When the holidays or special events like birthdays come around, there are gifts that need to be given. If you have kids, you have two choices. You can buy a commercial gift for them to give or you can have them make one. The home made gift usually has the biggest impact on the gift receiver and is often the best choice. But, what should you make?
I am here to help with a few suggestions that you can consider. Enjoy.
1. Potted Plant
Sure, a plant is not all that exciting but what if you gave it a custom touch.
First, get a clay or ceramic planter and a collection of paints. Then, find a nice “cleanable” place to work and let your child at it. Allow them to create a custom piece of art geared toward the recipient and then allow it to dry completely.
Once dry, add a little potting soil and the plant or flower of your choice. Wala, a custom gift.
2. Garden Stepping Stones
If the intended recipient has a garden, a stepping stone might be a great gift that is both easy and fun to make Even better, it is pretty cheap as well.
Just take a basic concrete garden stepping stone and paint it into a custom work of art. For best results, thin down the paint with water so that it penetrates the stone. That will give you the color while still retaining the non slip texture on the surface.
This is an easy project for any kid. If you have young kids, it might be best to give the entire stone a base coat and then allow them to add their touches. With older kids, let them do the whole thing.
3. Generic Card
Don’t underestimate the value of a simple DIY card from a kid. Make it special though by giving your child all of the tools that they can use.
Go beyond just the construction paper and the markers. Add to that glitter, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, etc. Raid your craft room drawers and really give them some tools to create with.
4. Popsicle Stick Picture Frames
This is a great little gift idea that I found here. You can go a lot of different ways with this gift idea. Paint all of the popsicle sticks the same or make each one individual. Once done, you simply glue them together with sticks on the back providing support. You then glue or pin a picture to it and you have a custom piece of art.
Like all of the crafts above, this idea allows your child to really put themselves into the project. Whoever receives it should love it.
5. Movie Night Basket
While not an actual craft, this can provide something for the not so crafty to do. Simply get a basket and allow your child to pick out a few treats. Let them browse the selection of candy and pick whatever they want to add to the basket. It gives them some involvement and ownership of the gift while providing the receiver something they will actually use. Add a movie or a movie gift card as your contribution.