From handprint cards to salt dough ornaments, these easy crafts make perfect holiday gifts
15th December 2018

Making crafts that capture your child's age will bring magic for years to come. (Photo: Jennifer McClellan/USA TODAY)

Last year, I gifted my parents and in-laws with a framed craft of an angel whose wings were made with my 2-year-old daughter’s handprints for wings. 

Ohhs and ahhs gave way to a few teary eyes as my family gushed about how she’s grown so fast and wished time would slow down. 

The gifts were sentimental and among the favorites of the year. They cost me little more than some effort and a few dollars for the frames since I used my daughter’s finger paint, glitter and paper for the craft. 

Crafts that capture kids as they are now make perfect holiday gifts. They keep giving, too, as they resurface year after year to remind us of precious memories. 

Here are some of my favorite ideas for easy craft gifts this holiday season: 

Christmas tree handprint card 

View this post on Instagram

Tomorrow is our Mini Magpies Christmas craft morning for under 5s ??Join us to make cute Christmas cards and decorations with your little ones. Only £5 pre booking available or pay in arrival. Farnborough Village Hall, 9am till 10.30am. #bromleymums #orpington #magpielearning #christmascraftsforkids #toddlerfun #farnboroughvillage

A post shared by MagpieLearning (@magpielearning) on

An ornament with your kid’s photo and the year

View this post on Instagram

Our 2018 hanging frame is a great craft idea to celebrate the year ? They too will make a great Christmas gift! ?? Link in our Bio ☝️

A post shared by CleverPatch (@cleverpatch) on

Or, just a clear ornament with your kid’s photo

View this post on Instagram

Personalized photo ornaments make great gifts. Today on the blog I am sharing this super simple photo ornament tutorial. Wouldn’t they make great gift toppers? I’m thinking that it would be fun to make one every year to watch your families grow up! Or your cat! The possibilities are endless! You can find the full tutorial at the link in my profile! #christmasornaments #diychristmasornaments #photoornament #myfirstornament #myfirstchristmas #christmascrafts #christmascraftsforkids #newbornbaby

A post shared by DIY Blogger Morgan McBride (@charlestoncrafted) on

Snow globe photo cards

View this post on Instagram

SNOW GLOBE CARD ❄️☃️❄️- this is seriously one of our favorite crafts! Who would not love to receive this card this Christmas? We are planning on making a whole bunch for family. ❄️❄️❤️ We love how these turned out and they are so easy for kids to decorate too! ?? See the full details here ➡️ https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/snow-globe-template/ ? Follow us at @bestideasforkids for more fun kid craft ideas. ?✂️ . . To get the full details, just search “Snow Globe” on thebestideasforkids.com . . To regram, please DM us for approval first. . . . . . #preschool #learningthroughplay #earlylearning #invitationtoplay #toddleractivities #kidsactivities #playmatters #totschool #kidscrafts #preschooler #prek #ece #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten #montessori #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teacherspayteachers #tpt #iteachfirst #firstgrade #kindergartenteacher #teaching #kidsplay #kidsart #christmascrafts

A post shared by The Best Ideas for Kids (@bestideasforkids) on

Salt dough handprint hearts

View this post on Instagram

SALT DOUGH HANDPRINTS – One of our favorite keepsake crafts for Christmas ?? To make it you only need flour, salt and water which I’m sure you already have in your cupboards ? Get the full recipe and sealing instructions here ➡️ https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/salt-dough-handprint-ornament/ ? Follow us at @bestideasforkids for more fun kid craft ideas. ?✂️ . . To get the full details, just search “Salt Dough Handprint” on thebestideasforkids.com . . To regram, please DM us for approval first. . . . . . #preschool #learningthroughplay #earlylearning #toddleractivities #kidsactivities #playmatters #totschool #kidscrafts #preschooler #prek #earlychildhood #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten #montessori #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teacherspayteachers #tpt #iteachfirst #firstgrade #kindergartenteacher #teaching #kidsplay #kidsart #christmascrafts #diychristmas #christmasornaments

A post shared by The Best Ideas for Kids (@bestideasforkids) on

Reindeer footprints

View this post on Instagram

Oh it’s been done a million times before but who doesn’t love reindeer feet Christmas cards for the grandparents?! #preschool #preschoolactivities #christmascrafts ????

A post shared by E M M A ? Preschool Teacher (@emma_caymanpreschoolteacher) on

Handprint nativity 

View this post on Instagram

Christmas crafts are this moms favorite. Messy yes. Too messy to get in the action pictures but it sure is fun. I will forever cherish these beautiful moments filled with laughter and paint. #merrychristmas . . . . . . . #homeschool #craft #homeschoolcollective #joyfulmommas #momof3 #artistsoninstagram #homeschooling #fingerpainting #christmasdecorations #homeschoolmom #jesusisthereason #isaiah9:6 #ahomeoflearning #homeschoolcommunity #christmascraftsforkids

A post shared by Ashley (@ashdanielle02) on

Snowman salt dough keepsake

View this post on Instagram

We loved making this Saltdough Keepsake!!!! So much fun!! Want to make one too?? Check it out in the link on our profile!!! #kidscrafts101 #saltdough #snowmancrafts #craftsforkids #learningthroughplay

A post shared by Learning&ExploringThroughPlay (@learningthroughplay8) on

A little elf 

View this post on Instagram

E is for Elf! ? #abcchristmascountdown I can’t resist a good handprint craft! I want to remember his little hands forever and now I’ll have this silly little Elf as a fun keepsake! ? I’ll have a full and super simple tutorial in my stories (and highlights)! ?? *Plus my trick to make your Elf sit up on a shelf!* ?? • What are you favorite types of crafts for kids? ?✏️?

A post shared by Nicole ? (@missnicoleathome) on

Baby shoe ornament

View this post on Instagram

I did it! Not only did I finish my baby shoe ornament project, I even managed to write about it. Truly, it’s a Christmas miracle. ? check out the instructions and pictures of my son’s boot ornament on the blog. https://frenziedhostess.com/babys-first-shoe-christmas-ornament/ #christmasornaments #ornaments #christmascrafts #blogpost #diy #christmasdecorations #babysfirstchristmas #firstchristmasornament

A post shared by Beth Davidson (@frenziedhostess) on

Like All the Moms?

Connect with us on Facebook.

 

 

Source: Read Full Article