From Christmas ornaments to pillowcases, here are some homemade holiday gifts that are easy to create with kids
Get ready to get gifting! And no, you don’t need to brave the crowd-packed mall just to buy the perfect presents for your extended fam. Instead, your creative kiddos can cook, craft, and more. These homemade holiday gifts include cute keepsakes, holiday-themed treats, and imaginative art perfect for surprising your nearest and dearest.
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Christmas Truck Ornaments
Upcycle your child’s old toy trucks and turn them into these awesome auto-inspired ornaments from Mama Papa Bubba. This eco-friendly craft is a gift your friends and family will cherish for years to come.
Chocolate Face Scrub
Hot chocolate goes glam with this at-home spa-like skincare gift. Sweeten almost anyone’s beauty routine with this make-your-own chocolate sugar face scrub. Learn how to whip up a batch from Mini Monets & Mommies.
Yum! Ginger cookies are a family fave. Give the gift of a super-tasty treat and bake a batch of this chewy goodness from The View From Great Island.
Sugar Cookie Cake Bars
What’s a better gift than Christmas cookies? A Christmas cookie cake bar! This holiday treat is sweetness at its sugary best. Get the step-by-step how-to from Bitz & Giggles.
Give family and friends a sweet paper craft to adorn their holiday tree! These paper poinsettias are fun to create and even better to give as a heartfelt gift. Learn how to make these ornaments from Mini Monets and Mommies.
Christmas Teacup Garden
A teacup garden is an awesome DIY Christmas gift because it a) brings a bit of greenery to any space, b) is easy to make, and c) is oh-so-cute! You and the kiddos may even be able to craft your own with things you have on hand. For full instructions, visit Fireflies + Mud Pies.
Your littles can get crafty and create this photo gingerbread ornament. Sculpt, paint, and add a cute portrait to this holiday-themed gift. Get the how-to from Mini Monets and Mommies.
Jewel Box Truffles
We love how these truffles (courtesy of The View from Great Island) look like pretty little ornaments ready to go on a tree. These sweet treats are surprisingly easy to make—if you have kitchen-savvy kiddos, they can help roll and decorate!
DIY Star Wars Garden Pots
We have just the thing for the Star Wars fan in your life! These sweet little planters are a fun way to add the Force to any garden, desk, or windowsill. Get the full instructions at Lemon Lime Adventures.
Reindeer Peppermint Bark
It’s hard to resist peppermint bark around the holidays, and this reindeer version is sure to go down in history as a truly tasty gift. It’s Always Autumn even has “quick and dirty” tips for melting chocolate the easy way. Box up your bark, and you’ll be all set for any gift exchange!
Book-Inspired Playdough Kit
A literary playdough kit? Um, genius! This idea from Mama Papa Bubba is perfect for inventive bookworms, curious kiddos, and anyone who likes to tinker! It’s inspired by the classic Little Blue Truck, though we bet any book could serve as inspiration.
Candy Cane Bath Salts
When the weather outside is frightful, give the gift of an at-home spa day! These pepperminty bath salts are simple to make and a perfect present for loved ones who could use some R&R. Get the instructions over at Boulder Locavore.
DIY Photo Gifts
This gift idea from A Subtle Revelry is perfect for your little Picasso. It involves printing off cherished family photos (you’ve been meaning to do that anyway, right?) and letting your littles get their coloring on. We guarantee friends and family alike will love the personalized result.
Psst! Did you know that you can make personalized candles for cheap—and it’s easy enough that kids can do it on their own? It’s Always Autumn has everything you need to know to make these great gifts, so start gathering your fave photos now.
DIY “I Love You” Pillowcase
The best way to guarantee sweet dreams this holiday season is with this sweet homemade pillowcase. All you need to make this keepsake is fabric markers, a pillowcase, and a creative kid. Get the full (easy) instructions over at Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Not only is this the cutest herd of reindeer we’ve ever seen, but it’s also an absolutely brilliant last-minute gift! If you have pipe cleaners, you’re halfway there. Low on googly eyes? Use paint or stickers instead! Learn more at Life of a Modern Mom.
Duct Tape Beads
Who knew that duct tape makes a great fashion accessory? This craft from Clumsy Crafter is so simple, even a preschooler can help—but it’s fun enough for big kids, too. Perfect for all the fashionistas in your life!
Toddler Art T-Shirt
Now this is what we call a graphic tee. It’s a simple toddler art project (courtesy of Small + Friendly) that yields a totally cool gift that any loved one would be stoked to wear. You only need three materials (nothing fancy) and artistic kiddos.
Painted Rock Craft
This Christmas present really rocks. Have your kiddos paint rock portraits for each member of the family and gift them as worry stones, paperweights, good luck charms, or simply works of art. Get the how-to (and a free printable!) over at Mer Mag.
Egg Carton Succulents
Give your loved ones some greenery to tide them over until spring! It’s easy with this idea from Bit Square. And we love how this eco-friendly craft involves repurposing an egg carton!
Superhero Build-A-Fort Kit
Bam! Pow! Your little caped crusader will go bananas for this superhero build-a-fort kit from Megan + Andy. It’s incredibly creative and uses simple materials like a sheet, glow sticks, and a flashlight.
Cookies in a Jar
Making this delicious and delightful gift from Post Punk Kitchen is as easy as funneling the ingredients for a batch of homemade cookies into a glass jar. For an extra personal touch, send a faraway friend or family member their favorite deconstructed cookie recipe!
Thumbprint Christmas Ornament
These adorable thumbprint ornaments from Little Bit Funky can get even the tiniest hands (or thumbs!) involved in the DIY gift-making process. They’re super easy to make, and you can even make them in bulk for everyone on your list! Bonus: it’s a great keepsake for years to come.
DY Monogram Mug
Mugs really are everyone’s cup of tea, especially design-savvy monogram mugs. These classic cups are easy to pull off if you follow the DIY tutorial from Design Mom. (She scored her inexpensive white mugs at a Goodwill shop, making these gifts thrifty and eco-friendly too.) Recipients will think of you with every sip!
Earl Grey or green all the way? Tea connoisseurs will love this clever idea from Dollar Store Crafts and you can easily personalize it with their favorite flavors and alternate the teabags with notes and kid-made art. You can even have your youngster color the clothespins.
Homemade Sugar Scrub
This cinnamon vanilla body scrub is easy to whip up and is even edible. It also smells like the holidays, so it’s an extra festive treat for loved ones. Try making a large batch and giving this out to anyone you know who could use a little pampering. Get the how-to at Food Renegade.
Painted Wooden Spoons
We love the idea of giving personalized gifts that are useful, like this painted serving ware. These spoons could be a great host gift if your family is booked up with holiday parties. Get your kiddos involved and make the stems of these utensils as colorful as they want! Learn more at Infarrantly Creative.
Ice Cream Sundae Kit
This gift looks as good as it tastes! Include all the trimmings for making a killer ice cream sundae, including the waffle cone, chocolate sauce, and of course, sprinkles. Find out how to make your own incredible, edible kit from Jan Scott over at Savvy Mom.
Easy Reindeer Hot Cocoa Gift
This adorable gift idea is easy to make and who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Courtesy of Forever Freckled, you can see what you need to get started by clicking here.