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14 Great homemade gifts to make with your kids

Dr. Laura Markham is a clinical psychologist and the founding editor of the parenting web site, featuring a popular advice column and parent-tested solutions you can use every day to connect with your kids and ...

Homemade gifts

It's the thought that counts, and the love that goes into it. No need to spend a fortune on gifts, your kids will love making some homemade gifts for grandparents, cousins and teachers, and the recipients will treasure them. Remember that your goal is to have fun with your child and give a token of affection, not to exhaust yourself. Hopefully this list will get your creativity fired up; more explicit directions are easily available online.

Homemade gifts1. Anything from your kitchen

Cookies, jams, fudge, quick breads, your famous spaghetti or barbecue sauce, your special trail mix, or a kit with the makings for something yummy, tied with a ribbon: your perfect pancakes or scrumptious seven bean soup.  

2. Booklet of favorite memories

Have your child draw illustrations and rite or type up his or her favorite memories of/with the recipient and put it into a binder to make a book.

Homemade gifts3. Personalized cookbook

Your recipes, your child's comments and drawings, in a binder.

4. Personalized mousepad

Let your child draw with markers on a white mousepad. Or use flexible adhesive with any fabric. Or choose a photo and use iron-on transfer paper. You can get instructions by clicking here, or just do it at a copy shop or

5. Handmade bath salts

Mix Epsom salts with essential oils, fragrance, and food coloring in a decorative jar.

Homemade gifts6. Candles

Add crayon chips to plain paraffin wax and dip wicks in to make hand-dipped. Or just decorate storebought candles.

7. Canvas bags with iron-on designs

8. Homemade calendars with personal photos

9. Painted picture frames

10. Tie-dyed teeshirts

11. Christmas ornaments

12. Framed pictures drawn by hand

Homemade gifts

13. A kit of cool art supplies

Create a kit of homemade clay, fingerpaints, bubbles, puppets, a kit of dress-up items.  

14. Certificates for your services

Consider getting gift certificates for massage, babysitting, dog walking, painting a room, flying a kite together.

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