Thursday, September 6, 2012

5 Homemade Gifts Any Kid Can Make

When you think about homemade you usually do not think about children. After all, homemade can mean the project is difficult, right? No, in fact homemade can be quite the opposite. Making things by hand does not mean it has to be hard at all. If you think about it, handmade gifts were the first gifts ever. How many children make drawings or cards for their parents as their first real gift? Those are things that parents, grandparents, and family friends treasure forever because they come from the heart. With that in mind, here are five great homemade gifts that any child can create and give away:

1.      Story book – What could be better than a personalized story book? A person of any age would be delighted to see their name in a story just about them. Not only does this delight the person getting the gift, but it also gives children the opportunity to use their imagination and picture themselves in someone else’s shoes. They can think about what occupation the person has, what they do during their day, what they are interested in, and where they would like to travel to.  

This allows children to think about others in two ways: by making an effort for someone else and thinking about someone else’s life. All it takes to create a story book is some construction paper, yarn, and a hole-puncher. Punch three holes on one side of the papers and thread the yarn through the holes. Tie in pretty bows and your book is ready to write and illustrate. Crayons, markers, or colored pencils make for great illustrations. Have children work on their handwriting and artistic skills while creating a gift for someone else.


2.      Recipe Jar – Everyone can use a little help when it comes to cooking, so why not give them the gift of a meal or dessert? Using dry ingredients that will not spoil, children can create mixes for soups, chili, cakes, or brownies. By layering the ingredients neatly in a large mason jar, children not only create a meal but a work of art as well. Add colorful ingredients like multi-colored pasta, mini candy coated chocolates, or various spices to the jars to really bring out the artistic side.  

The kids can decorate the jar with paint or material. Make sure they give the recipe with the jar so that other can replicate this tasty treat. Simply have them tie a small card to the lid of the jar. If there are nuts or gluten, please make sure to include a warning for allergy sufferers. Kids can have fun creating these delicious gifts, and then can make their own for dinner that night!


3.      Wind chimes – If you have a creative child that loves to collect things, this is the perfect homemade gift for them to make. Virtually any collection of small objects can make a beautiful wind chime. Sea shells and coral tied to a piece of driftwood make a great ocean themed wind chime. For a more masculine touch, washers, nuts and bolts tied to a wrench make a great decoration for the garage workspace. Sea glass, marbles, or natural stones catch the light as well as the wind, and a copper-tinted coat hanger holds them all creatively. Simply use fishing line to dangle the odds and ends and your child has the perfect gift in no time.


4.      Pencil holder –Everyone with a desk needs a place to put their pencils, and what could be better than a constant reminder of how much they are loved? Almost any tall, thin container can be made into a pencil holder. Mason jars, tin cans, mismatched glasses, small boxes, and even weighted toilet paper tubes can be turned into desk accessories. Have the children use their imagination to come up with objects that will work. Decorate with paint, markers, crayon, material or anything else they can think of. A little glitter and glue are not bad ideas either. They can even attach a picture of themselves to really personalize their gift.


5.      Treasure Box – Whether you are young or old, you always have things you treasure. Have the kids make up a treasure box for a gift. Something that captures the unique spirit of the recipient. Using a small box, preferably one with a lid, have the children decorate it with things that are meaningful. Pictures cut out from magazines, drawings, or stickers work well. They can also do the classic glitter and pasta route for something that looks like a king or queen will use. 

Fake gems and shimmery accessories can make it glamorous. For a more masculine box, try the monster route. Using googly eyes and lots of green, make a box an alien would be proud to use. Glue on paper teeth and yarn hair for effect. Even a Halloween themed box, like a mummy’s chest or a vampire’s casket could be a fun give away idea. Decorated tiny mint tins make for great treats! 

Whether they are making a Christmas gift, a birthday surprise, or just a gift for any occasion, these ideas should get them started. There are tons of inventive ideas they can come up with using objects you have around the house. There is no reason to have to spend a lot of effort or money coming up with gift ideas. All it takes is a lot of creativity and a little time for children to create gifts that will last forever in the hearts and minds of their recipients.

Author Byline:

Ken Myers as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance.  He is a regular contributor of “”.  You can get in touch with him at

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