My parents are insanely generous and as wonderful as it is to be on the recieving end – it’s sometimes hard as well. With my husband going back to school, our economic situation doesn’t really allow for us to give them big presents – but I try to find other ways to express our appreciation of them and all they do for us.
This year I made an advent calendar from Dianna to them.
Advent is derived from latin, and means “coming” or ” to come” and is the season that leads up to both the Pagan tradition of celebrating the return of the Sun; and the Christian tradition of celebrating the birth of God’s son, Jesus. The 1. advent falls on the 4th sunday before the winter solstice.
My mom made an extremely over-the-top giftcalendar for Dianna both last year AND this year and I wanted to let them know that we really appreciate it. She put loads of my favorite clothing brand (Molo!!!!) for Dianna and toys for her in there – stuff she knows we could never afford to buy for her.
The last month or so, I have been pinning like crazy on Pinterest for presents for grandparents, so if you’re searching for inspiration, try to have a look at my board here…
However all my pinning ended with this result:
They always buy these for their grandchildren but NEVER indulge themselves, so we bought them their favorite advent calendar with sweets.
My dad had a real sweet-tooth and always has some candy lying around – so we took a glas jar with a porcelain lid and wrote “Grandpa’s candy” on it. Sadly I forgot to take a picture of ours – but the inspiration came from this picture…
My mother tho – loves her wine and so I bought her favorite kind and switched out the label with my own.
My father collects T-shirts – every concert or place he’s been, he’s always sure to buy the T-shirt, and so I thought I would make him his very own Grandpa’s T-shirt. We ordered it from Vistaprint and put this wonderful picture of my dad with his two grandchildren on it.
I knew my mother wanted a hand or footprint for her wall (she has a wall full of family memrobilia), so we made this artwork for her.
This time it was my fathers turn to have something to hang in his home office
I made a calendar with home pictures of my niece Annabella her first year and my mother loved that – so I thought I would do it again, but this time with Diannas pictures. Again I ordered it at Vistaprint, (who at the moment have 50% on their calendars by the way!)
I thought it was such a great gift, I ordered 4, so both great grandmothers could get one as a christmas present and my sister, Diannas godmother as well. It’s such a lovely gift and a great way to have nice personal pictures on the wall, that can still serve a purpose too.
The advent calendar was a BiG hit – and it just goes to show; you don’t need to spend a lot of money, it’s the thought that counts!
What are your favorite kid-made grandparent gifts??