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 CalendarsA 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
Refrigerator MagnetsHave 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 ChowPut 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 TinsCookie 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 GlobesHere’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
- Mason jar (or old sauce jar)
- Hot glue