When I was twelve, my best friend and I made a series of finger puppet animals. We spent hours cutting out tiny felt ears and gluing googly eyes. I gave a set of bears to my aunt and she loved them so much she hung them on her tree. Many years later, the bears still make an annual holiday appearance. Everytime I see those crazy little bears, I am reminded of the thrill of making and giving her something I made myself.
Now as a parent, I love crafting homemade gifts with my daughter. We pick a project, set up a workstation, and then create bespoke presents for grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. Making a homemade gift is about creating something unique and meaningful; something the recipient will treasure for a long time.
Spending time together creating something awesome is the best part of this holiday tradition. It’s a way to slow down, reconnect and get back to basics; it’s also a way to encourage generosity and kindness.
Here at KiwiCo, we are committed to inspiring kids to see themselves as artists, scientists and makers. As the holiday season ramps up, we’d like to encourage everyone to gather together to make handmade holiday gifts for each other. Here are some projects kids can make (along with a seriously fun wrapping idea!) We’ve included some of our favorite DIYs as well as some easy kits from our store:
1. Holiday Circuit Cards (Ages: 9-16)
If you want to light up someone’s holiday, these circuit cards are cheery and bright. Kids will learn about LEDs and circuitry while they make something useful and fun.
2. Pull-Tab Cards (Ages: 5 to 16)
There is no more meaningful gift than a homemade holiday card with a hand-written message. These Pull-Tab cards are an imaginative way to start the holiday season.
3.Tin Lanterns (Ages: 5-9)
These sparkly lanterns light up a winter’s night and are festive gifts to bring to a holiday party. Make a different pattern for each person on your gift list.
4. Swirly Ornaments (Ages: 5-9)
Kids will love to swirl and mix the glitter paint to create unique, colorful ornaments. The KiwiCo Swirly Ornament crate includes all the materials you need to make charming holiday keepsakes.
5. Geometric Candles (Ages: 9-16+)
Create a trio of faceted candles to decorate the house! With KiwiCo’s easy Geometric Candle crate, kids will learn how to fold a geometric mold, dye some wax, and transform the wax into a candle. The kit includes a video tutorial link, step-by-step illustrated instructions, all the materials, and additional design ideas and inspiration.
6. Rolled Picture Frame (Ages: 9-16)
Filled with photos of your kids, this DIY picture frame makes a great gift for grandparents. This isn’t a short project either so you’ll have plenty of quality time together!
7. Bath Bombs (Ages: 9 to 16)
8. Pencil Roll (Ages: 5-16)
Make this cute and colorful pencil roll to gift to your favorite artsy friend for year-round creativity.
9. Super Easy No-Bake Holiday Cookies (Ages: 3 to 9)
These yummy mint cookies are easy for kids to make by themselves as they don’t need to go in the oven! Gift the cookies in tins for a simple go-to holiday party tradition.
10. Holiday Puzzle Box (Ages: 9 to 16)
Give the gift of entertainment with this holiday puzzle box! Wrap your special someone’s present in this box and then sit back and watch them try to open it.