"T'was the night before Christmas and all through the town, we were shopping for Grandma with naught to be found."
Shopping for your Grandparents, or Great Grands does not need to cause extra stress this Christmas. Hopefully they have been working on downsizing and getting rid of the extra “stuff”. The last thing you want to do is to add to the pile. Below are recommendations for gifts to give the beloved seniors on your Christmas list.
Homemade Cookies – nothing brings a smile like homemade desserts. Here is a favorite Christmas cookie recipe by Vera with @OMGchocolatedesserts. The cookie has rave reviews from Vera’s followers, calling them their favorite Christmas Cookie. Wrap in a festive box or cellophane with a beautiful bow as the final touch to your yummy gift.
You can find the recipe at Maraschino Cherry Shortbread Cookie | An Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe (omgchocolatedesserts.com)
Homemade Scented Soaps – This candy cane soap smells as nice as it looks! Layers of pink and white glycerin soap come together with crushed candy canes for a cute and easy gift idea this holiday season. Brandy with Gluesticks.com shared this recipe on her blog at Melt and Pour Candy Cane Soap Tutorial for Easy Holiday Gifts! (gluesticksblog.com)
Handprint Christmas ornaments – If you have a little one, this is a perfect Christmas gift that will be cherished for years. This season, capture a child's footprint or handprint with this easy DIY salt dough ornament. Use this easy how-to recipe to whip up a batch of salt dough, then have the kids help make the handprint ornaments. After a little time in the oven, your hand or footprint ornament will be ready to hang on the tree. Don't forget to write their name and year on the back so you'll have a record for how much each child has grown from year to year. Add glitter to the top for a bit of extra sparkle. This DIY recipe can be found at https://www.bhg.com/christmas/ornaments/handprint-ornaments/
Rice Bag Warmers – Have you wondered why our Grandparents turn there thermostat up to eighty degrees in the summer? BECAUSE THEY ARE COLD! These rice heat therapy bags from MakeAndTakes.com will help keep your loved one warmer in the summer and in the winter. Make a mini rice bag, or a larger bag for shoulder, back, or leg pain is easy to make. The instructions are found at Sewn Rice Bags, Warming Our Tootsies - Make and Takes.
Tile Coasters – These tile coasters are easy to make, and inexpensive. They are made with Mod Podge on tiles from the hardware store. You may want to print family photos instead of using scrapbook paper. This is a homemade gift that is affordable and priceless. The tutorial can be found at Tile Coaster Tutorial - The Cottage Mama
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