21 DIY Holiday Gifts Perfect for Little Hands
Want to make gifting extra special this year? We’ve rounded up 20 handmade gift ideas that tots can make on their own—or at least with minimal help from Mom or Dad. And, if the first thing that comes to mind when you think of handmade toddler gifts is misshapen pottery, you’ll be thrilled to see these actually adorable DIY trinkets. From gifts of light to delectable chocolatey treats, these handmade presents will help make this holiday one to remember.
This tea light gift is perfect for anyone, really. Kids will love making and molding the dough around tea lights, while recipients will appreciate the handmade bright spot. Wrap them up in sets or three or six and you’ve got a lovely gift for friends and family.
These whimsical homemade photo holders are so much fun to look at that you almost don’t even need a photo to put in them (though they are the perfect place to display your favorite toddler pic).
With a few supplies from a craft store, your kids can make one-of-a-kind coffee mugs for all the java-lovers on their list.
Let your child dream up some fun things for family and friends to cash in on, like reading story books over FaceTime. You can print out a template like this one, or let your kiddo really go crazy with their own designs.
These marbled mugs seriously look professionally done but anyone can make them—even toddlers (with help from Mom or Dad!). That’s the beauty of an abstract design! Grab a few mugs and get dipping with this satisfying project.
These sweet gift bags are filled with delightfully scented herbs that will transform any bath into something special. The best part? These are easy to put together and they look absolutely adorable.
Your kids will be the most popular gift-givers of the year with this epically delicious homemade gift idea. Just try not to eat them all before you wrap them up and give them away!
Give the gift of light with this fun art project that will have your little ones gluing tissue paper in fun designs and images onto glass jars. Slip in a tea light and you’ve got a gorgeous handmade gift.
These handmade fridge magnets are one-of-a-kind works of art that friends and family will absolutely adore.
If you’ve been hoarding your child’s artwork without an endgame, here’s a way to put those doodles to good use! You can turn even your toddler’s most abstract art into a functional little keepsake with these DIY coasters. Your kiddo does the designing; you take care of the (very quick!) assembly.
This is a great gift for friends and family who love plants. Try out carnivorous plants, mosses, succulents, and more.
Potato stamps are a blast (talk about playing with your food!). With a little help from their parents, kids can stamp out fun patterns on tea towels to make one-of-a-kind homemade gifts.
This is a super fun project for kids of most ages. Take a gold marker and place lots of little dots around and all over stickers affixed to a flowerpot (use letters, as seen here, or go with other shapes!). For kids who are too little for permanent marker or a neatly dotted design, you can achieve a similar effect by letting them scribble or sponge paint over the stickers. Fill the inside with a plastic bag of soil, a pack of seeds, and note from your child and you’ve got a super fun gift that anyone would enjoy.
Save your child’s handprints in this adorable painting project that is sweet enough to become a favorite holiday decoration.
This clay footprint bowl is a sweet way to memorialize how small your child once was. As they grow, this handmade gift will serve a sweet reminder of holidays past.
Make an entire set of these sweet glass ornaments that hold the adorable handprints of your kids. Decorate each one a little differently give them to your most beloved family and friends.
This is an especially sweet handmade gift this year, given that so many of us aren’t able to give our loved ones IRL hugs right now. For those who can’t visit family, a hug in the mail might be just the gift to make the holidays bright.
Kids will love helping you build a working snow globe that they can deck out with glitter and a photo of themselves.
Perfect for even the youngest of kids, this DIY art project gives your kids the chance to help make some fun holiday decorations that double as wonderful works of art to gift friends and family.
We’ve talked handprints and footprints…now let’s talk thumbprints! Preserve your kiddo’s tiny thumb or fingerprints in pendant form. These cute homemade clay gifts can be turned into a charm, ornament, or keychain that loved ones will cherish.
Your little one will always be top of mind for the lucky recipient of this goes-everywhere homemade gift. Your tot just needs to plant their little hand on a Shrinky Dinks sheet; adults take care of the rest.
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