The holidays are upon us again! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa or a combination, it’s the time of year that we think about sharing our love through gifts. But you don’t have to rush out to the store — consider giving your time, love, and talent with some homemade presents this year. Not sure where to get started? Check out some of the books below for ideas!
Rather work in three-dimensions? Check out Modeling Clay with 3 Basic Shapes by Bernadette Cuxart. All you need to know is how to make basic teardrop, ball, and “worm” shapes to create more than 40 animal sculptures, from alligators to hedgehogs to puppies. Find the favorite animals of the people you love, pick up your clay, and have a ball! (or teardrop, or worm!)
Who doesn’t love a gift you can eat? Baked goods make great gifts because they are a special treat and usually don’t need to be stored in any special way, which means you can wrap them up or pop them in a stocking without worrying that they will go bad. You can find tons of yummy ideas in Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers by Lisa Huff. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be gifted with something like sprinkle cake pops or mini chocolate muffins?!? (If you want to go beyond baked goods and create a whole holiday feast, check out Kid Chef, too!)
Do you have other ideas for homemade gifts? Share them in the comments below. You can also find more inspiration in my Maker column from last month, and my homemade gifts post from last year!