Santa Claus - December 22, 2006, 1:14 pm

Homemade Gifts from the Kiddies

Kids love being a part of the festive holiday season of Christmas, and by letting them make gifts for others it teaches them so much. They learn how to create, organize, and the value of hard work to achieve their goals. More importantly it gives them a moral compass of giving through love and compassion for others. There are easy homemade gifts that young children can make to give to family, friends and neighbors. By taking a few moments out of your busy holiday schedule, you can exemplify the true spirit of love not only for others, but for your kids as well. Besides these easy craft gift ideas are inexpensive and a lot of fun to make. So create a new family tradition of homemade gift making with your kid.

Simplified gifts for kids to make at Christmas can be most anything. For example, give your kid a chance to make a handy latch hook rug for someone they love. Most major discount stores carry them, and you can start your kid off with a small sized one to give as a gift. Designs include everything from a cat to flowers. There are no little pieces of dangerous items to keep up with such as needles or sharp scissors. The tiny yard threads can be separated into small storage containers and dispensed as needed. The latch hook itself has no sharp parts to be concerned with; however you may want to warn your kid not to run with the curved tool. The canvas is clearly marked with the placement of colored yarn, and the back can be taped, and later quick stitched by you so it will hold securely. Another fun homemade gift that your kid can make is fleece scarves. Material can be found at different fabric and craft stores. The material comes in a variety of designs, both solid and different holiday print themes. With a little help from you kids can cut and measure the width and length desired. Edges can be left plain or cut into short strips on the end to add a little flare. Kids can even wrap it their selves too by rolling it tightly and securing it with a ribbon.

Another type of homemade gift kids can make for Christmas time is by painting a light weight balsa wood type box, which then can be decorated for storing small personal items such as stamps or trinkets. Small colored beads or faux jewels can be glued on the lid, and a picture of them can be placed on the inside of the box top. A cardboard bottom can be added for extra support along with a felt lining to jazz it up. Dating the top of the box will make it a keepsake for sure. Kids like to give other box type gifts such as the clear plastic formed boxes. Many companies on the internet carry them, and for a few extra dollars you can buy one with a slit in the top that would make a great piggy bank gift for their friends. Again, this box can be painted with permanent paint, and glue can be applied to stick a multi colored ribbon on it. Kids might like to add a penny into the box to keep their friends guessing.

Other types of gifts for kids to make can be easy ribbon bookmarks or even ribbon jewelry. Also, plain pillow covers for the bed can be decorated by your kid by dipping their hands in paint and printing their name on the pillow. Grand parents really love these types of gifts from their grandkids because it’s not only useful, but it’s very close to their hearts every night they lay down for the night. You can help your kid create all of these easy projects quickly, and it will mean so much to them and to others, especially for those that live far away. Just remember to let your kid do as much as they can because they want to be able to say they made it themselves, even though it’s tempting to correct the small mistakes they may make, it’s just as easy to look away knowing they made it with all of the love in their hearts – which is the true spirit of Christmas.

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Santa Claus - December 19, 2006, 1:51 pm

Inexpensive Gifts That are sure to Please

Christmas time is a time for gifts. However, you don’t have to break your bank account to give real gifts with a lot of heartfelt meaning. It’s not so much how much you spend, but the tholiday ought that goes along with the gift. There are many people that would like to receive a gift on the holidays, so don’t forget to include them too. Shut-ins because of age or illness with little family left would certainly appreciate an inexpensive gift that you either buy or make yourself. There are a myriad of ideas that you can implement to make people smile on Christmas day. Check out a few of these inexpensive gifts for the hseason.

Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be by type any gift that you would like to give. Often just thoughtful gestures of kindness are the best present to give. If you’re handy in the kitchen be sure to fix a meal for an elderly neighbor. Often family members can be far away or deceased, so take the time and drop a plate off along with a few warm ups for a few days. Look for others in your neighborhood that might appreciate a friendly gesture such as those that have lost a job, or others that have a new baby in the household. Mothers always love it when they don’t have to do the cooking, especially when their mother might be far away, and a happy trip home for the holidays is impossible for either. Home cooked meals can be taken to shelters for abused women and children or for homeless veterans too. Food is a necessity for life that you can share with others, and it certainly exemplifies the giving spirit of Christmas.

For the others in your life that might not require a gift to be given, but you still feel that you want to recognize them more than with just card, there are other options of gift type giving. For example, if you’re good at calligraphy print the verse, and then create a special holiday greeting card with either a graphic software that you bought, or drawing out a holiday scene on folded card stock paper. If you want to add even more of a personal flare, write a lengthy letter or a short note about you and your family. A lot of families will create newsletters with family pictures to include with a card on regular print paper, which does cut down on expensive photo paper. This type of gift works very well for those out of town extended family and friends. Personalized thank you cards and stationery are another way to wish someone a joyous Christmas. Making this gift is as easy as choosing a design and printing a few envelopes. Preprinted boxes tied with a clear plastic top and tied with a bow look just like a store bought package of stationery. While you’re printing out a few thank you notes, include a few that will go out to the special people in your life such as teachers or doctors that deserve recognition of service. Everyone loves to be remembered on Christmas.

When searching for inexpensive gift ideas the number one resource for finding them is to look around on the internet. From craft ideas to novelty gift items for the young at heart, you will not lack in finding a special inexpensive gift idea. In store bargains and gift ideas can be found at discount stores. For example, new gifts can be made from altered store bought items such as photo albums. By adding a little fabric and stenciling or stitching a name or initials, you can have a present that will make someone happy at Christmas. For the very young children in your life you can begin a kid’s box right after the sales on Thanksgiving. You can add to it until Christmas, or keep it and continue to place items in the box for next year’s celebration. Look for a variety of things to add, such as personalized pencils, on sale favorite movies, inexpensive gift card, coloring and sticker books. The list is endless on what you can include, and next year all you have to do is wrap and mail, or give it to them in person. Finally, when giving your gifts to the people in your life, remember that the real gift comes from the heart, and the spirit of Christmas doesn’t depend on the price tag.

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Santa Claus - December 11, 2006, 3:50 pm

Handmade Ornaments for the Tree

Decorating your Christmas tree for the holidays can be pleasant and exciting rather than nerve wrecking and expensive. This is especially true if you start early investigating the different types of homemade ornaments your family can make together. Many of these can be made with minimal expense for the needed supplies to make your tree personalized and unique. Never underestimate that there are many different ways to decorate your tree, by using your imagination and garnering a little patience you can decorate your tree with pride. A new tradition can be created and joyfully experienced by deciding that each year you will add a new type of ornamental decoration to the family tree.

One good place to begin adding to your tree’s decorations is with the left over Christmas paper products from last year. Unused or partially used rolls of wrapping paper make new decorations a snap, especially if you’re on a limited budget for this season. Paper can be measured to any size you desire, and then folded into the designs of your choice. Some popular shapes are stars and delicate fan shapes. Attach to the paper by gluing a brightly colored ribbon, and if desired hang a hook through the ribbon. Also, beautiful origami nature shapes such as birds from left over holiday paper are another option. Old greeting cards can be used to liven up a tree. Simply cut the back off the card and hole-punch at top and add a ribbon, and cards may be cut into different shapes and a light weight frame added to set it off too. Other crafty type projects can be created using Christmas cards by saving Mason Jar type lids which have a flat underside. Cutting and gluing felt can be placed on the underside along with a beautiful card holiday scene, and add some yarn around the edge of the top and hang on your tree.

Other craft ideas which are especially fun for kids are mixing flour and water and using a cookie cutter to create the holiday shapes. Ginger bread cookies can be hung on the tree along with some stringed popcorn or construction paper chains in place of the traditional metal garland or icicles. Another type of beautiful handmade Christmas tree ornament is made from tin. Supplies for making them can be found in a home supply and repair store, or a craft store. You will need snips for the tin, and a specialized hole-punch to make the decorative holes for the design. Thin sheets of tin are not expensive and can be bought rolled or in single sheets. This type of Christmas decoration would probably work best for older children due to the fact that a certain amount of hand strength is needed for cutting and the use of sharp tin. Ornaments can be made from craft balls. The ball’s hollow clear design allow for painting on the outside of the ball and inside. Painting the inside is as simple as filling it with paint and shaking. Allow twenty four hours for drying. Stencil design patterns or free hand painting allow for any holiday scene to be painted on the outside. Dating your ornament is always a good idea too.

There are many ways to make handmade decorations for your tree; other options are beaded jewelry designs. Most craft stores carry kits to make decorations, but you can buy wire for jewelry and string your own beads. Kids can make cute ornaments for the tree by using precut foam from a craft store too. Whatever type of handmade ornament you decide to make it is a sure bet that along the way you will make a lot of good memories from interacting with family or friends, you may even find a lot of personal fulfillment by reminiscing about Christmas days of yesteryear. Handmade ornaments mean that you care about adding a little of you to the holidays. Traditions and keepsakes are a treasured thing that are passed down to those that come after you, so make sure to experiment and have lots of fun creating an ornament that you will be proud to hand down and display on your tree this Christmas season.

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