by Noreen Doll.
For a grandmother living on a limited income, a gift basket of goodies she can use is a thoughtful gift. Check the dollar store for ideas to add to these baskets.
Help your child decorate a box, basket, or special gift bag for Grandma.
A grandmother with special skills, such as knitting, crocheting, or sewing would really appreciate receiving the materials to enable her to make gifts for her children and grandchildren.
Gift Basket Ideas
Reader’s Basket: Fill with books she likes to read and add a magazine subscription you know she would love, along with a couple of bookmarks made by her grandchild.
If she is finding it difficult to read, include a magnifying glass and a small book reading light. A nice idea is a magnifier you lay on the page and it magnifies the whole page at once.
This Reader’s Basket holds her favorite hot drink, a snack, fingerless gloves, a pot holder glasses case, and a gift card to Barnes and Noble so she can choose a book or two. And it’s wrapped in a warm cuddly lap rug!
The lap rug makes a great gift wrap, and she can use the basket to keep her favorite goodies handy next to her reading or TV spot.
I gathered all the corners of the lap rug together over the center of the basket and tied them together with twine.
Television Basket: A snuggly blanket or lap robe, soft warm slippers, wrist warmers or leg warmers, and a selection of snacks (see snack basket above). Add a subscription to TV Guide.
Dessert Basket: cookies, chocolates, variety teas, gourmet coffees, hot chocolate packets or hot cider packs. Or bake brownies or sweet breads.
Meal Basket: Fill with a canned ham or chicken, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. At the last minute add frozen vegetables, dinner rolls, and a bakery treat.
Snack Basket: special crackers, cheeses, summer sausages, small bags of chips, etc, popcorn, pretzels and a favorite beverage or two. Add craisins or other dried fruits and nuts (if she has no allergies).
Mail Basket: Fill with note cards, all occasion cards, note paper, postage stamps, stickers, and a pretty pen or two.
Cut a stack of paper to notepaper size and let your child stamp or decorate them for grandma’s notes.
Hobby Basket: If she likes to crochet or knit add various yarns and a pattern book or magazine.
Tubes of paint, brushes, pad of paper or canvases are nice for a Grandma who paints.
Or give fabric and thread to a Grandma who sews.