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The holiday season is such a magical time for little ones. As a preschool parent myself, I love engaging my kids in making gifts for their loved ones.
Not only does it allow them to feel the joy of giving, but it helps build their creativity, fine motor skills, and sense of achievement. The best part is seeing those adorable faces light up when they present their homemade treasures!
In this article, I’ll be sharing over 20 simple Christmas gift ideas that preschoolers can make with just a bit of assistance from caregivers. We’ll cover gifts using handprints, footprints, ornaments, photos, and more.
These kid-crafted presents will surely warm the hearts of parents, grandparents, and other special people in your child’s life.
1. Handprint/Footprint Gifts
Little hands and feet make for such personal, heartfelt gifts. Here are some of my favorites:
Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments
Roll out salt dough, then let your preschooler press their handprint into it. Cut into a circle or tree shape, bake, and decorate! A sweet memento for the tree.
Have preschoolers make handprints onto a wreath cutout from green paper. They can add fun details like glitter, sticks, berries, etc. Makes a lovely display for the front door.
Footprint Christmas Tree Ornaments
Help preschoolers paint the bottom of their feet green, then stamp onto white cardstock cut into tree shapes. Punch a hole, add string, and voila!
I just love how creative you can get in transforming a simple handprint into Rudolph. Use brown paint for the reindeer head, then let preschoolers add googly eyes, red pom-pom nose, and pipe cleaner antlers.
Ornaments are always a hit as they can be displayed year after year. Some ornament ideas preschoolers will enjoy making include:
Mason Jar Lid Ornaments
Let preschoolers paint clean mason jar lids in festive colors. Add ribbon, bells, beads, photos, glitter, foam shapes…anything they’d like! The options are endless.
Popsicle Stick Ornaments
Have preschoolers paint craft sticks, then glue them together into fun shapes like snowflakes, trees, candy canes, etc. Glitter makes them sparkle!
Set out festive stickers, beads, ribbons, and more for preschoolers to decorate simple wooden clothespins with. Instant sweet ornaments!
Paper Plate Ornaments
Preschoolers can make adorable paper plate reindeer, Santa faces, snowmen, stars, and more with just a little cutting and gluing. Simple but so cute!
Adding a photo makes any gift extra meaningful. Some ideas:
Photo Frame Made From Craft Sticks or Popsicle Sticks
Have preschoolers glue sticks into a frame shape, then add a special photo inside. You can even incorporate handprints!
Handprint With Photo in The Middle
Help preschoolers make a clay or salt dough handprint, then set a photo of them inside once dry. Such a sweet memento!
Decorate Picture Frames
Provide preschoolers with small picture frames and let them go wild decorating with glitter, stickers, markers, etc. Add a tiny photo and ribbon for hanging.
Miscellaneous Gift Ideas
Beyond handprints and ornaments, preschoolers can make all sorts of fun homemade gifts with everyday items:
Decorated Flower Pot
Have preschoolers paint terracotta pots in bright colors and patterns. Fill with a small succulent or flowering plant for an extra special gift.
Bath Salts or Bath Bombs
Making bath gifts is so much fun! Add scents, colors, and decorations – perfect for Mom or Grandma to relax.
Spice Mixes in Jars
Set out spices like cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, cloves, etc., and let preschoolers fill jars for homemade potpourri or seasoning blends.
Spread peanut butter or Crisco onto pinecones or recycled items like milk cartons, then roll them in birdseed. Hang with ribbon for feathery friends!
Preschoolers will enjoy decorating and assembling reused items like jars, cutlery, shells, beads, and more into a musical wind chime.
Melted Crayon Rocks
Unwrap old broken crayons and melt them in silicone molds or cupcake liners. It looks just like colorful stones when cooled!
Packaging Gift Ideas
Don’t forget the importance of presentation! Preschoolers will have a blast with these gift-packaging activities:
Have preschoolers decorate gift bags: Provide plain paper bags and let them go to town with stamps, stickers, glitter, drawings, etc. It’s a great way to personalize the packaging.
Make simple cards: Fold construction paper in half and have preschoolers add their artistic touch with crayons, markers, magazine cutouts, stickers, or whatever craft materials you have on hand.
Let them wrap gifts with just tape and bows: Gift wrapping can be tricky, so sometimes it’s best to just let little ones tape up the gift and add a beautiful bow or ornament. The imperfect wrapping just adds to the charm!
I hope this gives you lots of inspiration for easy yet heartfelt kid-made gifts for parents this holiday season. The joy and pride preschoolers will feel giving their homemade presents is truly priceless. Let their creativity shine!
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