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Great ways to celebrate your grandparents on National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is just around the corner. Before you know it, Sept. 7 will be here and grandparents will be lining up at school doors everywhere to spend quality time with their little relatives. Help make this National Grandparents Day one to remember with a few clever and thoughtful presents. Below are some gift ideas; A couple require a bit of crafting skills, but all are easy to manage. For those of you who are teachers, you can use these as class projects for the kids to make ahead of National Grandparents Day, or on the holiday with the grandparents’ help.

Thumbprint painting 
What can grandparents cherish more than a little sign of love from their grandkids? Parents, help your children show how much they care with this cute heart-painting craft idea. The only necessary materials you will need are construction paper, kid-friendly paint, scissors and glue. Have each child take a white piece of paper and cover the sheet in multi-colored finger prints. Once he or she has finished and washed his or her hands, help your child cut out a heart shape. Take this new finger-designed heart and glue it to a colored piece of paper. You can give the work of art as is, or frame it.

Brag book
No grandparent can help but brag about their grandkids, so why not make the job all the easier with a little homemade brag book? There are many ways to craft this project, but the simplest is to collect a few favorite pictures of each grandchild and attach them to a paper booklet that has been folded accordion style. Other mediums for this project can include an album made of duct-tape or an online version with digital photos.

Custom notepads
Your child’s grandparents are sure to love a custom notepad. The Pear Tree Greetings’ Pictures of Me custom notepads add a personalized touch to something every grandparent uses. When writing their shopping list, grandparents can be reminded of their little loved ones. If your boy or girl wants the chance to add more personality to the notepads, choose Pear Tree’s Searching for Superheroes notepads.

Hand print bird bath
This little project takes a couple pairs of steady hands and an artist’s eye, but it is great fun to create. The birdbath can be made out of terra-cotta or any other clay pots and saucers. The height or number of pots you intend to purchase is totally up to you, just make sure that the bath will be high enough to enjoy but not too high that the grandkids won’t be able to see inside. Start this project by gluing your terra cotta pots together end to end and mouth to mouth. Use a heavy duty glue for this project such as construction adhesive. On top of this stack you will glue a large terra cotta saucer. Once the glue has dried, take a paint brush and get creative. Finish off the project by having each grandchild place their hand print at the base of the saucer.

5 first-communion gift ideas to match the special occasion

First communion is a huge milestone for many Christian children, and the occasion calls for a special gift. If you’ve been invited to a first communion but aren’t sure of what to get the honoree, consider these five favorites:

  • Jewelry: It is very common to give a girl a nice piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet for her first communion. Boys often receive cross necklaces or medals.
  • Bible: You can’t go wrong with a Bible. To add a personal touch, write a message to the child in the front cover.
  • Rosary: If the child is Catholic, a rosary would make a great first-communion gift. Rosaries can be given to both girls and boys.
  • Photo album: The child’s parents are going to be taking a lot of photos during the church service and later at the party. Give them a place to hold all of the pictures with a first-communion-themed photo album.
  • Crosses: A wall cross that can be displayed in the honoree’s room is a gift that he or she can appreciate for years.

Don’t show up to the first-communion party empty-handed. These five ideas make great gifts that can be cherished for years to come.

One-of-a-kind gift ideas

Finding the perfect gift is an art. You need to find something that’s personal and meaningful, yet exciting and useful. Strolling through the mall may result in finding something to wrap up and deliver along with a card, but if you’re looking for a gift that is more than just a place holder you will need a little bit more creativity. A truly special gift isn’t left behind or given away after years of use; it is stored away in a memory box or kept in a safe spot because it has meaning and sentiment with which the recipient just can’t part.

If you want your gift to hold a special place in that special little one’s heart, then consider some of these one-of-a-kind gift ideas that light up the face of the birthday girl or boy.

  • Customized books – Tell a tale of just how special that little girl or boy in your life is. Make them the star of the story with a customized book that features them as the central character. Whether you want to show them all the potential they have, send them on their very own magical adventure or just tell a very special birthday story, these customized books will delight the little ones as they see their name throughout the story and featured in many of the illustrations.
  • Customized coloring books – If your kids prefer to be a little more hands-on instead of reading a bedtime story, a customized coloring book is another great option. Whether they like to color inside the lines or think outside the box, this is one coloring book that is already all their own before they even break open the box of crayons.
  • Customized placemats – With a customized placemat, every meal will be a fun experience. With playful styles like dancing ballerinas, dynamite dinosaurs and special holiday designs, you will be able to find the perfect placemat for your little one. Every time they look down they will giggle with delight – and mom and dad will appreciate a little help with clean up.

No matter what gift style you choose, make sure it holds special meaning. Gift giving may be an art, but with the right tools you will soon be a master.