As a grandparent, there’s nothing better than to see your grandchild all grown up and graduating from school. It’s a memorable time for the whole family. To celebrate this special occasion, try giving your grandchild a handmade graduation gift.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on graduation gifts. In fact, with a little creativity, you can make your grandchild the perfect gift. It can be functional, memorable and fit perfectly into his or her personality. Here are three easy, homemade, graduation gift ideas.
Gift #1: Memory or Career Charm Bracelet
Let her know how proud you are that she’s chosen a specific professional career to pursue. Give her a charm bracelet that has charms shaped as instruments, tools or other items that represent her future career. Is your graduate going to become a veterinarian, animal biologist or horticulturist? Place different animal and flower charms on the bracelet. Or place representations of tools on the bracelet as the instruments that the grandchild will use in her future profession, such as:
· Stethoscopes, microscopes or scalpels for the future doctor
· Textbooks, rulers, pens and desks for the future teacher
· Saws, hammers, drills and wrenches for a future carpenter
You can also decorate the bracelet with little memory charms that highlight your grandchildren’s accomplishments throughout her life. Attach award symbols if she won any special contests, sports charms for her outdoor activities or musical instruments if she was involved with band. Anything that was a happy memory for your granddaughter could be placed as a charm on the bracelet.
Gift #2: Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are popular with everyone, and you can place things in them your grandchildren will love. Make a “Grandmother’s Home Cooking” gift basket filled with homemade cookies, jelly preserves and slices of their favorite breads or cakes. Include a recipe book they can use to make their favorite foods so they can continue to have a taste of grandma’s delicious home cooking even when they’re away at college.
You can also make gift baskets based on their profession. Fill a gift basket with a toothbrush, toothpaste, drill and dental mirror for your grandchild if he or she plans to become a dentist. Or place a socket wrench, lube gun, oil pan and screwdriver in the basket if your graduate plans on becoming an auto mechanic.
Gift #3: Scrapbooks
When your grandchildren graduate, they will be leaving behind friends, people and town events they loved as they head off to college. Don’t let them forget home. Create scrapbooks with photos of favorite hang-out spots, best friends and family events they may miss out on while taking classes. Decorate the outside of scrapbooks with stickers and craft items of the old school and new college emblems, the studied profession and other things that symbolize the new life ahead.
Handcrafted Items Shows Them your Love
Grandchildren will love gifts you took time and effort to make. They’ll cherish the memories and be proud of their chosen profession. Your graduation craft gifts will be a part of their lives and hearts forever.
Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, recently helped create an auto mechanic’s graduation gift basket containing a torque wrench, grease gun, tire pressure gauge, and channel-lock pliers. And lots of duct tape. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.