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Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

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Does anyone have any good ideas what my 3 year old son can give his grandparents and godparents as Christmas presents? I know it's a bit early, but as I'm currently pregnant with no. 2 I'm trying to get organised already.
My son is rather lively and I'm not sure my nerves or my house will cope with him making the presents himself yet
We've done the photo presents the last 2 years - coffee coasters with his photo last year, calendar the 1st year. Oh, and of course I have to send 2 presents to the UK so they shouldn't be breakable or too heavy!

Please help me think of something fun and original.

Thanks
Tina
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

Anything that your kids make themselves they will really appreciate. Biscuits and chocolates and homemade cards with drawings are two things that your son could manage to make with your help.

I gave my nan perfume for years and she told me namy years later that she never wore it. She had 6 full bottles of it in her bedside drawer The tapestry that I made her when I was 12 she still has proudly displayed in the lounge.
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

How about something that he's drawn himself (picture of your house, of himself, etc. etc.). I know in Kindergarten (many, extremely many moons ago) we did pictures with wax crayons and then water-painted over them. It gave the pictures a kind of special effect and my mother kept them for years afterwards. If you roll them up like a scroll, with a nice ribbon, it'd make a special present, doesn't cost much, is transportable etc.
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Hi all
Does anyone have any good ideas what my 3 year old son can give his grandparents and godparents as Christmas presents? I know it's a bit early, but as I'm currently pregnant with no. 2 I'm trying to get organised already.
My son is rather lively and I'm not sure my nerves or my house will cope with him making the presents himself yet
We've done the photo presents the last 2 years - coffee coasters with his photo last year, calendar the 1st year. Oh, and of course I have to send 2 presents to the UK so they shouldn't be breakable or too heavy!

Please help me think of something fun and original.

Thanks
Tina
In Zurich (and probably elsewhere around the country) you can take kids to a "Kerzenziehen" where they make their own candles. A three year old might just about manage to have the patience to make a reasonable candle (there's a lot of dipping and waiting involved) but you can take some photos of him doing it and slip them in with the candles when you giftwrap them.

Actually, a quick Google shows me that Fricktal has it's own Weihnachtsmarkt where they do candle making... http://www.fricktal24.ch/Giebenach.1...68c4a63.0.html
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

I did something like this with my children when they were young;

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/handprintcalendar.html

It was a bit messy, but it can be done in ONE afternoon and what kid doesn't like putting paint all over his/her hands?

You can buy a calendar at any hobby shop where people usually put pictures, you can put his art instead.

If you want to pass it this year, keep it in mind for the near future. Age 4 or 5 would be a good age too. My in laws were so delighted to see my children's little hands like that.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

We made some calendars last year with artwork stuck in them. They were a big hit. Alternatively, buy a book for photos and put drawings, photos etc in there. Or make a DVD with little home movies and songs on it. My camera does 30 second movies, which is a perfect length to capture a song, dance, funny walk, reading a book, doing a puzzle, a go on the swings at the park, and so on.

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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

I watched art attack recently with my kids... and i saw a great idea that i will do with my kids. You take a piece of cardboard... cut it into the shape of a picture frame. Then you glue pot pourri, or sea shells, or, any theme you want onto the cardboard frame. you put their pic in it, and for a 3 yr old, its great. its easy to make and it can look great.







You can make it any way you like.

Here is the link... they have many other great ideas as well. I like this idea because all they really have to do is paint on glue. For a 3 yr old, that can be easy, but you might have to count on him getting bored after a bit.

http://www.hitentertainment.com/arta...rtattacks.html

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(To expand on the handprint theme from an earlier poster) You can buy some modelling clay from a hobby shop and get the kids to press their hands into it. When it has set and is hard, they can then paint it, sprinkle it with glitter or whatever is to hand. You can pack it in a padded box and it should be robust enough to survive the post.
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1. Go for a walk in the park with your toddler and let him pick four favourite autumn leaves (and maybe feathers dropped by birds). Place each in the middle of a frame and bevel. Very simple yet pretty.

2. Enlarge candid shots of grandmas and grandpas (with toddler, if you want). Have him collage them by glueing bits of string, fabric (translucent is interesting) or bits of textured paper.

3. Make montages of family photos. Manor sells those frameless simple ones with perspex overlays in several sizes.

Hope you two have a great time.
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What about making a visual diary of pictures: paintings and drawings your son has made, photos, collection of things/objects that can be pasted in.. you could keep the diary going over a period of time too( incl halloween, visit to the doctors, going for a walk etc..) so it becomes a weekly or daily activity for your son to do so it will keep him busy if somewhat for a short while each day.. your son could also do something about the coming baby drawing pictures of how big Mummy's tummy is getting etc.. if you put in a photo in the middle of the page your son could add to it by painting and drawing around using the photo as the starting point. You could also do a video/recording diary of you son talking to his Grandparents over a period of time, you could then include the CD into the book diary.
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

Hi all

Thanks for the brilliant ideas. I have to say some will have to wait a year or two. My sons drawing abilities are simple scribbles so far - not sure if even the grandparents will treasure them yet never mind the godparents that have their own young children creating the same scribbles :-)
And as for painting, he's just started doing this at playgroup, and really HATES getting any on his hands - apparently this is not as uncommen as it sounds (I have been informed)
He does however love collecting leaves, sticks, stones and nuts etc while we're out walking- living in the country I sometimes feel I have more in the house then outside, and he's always thrilled when he's allowed to watch Art attack, so I think we'll go in that direction.
Thanks again.
Tina
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Re: Present ideas for Grandparents and Godparents

I think the photo calendar is great because you can give it every year and they never get bored. Present problem solved for years and years to come :-)

We always do ours via www.shutterfly.com They ship directly to the recipient and it works very well.
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