The Holidays are such a wonderful time to spend with your children. It’s such a joy decorating the tree, baking cookies, and picking out special gifts for loved ones. When it comes to picking out gifts for my kids, I have learned the hard way that those plastic battery-powered toys may light up their eyes upon unwrapping (and not to mention empty your wallet), but those toys almost ALWAYS end up at the bottom of the toy box, broken, and never to be touched again. They also create more clutter, right?
Last Christmas I tried something a little different. I made a lot of the gifts myself, and I was shocked at how much more my very young children (2&4) appreciated their gifts. They take special care of the gifts that “Mama made me.” It made them feel so special that their mama took time to make something just for them. My 4-year-old sleeps with his crochet snake, “Snakey” every night, and my daughter loves wearing the hat I made her and playing dress-up with the jewelry I made just to fit her bright, outgoing personality.
Making my own gifts for my kids was such a success last year, that I complied a list of ideas and resources for any Mamas that want to give it a try:
I know crocheting isn’t for everyone, but there are some really great free patterns on the internet. Repeatcrafterme has fabulous free patterns and tutorials for hats, stuffed animals, and so much more. This is “Snakey.” You can find the link for the free pattern here. There is also a link for an adorable beginners crochet hat here.
I thought this idea for Story Stones was so much fun as well. There’s nothing a kiddo loves more than to make up imaginary stories, and sometimes they are so silly. The Artful Parent has a lovely blog post about Story Stones here.
Sew Them Something Special
I made my kids a Craft Kit last year and I’m pretty sure it was their favorite gift! I just bought a bunch of craft supplies (paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, glue, etc.), and put it all in a nice box.
Really, it doesn’t matter what you make your littles. Believe me though, they will love it more than any store-bought gift. Most of the time what you make is less expensive than purchasing something!