There is no better gift than one that comes from the heart and has that personal touch. We always struggle with what to get our loved ones who already have everything they could possibly need. So how about this year we all gift something that is unique and homemade by our little ones. Your nearest and dearest will treasure these handmade gems made by your little one forever.
Here are some of our favourite sweet homemade gifts kids can make to give to your family.
Fun Festive Candle Characters
Candles are always a fail-safe gift that everyone loves. But when you add a little personal touch in the form of fun Christmas characters you will be sure to raise a smile from your loved ones when they receive these.
Any candles will do for these. We prefer using ones already in a glass jar of some sort so it is easier to stick bits and bobs onto. This one really is one to let your little ones imagination go wild with. Grab all the arts and crafts bits you can find and let them create a fun festive candle character. Below is some inspiration.
Reindeer Hot Chocolate Cones
A gift that is handmade, cute but also edible. What’s not to love?! These will put a smile on anyone’s face and help them get into the festive spirit. This is the cutest gift idea for teachers, classmates, grandparents, and pretty much anyone who appreciates a gift from the heart. Plus they’re so easy.
Gather together all those key ingredients to make the best hot chocolate you can think of. For us it’s always; hot chocolate powder, small marshmallows and for that extra touch of indulgence we also add some chocolate chips. Now you’re going to need to get some large piping bags, these are found in most food or baking shops, plus they’re easy to get online. Fill up your piping bags with the cocoa powder, then sprinkle in a handful of chocolate chips. Now top it all off with a generous portion of small marshmallows and tie the bag in a knot. Now it’s time to turn these into little reindeers. Wrap and knot a pipe cleaner round the knot at the top of the bag to look like antlers. Using double-sided tape, or sticky circles tape the googly eyes, and red pom poms to your bags. And voila! One yummy, cute and handmade Christmas gift.
DIY Tree Decorations
Create personalized ornaments with your child's school pictures. They'll look great hanging on your tree and make for great gifts for grandpa and grandma, too.
Start off by painting a wooden stick popsicle (ice lolly stick will be perfect) any color you’d like. We did red and white striped for ours. Next cut out a circle for the lollipop and take your photo that you’ll be using for the ornament and cut that circle a little smaller. Now decorate your cardboard circle in whatever you want. We just love glitter so we went all out glitter for ours, but you can paint it or colour it in too. Once dry, stick on your photo. Then glue your circle to the wooden stick and add a loop of ribbon so it an hang on a tree.
Christmas Cookie Gifts
It doesn’t get any more personal and homemade than baking. Get your little ones involved with some Christmas baking themed fun to help keep them entertained, then you can also gift the end results to your loved ones as a little treat. We like to make festive cookies with our favourite Liewood cookie cutters and wrap them up in baking parchment with a bow to make cute little parcels. Attach a gift note and you have the perfect homemade present made with a lot of love that everyone can enjoy.
Glitter Santa Vase
Who doesn’t love the gifts of flowers? But let’s go one step further and add a home decorated vase with a festive touch that they can keep even after the flowers die.
You will need a glass jar for this, we use a mason jar. Lay out lots of newspaper as this is about to get messy! Grab your glue and paint brush, and paint an even goat of glue over the entire jar. Make sure you get into all the crevices. Now for the fun bit! Put your hand inside the rim of the jar and tilt it at an angle. Now pour the glitter up and down the jar, as you rotate it with your hand. After you’ve covered the entire jar with glitter, tap the jar on your glitter catch paper a couple times to let some loose excess fall off. Let it dry for at least an hour or two then very lightly brush the jar with a paint brush or any brush. To reduce any glitter shedding off we also do a few top coats of gloss. Then for the perfect festive touch, add a black ribbon to look like Santa’s belt. Now find the perfect flowers to pop inside and you have one crowd pleaser gift!
Or you could get your children involved with the creating some handmade Christmas cards to send to your loved ones in the post. Here are a few of our favourite ideas for some inspiration.