Homemade Christmas gifts

Nikki - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I like to have my children make homemade gifts for family members. Not sure what to do this year...any ideas? My sons are 7 months and 3 1/2 years. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

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Sonya - posted on 11/06/2009

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I did a bunch of "Free" stuff from www.artscow.com. They actually cost about $3-4 each (shipping & handling). We put all kinds of pics of my stepson on different gifts like watches, mirrors, aprons for the grandparents (and his daddy).

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Danielle - posted on 11/09/2009

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You can use a Navy or light blue Bathrrom towel and have them do their foot print, toes towards the bottom of the towel then you decorate it to look like a snowman. black hat carrot nose cole for eyes etc. using fabric paint then write 'let it snow' with your child name and age. you can even use snowfalke stamps in the fabric paint to make it look like its snowing. It looks really great when its finished!

Sharon - posted on 11/08/2009

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We have done....

1.. framed hand prints, not expensive at all, using crayola watercolors, I make a thick paint and paint one hand of each child 2 or 3 colors and press it acid free paper. When they were young I wrote their names between each finger, dated it. I have 3 kids, all hand prints went on one page, each hand different colors, then I bought a nice mat and frame from walmart.

2. food - FUN. Making & decorating christmas cookies is a blast. Making "jar" cookies is cool too. All the dry ingredients needed to make cookies or fudge in a jar with a label and directions. You can decorate the jar too.

3. Photo albums. I turn the kids loose with my online photo albums and let them pick out pictures to share with friends, grandparents etc and I have them printed. There are places that print for as little as 4cents a print! But that is a promo price. Average is 10 to 15 cents a print. Although I think winkflash offers a regular 6cents a print.

You can buy $1 photo albums at Target and most dollar stores. If you hunt now, you might christmas themed covers. OH and some photo sites allows you to use their decorative frames to dress up the prints and they even print them out that way. I like shutterfly.com for the selection of frames.

4. same line but more pricey are the calenders. My mom was so over the moon with the calender I made for her. You can make your own calendar too. Print the pics in 5 x 7 - use your computer to make the months, and tape/glue the pics & months to poster board. You can customize the dates on the calender too.

Yvonne - posted on 11/08/2009

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I like all the suggestions so far but another one would be for them to help bake goodies and decorate them... put them in a tin and give out... I started a holiday tradition when my oldest was 6 months old. She sat on the counter and helped with the flour and ingredients. Now my kids and the grandkids come over for a day of baking and we pass out the goodies to all our friends and family... It is time to share life and food....lol

They are already asking me what day this year we are doing it...

Loretta - posted on 11/08/2009

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I found heart shaped throw pillows one year and put my girls' handprints on them and wrote their names under them and the year acorss the top. That was 16 years ago and those pillows are still displayed at both grandma's houses.

Ashley - posted on 11/05/2009

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maybe take their hand prints and combine them with something, like a pic with santa or something

Heidi - posted on 11/05/2009

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Not sure if you are doing this for money reasons or not, but I take my son the to Dollar Tree (everything is 1.00) and let him pick out things for the family. Some of the items are really funny that he picks out, but they are thoughtful and just what they needed...lol.

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Handprints or footprints in plaster of paris for grandparents. One year my baby daugher and I made a tshirt with her hand and foot prints for her grandmother. We just used acrylic pant, and granny LOVED IT. She still has it...made into a quilt!!!!

Jaime - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hand prints are great. Feet print oranaments are cute too....have them walk in paint and then on paper. Cut them out and either glue them onto an ornament or roll them up and place them in a glass ball oranament. I did some cute oranaments for everyone a couple of years ago. I took pictures of my son and then I printed them on transparent paper(needs to be kind of thick but something you can roll around a pencil-found at staples). Cut them in a circle big enough to fill the glass ball oranaments, roll them around a pencil and slide them in the oranament. If your paper is a good thikness it will unroll in the ball. Then just put some glitter and seal the top....

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2009

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Do a photo album.Put pics from the last year in them. Your family members will love it. I think that Kodak does calenders too.

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