DIY Christmas Gifts

Personalized Christmas projects

Five DIY gifts to make with your little elves for the special people in your life.

As the Christmas season rapidly approaches, it’s not too late to make some sweet DIY gifts with your littles this year.

I’m not a naturally crafty person with dozens of ideas swirling in my head. But I do enjoy an easy and cheap craft project—particularly one that can be made with my daughter and given away as a way to communicate our love to the special people in our lives.

I’m also not a gifted giver. You know the type: the person who remembers what you were eyeing in the store when you were shopping together months ago, or the person who just instinctively knows what you need when you didn’t even know it yourself.

But I do appreciate the look on a loved one’s face when they open a gift that was chosen or made just for them. And so this year, I’m looking for the perfect gift to make with my four year-old for her grandparents.

I’ve searched and found several ideas that I know they will love and we will have fun creating any one of them.

Top 5 DIY Christmas Gifts

1. Handprint and Thumbprint Ornaments

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Via The Chickabug Blog

These are so cute and easy that even the littlest hands can help. They would also make the perfect gift topper. You may even want make a matching one for your tree.

Guide little fingers to make the finger prints and let older kids turn them into adorable reindeer, Santas or snowmen.

2. Paint Dipped Kitchen Utensils


Via Cleverly Simple

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I love these for an extra pop of color in the kitchen. To complete the gift, wrap the utensils in a coordinating canister.

Once you place the painting tape in the correct spot, your little elves can brush on the paint.

3. DIY Personalized Mugs

Via Destination Decoration

So simple and the ideal custom-made mug for the coffee or tea drinkers in your life. These mugs can be made by using Sharpies or paint. Using circular sponge brushes and paint might be better for small helping hands.

4. Photo Monogram

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Via Dani’s Lemonade

Little helpers can assist you in picking the perfect pictures and painting on the Mod Podge. This project may need to be done in stages where you glue the photos down and then let your children paint on the Mod Podge.

5. Mason Jar Lid Magnets

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Via Unoriginal Mom

Do you use mason jars in your decorating, only to be left with spare lids? Well this mom found a clever way to put the lids to good use.

This craft requires a glue gun, so some aspects are not conducive to small children, but they can still participate in the tracing and cutting. And even if little hands are not proficient cutters yet, it’s the imperfections that make the gift all the more special and unique.

Take a trip to the craft store, turn on the Christmas music, and light a delicious holiday candle to get you in the mood. Crafting Christmas gifts with our kids is a delightful way to usher in the holiday season and intentionally cultivate generosity in their hearts

Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.

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