Nothing says Happy Christmas like a homemade gift. This
personal touch shows your family and friends that you and your kids have
thought about them, and put in the time and effort to create something they’ll
like. Getting the kids involved
is an extra special touch, so here are some ideas for crafty presents you can
make at home with your little ones.
doesn’t love a food gift? A little something sweet is sure to impress everyone,
from your child’s teacher to their grandparents.
Your favourite treats will make the perfect present
– try chocolate truffles, cake pops, fudge or rocky road. Or create kitchen
classics such as jams or tangy lemon curd. And once the food is made, the craftiness
really begins. Enlist the kids to help put the treats into bags, perhaps with a
little doily or festive ribbon, and make labels for each person. Or let them
decorate the jam jars with fabric “lids”, tied prettily with string.Kits with KickThe best part of a handmade gift is that it can be
tailored to each person. One simple idea is a Christmas fun kit, which contains
a selection of your gift recipient’s favourite things. Use good-quality brown
paper bags, and throw in some of the person’s favourite sweets (such as your
homemade edible gifts) and inexpensive knick-knacks. Let the kids’ artistic
impulses go wild by decorating the bags with colourful Christmas touches.
Sole PurposeThe humble footprint marks a particular moment in
your child’s life – after all, they’re only this little for a very short time.
Their footprints can also be the starting point for a whole range of fun gift
opportunities. Using fabric paint, you can add footprints and handprints on
blank aprons or pillowcases. Or you can use painted footprints as the start of
an abstract artwork that’s ready to adorn the walls of those you love.
is an easy-to-create present that looks really impressive, and appeals to the sweet
tooth of your favourite people.
your favourite biscuit recipe and some nice jars, and layer the dry ingredients
into each jar. Tie on a handwritten note, with written instructions for baking
the biscuits, and ask the kids to make a brightly coloured label for the side
of the jar.Branch OffIf you’re after a gift for a nature-loving friend,
send the kids outside to collect some twigs. These can be used to make photo
frames, using the bones of an old frame as the base to glue the twigs onto. Use
them au naturel, or maybe paint them white. If your kids want to add some
colour to the creation, they can press and dry pretty flowers and glue them to
the corners of the frame. For an extra-personal touch, put a picture of your
kids in the frame, too.
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