Christmas Eve is a week away! I’ve started wrapping gifts and filling out cards. The kids are getting more and more excited by the day. The girls really want to help this year, especially with wrapping. They want to give people “their own” gifts too. Maggie got to go to a holiday boutique at her school, but along with her sister, they’ve been coloring and crafting up a storm to add to our family’s gift giving. Over the past few weeks these are a few easy gifts I’ve made with kids that make great holiday gifts:
1. Painted Keepsake Boxes
I found small brown boxes at the craft store for under $1. The kids painted them and glued small items (also from the craft store) on top. They came out so cute and the kids made them all on their own.
2. Finger Print Snowman Magnets
These were my favorite kids craft this season! I found mini square canvases and thought they’d make great magnets. We painted them and used white paint to make fingerprint snowmen. Once dry they kids added the face. We used sticker magnets on the back. These turned out to be really sweet little gifts!
3. Oil Sharpie Mugs
Julie made beautiful plates last year (details in this post) using oil based Sharpie markers. I found mugs for .99 at Target and decided to let the kids give “designing’ them a try. They had a blast and they make really cute gifts.
Use the oil based Sharpie markers to color/ design a mug. Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
4. Mini Jars of Bath Scrub
Julie wrote about the delightful Sugar & Salt Scrub she made with a group of friends last year. I saw cute little red jars in the Dollar Spot at Target and thought it would be fun to let the kids make a “science experiment” that turned into a gift.
1 cup of oil (we used olive oil)
1/2 cup of Epsom salt
1/2 cup of sugar
Essential Oils (we used peppermint for Christmas)
In a mixing bowl, mix together the oil, salt, & sugar. Add drops of essential oils until you get the desired smell & stir. Pour into a jar.
Then the kids scooped the scrub into the mini jars and decorated them with stickers. This was a lot of fun and the whole house smells like peppermint after the project!
5. Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas
Supplies: canvas, green paint, ribbon, sharpie, glue
Directions: Use the child’s handprints to create the tree. Glue a bow at the top and write their name/ year at the bottom.