If you think back to being a child, you might remember how frustrating it was when it came time to buy gifts for your family and friends. As a kid you don’t exactly have much of a disposable income, so you’re really limited in what you can afford to buy. Homemade gifts have traditionally been the bread and butter of children, but your kid’s repertoire of craft skills might be limited to crayons and paper. Teaching some craft skills to your children by making homemade gifts for other people is a great way to bond with them, while also setting yourself up for some creative gifts in the future.
Cooking and baking skills are something that a lot of us take for granted, but they can really make the difference when it comes to the types and variety of meals that you can make for yourself. Getting your kids involved in cooking and preparing meals as early as possible is always a good idea, and it’s also a great opportunity to work on some gift making skills.
Baking bread, cakes and biscuits can be a fairly simple process, that is more about proper preparation than it is about working around heat and knives, which are probably not appropriate for younger kids. While someone will still need to supervise the kids in the kitchen, meaning that it’s unlikely you’ll ever be surprised by a cooked gift, they’ll be having fun and building skills that they’ll use for the rest of their life. And you’ll also get some tasty treats to boot.
Break Out the Paint
Paint has been a mainstay of children’s craft work for a long, long time. While it may be messy, and you’ll need to do some prep by laying down newspapers, painting offers one of the best ways for kids to not only have fun but also express themselves creatively. Picking up some plain, white plates, bowls and mugs for your kids to paint is an easy way for them to add their own personality to some gifts, that will surely be well appreciated by anyone who receives them.
Pick Up Some Craft Sets
You might think that this is cheating a little, but buying some craft sets for your kids is actually a really great way for them to learn new skills and be creative, without having to worry about how to source their supplies. Jewellery making sets, soap making sets and painting/drawing kits are all excellent choices. While their creations may not be unique in their appearance, they’ve still been made using your kids’ very own crafty skills and imagination, and will be cherished all the more for it.