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There’s nothing more meaningful than a homemade gift, especially when it comes from a kid. The joy and excitement kids feel when they can contribute to holiday gift-giving is heartwarming, and they often don’t realize how sentimental their gifts are to those who receive them. Whether your kids are looking to make gifts for a grandparent, classmate, teacher, friend, or you, there are plenty of inexpensive and creative ways for them to create the perfect gift.

What’s great about making gifts at home is that it’s both memorable and a way for kids to stay busy and tap into their artistic abilities. Better yet, gift-giving helps kids instill the true meaning behind the holidays. Get crafty this holiday season with these five kid-friendly gift ideas!

Personalized Calendars

A unique way for kids to show their appreciation is by making a personalized calendar. Custom calendars are a cute and practical gift as the new year approaches. The key is tailoring the calendar to the recipient. For instance, if the calendar is for your kids’ friends, include elements that are representative of their relationship. Best of all, there are countless ways to personalize calendars. Start with the following:

  • Add photos
  • Choose a theme
  • Put stickers on special occasions
  • Use favorite colors
  • Attach embellishments

Of course, making a year-round calendar is time-consuming. Consider making a calendar for a couple of months out of the year. To make it easier, you can even print calendar charts online and glue them on a piece of construction paper. From there, you can let your kids dig in and personalize however they’d like.

Refrigerator Magnets

Have your kids upgrade their art into refrigerator magnets. Magnets are a small token of gratitude that can truly touch someone’s heart all year long. They’re relatively simple to make and will add some awesome decor to someone’s refrigerator. What’s more, you can repurpose unused items around your house. All you need is magnetic strips and a powerful adhesive like hot glue or gorilla glue. Try bottle caps, arrow clips, buttons, and photos. Whoever receives this gift will love this outside-the-box idea.

Reindeer Chow

Put down the arts and crafts and head to the kitchen to make some delicious reindeer chow with your kids. Reindeer chow will surely satisfy someone’s sweet touch. On top of that, you can spend quality time with your kids’. Grab a jar, pick out your favorite snacks, mix them together, and pour melted chocolate all over. Most people prefer to use pretzels, Chex Mix, M&M’s, and cereal. It’s so delicious, you may just have to make some for yourself!

Custom Cookie Tins

Cookie tins are a great way to share goodies during the holidays. Start with a blank cookie tin, which you can find at any crafts or container store for 5 to 10 dollars. Fill the tin with pre-made or freshly baked cookies, brownies, or candy. Then, get to decorating. Your kids can directly draw on the container, or they can draw on a sheet of paper and transfer it to the tin. Perhaps you’re looking for something even simpler—print out a picture or type out a message. Seal the tin with a clear coating spray and wrap it up! It’s that easy.

Mason Jar Snow Globes

Here’s a new variation to the traditional snow globe: have your kids create mason jar snow globes filled with ornaments.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Holiday ornaments
  • Clear glue
  • Glitter
  • Water
  • Mason jar (or old sauce jar)
  • Hot glue

The first step is to glue the bottom of the ornament to the underneath of the lid. Pour a couple of ounces of glue into the jar, add warm water, and stir it all together. Add the glitter and put the lid back on tightly. Shake it and admire your spectacular snow globe.

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As the holiday season wraps up, many of us are looking forward to a fresh new year start. You know what that means—the countdown to summer time officially begins! All of us here at Frogbridge Day Camp are ecstatic to get out of our winter boots and into our wet suits for a fun-filled summer. If you don’t know who we are, here’s a quick rundown.

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