Great Holiday Gifts to Make for Grandparents

By | December 1, 2013

 “Mommy on a Shoestring”

 Ask any grandparent and they’ll tell you, the best holiday gifts are those that are made by hand and if the gifts include fun games the whole family can play, even better. Here are my favorites:

Block Photo Puzzle

Not only does this 6-sided photo puzzle provide hours of family fun, but it’s also a great way to reuse favorite family photos.

You will need:

9 – Wooden blocks (I recommend using either old alphabet blocks or a wooden block puzzle)

6 – 8 x 10 Photograph prints (colored copies work equally as well)


Scissors or X-Acto knife

Mod Podge and paintbrush


  • Arrange blocks in a square and measure the length and width of the square.
  • Measure and cut print to the exact same size as the 9-block square.
  • Arrange blocks in a square on top of the print. Position blocks so they’re lined up neatly and as close together as possible.
  • Trace the outline of each block onto the print and carefully cut out using scissors or an X-Acto knife.
  • Use a small paintbrush and Mod Podge to adhere the print pieces to the blocks.
  • Wait several hours until the glue is completely dry and then seal with a final layer of Mod Podge.
  • Repeat this process until your have covered all 6 sides of the blocks with different photographs.

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Story Stones

Give your kids a chance to spin a yarn or two with their grandparents with batch of story stones.

You will need:

Flat stones

Pictures (hand drawn or use clip art).

Mod Podge and paintbrush


  • Create characters, places and things with drawings or clip art.  Make sure each picture is about the same size (or smaller) than the stones.
  • Glue pictures to stones with Mod Podge.  Be sure to add a top layer of Mod Podge to seal the picture and prevent it from tearing.
  • Arrange stones in a cute bowl or pouch for gifting.
  • To play: Players take turns choosing different stones to help guide them as they tell a story.

Family Memory

This card game is a great gift for grandparents who are sure to enjoy seeing their family faces as they uncover each card.  Another bonus is that there is always room to “grow” the deck.

Materials Needed:

Family photos (2 sets of each photo, colored copied)

  • Double stick tape, or a glue stick
  • Index cards
  • Scissors
  • Your child’s artwork or cute clip art (to decorate back of card)


  • Tape photos to index cards
  • Decorate the back of each cards with cute clip art or have your kids draw a picture which you can color copy and attach to the back of each cards. (Note: you want the back of each card to look exactly the same.
  • The cards are now ready for play! Place the cards face down on a flat surface and players take turns trying to finding matching pairs.

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