It truly is the thought that counts when you are dealing with children who don’t have a budget. Inspire the giving spirit by helping your kids make their own presents for their siblings, cousins or friends. We found these last-minute DIY holiday gift ideas that your kids can create (with your assistance). Schedule time for you to make the gifts with each child separately. This will give each kid some quality time alone with you while also doing something nice for others.
5 holiday presents your kids can make:
Design irresistibly sweet necklaces using gumballs, candy or Cheerios. If you’d rather create a necklace that will stick around awhile, try making a painted wooded bead craft or metal washer necklaces.
Everyone knows a Lego fanatic. This DIY Lego storage box is the perfect gift! Your kids can glue on the green Lego mat and then personalize it with stickers or Washi tape.
Building forts in the living room is something every kid loves to do. You’ll need a sheet, clothespins, clothesline and a flashlight to complete this DIY project from Parents Magazine. Another fun idea is this homemade checkers game in a Ziploc bag.
Mason jar gifts have become a staple for endless crafts ideas. They are also the perfect size for kids to get involved. Make cookies in a jar by asking your little one to measure and then layer all of the baking ingredients into the container. After the kids swap their jars, schedule a night to bake them together as a family. You can even have the kids make and personalize their own chef hats.
Doing-it-yourself will become an annual holiday tradition in your home with these unique homemade ornament ideas. Your kids can design and swap new ornaments each year to decorate the tree and create wonderful family memories.
Baby at home?
For older siblings with a baby brother or sister, consider letting them purchase a small item for the new family arrival. Use this time as a way to educate your children on managing a budget. Give them a specific amount of money and let them pick out items within those means for the new baby. Use the Just Born Gift Guide as inspiration. In return, you can buy a small present from the baby too.