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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Kids' gifts...

 What kind of gift do you give your child who has a birthday in December? Your youngest child who already has plenty of toys? In the time of year when we try not to overspend, and shopping can be a daily event? Something homemade and crafty, that's what!

My youngest daughter, Bethany has a birthday on December 7. Being the youngest, she already has lots of clothes, tights, dresses, toys, games, puzzles... so it is a challenge to find something new and different for her.

This year we made her an Elmo shirt that we printed on our home printer, with iron-on transfer paper. We'd made one when our older daughter was two, and it was a short-sleeve shirt. All I could find at Walmart in her size was a turtleneck, so that's what she got!
Wearing her I <3 Elmo shirt
I also made her a tutu out of tulle, and elastic. I found the basic pattern/ tutorial here. I found the tulle by the yard at Walmart for less than $1 a yard. I bought three yards and elastic for the dress-up skirt.

I found this website which has great, inexpensive gift ideas for kids. I cut up some dollar store sponges for her to stack, line up, and pattern and enjoy during our homeschool time.

I also got her a fun ice cube tray at Goodwill, like I saw used on this website for school time. I already have some pom-poms that she uses for sorting into an egg carton. I also already had some bamboo tongs which we use for saving our fingers while extracting extra hot toast from the toaster oven.

I love inexpensive ideas that will keep them busy when I need them to be busy, don't take up a lot of space,  and are fun to make! Maybe this will give you some ideas for a little special person in your life!

But don't go too crazy getting ideas from the above websites, I will be using some of the homemade gift ideas for Christmas gifts (:-D)... but that's another blog post!

Here are some of my favorite Bible verses related to gifts to leave with you:

James 1:17

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
Matthew 7:11
"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"

6 comments:

  1. Cute. I have a Dec. 20 baby, but unfortunately am not a crafty person. He's getting shoes & a lunch box! Happy Holidays!

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  2. Such cute ideas. My daughter turns two Dec 19. I am not crafty but I do buy alot of craft stuff since I'm really trying to be more crafty and its fun to do together. stopping by from vB

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  3. Great ideas! I use to way overspend on my kids for birthdays and Christmas and finally realized those toys were not being appreciated and ended up junk. I go pretty low key now with everyone, including cutting down birthday parties (with friends) to every other year and staying on a tight budget during the holidays. My kids love when I make them things. This year I am sewing them all a new pair of jammies for Christmas. Of course, I may go insane by the end of it all, but they will feel loved. :-)

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  4. Amazing ideas! She looks awesome in her tutu..:)

    Have blasting holidays.

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  5. These are very good ideas. I'm not a craft orientated person but even I could buy an ice cube tray. I think it's perfect for sorting by color, shape, and size. The tongs make it fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. These are great ideas, and I love her shirt and tutu! Keep all of the crafty stuff coming...it's wonderful:)

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