Children’s Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

A Christmas gift made by a child is priceless. The recipient, whether a mother or grandmother, will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind the gift. There are so many inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts that a child can make.

Supply Scavenger Hunt

Before going to the store to buy supplies, take a look at home to see what is already available. Go on a supply scavenger hunt and collect the items in a basket or plastic container. Listed below are some supplies to look for:

  • Construction paper
  • Printer paper or butcher paper
  • Paint
  • Puffy paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Color pencils
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Fabric scraps
  • Newspapers
  • Sponges
  • Popsicle sticks
  • String
  • Stickers
  • Foam or felt sheets
  • Ribbon
  • Three hole punch
  • Stapler
  • Pictures
  • CDs (that are blank)
  • Metal rings (those that are used for keychains)
  • Cardboard
  • Canning jars
  • Clean baby food jars
  • Tissue paper

Homemade Christmas Gifts

There are many gifts that children can make for loved ones. No matter if a child is two years old or ten, a homemade gift can be made. It is important for families to help children see what is already available at home before making a gift. When deciding on which gift to make, it is important to take into consideration the child’s age, attention span, and ability. Listed below are some ideas of gifts that can be made:

  • Photo coasters
  • Scrapbook
  • Keychains (attach child’s picture onto cardboard or construction paper, punch one hole, laminate, and place metal ring into the hole)
  • CD of pictures
  • Notepads
  • Baking jars (hot cocoa or cookie mix)
  • Decorated Ornaments (use clear ornaments and confetti paper)
  • Popsicle storage container
  • Bookmarks
  • Christmas Wreath (Trace the child’s hands on green construction paper, cut out, glue onto a clean pizza cardboard circle and add ribbon
  • Decorated candle holder (Use a clean baby food jar or very small canning jar, take pieces of tissue paper and glue onto the jar, let dry, place a small candle inside)
  • Basket or Tin with goodies (cookies, dessert bars, etc.)
  • CD with home video and/or still pictures
  • Blanket with scraps of fabric from important items such as t-shirts, uniforms, blankets, etc. (child can help select fabric, and trace pattern onto fabric)
  • Holiday t-shirt with child’s footprint (use to make reindeer face) or handprint (use to make a Christmas tree
  • Decorated organizers (use small sized plastic containers and decorate with paint, stickers, etc)
  • Painted apron or tool belt organizer (use fabric paint)
  • Desk organizer (use a clean baby wipe container and decorate with stickers, markers, etc.)
  • Magazine or file folder organizer (use cereal boxes, cut out diagonal on each side, cover, and decorate)

Giving children the opportunity to make homemade Christmas gifts teaches how to be giving and thoughtful of others. These are important skills for children to learn that will last a lifetime. It just starts out with having a scavenger hunt and making something by hand.

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