She's made me a bunch of things and I love them all -- especially Sculpey animals.
Probably my favorite-favorite thing though is my silver Ganesh pendant, which she selected on her own for Mother's Day when she was maybe 8? Around there. It showed real thoughtfulness (Ganesh is my favorite godling), and taste too (it's awesome, and I have worn it every day since she gave it to me).
That's one thing E.G. has had good luck with from when she was pretty little (from before 6, but not sure how young) -- take her to a store with things he knows I like, and let her choose something. She's chosen amazingly well.
He does some direction and sets spending limits, but not a lot.
The other thing I like best is just a card -- something hand-drawn on front, and then something hand-written by sozlet inside. No coaching, just whatever occurs to her. There were often misspellings and redundancy and bad grammar, but those are some of the things I cherish the most.
The card idea reminds me of something else I did for the grandparents that was a big hit. Two different years, she did a series of themed drawings. For one, it was "hand" drawings (outlines of her hand that she made into various creatures, like an octopus, with pompoms, googly eyes and other embellishments, on construction paper). Another year she did a single, extremely colorful and detailed drawing of a swamp scene.
I ordered a set of notecards from Shutterfly, which are intended to showcase photos but you can scan art too. So I did a dozen cards of each image (one each of the four hand drawings, then cropped four different parts of the swamp scene), and then took them all apart and re-assembled so that there were four different sets of notecards, each of which had sets of each of the four images (if that makes sense). (Each set of notecards had twelve cards total, three each of four different images.)
They looked great and the grandparents had fun using them.
Of course you don't have to do the different images. Would also be fun to have one image from each kid.
They seem to want to put words and stuff on 'em now -- before it was easier to get notecards with JUST an image -- but the "classic collage" (with only one image) looks like it would work: