What do your grandparents really want from you? Time and love! And you can share that with them even if you’re far away. The gifts you give them that they will cherish the most are the ones that are all about you and your family. We’ve got 3 DIY gift ideas to help you get started making new memories that can last for generations.

1) Miniature Felt Scrap Wreath

This craft is clever enough and quick enough for either you and any little ones you may have wandering around to make on a lovely winter afternoon. Just snip a few seasonally-colored squares, string them on a wire like beads, and create a little wreath (or, may we suggest tree or mantel swag?) for your beloved grandparents to hang. Better Homes and Gardens has the details.


You will need:

Colorful 100% wool sweaters or fabric (or felt) — Pointy scissors — A ruler
14” length of cloth-covered florist wire — Ribbon to hang

2) Family Caroling

From Deck the Halls to Baby, It’s Cold Outside… you’ll have a sleigh ride’s worth of fun gathering the family together for a cheerful holiday sing-along you can record. Those far and near are sure to enjoy it over and over again. For a bevy of caroling ideas — including song suggestions, winter refreshments, and decorating inspiration — visit DesignDazzle.com. Grandma and grandpa will smile across the miles.

family caroling

You will need:

A recording device (e.g., tablet, iPod, mobile phone, etc.)
Family (or friends) you all know and love
Music that celebrates the season — Holiday spirit — Joyful voices*

*Actual singing talent not required.
It’s the thought that counts!

3) Family Video

Not into singing? How about sharing your “everyday life” with the grandparents? You don’t need a service such as Skype to do it. Just grab a smartphone or tablet or digital camera and take them on a virtual tour of your home. Show off your holiday decorations. Let grandma see you and the kids making one of her classic recipes. Stop every now and then to “interview” a family member. Let your grandparents know what you’re up to during the holidays — with a message about events you’ve attended or that are coming up… and wish them season’s greetings with lots of love!


You will need:

A recording device (e.g., tablet, iPod, mobile phone, etc.)
Family members ready to “perform” on camera
An outline or script to speak from (optional)

What is your grandma or grandpa’s favorite way to spend the holidays? Let us know by commenting below, or share your story.


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