Frugal and Fun Gifts to Make with the Kids

This is the time of year when many homeschooling families gather together and prepare for the holidays, making gifts, sharing memories, and reading together. While working on my Christmas Unit Study over the years, we have done these same things at the Bennett household, and we have been blessed with some amazing memories. I’m writing today to respond to the many requests for descriptions of some of the things that we have tried, I hope that something here will help you and yours as you settle into December and celebrate His birth.

Here are a few gift ideas that we have tried or are working on currently – most are fun to work on as a family, particularly during days when one child can read to the rest of the gift-makers. :-) A favorite book for read aloud this week might be Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, by Mary M. Dodge – great for December days!

Fleece blankets are fun to make with kids, and so simple. The No-Sew Fleece Blanket video tutorial is easy to follow, and the Easy Fleece Blanket tutorial requires a few simple sewing machine steps.

Homemade hand warmers are wonderful gifts for those on your list that always have cold hands. Here’s a video tutorial for Easy to Make Hand Warmers that keeps it simple.

Working with yarn is also a favorite of many children. Some simple crochet projects around the holidays can be fun and non-electronic. ;) Here is an online free collection of blanket patterns: 25 Crochet Blanket Patterns for Beginners

With the returning popularity of scarves, here is a fun pattern to make one as a gift: Lover’s Knot Crocheted Scarf

Food gifts in a jar are always welcome gifts, and here are a few simple recipes:
Friendship Soup in a Jar
Country Soup in a Jar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar
These mixes in glass jars complete with recipes make wonderful gifts for family, friends, and hostess gifts.

We had loads of fun making rolled beeswax candles for Christmas gifts, and you can find the beeswax sheets online. We would get sheets of honeycomb wax, and the children would roll them into tapers or other interesting shapes, wrapping them around wicks that we purchased in the crafts department of Walmart or Hobby Lobby. This was a favorite project for them, and the candles were beautiful to burn and lasted a long time – big hits with grandparents and friends!

Making things together in December has become a wonderful tradition here, and we hope that you and yours enjoy some quiet gift-making time in the days ahead!