Have you ever been in a position where you just didn’t have the money to spend on gifts for your children for Christmas? We found ourselves in that very place last year with a pending lay-off for our one income family. For years, we took for granted that we could get our kids nice presents. Sure these were the same presents that sat on the shelves and collected dust months later, but Christmas morning was full of excitement! So how were we going to do this without breaking the bank?
First, we had to change our attitude about gifts. Our kids were getting spoiled by having the latest and greatest toys, and we were not loving their ungrateful attitudes. So with a little money and a lot of imagination I decided to make their gifts…all of them. Using the old Christmas present motto “something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read” I set out to make Christmas memorable and practical and affordable.
Something they want. This one was the trickiest for Caspian, my 9-year-old. What could I make him that he would actually want? I decided on a homemade bow and arrow. Aurora is my little kitchen helper so her gift would be easy…an apron. And the little boys, they have thoroughly enjoyed the super hero capes and masks I made for them (complete with their initials sewn on the back!).
Something they need. What does everybody need in the middle of winter? A nice, warm, cuddly blanket. So that is what I made for the kids. Jo-Ann Fabrics had fleece for a great price on Black Friday, so I fought the crowds and made my purchases. The kids love their blankets! In fact, they now use them as their comforters. I made each blanket the size of a twin bed…it makes for easy bed-making in the morning!
Something to wear. OK, this one may be a little bit of stretch, but the kids needed towels. They were all outgrowing their little kid towels! So I found a great tutorial on making a big kid hooded towel. Each child has their own color and a nice accent fabric around the top and bottom of the towel. They love their towels and no longer freeze when they get out of the shower!
Something to read. Well, technically I only “made” books for the little boys. I made some pages out of felt and sewed them together to make a busy book. The older kids are pretty easy to please with books. And as long as they are in good condition, kids will never know that you got a book used. I found the entire Narnia series at a garage sale for $1.50- and it was barely touched! Grandma helped out with this category too and bought the kids each a new book that they received on Christmas Eve:)
So how did the kids react? They loved their gifts! And the true test…almost a year later they still use and play with their homemade gifts. Now it is time to find some new gifts to make for this year. What gifts have you made for Christmas presents?
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