December 6th, 2007 Jamie
A lot of people are pledging to give handmade gifts this holiday season (and by the way, happy Hanukkah to those of you now enjoying the first few days of it!). You may not want to give all handmade gifts, but I personally like this idea because it can be much less expensive to make your own gifts (yay!) than to try to buy for everyone on your list. If you have kids on your list, I have a few fun and thrifty ideas for you!
Build a Cardboard Kitchen. You know how parents always complain that little kids will play more with a big box than with a toy? For only $7 you can buy a pattern to build an adorable toy kitchen out of cardboard! (Check here if the first link no longer works, and check out the creator’s blog for tutorials on making more fun kid gifts, like multi-colored crayon melts).
Harry Potter Wands. Made with just paper, paint, and a glue gun, these wands are surprisingly cool-looking! Perfect for that young (or old) would-be wizard in your life.
Glitter Playdough. Easy, pretty playdough you can make with simple grocery store items. Give them with some cookie cutters for maximum fun!
Stuffed Felt Monster. My little cousins (a pair of energetic little boys) love anything “scary”—from ghosts to monsters, and anywhere in between. This clever photo tutorial shows you how to make one yourself.
Quick & Easy Snow Globes. Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a way to make snow globes yourself! These aren’t super fancy, but you can customize them to include favorite cartoon characters, dinosaurs, anything your little buddy loves.
A Recycled Dollhouse. Check out this cool dollhouse you can make using things from around the house—these ideas are just a start. Get creative and see what else you can come up with!
Paper Mice. A free downloadable pattern helps you make some teeny mice and a piece of cheese for them to play in! Remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to make a little kid happy–they’ll love playing with these little guys with you, so start a game of pretend.
Is there anything else you’d like to read about? More gift ideas? Finals tips? Tips on making money over the school break? More holiday posts? Let me know!
Past Holiday Posts:
- Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #1: For the Ladies on Your List!
- Inexpensive DIY Gift Roundup #2: Gifts for Guys
- Holiday Gift-Giving on a College Budget