Grandmas can never have enough homemade birthday gifts from their grandchildren: from photo calendars to a shoebox full of cookies, here are some great ideas for creating a gift that will make grandma's 80th birthday as exciting as her 8th.
Make a batch of sugar or gingerbread cookie dough suitable for rolling and cutting. Find cookie cutters shaped like letters, or use a knife to cut letters freehand from the dough. Cut out the letters of grandma's name, and then ice them in her favorite colors. Place them on a plate and cover it in hand-colored wrapping paper for a treat she will want to show to all her friends before taking a bite.
Make or buy candies and tuck them into a heart-shaped box you find at a craft supply store. Decorate the box with drawings, cutouts, glitter and stickers to give grandma a sparkly, personalized sweet treat.
Make a card for grandma with pictures of your child on every page. Take 2 sheets of colored paper and fold them in half. Staple them at the middle seam to create a card. Print out 8 photographs of your child using a color printer. Cut out the images and paste one on each page of the card. Have your child write or dictate 8 reasons she loves grandma, and write one on every page. Let your child color or paint the card or decorate it with additional frills as she desires.
Make grandma a set of stationery she can use to write to her friends when she brags about how cute and talented her grandchild is. Draw a border inside a piece of paper to create a 2-inch frame on all sides. Make 10 copies of the paper. Give the paper to your child with the instruction to color outside of the borders and leave the middle sections blank. If your child is very young or lacks the attention span to do this, ask him to draw a few special pictures for grandma, then scan them and shrink them so that they will fit around the stationery border. Print them, then cut and paste them yourself. You can create greeting cards using the same method, with your child's drawings on the front.
A monthly calendar is a wonderful way for grandma to get to enjoy her favorite grandchildren year-round. Cut and paste images of the kids on an existing 12-month calendar, or make one using photo software online or in a photo-processing retailer.
You and your child can make your own seed packets for a gardening grandma to relish when it's time to plant and to keep long after the flowers have bloomed. Make envelopes from old grocery bags, using an existing seed packet as a template. Have your child draw a picture of the flower, herb or veggie whose seeds you will place in the packet. Fill them with the seeds you choose and tie the collection with a piece of red twine. As an added bonus, paint a clay flowerpot and place the seed packets inside for a treat she can enjoy on her windowsill.