Holiday gifts for children don't have to be expensive. Something simple and homemade will bring a smile to a child's face while accommodating your budget.
Here are some gift suggestions for young children that are affordable and easy to assemble.
Create a coupon book for special one-on-one times between you and the child. Choose an activity they would enjoy doing and include an item depicting that activity such as a puzzle, a board game, or the ingredients to make cookies. Children will enjoy redeeming their coupons.
A collection of art supplies is always a welcome gift. Items can include washable markers, crayons, a pad of white paper, multiple colors of construction paper, scissors, glue stick, and a roll of adhesive tape. Most of these items can be purchased at a dollar store.
Assemble a play dough kit. Make two or three different colors of home play-dough and include cookie cutters, plastic knives, craft sticks and a six inch length of a 1 inch diameter dowel for a rolling pin. Put the items inside a cake pan with a lid and watch the creativity take shape. Here's an easy recipe for homemade play-dough:
Let's Make Play-Dough!
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add oil, water and food coloring and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough begins to pull away from the sides of the saucepan and forms a ball. Pour out and knead a few minutes. Store dough in a plastic bag or airtight container.
A gift you create with a child in mind can have a powerful impact on its young recipient. It's guaranteed to generate smiles and the fondest of holiday memories.