Making gifts can be a fun family activity, and can help your child experience the joy of gift giving. Homemade gifts don’t have to be expensive or complicated. Even your youngest family members can get in on the fun!
Younger children could:
- Make hand and foot stamped wrapping paper: Use purchased or homemade stamps (or handprints) to decorate plain paper with paint or stamp pads.
- Decorate sheets of inexpensive watercolor paper. Cut into strips, and give as unique bookmarks.
- Help with baking treats to give as gifts.
- Wrap yarn around an unfinished wooden ornament. This will also help with fine motor skill development.
Older children could do some of the activities listed above, and could also:
- Create wire ornaments decorated with beads.
- String beads with large holes onto ribbon and tie a knot on the end. These could be given as bookmarks.
- Create unique wrapping paper by coloring plain paper with crayons, colored pencils, etc.
- Bake edible treats and package/wrap to give as gifts. They could also create personalized labels for each gift.
Some wonderful books with more fun gift-making ideas include:
Christmas Crafts by American Girl Library
Hanukkah Crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe
Kwanzaa Crafts by Carol Gnojewski
Reindeer Crunch and Other Christmas Recipes by Kristi Johnson
Christmas Creations by Anna Llimós Plomer
Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand