If you are looking for ideas on things kids can create I’ve rounded up a few ideas.
Framed Artwork (Any Age)
Have you child draw or paint an original drawing or painting and put it in an inexpensive frame to make it a ‘piece of art’. Family portraits, seasonal motifs and the recipients favorite things make great subject matter.
If you child isn’t a ‘drawer’ you can also have them write a note to their gift recipient and frame it as well:
This is a such a simple yet meaningful gift idea.
Simple Knitted Items (Ages 8+)
Another fun project that kids can create on their own are hand knit items (like headbands, scarves, and doll blankets.) And thanks to the Knit’s Cool Knitting studio, they don’t have to be hold the needles.
The kit comes with needles that are held in place so knitting is easy.
The instructions are straight forward and easy to understand so my kids had no problem figuring out the technique.
Even though the kit is intended for kids 8 and older, my 6 year old was able to figure it out as well (with a little help)
She was pretty excited to see her work grow and grow.
I was amazed with how well it came out.
We created a headband for my 8 year old’s best friend. She can’t wait to give it to her!
Baked Goods (Any Age with Assistance)
Baked treats like cookies, cakes and breads, have always been a holiday gift staple. So why not let your kids help out in the kitchen and create their own edible gifts? Maybe the cake won’t be perfectly decorated, but that is part of the charm.
Personalized Gifts (Reading Age and Older)
Monogramed and personalized items are all the rage with elementary school girls. So giving my kids the chance to make their own gifts that are personalized for their friends was a huge hit. We used the Text Cool Bracelet Studio kit (available at Amazon or local department stores) to create personalized bracelets for their friends.
The bracelets are a great way to let your kids put their stamp on their gifts.
The machine is very straight forward to use, and makes up to 35 bracelets.
As soon as your kids can spell, they can create bracelets with their own words and phrases.
And it isn’t just text! My kids liked the emojis the best.
A great gift for your BFF!
Crafts (Ages vary by craft type)
I’ve shared a few craft ideas on this blog that would be perfect gifts. For example, a flower bouquet made from egg cartons would be even more loved than a bouquet of real flowers.
Which craft you select really depends on your child and the person you are making it for, but the idea is that just because a child makes it, doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be loved.
So the next time you are at the department store and your child asks you to buy a gift for a friend, remind them of just how much they have to offer already.. with their own two hands!