This holiday season, instead of store bought items, give the loved ones on your list a personal gift made by you or your children. Below is a list of ideas you can make yourself and a few the kids can help with as well.
Treats in a Jar – Simply layer the dry ingredients of your favorite cookies in a jar and attach the recipe or create your own favorite snack mix and add to jar. Add a pretty ribbon or festive holiday floral for more decoration!
Footprint or Handprint Shirt or Canvas Bag –Create a special personalized gift for a loved one using your child’s handprint or footprint. Grandpa and Grandma will be sure to love showing off a shirt or a tote bag made by their grandchildren.
Photo Calendar – There are many great photo websites with templates to help you create a personalized calendar. You could also print out calendar pages and make a scrapbook calendar or consider a handprint calendar with a different handprint project on each page.
Glass Photo Magnets – You will need flat-bottomed, clear glass gems, photos sized to match the gems, mod podge, and magnets. Glue the pieces together. Please refer to this link for additional tips.
Decorate a Ceramic Dish – You will need a plain, colored plate or mug and ceramic paints or pens. Refer to this link for step by step instructions. You can help guide your child with a design or let his or her creativity create a masterpiece.
Theme Baskets – Put together a basket of items centered on a theme, such as movie, spa, wine, romance, snacks, chocolate, gardening, coffee, tea, or baby.
Baked Goods – Do you enjoy baking? Why not make extra and give as gifts. Of course, this is time sensitive and requires planning and preparation just shortly before giving the gift.
Holiday Wreath – Purchase a ready-made plain wreath (sold at most craft stores) and add your own decorations. You could use anything the recipient might enjoy such as, silk florals and berries, artificial fruit, silk birds, small ornaments, wrapped candy, beads, and ribbon.
Personal Coupons – Make this classic gift for anyone on your list! This is great for the person who seems to have everything.