Making Homemade Gifts for Christmas
Christmas has become a time of shopping in our culture. The High Street starts to get festive as early as September now and it’s impossible to avoid the lure to buy, buy, buy sometimes. It’s lovely to be able to give and receive lots of new things during the Christmas period and there are some fabulous products hitting the shelves every year, which are a great way for time-poor parents to gear up for the big day.
If you start planning early enough though, it’s great to get the children involved with making some of the gifts to be given at Christmas too. It’s a great activity to help children to understand concepts such as giving, kindness, etc and also to learn new skills and allow time for creative play. And they will be really proud of what they have created, whether it’s created from scratch, or they’ve added their own personal touch to an existing product.
Recipients are likely to really appreciate the effort involved in homemade gifts and cards and many will keep the gifts for years to come as keepsakes as your children grow up.
We’ve put together some ideas below to help you get started. We’d love to see any creations your children make over on social media if you get a chance too.
Recommended by Good Toy Guide
Age: 6 -7 Years
This set helps improves fine motor skills, creativity and logical thinking while children are working on their beaded gifts. The set features 24 designs, including Christmas trees, Santa, reindeers and much more. Children simply place the coloured beads onto the pegboard to create the desired design and then an adult irons the design to set it.
Red Ted Art has the fabulously simple idea of buying plain pillar candles and getting your little ones to design a festive scene with permanent markers, such as Sharpies. Perhaps they will choose to draw Santa or a Christmas tree, or write a personalised message on there if their handwriting is up to it.
There are lots of recipes that you could use for this, with varying degrees of difficulty. There are great marshmallow ideas here. Or why not try to make some fudge with one of the recipes here. Or perhaps a good old traditional gingerbread man is more your thing. Ideas here for those and you can always get little children involved with decorating these. You could package up the finished items in jars or with festive ribbons.
This post was written by Katie Roberts-Mason