One of the best parts of the holiday season is finding that special gift for each of the important people in our lives. It is truly joyful to present those closest to us with gifts that are meaningful. Gifts from children to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and caregivers are some of the most important, and memorable, exchanged during the holidays. Below you’ll find a few great homemade gift ideas that are unique, have meaning, and won’t break the bank.
Original artwork from your little Picasso or Monet: Grandparents will surely treasure a framed drawing or a painting from your child. Set your child up with an 8 by 10 inch piece of paper (you will likely need to cut or fold the paper to these dimensions), and either crayons or paint, and let the creativity begin. Once the masterpiece is complete, place it in a larger sized frame that includes a matte. These are available at either Walmart or Target at very reasonable prices. Your child can write a short message, or simply sign his/her name, on the matte.
A poem or story: Children are naturals at telling stories. Have your child dictate a story or poem to you as you either write or type it (no editing allowed). Leave room for illustrations if desired. Help your little one design a cover, then place his/her work in a presentation binder or clear report cover. If something craftier is a better fit, simply punch holes on the left side of the creation, and tie it all together with yarn. Your child’s first published piece will be a big treat for a special friend or family member.
A recording of your child reading or singing: It’s hard to believe that you could ever forget your child’s “little voice,” but soon enough the baby talk, mispronounced words and consonants, and misused expressions will be a thing of the past. Record your child singing, reading, or just talking and share it with family members during the holiday season. Although this isn’t a gift that can be easily wrapped and presented in a conventional way, a text recording of it sent during the holiday busyness can be a great stress reliever.
Personalized gifts from the heart are always the favorites! Best wishes for a beautiful holiday season with your family and friends!
Kelly McIntire is a children’s author who believes that magic and adventure should begin in childhood and last a lifetime. Her books include Time Twistedand Adventures in Fairy Meadow.
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Staying sane during the holiday rush
The holiday season is fun-filled and magical, but it can also be hectic and stressful, especially when you have young children. Social events, preparing your home, and keeping holiday traditions are fun, but they can fill up your calendar and “to do” list quickly. And the other not-so-fun stuff, like meeting everyone’s expectations, staying within the family budget, and making sure that you don’t gain 20 lbs. can make you feel as if you might actually lose your mind. Below are a few tips to help you and your family enjoy the holiday season and stay sane and healthy in the process.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.