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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!"


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

  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

  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. :-)

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

    Have blasting holidays.

  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.

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


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