With Christmas just around the corner just about everyone is scrambling to finish their gift list including your kids. Do your kids like to make their own homemade gifts to give to family members and friends? That’s fantastic. Homemade gifts are a great way for kids to learn a new skill or hone one they already have. Either way it’s a win-win situation. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity for you to spend some quality time together.
While some homemade gifts may require little experience, others may need a little more. To get them started most kids will need a good set of instructions and a little direction. A few ideas from you for the hard to gift person on their list won’t hurt either. Most likely they’ll already have the perfect gift in mind for those on their list. If not, we found a few useful and practical year-round homemade gifts just about anyone will enjoy. And, ones that the kids will love to make. Let’s get crafting.
DIY Fleece Tie Blanket
Who doesn’t like to cozy up with a big blanket on a winter evening with a bucket of popcorn and a new Netflix movie? Kids 8 years old and up will love making this warm DIY Fleece Tie Blanket from The Spruce. This easy to make blanket with a tied fringe edge can be made for under $10. It can also be customized for longer or shorter lengths. Plus, it’s the perfect gift for everyone including moms, dads, grandparents, friends and siblings.
Kids will absolutely have a blast creating these colorful and unique bookmarks. They’re super fun to make. And they can be easily customized depending on the type of paper, medium, colors and rubber stamps that are used. The Projects with Kids website provides tips and tricks to crafting the perfect Watercolor Bookmark. From buying the right type of paper and paint to paintbrushes and other supplies, you can’t go wrong.
DIY Cardboard Photo Frame
For a gift that keeps on giving a DIY photo frame is ideal. Grandparents adore them and so do moms and dads. The best part is that toddlers and preschoolers can use their imaginations to create a unique gift for a special person in their life. The Happy Hooligans website has step-by-step directions on how to make Homemade Cardboard Picture Frames. The possibilities are endless. And whether the kids use crayons, paint or stickers, we’re sure it will be one-of-a-kind. Click here for more photo frame ideas from the Crafty Morning website.
Pencil and Pen Holders
Those working from home as well as those that still have a desk at the office will appreciate this practical and functional gift. We’re sure your kids will want to make one or two for themselves too. Make no mistake the pencil holder carries a lot of weight. It can also hold crayons, markers, paper clips and much more. Most homemade varieties start with a simple soup can and other readily available items in the home that can be transformed with paint, stickers, construction paper and so much more. From the elaborate to the funky to the super cute check out these pen and pencil holder ideas from DIY to Make.
Handmade Key Chains
We’re pretty sure these handy, homemade key chains will have your kids beaming with pride every time they see you, a grandparent or an older sibling using them. There are several choices here but one of our favorites is made out of small wooden beaded alphabet blocks. They can be easily personalized to include a name, favorite saying, or more. The blocks are inexpensive and can be bought online or from a craft store. Younger kids can also get in on the fun with this beaded key chain idea from Make it HANDMADE.
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