I went on a pilgrimage to the craft store to try and come up with something thoughtful (and cheap) and after about 45 minutes of walking around (no kidding) I finally came up with an idea. Tyler, my seven year old, came with me and has learned that you never go with mommy to the craft store.
I bought two shadow box frames for about $10 each after a sale and coupon and some scrapbook pins and little "frames" for $4 (they were on sale for buy one get one free).
When I got home I took pictures of my kids' artwork and then printed them as well as a picture of each of my kids. The photo paper I printed on came free with ink I bought for our printer so that was a zero dollar cost.
Here is what I came up with...
Can I just say that they were a huge hit with the grandparents. Mission accomplished! I made great and thoughtful gifts for about $12 each- way better than spending the $12 on a meaningless gift.
Now I just have to try and top this next year.