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Ho-Ho-Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make

Easy, crafty presents to make any adult smile


Making holiday gifts is a time old tradition for children. Family and friends love to receive gifts made by specially for them by the kiddos and it can be such fun helping them make presents for others. We’ve put together a list of our favorite homemade gifts that your kids can do, to help you with your holiday crafting.


Art Canvases

Having kids paint on canvas is a great way from them to easily produce a piece of artwork with few supplies and minimal effort. Give your child a canvas (8×10 or smaller are great sizes) along with some acrylic paints. Make sure to use acrylic paints—tempera paint and watercolors won’t stick to the canvas as well. The only limitation to this project is your child’s imagination. For the younger child and a more structured piece of work, paint a tree trunk and use your child’s finger prints to make the leaves.


DIY Tile Coasters

This is an enjoyable group project and super inexpensive to make. Head to the local hardware store for square white coasters. Next, take a set of permanent markers and have your child start drawing. Once everyone is done with their coasters, bake them in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes. Allow them to cool completely and if you are feeling fancy, add felt to the back of the coasters. Kids dig this project because it is simple and creates a colorful, fun gift.


Hot Chocolate Mix

Tasty food gifts are always a hit, especially when the kids create their own special mixes. Take speciality hot chocolate mix and top with crushed peppermint sticks and marshmallows in a jar. A bright bow on top completes the package!


Snowman Bath Bomb

Happiness is Homemade has a great tutorial for festive snowman bath bombs. Have the kids help mix up the bath bombs with adult assistance. Then leave the decorating to them. Their snowman faces are sure to be bright and silly!


Painted Dishtowels

Kid-designed dish towels are a practical gift and may even manage to make doing the dishes entertaining. Take flour sack dish towels and lay out flat on top of cardboard. Dip pencil erasers in fabric paint. Dab the paint filled erasers onto the dish towels and make a holiday inspired picture. You can also cut out stencils and stamp around them for charming designs. Allow to dry before giving these unique designed towels.


Cinnamon Ornaments

Cinnamon ornaments are a great gift for even the youngest of kids to make and they smell amazing! Mix together 1 cup applesauce, 1 ¼ cup ground cinnamon (the bulk aisle is your friend here) and 1 tablespoon ground cloves until the mixture forms a ball. Preheat your oven to 200F. Sprinkle a flat surface with cinnamon and roll out your dough to approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Poke a hole in each ornament with a skewer and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Once cool, attach decorative string and hang. For even more festive fun, paint your ornaments with bright colors or attach pom-poms, googly eyes, etc.


Java Jackets

Reusable sleeves for hot drinks keep parents caffeinated while kids have a great time making these as presents. Fashion a striped sock into a reusable sleeve for hot drinks. Take an old sock and cut 4 inches from leg for the cup cozy. Add embellishments like felt, buttons and stickers, using fabric glue for a fun project.


Rock, Paper, Scissors

Go on a rock hunt (or head to Amazon to purchase clean rocks) and collect an assortment of perfect paperweight rocks. Bring them home and clean them up before painting them with acrylic paints and other embellishments like stickers, felt, googly eyes, etc.


Cookie Mix Kit

Everyone loves cookies but sometimes stomachs run out of room around the holidays for treats. Give the gift of future cookies with a cookie mix in a jar present. Help kids fill a jar with the cookie dry ingredients in layers from your favorite cookie recipe. Write out the entire recipe on a small index card and decorate the container in a festive way.


Personalized Mugs

Another fun group activity, personalized mugs make for a fun afternoon. Take white mugs and let your kids decorate them with permanent markers, like Sharpies. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes for the design to set. Allow to cool before handling.