Cookies. Family Tree. Holiday Letters. Homemade Gifts for Grandma.

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Here are six easy-to-make homemade gifts for Grandma.

No-bake Cookies

Children can easily make cookies for Grandma, even if they’re not old enough to cook. This is also a good project for older brothers and sisters to help the younger ones make a homemade gift for Grandma.

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 cup dry milk powder

½ cup honey

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Mix together well.
  • Spoon out a teaspoon of mixture and roll into a ball. Put balls on cookie sheet.
  • Put balls in refrigerator for one hour, until ready to package.
  • Variation: Roll finished balls in cocoa powder, coconut, ground nuts, colored sugar or sprinkles.
  • Packaging: Place each ball in a miniature paper baking cup and fill cookie tin with them.
  • Put a sheet of waxed paper between layers in the tin.

Click here for the original recipe.

Illustrated Food Tour

  • Cut out pictures from magazines of foods you remember your Grandma making for you.
  • Glue the pictures on sheets of paper. Describe what you remember about the food, when you had it, where, why it is a favorite, with one food on each sheet of paper.
  • Then, do the same for favorite foods Mom or Dad make.
  • Assemble all the pages by stapling one edge or punching holes in one edge and tying the sheets together with ribbon.
  • After Grandma reads the book, ask her if any of the favorite foods your Mom or Dad make were ones she taught them how to make.

Interview Grandma

  • Schedule a time to interview Grandma.
  • Draw up a list of interview questions.
  • Sample questions might include:
  • Where were you born? What year?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • How many brothers and sisters do you have?
  • Did you know your grandparents?
  • How many places have you lived?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • What was your favorite thing to do growing up?
  • What was your first job? How did you get it?
  • What are you proudest of?
  • What do you wish you’d known when you were my age?
  • If you were me, what would be the most important thing you would want me to know?

Write up the results of the interview and give Grandma a copy.

Variation: Record the interview, either on audio or video.

Variation: Interview all your grandparents and give each a copy of all the interviews.

Fill In a Family Tree Together

Print out a family tree chart. Fill in as much as you can and ask your Grandma to fill in as much as she can.

Variation: Give her a medical family tree chart, ask her to fill in what she knows for conditions that may be passed down in families.

Resources:

  • Click here for a free, interactive family tree template.
  • Click here for free three-generation printable family tree charts

Generational Story Book

Interview your parents about stories from their childhood. Write them down or record them for Grandma. Ask Grandma the same questions and tell her what your parents said to see if they have different memories.

Questions to get started:

  • What traditions do you remember around celebrating Christmas?
  • What favorite thing do you remember doing with your grandparents? With your parents when you were growing up?
  • What was your favorite holiday and why?
  • Do you still have any toys that you had as a child?
  • What do you remember about the first time you moved?
  • Did you get an allowance?
  • What was your first job?
  • What was your favorite gift from your parents?
  • What was the best advice your parents ever gave you?

Remembering Grandma All Year Long

Write 12 letters, one for each month in the upcoming year, with your memories around holidays in that month and your parents’ memories. Send them to her once a month for the upcoming year and ask about her memories of those holidays.

Do you remember making gifts for your parents or grandparents when you were young? What was your favorite?

What was their favorite?

Do you know if they still have any of them?

To you and teaching your children and grandchildren the joy of the season by giving.

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Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

For a unique gift, give Grandma a book of articles about how to be a good Mom or Grandma, advice from other Moms and grandmas.

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