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.
1. 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.
3. 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 cafepress.com.
5. Handmade bath salts
Mix Epsom salts with essential oils, fragrance, and food coloring in a decorative jar.
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
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.