Children are so excited about opening presents on Christmas morning. Commercial advertisers tell children what toys will be the best. Surprise kids this year with handmade Christmas gifts. Handmade Christmas gifts for kids are better because they are unusual; not everyone will have the presents your children will enjoy. Handmade gifts are often the ones that children treasure the most for years to come.
A bar of fish soap is the perfect handmade Christmas gift for kids. You’ll need a small plastic or cellophane bag. It should be about 4 inches wide and about 8 inches tall. Set the bag aside. Take out a glass bowl. Place clear glycerin soap in the bowl. Chop the soap into 1-inch blocks. This will help it melt faster in the microwave. Only cook enough for one bag at a time, that’s four ounces. Carefully pour half the melted soap into the bag. Spray the soap you poured in with rubbing alcohol. This will keep bubbles from developing while it cools. Let it sit for 1 hour. Reheat the remaining half of the four ounces of soap. Spray with the alcohol. Then position a plastic goldfish into the melted soap. Set the bag standing up for at least fifteen minutes to allow it to set. Spray the alcohol over the soap to keep it from bubbling. Gather the bag above the soap, using a clothespin to hold in to place. After the soap sets for an hour remove the clothespin and add a ribbon instead. Attach a Christmas gift card to it and include the child’s name to it.
Homemade Stuffed Animals
Stuffed animals are lovable, washable gifts your children will love. Start by choosing a fabric that’s easy to wash and won’t shrink up much. Use a poster board to make a template of your animal like an elephant or bear. Cut the template from the poster board. Lay the poster board on the fabric. Double the fabric so you will have the two pieces you need. Then turn the fabric right side up. Sew on eyes with buttons. Add any embellishments like collars or special jewelry. Lay the fabric pieces together insides out. Sew the two pieces together. Leave about two or three inches open for stuffing. Use cotton batten to fill up the stuffed animals. Then sew the stuffed animal up. Put a pretty necklace or socks on your creature. Put a tag around the neck saying ‘I belong to (name goes here)’. Use bright colors or patterns when choosing your animal fabrics.
Make a Memory style game for your child for Christmas. Use his favorite cartoon characters as subjects on the cards. Use your computer and some card stock. Design a variety of cards making sure to print two of each. Put the child’s name on the back of each card. Print the cards and carefully remove them along the perforated lines or cut them out. Stack them up and slide them into a colorful cellophane bag. You might include a copy of any rules you want the child to use. Put your child’s name on a gift tag and tie it around the bag’s neck.