There are lots of reasons to make gifts for your holiday gift giving. Sometimes you can save money, I say sometimes because sometimes you can also spend way too much on fabric or other supplies. What? Is that just me?
Making gifts means you can create something just for the person you are giving the gift to. You can make it in their favorite colors. You can make something practical for their specific situation, like hot pads for someone who bakes a lot or an eyeglass holder for someone always leaving their glasses around.
When it comes to kids, there are a few good reasons I think it is important for them to make gifts to give.
- It takes their eyes off of “me” for a while. Who doesn’t need this? For kids, it seems particularly easy to get wrapped up in “what do I want” each holiday season.
- It builds confidence. Kids need to know that they are important and that they have something to give.
- It doesn’t involve a screen. Well, for the most part. My kids and I both like to use Pinterest to find instructions for making various things.
I am happy that my girls love making gifts for others. My older son is more entrepreneurial-minded and tends to like to make things to sell…and only then. My youngest son is only three and I haven’t really attempted making gifts with him yet. We’ll likely remedy that this year.
Gifts Kids Can Make
Let’s get on with that list. I’ve put together some ideas of gifts kids can make to help encourage the next generation of makers.
Snowflake Ornaments – These are great for kids of all ages. I made these with kids ages 2-12 and they all enjoyed it. Homemade ornaments are great gifts for grandparents who appreciate those memories.
Washi Tape Bookmarks – This project is super easy to customize for the age and interests of the receiver. For younger readers like cousins, you can include stickers of their favorite superheroes or Disney characters. For older readers like aunts and uncles, you can look for (or draw?) themes like Marvel’s superheroes, Sherlock Holmes, or Dr. Who.
Easy Felt iPod Case – These could be good for a variety of uses, not just iPods. A good, easy project for new to the sewing machine sewists.
Ladybug Bunting – This beginner hand sewing project can be done in a variety of color schemes. If you have a sports fan on your gift list, try using team colors to make a little pennant the receiver can put up on game days. This easy project is even easier if you don’t have a felt that has a print on one side to keep track of.
Pippi Longstocking Socks – This is a no-sew project that would be a fun gift for a Pippi fan. I’ve also seen that crazy socks are still a hit in general so it might be a good option for a tween.
Apple Magnets – This is a simple craft that doesn’t take a long time, but gives you a cute gift. We have had these magnets on our fridge for a few years now. This is a great gift for someone with a country theme in their kitchen.
Personalized Journals – This is a great gift for writers of all ages. A good one for friends.
No-Sew Fleece Blanket – A great gift for kids who can wield sharp scissors. These can be made for anyone, fleece comes in a wide variety of colors and prints.
Tin Can Lantern – These are super cute and would make a great gift for someone who likes candles.
All Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree – This is a GREAT idea for a gift for grandparents.
“I Love You” Pillowcase – This gift is a great way to capture that new writer handwriting. A great gift for parents or grandparents.
Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – Another for the ladies on the gift list that would love to remember the size of those little hands before they become full-grown hands.
Painted Handprint Keepsakes – Yep, this one is one that will make a mama’s heart swoon. So if you are in charge of someone else’s little one, make their day by helping their little one make this for mama.
DIY Washi Tape Gift Bags – Don’t forget to have fun with the presentation, too. Customize your gift wrapping, too.
For more ideas on crafts kids can make to give as gifts, check out this book list. There are a lot of different options in each of those books.
If you have an older tween or teen girl who would like to make gifts for her friends (or you!), check out the list of DIY Health and Beauty Gifts that I put together!
Festive Family Holiday Hop & Giveaway
I am so happy to have partnered with a group of bloggers to bring you this blog hop. Check out the posts below for more holiday fun:
- Ten Tips for a Joy-Filled and Stress-Free Holiday with Your Family
- The Ultimate Guide to Having Kind Kids This Christmas
- Christmas Sensory Play Ideas
- Gingerbread Play Dough
- 10 Exciting Toys To Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids
- Christmas Crafts for Toddlers
- Christmas Yoga
- Gifts That Last All Year
- 10 Ideas for Festive Table Decorations
- Christmas Tree Decoration and Card
- Book-Toy Gift Sets for Preschoolers
- DIY Gift: Science Kit for Kids!
- Christmas Poems to Color
- 5 Things to Make for a Christmas Stocking
- The Frugal Family Gift That Keeps on Giving
- Christmas Hand and Foot Print Crafts
- 20 Non-Candy Stocking Stuffers for Boys and Girls
- 10 Silly Gifts For Your Kids this Christmas
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