Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make

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Looking for a way to get your children involved in gift giving this Christmas season? How about letting them lend a hand with making homemade gifts for your family and friends? Take a look at these homemade gifts that kids can make, with a little help.

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I Spy Bottles

My grandmother made I Spy Bottles for my children one Christmas. They were a huge hit!

These would be a great gift for young children – perfect for taking to church or the doctor’s office.

Children can help you dye the rice, pick out tiny objects for the bottles, and help fill the bottles with a funnel.

marshmallow shooter homemade Christmas gift

Marshmallow Shooters

Mixing up target practice with snacking? Of course!

My friend Angie shares her instructions for making a Marshmallow Shooter. This would be a great gift for boys, or even a dad who has everything.

While you’re there, don’t miss her Wooden Block Nativity tutorial. This child proof Nativity scene would make a treasured gift.

Snowflake Ornaments from Puzzle Pieces

Snowflake Ornaments from Puzzle Pieces

Have some puzzles that are missing some pieces? Grab some white paint, and create snowflake ornaments for your tree, or to give to others. You could even try a few in silver or gold.

reindeer ornament

Reindeer Thumbprint Ornament

My children and I have tried the Snowman Family Ornaments in years past, and they turned out so cute!

I think this year, we will give these Reindeer Thumbprint Ornaments a try. I love the the bright, non traditional colors.

Santa Hat Pretzels

Santa Hat Pretzel Treats

Almost everyone loves sweet treats for Christmas!

Check out this fun twist on your average chocolate covered pretzels! Kids can help dip the pretzels, sprinkle them with red sugar, or even add the mini marshmallows.

homemade crayons Christmas gifts

Homemade Crayons

In my house, we have a million pieces of broken crayons. Instead of throwing them away, you can recycle them for a fun twist.

Your kids can help by peeling the wrappers off the crayons, or helping to sort them by colors. Kids also love to fill the muffin tins or silicone molds.

homemade christmas gifts kids can make

Quick and Easy Gifts Under $5

As Christmas draws nearer, I always seem to think of more folks for whom we need to get a gift. We have our American Heritage Girls leaders, horseback riding instructors and even the UPS man!

My kids love helping with Christmas gifts, so we will use some of the ideas at Today’s Fabulous Finds. One of my favorites is ‘We Wisk You a Merry Kiss-mas!’

Added bonus? Many of these gifts are super easy on your budget.

santa handprint craft homemade gifts

Handprint Calendars

I’m a giant sucker for any handprint or footprint crafts, and I love looking through the ideas at Christmas Your Way. You could make a calendar, or use the ideas you find there to make a canvas print instead.

Snowman Handprint Ornaments

Christmas Ornament Tutorials

I’m super jealous of my friend Mary Jo’s crafty skills. She has some adorable Christmas ornament tutorials, including superhero ornaments, a unique spin on the thumbprint reindeer and a fingerprint snowman ornament.

homemade christmas gifts chocolate covered pretzels

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

For as long as I can remember, I helped my grandmother with baking cookies and treats for Christmas.

My kids LOVE helping me in the kitchen, and chocolate covered pretzels are some of their favorite treats. You can add a fun twist with sprinkles, Christmas tree shaped pretzels, or edible glitter.

Do you have a favorite homemade gift that your kids have made? Be sure and share your ideas with us!

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Dianna Kennedy is the mother of six, writing at The Kennedy Adventures. She shares resources for Catholic homeschooling, including printable Rosary cards for children and Saint Fun Fact Cards. Connect with her on G+, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


  1. Carolyn says

    My kids love making “playdough” out of cinnamon mixed with a little applesauce. they roll the dough out, use cookie cutters to cut candy canes or stars. A straw makes a good hole to hang them later. They bake them on a cookie sheet until hard (or even leave out to dry) and then decoate with glitter glue and sprinkles to make hangable scentsies. These make great presents to family members to use as car deodorizers.