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Christmas Crafts to Give as Gifts

Nov 02, 2023 ● By The Hood Magazine
Creating handmade Christmas gifts can be a fantastic way for kids to get into the holiday spirit and show their love. Creating something can give a gift so much more meaning and make it extra special for the receiver. 

Here are some craft ideas that kids can make as heartfelt Christmas presents this year! 

Homemade Christmas Cards

Have kids design their own holiday cards using colored paper, markers, stickers, and glitter. Encourage them to write their own message inside! For younger children, write down word-for-word what they say! 

Salt Dough Ornaments

Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of water to create salt dough. Roll it out, cut it into shapes, and bake the ornaments in the oven. Once cooled, kids can paint and decorate them to give as gifts! Remember to add a hole for the ornament string! 

Handprint/Footprint Art

Help kids make handprint or footprint art on canvas or paper. These can be turned into festive designs like reindeer, snowmen, or Christmas trees. This gift is especially great to make with babies! 

Decorated Candles 

Kids can decorate plain white candles with colorful wax crayons. Simply draw on the candles, and then heat them slightly to melt the crayon wax, creating a beautiful, colorful effect.

Photo Frames

Decorate plain wooden or cardboard frames with paint, stickers, or glued-on ornaments. Use a photo with the person you are going to give the gift to! 

Personalized Ornaments

Decorate plain ornaments with paint, markers, or even photos to make them unique and meaningful. You can find plain wood or ceramic ornaments at any craft store! 

Hand-Painted Rocks

Collect smooth rocks and have kids paint holiday scenes or messages on them. These can be used as paperweights or decorations.

Homemade Bath Bombs

Older kids can make bath bombs using ingredients like baking soda, Epsom salt, citric acid, and essential oils. Shape them into festive molds and let them dry before gifting.

Customized Tote Bags

Decorate plain canvas tote bags with fabric markers or paint. Personalize the designs based on the recipient's interests.

Holiday Baking

A classic gift! Bake cookies, brownies, or other treats and package them in decorative tins or boxes. Include a handwritten recipe card.

Personalized Coasters

Decorate plain ceramic coasters with permanent markers or acrylic paint. Seal with a clear varnish.

Knotted Fleece Blankets

Older kids can make cozy knotted fleece blankets by tying fringed edges together.

When making these crafts, it's essential to supervise younger children and ensure they use age-appropriate materials and tools. Encourage kids to put their unique stamp on each gift by personalizing them with messages or designs that are special to them and the recipient. Homemade gifts are a great way for your kiddos to show how much someone means to them! Have fun and get crafting!