Buying the perfect gifts for your loved ones is one of the best parts of the holiday season. But children who are too young to drive or earn enough money for presents want to feel the same sense of ownership and pride when giving holiday gifts. Homemade presents are an excellent remedy. Here are three handmade gifts kids can give for the holidays.
1. Annual Ornament
The annual ornament is a hit with sentimental family members who enjoy keepsakes. Not only do handmade ornaments allow your children to flex their creative skills, they also display their artistic growth year after year. There are many ways to approach creating an ornament (with an adult’s help). Here are a few ideas, with links:
- Salt Dough Ornament
- Melted Snowman Ornament
- Popsicle Stick Ornament
- Yarn Ornament
- Clothespin Wreath Ornament
*Don’t forget to write the year on the ornament
2. Mason Jar Mixes
Mason jar mixes are as simple as they sound. All you need is a mason jar, a few decorations to spruce up the outside of the jar, and something yummy to put on the inside. You can let your children have the creative freedom to choose which treats to give. Here are some options of ingredients to mix in:
- Chocolate Chips
- Any Small Candy
- Oreo or Brownie Chunks
*Be mindful of allergies and adjust your mason jar mix based on food sensitivities for each recipient
3. Custom Picture Frame
In a digital word, many people store photos on their phones and online albums, making picture frames a dying art. But for those who still enjoy displaying traditional prints, this gift idea is perfect. Picture frames can be made from anything: ranging from items found in nature (leaves, shells, sticks) to popular art mediums (clay, wood, wire). As long as you have a sturdy base, your children can make the front of the frame as colorful or textures as they’d like. Add a personal picture to complete the gift.
Handmade presents are a labor of love. The recipients will feel honored that someone wanted to take the time to create a gift with them in mind. In return, your children will feel gratified when watching just how meaningful it is to give a heartfelt present. What a wonderful way to celebrate the true spirit of the season!