Ditch the Christmas Craziness
I once heard someone on the radio lament about the amount of toys his children owned, followed by a declaration that kids should only get three gifts at Christmas. After all, Baby Jesus only got three! Makes sense, right?
Matt and I recently heard a story from friends about their son having so many gifts to unwrap one year that he actually got tired and wanted a break from unwrapping! I shared the Baby Jesus idea with them and began wondering if their son would be happier with a few hand-made gifts from his own parents. If they didn’t have to trudge around stores searching for the perfect gifts, they would have 1.) more time to spend together as a family, 2.) more money to put away for other things, and 3.) a happy son who could enjoy his gifts on Christmas morning without drowning in a sea of wrapping paper.
10 Homemade Gifts for Kids
Think about it… you know what your kids will like better than the large retail chains know. So how about ditching the stores this Christmas, staying in the comfort of your own home, and putting some of those creative bones in your body to work? Here are 10 DIY gifts I found that your kids might love, ranging from super-simple and quick to more complicated and time intensive:
#1: Boys love to drive their cars all over things. How about this no-sew felt car mat for a busy boy? It can be rolled up for easy travel wherever he goes!
#2: What a great way to up-cycle an old tire. Paint a favorite bug or animal to make a cute tire swing. The only down-side… kids might not want to wait for warmer weather to test it out.
#3: Make a colorful tutu for your princess. Gotta love no-sew gifts!
#4: Have a girl who loves to twirl? This circle wrap skirt would be easy for someone who has a little sewing experience. (I think I want one in MY size!)
#5: Would your little boy go nuts for a dragon tail??? Again, sewing experience required for this cool gift. OR… find a family member or friend who could stitch this in a hurry!
#6: Young kids need their own space to create and pretend. How about a tool bench for a kiddo who loves tools?
#7: Only a glue gun and scissors are needed to create these cute felt flower headbands for girls! Make them in several colors to coordinate with different outfits.
#8: For crafty kids, these finger paints look very easy to whip up! Use natural colorants if you prefer.
#9: Do your kids love to hide or cozy up in small spaces? These DIY play tents are so cute and might encourage some quiet time! A little bit of drilling is necessary… know anyone who is dying to get out the ole’ drill?
#10: I know personalized photo books are nothing new, but this ABC book is precious. Photograph your child and get creative with the content of the book. Create a bedtime story, an adventurous tale, or a mystery for your little ones to enjoy.
Your Kids AND YOU Will Love It
This year I plan to make some candy cane play dough for a niece and nephew who are running low, and maybe try out some of the ideas above for the other kids on my list. Instead of feeling dread about the upcoming holiday, I’m actually excited to begin these projects. I just love the idea that my time won’t be spent searching for parking spots, pushing through crowds, and fretting over my shrinking wallet this holiday season! I delight in seeing kids enjoy my homemade gifts… far more love and thought goes into them than any toy I can pluck off a store shelf.
I promise you will be proud of your craftiness after making some of your own gifts, and probably wondering why everyone else around you is making such a big deal about the holidays. So go collect some supplies, put on your craft pants, and have a ball DIY-ing this Christmas!