and markers
• Books (and maybe a simple bag for your granddaughter to put her books in)
• Holiday knick knacks from the dollar store
• A pencil with a fun design on it or a pen with colored ink (like orange or green or gold or silver) and colored paper to write on
Ideas for little grandsons:
• Matchbox cars
• Something from the Oriental Trading company — a sticky hand, glow in the dark bouncing balls, gliders, camouflaged dog tags, or glow in the dark slime (some of these things could be found at a dollar store, too)
Some of these things from the Oriental Trading Company come in a bag of a dozen (or more). This could be far more than you need for your grandchildren. So, maybe you could share with some of your friends who are also grandmothers. You can each get two or three different bags of things and then split them up among yourselves and viola! You have a variety of things to give your grandsons without having lots of leftovers.
Another idea is to take some craft items of things that you could make together. Not only are you giving a gift, you’ll be giving a gift of yourself, your time, and your attention as you make the craft together.
I’ve always liked Sculpy Clay. It fosters creativity and is lots of fun to use. You might want to poke around the site for fun ideas.
One idea I saw a while ago (and can’t find it now . . . rats!) was a set of utensils with red and white Sculpy clay wrapped around the handles to make them look like a candy cane. A personalized set of utensils for your grandchild. Fun!
Ideas on the Sculpy site that would be of interest to boys:
• A monitor lizard (which could also be made into a book bag buddy or zipper pull or magnet)
• Skinny the Skunk bookmark buddy
• Easter/spring ideas such as Easter Egg erasers, bunny pencil holder)
Another idea for older grandchildren is to take a recipe on a fancy recipe card in addition to a recipe file box. This can be the beginning of a collection of family recipes. Or, you could print a couple of recipes on fun paper, put the paper in a plastic sheet protector, and then in a binder. Each time you visit you could take a new sheet of recipes for the binder. You could also take the ingredients to make the recipe and have some fun in the kitchen with your grandchild.
I stumbled upon a craft site that has lots of ideas of craft projects. Here are a few of the ideas:
• Wish bracelet out of hemp and seed beads
• Butterfly bead bookmark
• Peppermint candy spoons
• Paper envelopes
• Soap and candle making projects
• Bead and ribbon bookmarks
If you have ideas of other small gifts you can take your grandchildren, please post a comment and share your ideas.