Let’s face it, times are tough right now. The economy is struggling. The job market is down while prices are up. And Christmas is right around the corner. There’s no need to worry. You and your children can still have great gifts for your family and friends at a low cost. Here are a few simple gifts that you can make at home.
Tree ornaments are fun to make with younger children. You’ll just need some simple supplies like felt, ribbon, glue, scissors, and glitter. First, simply cut pairs of holiday shapes out of felt and glue them back to back. Next, poke a hole near the top of the shape. Then insert a strip of ribbon as a hanger. Finally, let the kids decorate the ornaments with glitter and ribbon to create their own special designs. They can easily personalize the ornaments with a name or initials.
Younger children may also enjoy making book markers. For these you will only need index cards, markers, and scissors. You can cut the index cards into holiday shapes or just simple rectangles. Let the kids have fun decorating them with holiday scenes or special messages. What could be easier?
Cookbooks are a wonderful idea for older children to make. All you need is some of your favorite recipes, colored paper, yarn, and markers. Help your children choose several recipes to copy onto the colored paper. Your child can write out the recipes by hand or type them out on the computer and print them onto the colored paper. To make the recipes into a handsome book simply poke a hole at the top, left corner of each page. Make a title page for the child to personalize with the name of the person they’re giving it to. Now use the yarn to thread through the holes. Tie it into a bow and you’re done.
Another great gift for older children to make is key chains. For these you’ll need some durable string or thin wire, beads, and scissors. Cut a length of string or wire and tie off one end. Allow the children to string the beads onto the length of string or wire. Let the kids get creative with their own patterns and designs. Your kids can even personalize their key chains with lettered beads. You will need to help out with cutting and tying the string or wire.
For the perfect gift from the whole family use your digital camera to get a shot of the family spending time together. You can get inexpensive prints at your local discount store. Then you and your kids can make hand made frames using thin card board, scissors, glitter, paint, and glue. Simply cut the cardboard to fit the photos, decorate with glitter or paint, and attach the photo.
For a few dollars in supplies you and your children can make any of these gifts with ease. You will have a great time helping your kids with these projects. Your family and friends will love the thoughtfulness behind your personalized gifts. So take some of the stress out of the holidays and have a wonderful time making your own Christmas gifts.