If you are low on cash and have some spare time and if your kids are young enough to not know the difference you can make a lot of their Christmas gifts.
I know, because I did it 2 Christmases ago when I met all three criteria! It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun! Consider it… Use your imagination, the internet, and the materials you already have. I made it a GOAL to buy a little as possible and use materials I already had from past projects, etc.
My hand-made list
- I made a doll’s wardrobe from fabric and patterns I already had. I also painted the mini dresser which I bought unfinished at a craft store.
- I made some dress-up outfits with faux suede I bought at the fabric store. The liner fabric for the cowboy vest was from an old shirt of my husband’s which I paired with a bandana I found in the garage (I washed it first). I traced the kid’s clothes to create the patterns.
- I also MADE some block out of cut tree branches inspired by these awesome blocks!
- I had some musical instruments. I made a drum out of an oatmeal canister with drum-sticks from dowels that were hanging around. I made a triangle from a piece of metal rod I found and bent. I also made rhythm sticks, a wrist-bell, and a pseudo-tambourine out of a coffee canister lid and jingle-bells.
- Another idea I had but ran out of time to implement was bath toys out of plastic recyclables; including boats, cups for pouring, and a sprinkler out of a plastic bottle with holes poked into the bottom.
I hope this inspires you to consider making some gifts and/or repurposing things you already have this holiday! By the way, we did buy them some things too because Christmas would just not be the same without all those complicated display packages with all their twist-ties. My son is asking for Lego this Christmas – I don’t think I can make those…