Im a big believer that DIY gifts rock! We have started a tradition in our house that at Christmas time, we make our own gifts for each other. I know; sometimes it costs more to make than buy but a heartfelt, handmade gift is always worth more than a store-bought trinket. Here are some easy gift ideas your kids can make.

1) Homemade Gumdrops: This is super easy and it’s a no bake recipe as well.21
Materials Needed:
– 1 cup apple sauce
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 small package fruit gelatin
– Extra sugar for coating
Combine applesauce and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Dissolve the gelatin in the applesauce mixture. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan. After 24 hours, cut into 1 inch squares and roll in sugar. Roll in the sugar a second time 24 hours later. Makes 64 pieces.
For other flavours, puree fruit cocktail, peaches or pears instead of applesauce.

2) Reindeer Thumbprint Mugs: Super easy to make for everyone!45
Materials Needed:
– Porcelain cups (Dollar store or thrift store)
– Porcelain paint pen
– Porcelain paint (usually brown but it’s totally up to you)
Use a paintbrush to put a small coat of brown paint to your child’s thumb (if they are bigger they can do this themselves).
Place the thumb onto the cup, hold and try to remove it without smearing (don’t worry if you do get a smear you can just wipe off and start over again).
Continue to do this around all the cups. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow to dry. Apply Mod Podge to keep the paint nice after its dry.

3) Frosted Candle Holders: A sweet treat you can’t eat! Takes about 5 minutes.21
Materials Needed:
– Rock Candy
– Votive Holders
– All purpose glue (helps give the frosted look)
– Paint brushes (the ones with the sponge on the ends)
– Plastic Container Lids
Start by letting your kids paint the votive holder with glue. When that’s done, have your kids sprinkle rock candy onto the glue. Sit the ornament on the plastic container lids to dry. Remember, don’t let the kids put glue on the bottom or you will have fun peeling it off the plastic lid.

4) Mason Jar Santa: These are adorable and you can fill them with cookies, candies or small 47gift items.
Materials Needed:
– Contact sticky paper
– Tape (doesn’t matter which kind, it’s to help hold the jar in place)
– Red, black and peach-coloured construction paper
– A big bunch of cotton balls
Start by cutting an oval shape from the peach paper. Next, cut a Santa hat shape and a nose from the red paper. (You can draw an outline have your child cut it out themselves.) With the black paper, cut out two little Santa eyes.
When you have all your shapes cut out, it’s time to put the contact paper on. Make sure to stick the sticky side out so your Santa face will stick to the jar. Have your kids place the face and hat pieces on the jar to create Santa’s face. Using the cotton balls, rip off pieces and glue to the jar to create a beard and hair!

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.