We’re not sure about you, but choosing gifts for our parentals is often one of the trickiest tasks. It’s fair to say that many parents and grandparents feel like they have enough “stuff” which can make finding the perfect gift for them a challenge. That’s why personal and homemade gifts are such a fab alternative to splashing out on pricey knick-knacks and gadgets that might just end up gathering dust on the shelf in a month’s time.
We’ve put together some of our favourite gift ideas for mum, dad, grandma and grandpa. And the best thing is that they’re all either handmade or memorable experiences. So whether your parents or grandparents have a birthday or a big anniversary coming up, you can find a sweet gift idea in our guide below.
Different DIY projects completed together with your kids make for heartwarming mementoes that the grandparents are sure to treasure forever. For example, what grandparent wouldn’t love a framed drawing or watercolour painting by their grandchild? You can even ask your little one to help you decorate the frame with small seashells or pretty beads and buttons for a unique touch.
One of our favourite ideas for homemade gifts for grandparents and parents is having kids make different little gifts with salt dough. It’s a cheap, easy crafting option that kids of all ages will love to get involved in. You could leave the resulting gifts white or they can be painted.
You can use salt dough to form a big, flat heart shape and get your little one to press their handprints onto it for a one of a kind memento. You could also use salt dough with the kids to make something like a set of sweet ornaments or a small, hand-shaped dish for jewellery or keys.
We believe that great experiences and precious memories make some of the best gifts. You could help your parents tick something off their bucket list with an activity voucher for something like a light aircraft flying lesson or a gin tasting. Alternatively, you could just treat them to a weekend away whether that be a glamping experience or a stay at a charming country inn.
A staycation with the entire family could also be the perfect option – it’ll give all of you a chance to unwind and spend some quality time together. Or, if you’re tight on cash, organising a big family potluck in your home allows you all to make some great memories together for next to nothing.
For folks interested in genealogy and their family tree, a DNA ancestry kit is a great gift idea. They’ll be able to get greater insight into their genetic makeup by country and region and even trace their family line to the time their ancestors left Africa. Meanwhile, a subscription to something like a wine, whisky or coffee subscription service is perfect for those passionate about their brews or tipples without adding any clutter to their home.
Our number one favourite idea for a photo gift for parents and grandparents is a family photography session. Getting the whole clan together for a big family portrait allows you to capture everyone in timeless, high-quality photos that you can all enjoy looking back on for years to come.
Buying a portrait session for your parents or grandparents is an excellent option for big anniversaries. It’ll help recapture on camera the beauty of their relationship, just like in those black and white wedding photos that have become prized family heirlooms over the years.
A family photo session is also a great chance for everyone to catch up in person, so why not head out for a meal after your shoot? Together with a family photo shoot, it makes for a memorable day out and a great gift for people who feel like they have enough “stuff”.
Alternatively, some professional, framed photographs of their grandkids would also go down a treat (particularly special for grandparents who don’t live closeby)
We love family portrait sessions here at Blue Sky Photography and take great care to make the experience as relaxed and fun as possible for everyone. This way, everyone’s personality gets to shine through in the resulting shots, even if you hate having your picture taken
We’re an independent, family-run business with years of experience in capturing real families in beautiful, timeless portrait photography. Our big and airy studio in Morningside can handle even the biggest of families, from the smallest grandkids to the greatest of great grandparents.
If you’d like to find out whether Blue Sky Photography is the right option for you, have a read of our guide to choosing the perfect family photographer for you. To book your family portrait session or just have a chat about what you’re after and how we can make your budget work, just get in touch with us