21 DIY, Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

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Grandmas get Mother’s Day gifts every year. They already have decorative pillows, paperweights, wall hangings, and coffee mugs that say “Best Mom” or “Greatest Grandma.” Your grandma deserves the best Mother's Day gift, after all. 

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So what’s something you can get for your grandma on Mother’s Day that she doesn’t already have? Here are some ideas.

Personalized Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Grandma

Customized gifts take more time to arrange than buying items off the shelf. Here are some personalized gifts that you may consider for your grandmother.

1. “Best Grandma” t-shirt

You may be able to buy a “Grandma” T-shirt off the rack but what do you do if you call your grandma by another term of endearment?

Order a personalized shirt or sweater for your GiGi, Gram-Gram, or Meemaw. Your grandma will appreciate that you took an extra step to order her gift. 

2. Photobooks

Surprise your grandmother with a personalized photobook. Select a theme for the pictures. Since you will give the item on Mother’s Day, consider adding photos of Mother’s Day celebrations in the past. Include a photo of your grandma’s mother and grandmothers as well.

3. Apron

Does your grandma enjoy spending time in the kitchen? If so, order her an apron with her name embroidered on it.

The apron can be a decorative piece like one she may have worn in the 1950s, or it could be a practical one to keep her “Best Grammy” T-shirt clean as she fries bacon for your grandpa.

4. Pictures of her home country

Did your grandma live in a different country before she immigrated to the U.S.? If so, purchase a map or photos of scenes from her home country. You may also consider purchasing a travel book or calendar of the area as well.

Search for decorative maps or small flags. Your grandma may enjoy displaying her national heritage for others to see.

5. Grandmothers’ jewelry

Does your grandmother have a unique piece of jewelry that depicts all her grandkids? You’ll be her favorite if you buy her a pin or necklace with all of your siblings’ and cousins’ birthstones on it. Include all branches of your family on the piece of jewelry — even the black sheep.

6. Decorative family tree

Look at craft stores or Etsy for decorative ways to display a family tree. Your grandmother would love to know that you are interested in your heritage. 

7. Playing cards

Did you know that you could buy playing cards with your own pictures on the back of them? Your grandma may get a kick out of playing cards and seeing her grandkids’ pictures. Your gift will be the talk of the bridge club.

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Grandma

Maybe your grandma prefers gifts that you made with your own two hands. Here are some do-it-yourself Mother’s Day gift ideas for the matriarch in your family.

8. T-shirt quilt

Your grandma may have been given “Best Grandma” shirts for 40 years. Collect the shirts and make a T-shirt. You could also do this for all her shirts that support her favorite team.

9. Sweet treats

Does your grandma have a sweet tooth? Bake something special for her. Your grandma probably baked for you for years, so why not return the favor? Consider trying to cook an old family recipe. 

10. Sugar scrubs

Pinterest is chock full of sugar and salt scrub recipes. You can buy the finest organic ingredients to make skincare items.

Choose your grandmother’s favorite scents and package the scrubs in pretty packaging.

11. Facebook page

Has your grandma hesitated to get online? Help her create a Facebook page and show her how it works.

You may instantly regret this decision when she tags you in photos from your childhood, but your grandma may enjoy connecting to extended family members and friends.

12. Birdfeeder

Many older people enjoy watching birds, so look online for a birdfeeder. This may also be an appropriate gift for an older adult living in a nursing home as well.

Don’t forget to purchase the birdseed that goes in the feeder. Your grandma may need help placing it outside.

13. Grandma’s life story

Spend time interviewing your grandmother. Ask about her parents, siblings, childhood, and school years. Ask about who she dated, her education, and her job. Find out what your mom or dad was like as a child. Ask her to reflect upon world events that she witnessed.

Give a copy of the book to the rest of your family so it’s treasured by all for years to come.

14. Playlist

Create an online playlist for your grandma. Include her favorite nostalgic songs from back in the day. You may need to look for archives of old radio shows to add to the list.

Spend some time with your grandma to show her how to access the music.

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

Mother’s Day has arrived, and you still don’t have a gift for your grandma. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that any grandma would love to receive.

15. Rosebush

If your grandma still lives at home, why not purchase a flowering bush, such as a rose bush or lilac bush? May is the perfect time to plant perennials in most parts of the country.

Instead of leaving the planting to grandma (or grandpa), bring a shovel and do it yourself. Come back each Mother’s Day to prune the bush you previously purchased. 

16. Brunch

Pick up your grandma and take her out to brunch on Mother’s Day. Make reservations at a popular restaurant well in advance. Your grandma may even join you in having a mimosa.

17. Candy

Do you know your grandma’s favorite type of candy? What did she always give to you when you were little?

A box of chocolates is always a hit, but some grandmas have an affinity for hard candies.

18. Socks

Seriously, who doesn’t love wearing new socks? Even the pickiest grandma can’t complain when you buy her something so practical.

19. Sweater

We bet your grandma’s always cold. Most grandmas complain about being chilly at times. Buy her a new, soft cardigan in her favorite color. 

20. Fresh flowers

There’s nothing like fresh flowers on the table to perk up a home. Purchase a bouquet for your grandma.

You may purchase them from a florist since the grocery store bouquets will probably be picked over on Mother’s Day.

21. Digital photo frame

Consider buying a digital photo frame for your grandma. Your grandma probably has thousands of photos to look at, and having a digital photo frame will let her enjoy them.

Help your grandma load the frame with digital images before you leave. You may need to spend some time scanning in the non-digital pictures. You may also want to help your grandma organize her family photographs

Giving Grandma the Right Gift

More than anything else, your grandma probably wants you to spend time with her on Mother’s Day. Instead of rushing through your visit so you have time to visit your mom and another grandma, consider spreading out the Mother’s Day celebrations over several weekends. Don’t forget to check out our guide to buying gifts for older adults. 

Even though you may not want to think about it, find a tactful way to ask your grandma if she has made her end-of-life plans. Knowing your loved one’s final wishes makes it easier for the family when the person eventually dies. 

If you have a close, comfortable relationship with your grandma, you may want to assist her with the process. 

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