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Anyone can buy a gift, but the ones that are most precious are the ones that are made with love. Kids are awesome at making gifts. They really put their heart into the things they make for other people.
The key to homemade gifts is to really consider the recipient. Make the gift personal and meaningful to them.
These kid-friendly DIY gift ideas can be made by a variety of ages – with enough parental supervision, direction, and help.
Gifts Kids Can Make
Baking is an excellent way to practice math skills in real life applications. Pinterest is full of amazing cookie recipes, but it can be fun to personalize a recipe by adding in ingredients that the recipient loves. The possibilities are endless – chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, nuts, dried cranberries, white chocolate, etc.
These coasters can be customized to match any decor or personality. We sealed them with Modge Podge and they are still looking great more than a year later with daily use.
Personalized mugs are a fantastic gift. You could even pair it with a bag of homemade hot chocolate mix or homemade marshmallows. Be warned that these require quite a while to cure, so start them early.
Write a story
Kids come up with the best, most imaginative stories. These stories capture a moment in time, showcasing your child’s personality. Help your child print, illustrate, and bind their stories to give away as gifts.
These ice/heat packs are so useful! We made these as gifts one year and had requests for more. This is an awesome beginning sewing project. It only requires a few straight lines.
Decorating a canvas is a great way to give a one of a kind gift. My children painted a canvas and wrote a poem on it years ago for Mother’s Day. It still hangs in my hall and makes me smile every time I notice it.
These mini canvas magnets are a great way to spread artistic cheer to someone that may not have the wall space for larger canvases. My kids made a set for my husband one year for Father’s Day. He can put them on his filing cabinet in his office.
Sugar scrub with kid safe essential oil
Sugar scrubs are a wonderful skincare treat. They feel luxurious and make hands feel silky smooth. They are also incredibly easy to make. Just measure out a few ingredients and stir! Adding kid safe essential oils can make the sugar scrub smell amazing.
I play it ultraconservative with essential oils, so I always consult this age restriction chart when selecting oils that will be used around children.
Little hands grow way too fast. Preserve this moment in time with a special fingerprint ornament. We made this ornament years ago when my kids were toddlers. It is one of my favorite ornaments to go on our tree. One of our grandmas even keeps her fingerprint ornament on display year round.
Paint a flower pot
Flower pots are one more surface that can be personalized. Depending on the climate and season they can be outdoor or indoor decor. The choice of plant provides another opportunity to personalize the gift. Fresh herbs would be a great choice for someone who likes to cook!
You’ll want to go one step further and make your own wrapping paper! Roll out a large roll of craft paper and set out stickers, stamps, or Thin Stix. Your kids can decorate the paper until their heart is content. When they are finished, just roll it back up until it is time to wrap gifts.
What gifts have your children made? Share your ideas in the comments!
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