I am blessed to know so many kids with huge hearts and a love for others. Because of that love, they are some of the most generous people at holiday time. They love to give gifts.
Even more than giving gifts, though, kids have a heart for making their gifts. Maybe it is the lack of pretense that kids have, their unbridled creativity, or the fact that they know the gifts they make with their hands reflect what they feel inside about the recipient.
So this holiday season we are bringing you a collection of DIY Christmas gifts kids can make themselves.
It will take a bit of prep by mom or dad and the occasional adult assistance, but for the most part these gifts are treasures kids can craft for adults in their lives like teachers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles or their friends with just a little bit of help.
Other than the fact kids love to craft and make for others, there are a number of different reasons why gift-making is an important activity for kids. Here are just a few:
Perfect activity for season of gratitude.
Next month is the month for gift-giving, but this month we focus on gratitude. What better way to be grateful for someone than by making something for them. The creative act, paired with our appreciation of others, is a wonderful way to express gratitude for the people who do so much for us.
Learn new skills and artform.
Kids can learn to do all sorts of things. Jessica and I (okay, mostly Jessica) taught a knitting class at our co-op this fall. I was amazed at the skills the kids developed with a bit of patience and practice. I was also a teeny bit jealous that some of their knitting looked better than my own.
Have a great time.
Working on gifts for others, crafting in general, is just plain fun. We turned our crafting experiences into mini-parties where everyone chatted and played as they worked.
Making gifts allows kids to put their own stamp on their projects.
Kids love to create. We let them have free-reign with colors and ideas. Even if their creations were not what we have chosen to do ourselves, they got to practice making choices, which they loved and make them more confident artists.
Make something more meaningful than they could afford to buy.
A kid’s generosity often far outstrips their allowance. I have experienced my child’s frustration as they wanted to give far more than they can afford. Allowing them to make gifts gives them the opportunity to be more generous — and that’s a good thing.
Create a keepsake.
While store-bought gifts are often disposable, handmade gifts are often treasured for years to come.
Feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Like everyone, kids love to experience the satisfaction of a job well done. Giving them the opportunity to work hard on a gift allows then that feeling.
Starting tomorrow and the next three weeks we will be bringing you four different DIY Christmas gifts your kids can create that are perfect for teachers, family, and friends.
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More Christmas ideas
I’ve joined forces with some other wonderful bloggers to bring you more great Christmas ideas:
- Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – It’s not too late for some Advent crafts and Dianna has lots of wonderful ideas that your children will enjoy making.
- Random Acts of Kindness: An Advent Tradition – If you’ve never carried out a Random Act of Kindness before December is the perfect time of year to get started. Colleen shares her stories and ideas as well as a free printable that you can use.
- Create a Holiday Planner that’s Right For You – If you’d like some help staying organised this Christmas you won’t want to miss this awesome Holiday Planner that Alli is sharing.
- DIY Christmas Ornaments for Boys – Who knew you could make Christmas ornaments from LEGO! Sheila has some great ideas for ornaments just perfect for boys to make, and girls will probably enjoy them too.
- Gifts in a jar: 22 simple ideas that look fabulous – Do you need some ideas for frugal Christmas gifts that look amazing? Try some of these jar gift ideas shared by Clare.
- DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make – Sometimes the nicest gifts are ones that someone has made themselves, and even the children can get involved this year thanks to these great ideas from Pam.
- Kids Show How to Make Gingerbread Cookies – Baking with kids isn’t just about them having fun, they’re learning too (without even realising) about how to follow instructions, counting and measuring, developing fine and gross motor skills, and even learning a little Gingerbread history!
- Paper Plate stained glass wreath festive craft for kids – Anna’s children demonstrate how to make a gorgeous Stained Glass Wreath using a paper plate. This activity is great for all ages.
- Christmas Tree Books for Kids – December is a great time to bring new books into the house, and Cindy has a list of fabulous books all about Christmas Trees.
- DIY Kits for Kids – Emma has shared some great ideas for activities that should keep the kids entertained on a cold and wet afternoon. Perhaps just long enough for you to finish the gift wrapping!
- Gift Wrap Storage – If trying to keep your gift wrap under control drives you crazy you will not want to miss this post from Gabi.