Inexpensive Gifts that your Child can Make

March 13th, 2012 · No Comments ·

Remember how frustrating it was to go shopping for gifts for other people when you were 10 years old? You had a whole list of people you needed to shop for, but only a few dollars to spend!

You can spare your children some of this frustration by encouraging them to make — rather than buy — gifts for friends and family members.

Here are a few presents that your child will enjoy making:

- Decorative flowerpots: A ceramic flowerpot, a few bottles of paint and a couple of paintbrushes are all it takes to transform an ordinary flowerpot into a work of art that is worthy of gift giving.

- Calendar: Family photographs and your child’s drawings can be used to create an eye-catching family calendar. Create a professional-looking calendar by using a computer program or encourage your child to draw the pages by hand by using a pen and a ruler. Whether your child takes the high-tech or old-fashioned approach to calendar making, remind him or her to include the dates of family members’ birthdays and anniversaries as well as the date of your next family reunion!

- Baked goods: Sugar cookies and caramel corn are lots of fun to make. Just make sure to double the recipes so that the young chefs at your house will have the opportunity to sample the fruits of their labor!

- Family cookbook: Create a cookbook that showcases your family’s favorite recipes and encourage other family members to contribute their recipes to the next edition.

- Stationery: Your child can use stickers, rubber stamps and other art supplies to decorate blank sheets of paper and envelopes. If you don’t have any rubber stamps at home, you can use a sponge or a potato instead.

- Beeswax candles: Show your child how to roll flat sheets of beeswax into candlesticks. Beeswax sheets come in a variety of colors and can be found in most craft-supply stores.

These types of gifts aren’t just easy on the budget. They’re also a pleasure to give and receive. Imagine what a thrill it will be for your child to be able to tell Grandma, “I made it myself.”

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