I definitely have normal kids that LOVE to get new toys, electronics, stuffed animals, dolls, or anything else a kid wold love to get. However, they love a box, empty paper towel roll and bubble wrap almost equally. I absolutely plan on giving my kids a great Christmas with as many items that I can purchase from their wish list that the spending budget will allow (we set an amount for each child). However, I decided this year to also give a little homemade love.
Here are some reasons I decided to give a homemade gift:
My kids often ask me to make them stuff anyhow but it's often hard to find the time.
I hope for them to be able to appreciate the time someone spent on a present as much as the present itself.
I want them to know they can feel as special or more special by having a gift made from love (not just on gifts that we used our money to buy).
I hope they can realize it's not just about brands, packaging and marketing...great gifts can be other things.
I want them to realize Christmas is more about thinking about and caring for others.
It sounded like a good idea but really wasn't sure where to start so I sought out some Pinterest inspiration.
For my doll obsessed daughter, she is getting a doll bed and accessories (pillow, blanket, etc). I already started on it and it's turning out cute. I am fair with the tools, not a carpenter by any means but I found some easy ideas that required minimal carpentry for maximum results. I may make some more items later, but this was a good start. She also wants a GOOD hula hoop because the store ones just don't cut it. I heard homemade ones are better.
http://lydiaburchett.blogspot.com/2012/12/diy-american-girl-doll-bed.html?m=1 (doll bed inspiration)
http://www.jasonunbound.com/hoops.html (hula hoop)
My rough and tumble son likes all things cars, dinosaurs, and masculine, but he also plays all the time with his sister. He loves to cuddle and loves his "loves" (stuffed animals) obsessively. There is one toy he asks for but never puts on his wish list for fear of having to give up a boy toy he wants. He wants a boy doll so he can play with his sister. I decided to make him one and some boy accessories (diapers, clothes, etc). I am just working on its hair and accessories now.
http://doingwithout.livejournal.com/30295.html (doll instructions)
http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/dollhair.html (neat doll hair trick)
My biggest struggle is my teen. He is a thirteen boy that has NEVER been easy to shop for. He likes music, outdoors and electronics. He has never cared much for toys (even when he was the only child with every toy he wanted before we thought about the dangers of spoiling a child). I was thinking maybe a drum stick case holder, and I may still do that. However, I think I found something he actually might play with and enjoy...juggling sticks (also called devil sticks, but I think we will stick to calling them juggling sticks, thanks). He may have to watch a few YouTube videos before being able to use them but he is fascinated with juggling and tricks so I think it will work.
I will keep you updated on how it all comes out and is received. Let me know if you have other ideas to experiences to share regarding the homemade gifts.
I will be adding pictures very soon!