A Homemade Family Christmas

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Post by Contributing Writer, Michele of Frugal Granola

Part of the fun of Christmas preparations in our family is involving the little ones in making homemade gifts. Depending on their ages/abilities, the level of their contributions may vary, but they love the feeling of “being in on the surprise.”

It is so sweet to see a child’s joy of giving on Christmas morning, when they say “I made it just for you!” (On the occasion when they admit, “Mama/Daddy helped,” I just respond, “That’s what mommies/daddies are for! You did a wonderful job.” And they smile.)

Some children creatively think of gifts to make for members of the family on their own, while others may prefer an “assigned” project that you work on together. Here are some ideas that allow for little hands, to get you started.

The majority of these projects are intended to be done as a family/with a parent; savor the joy of Christmas together! Many of these gifts are also suitable for friends/neighbors or extended family; tailor it to your family’s gift-giving traditions.

Photo Credit: katerha

For Mama

Photo Credit: James Bowe

For Daddy

Photo Credit: Nico Paix

For Siblings

Gift-making can be a wonderful time of intentionally carving out some quality family time together, as well as practicing generosity for others. You’ll be establishing cherished traditions, valued character traits, and life-long memories!

About Michele

Michele and her husband Calvin live a simple & sustainable life in rural Washington with their two- going on three- (busy!) little ones at Hampton Creek Inn. She takes joy in the daily ministry of delving into creativity, traditional homemaking & hospitality, homeschooling in everyday moments, and smooching her husband in the woods. Michele loves encouraging women and equipping them for frugal, natural living through her blog, Frugal Granola.

12 Responses to A Homemade Family Christmas

  1. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom December 14, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Wonderul post, Michele! I love making things w/ my kids. We have plans to make nativity ornaments for two people in our lives.

  2. Sarah @ Real Food Outlaws December 14, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    I love this post! I am due to have baby #4 this week and have done an almost all homemade Christmas this year. I was looking for some things for my kids to do(a little hard for me since I’m not very crafty). I think I can handle some of these!!! My kids are old enough now to be making things to give and I think it makes giving so much more special when they’ve made the gift themselves.

  3. Maegan December 13, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    This is a WONDERFUL list. I have always enjoyed this blog, but the Christmas posts are FABULOUS! I am loving every one! Right now I’m doing the 12 days of Christmas for my husband. I’m pregnant with our first and I feel like I’m bookmarking every one of these posts to do with my kids for future Christmases. :)

    • Michele @ Frugal Granola December 13, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      Thanks, Maegan! Congratulations to you & your husband on the upcoming baby. :)

  4. Becci December 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Love it! I just wrote about homemade Christmas gifts, too. We’re doing all homemade stuff this year, except for a couple of larger gifts for the kids that people are handing down to us. I think it’s so much more special!

  5. Jen @ lil Mop Top December 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    WOW- thanks for listing the roads from my blog post! I am so excited! So glad to have found your blog too now. :) Have a great day!

  6. Katie December 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    What great idea!! The orange peel candles sound like a fun thing to make. I have a lot sitting around that I was planning on candying.

    • Michele @ Frugal Granola December 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      I’m planning on making some candied orange peel this week, too! :) Although those candles are so enticing, aren’t they…? :)

  7. Lorilee @ Loving Simple Living.com December 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks for this list! The kids love making gifts. I am going to get my daughter to do those home made roads for her little brother. That is smart, and easy to clean up and store.

    • Michele @ Frugal Granola December 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

      Hope you all have fun! :) My daughter loves to play with the toy cars almost as much as her brother; don’t be surprised if your daughter has to “try them out” first. :)


  8. Sarah M December 12, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    lovely ideas–thanks for all the links!
    Sarah M