Fun Gifts That Kids Can Make

a collage of pictures of different gifts kids can make

Today I have a round up of fun and cute gifts that kids can make! Instead of running to the store, let them try homemade gifts this year. Perfect for grandparents, friends, or parents!

Your kids will feel proud at making a present with their hands and the recipients will love the sentimentality and thoughtfulness.

I love that that list of gifts kids can make includes ideas perfect for littles and others would be great for preteens to create.

There are ideas that would not only work at Christmas time but also for birthdays and other occasions through the year.


Red and pink pom pom rug

Simple Pom Pom Rug from Holly at Simplify Create Inspire

Wouldn’t this be a fun additions to a bedroom made in a child’s favorite colors? Perfect for a preteen or teen to make for a sibling or friend!

Oatmeal, lavender, and epsom salts

Oatmeal Lavender Bath Teas from Deanna at From this Kitchen Table

Perfect for mom, grandma, sisters, or friends! These are easy to make and will make a bath even more relaxing.

white and blue shower jellies in a soap container

Shower Jellies from Deanna at From this Kitchen Table

My kids love to use these and they are easy to make. Just be sure to keep them refrigerated (or in a cool spot) so they don’t melt.

tan bookmark with gray tassels

Bookmark from April at Love Our Real Life

These would be perfect for anyone that loves books! Such a cute (plus easy and inexpensive) idea.

a red box with white pom pom snowballs

Yarn Pom Pom Snowball Fight Kit from Nikki at Tikkido

So much fun! This is the perfect sibling or friend gift for a child to make.

popsicle stick picture frames with pictures

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame from Sonja and Jane at Sustain My Craft Habit

Awww. Wouldn’t a grandparent love a homemade picture frame with a picture of the child attached? Put a magnet on the back so it can be hung on the refrigerator.

Blue and gold wooden beads on a necklace

Painted Wood Bead Necklace from Sonja and Jane at Sustain My Craft Habit

This is a perfect one for the preteens and teens to make. Love the two tones on the beads.

homemade map coasters

Upcycled Maps Coasters from Jane and Sonja at The Boondocks Blog

Creative gift for kids to make to give to the travel lovers! It would be fun to use a map from their recent trips.

peppermint sugar scrub in a mason jar

Peppermint Sugar Scrub from April at April Golightly

Easy enough for littles to make but also perfect for those older kids as well.

Gingerbread Body Scrub from Jenny at Gingerbread House Blog

Love gingerbread! Another easy Christmas time gift idea.

white salt dough ornament hanging on a tree

Salt Dough Ornaments from Katie at Good Life Eats

Love all the suggestions she gives on these! Who knew salt dough ornaments could be so elegant. It’s also the perfect way to get a second use out of the rubber stamps in our craft closet.

seedlings and a rock plant marker in a bed

Seedling Pots and Garden Stone Markers from Jessica at The Forked Spoon

Kids would love making these! Such a fun idea for someone into gardening.

hand painted flower pots with a plant in them

Painted Rainbow Flower Pots from Amy at DIY Candy

So cute! Especially if you gift it with a flower or herb already in the pot.

easy white clay thumbprint ornaments

Thumbprint Christmas Ornaments from Sarah at The Farmer Wife Crafts

These clay ornaments are adorable! Perfect easy little gift you could even have the babies “make”.

Hand painted wood slice coasters

Kids’ Art Coasters from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks

Love the wood slices and painting on these!

paint thumbprint ornament

Thumbprint Christmas Ornament from The Moody Blonde

This would be a fun keepsake to make when your kids are little.

Scented Bath Salts

Scented Bath Salts from Lyne at Ottawwa Mommy Club

Another perfect gift for kids to make! Great for a friends’ gift or to give to adults.

a fleece blanket with flowers folded on the floor

Single Layer No Sew Fleece Blanket from MaryAnne at Mama Smiles

What adult or child wouldn’t want a new blanket? Little kids might need help with the cutting, but then they can do the folding through themselves.

Tiny felt animals on a white background

Beginner Hand Sewing Projects for Kids from MaryAnne at Mama Smiles

Fun ideas for a child to gift to another child!

A red no new gift bag

No Sew Gift Bags from Andrea at Savings Lifestyle

Not only can they make their own gift, they can also put it in a homemade, reusable gift bag!

a black and white fleece blanket with fringe

No Tie Fleece Blanket with Fringe from Karen at Decor Hint

This is another cute blanket option! Lots of cutting, so perfect for the older kids to make.

a green and yellow melted crayon ornament

Melted Crayon Ornaments from Kim at Two Kids and a Coupon

The kids would love making these and you could use up broken crayon pieces!

a jar with porpourri ingredients inside

Simmering Potpourri Jar from Kari Lyn at She Saved

Another one simple enough for the young kids to make but also perfect for the older ones. I think this would be a great last minute gift idea.

a cute candy sleigh gift idea

Candy Santa Sleigh from Kari Lyn at She Saved

All three of my kids would love making this and receiving this. This would be a fun friend gift.

a candle made to look like rudolph

Rudolph Candle from Jamie at Totally the Bomb

Jazz up a purchased (or even homemade) candle.

washi tape popsicle stick frame

Ice Cream Stick Photo Frame (with Washi Tape) from Amy at Mod Podge Rocks

Washi Tape is popular with preteens! They could get so creative with this one. Love that Amy mentions gluing a stand on the back of the frame.

easy snowman craft for kids

Snowman Decoration from Heather and Lisa at Made in a Pinch

A cute little craft that could be used as an ornament or wall hanging. Lots of cutting, so the littles will need quite a bit of help or put the older kids on this one.

two pens covered with colorful clay

Clay Covered Pens from Amy at DIY Candy

What a cool looking pen! Practical gift and easy to make.

Wooden ball snowmen ornaments

Snowman Ornaments from Angie at Country Chic Cottage

Awww, aren’t these wooden bead snowmen so cute!

See, aren’t they such cute ideas? What are your favorite ideas for gifts kids can make? Any creative ones I should have my 3 put together this year?

Saran Wrap Ball Game for Christmas

people wrapping the giant saran wrap ball and a table with gifts on it.

This Saran wrap ball game is a blast! It’s the perfect thing to add to your list for this holiday season.

Christmas shopping can get (more) difficult as our families grow and siblings get married and have kids. Do you buy for everyone, draw names, just do the kids, or skip gifts all together?

For many families, buying presents is something that just has to be done. It can be hard to buy for adults who simply purchase what they need or have specific tastes that make them difficult to shop for.

This Saran wrap Christmas game is such a fun alternative!

Perfect for adults and teens.

You could even have a separate Saran wrap ball game going for the kids. I would not recommend combining the kids and adults – things get a little too competitive and it’s easier to shop if you do the balls separately.

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Saran Wrap Ball Game

Supplies:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Prizes
  • 2 dice
  • Paper box lid

That’s it.

There is some controversy with this game because of the waste of the plastic wrap, but it was is much fun and let’s be honest we don’t even do this once a year so I’m okay with the wastefulness.

Recycle during the year and reuse things, but I’m of the opinion if you want to toss rolls of plastic wrap once every couple of years – don’t stress about it!

What to Put Inside the Saran Wrap Ball

First off, set a budget (ours was $15-$20 per person) and have everyone purchase assorted gifts and a roll of plastic wrap. Any brand of plastic wrap works – you can get the cheap stuff..

When it comes to gifts, be creative! You can do anything.

One tip is to try to stay gender neutral. Unless of course you are at an event of only ladies.

Also, have “prizes” from all price points – even $1. The more little gifts throughout the Saran wrap ball, the more fun there is.

Gift Ideas:

This is what we ended up with:

  • candy (full bags and individual kisses and peanut butter cups throughout)
  • fun socks
  • gum
  • mints
  • Paper Mate felt pens (the package opened and pens wrapped individually)
  • mini notebooks
  • gift cards (we had $5 ones and then at least one $10 one – this was our “grand” prize)
  • snacks
  • Cliff Bars
  • Larabars
  • beef jerky
  • batteries
  • lip balms
  • Oregon Trail card game (or any other small games)
  • dollar bills
  • coins
  • Bananagrams
  • coozies
  • small boxes of Christmas lights
  • other assorted items

You can see from looking at this list why having all adults or all kids playing makes shopping a little simpler. It’s also more fun to play the plastic wrap ball game if you get things that are age and gender appropriate.

people wrapping gifts into a plastic wrap ball

Wrapping the Saran Wrap Ball

Have all the gifts and plastic wrap delivered to one person so the ball can be made before the event starts. Or have a group of people come early and wrap before the party.

Wrapping this giant plastic wrap ball is an event in and of itself. Make sure you have at least a couple of people there to help with the prep.  It’s also a lot of fun. (One of my sister’s had their phone disappear – someone wrapped it up in the ball, purposefully.)

The Saran Wrap:

You have two options when it comes to wrapping. One is definitely more difficult.

You can either wrap each roll as one continuous piece (the easier method) or cut the plastic wrap and restart at varying intervals. Do some ridiculously short, some crazy long, and others in between. This method is more frustrating (in the fun, competitive way) and will make the game last longer.

We did our game using the second method!

If you are doing the Saran wrap Christmas game for your young kiddos, I’d suggest doing each roll as one continuous piece.

For adults and teens, I recommend mixing it up and going hard.

Our game, with 8 adults, lasted over 27 minutes and every second flew by!

Adding the Gifts:

Start with wrapping your “big” prize (because this will end up the center of the ball). Our grand prize was a gift card. This little gift card was wrapped in several pieces of plastic wrap.

As you start working your way out on the ball, simple add in gifts periodically. We tried to have the more expensive gifts on the inside and the less expensive gifts end up on the outside. You will also need to take into account how certain things will wrap. The pens in our ball needed to be wrapped once the ball was larger because of their length and inflexibility. Bananagrams, though large, worked to wrap toward the center because of its flexibility.

We wrapped whole bags of candy and also opened up a package of Hershey Kisses and peanut butter cups and had those sprinkled through out the ball.

For another fun game, see this post: Christmas Sock Exchange

Playing The Saran Wrap Ball Game

  1. Have everyone sit on the floor in a circle. Keep a little space between each person but make sure to still be within arms reach.
  2. Decide who is going to start. (Youngest player might be a good option or else roll a die and highest number starts.)
  3. Give the starting player the Saran wrap ball and the next person the dice. When we played the game, we found it easiest to use a paper box lid to roll the two dice in. It kept the dice from rolling around the room and made it simpler for the next person to just grab the box when it was their turn.
  4. Player with the ball finds the end piece of Saran wrap and starts unwrapping while the next person is rolling the dice. As soon as they roll doubles (of any number), they shout “doubles” and grab the Saran wrap ball and the next person grabs the box with the dice and the game continues.
  5. Any prizes you unroll are yours.
  6. You must keep the plastic wrap ball in front of you. No rolling it across the room.
  7. Important Rule: NO tearing the Saran wrap. You HAVE to find the end of the strip. This is where it gets harder when you use shorter pieces of plastic wrap. Sometimes finding the end is super difficult! It’s all a part of the game. (You might find, as we did, that one person in the group excels at this skill.)

That’s it! You keep playing, laughing, screaming, and grabbing until the ball is completely unrolled and the last prize is captured.

My daughter was almost 6 when we played, and is begging to do it again! Last time she played the little kid mini ball version, this time she wants to play the competitive game with the adults.

Give this plastic wrap ball game a try at your family Christmas or even a Christmas party. It will be a fun memory for sure!

This Saran wrap ball game is SO much fun! Here's how to play, ways to wrap the ball, and ideas for what to put inside. This is perfect for your family Christmas or with friends. Do a plastic wrap ball for the adults and one for the kids and have a blast.

Originally published November 15, 2018. Updated November 6, 2020.

Easy & Fun Christmas Sock Exchange

a group of ladies wearing Christmas socks

The holidays are around the corner and that means parties and party games. I’m sure you’ve done Dirty Santa and Ornament Exchanges before, but this year I have a different fun gift game for you to use! It’s a Christmas Sock Exchange!

This is a fun, simple game that everyone will love. This would be great for to do with a group of kids (your kids’ friends or maybe the nieces and nephews), teens, or all adults!

A Christmas Sock Exchange would also be a perfect idea for your friends, Bible study group, or female co-workers to all do together.

What makes this a great idea is that socks are fun, everyone wears them, and there are so many cute options available!

Now, there are so many ways you can go about this easy Christmas party game so we’ll go over your options and how exactly this works below!

If you are looking for another Christmas gift game, you have to check out this post about the Saran Wrap Ball Game! We did this with my siblings and siblings-in-law and it was SO much fun.


Christmas Sock Exchange: Planning, Gift Ideas, Rules

How to Plan a Christmas Sock Exchange:

Will you exchange just pairs of socks or are you going to exchange stocks stuffed with goodies?

This is the first decision you have to make! Stuffed socks are more fun, for obvious reasons but yes, they are a little more work and cost more. You know your friends and family, pick what will work best for them and your type of event.

Set a budget.

After you have the sock dilemma decided, this is your next step. Having a budget helps make things not awkward (ever been to a gift exchange when someone brought a $50 ornament and left with a $1 one, let’s try and avoid that) and helps your attendees know what to expect before they RSVP.

Do you want the socks wrapped?

You can have people bring the socks in a small gift bag or you can have them brought unwrapped but tied together (people still won’t know what is inside).

Invite your friends or family!

When you invite your friends to your sock exchange event be sure they know:

  • if you will be filling the socks with small gifts or just bringing socks to exchange
  • what the budget is
  • whether to bring socks in a bag or simply tied together

What to Place in the Socks:

  • Candy
  • Snacks
  • Pens
  • Lip balm
  • Gift card
  • Mug
  • Soap
  • Socks (a bonus pair!)
  • Small Book
  • Notebook
  • Jewelry
  • Anything small

If you are doing this for kids, in addition to some of the above ideas consider things like: stickers, craft, art supplies, toy, matchbox car, Play-Doh, or any small kid friendly item!

How to Do the Christmas Sock Exchange

Alright, once again you have numerous options here. Let’s go over them.

No matter what method you choose, you will want to have everyone draw a number to determine who will select their sock first.

Option 1: This option works better if all of the socks are in bags so you can’t actually see what you are selecting.

Starting with number 1 until the last number each person will select a sock/bag and that is theirs. When the last person selects, the game is over. Then everyone can open up their socks (if stuffed) and admire all the goodies. Of course, you could also put on your new socks on wear them the rest of the evening.

Option 2: The traditional White Elephant/Dirty Santa style game! This will work with wrapped socks or ones that are simply tied together.

If your socks are unwrapped and stuffed, make sure players only look at the socks – no touching allowed when selecting on your turn.

Begin with the person who drew #1. They will select a pair of socks. (If they are in a bag remove socks from bag after selecting.)

Continue the selection process in numerical order. The twist being, they can either steal socks (and the goodies it contains) from one of the earlier number or select a new pair. If a person has their socks stolen from them, they may either select a new pair or steal from another person (but not the pair just taken from them).

A pair of socks will be frozen (not able to be stolen anymore) after its second or third steal. Choose which option your prefer before you begin the game and make sure everyone knows, because this a a rule that varies.

Ending the game: You can end the game after the last person has selected or you can give person #1 the option of swapping socks with any unfrozen pair!

One more thing to consider. On this second option, if the socks are stuffed, you will need to decide before you start the game if each person will unpack their socks and display the items after selecting or if the contents of the socks will remain a surprise until the game is over.

Of course it’s fun to know what’s inside of the socks as you make your decisions, so I recommend that option, but it is harder to move things around as they get stolen.


So, what do you think? Have you done the sock exchange game before? What rules do you use? Any great sock stuffer ideas?

You could also use this game anytime of year! Any sort of party or get together with your girl friend or a group birthday celebration. It will be something a little different but super fun to do.

3 ladies wearing Christmas socks on the floor with presents

Easy & Delicious Brownie Brittle Recipe

Brownie Brittle on a white cloth

Fair warning. This treat is addictive! Chocolate goodness with the perfect crispy texture. This brownie brittle recipe is so good.

Even for those of us that prefer chewy cookies over crispy (that’s me) there is just something about this goodie that keeps pulling you back in.

All 3 kids and my husband also raved about this.

It’s a fast and simple recipe. You can save yourself money by skipping the prepackaged version and making it yourself.

Bonus, make and package it up yourself to use as a gift or part of a gift basket.

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Brownie Brittle Recipe Ingredients:

Super simple ingredients. They are all things you most likely already have in your kitchen if you do any type of baking.

  • Egg whites
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa powder
  • Chocolate chips

How to Make Brownie Brittle:

This is so easy to put together. I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the whisk attachment. You could also use a  hand mixer. (Mine burnt out over year ago and I haven’t gotten around to replacing them – I just use the stand mixer more often)

Beat 2 egg whites until foamy. Add the sugar and beat some more.

egg whipped in mixing bowl

To the egg mixture you will add melted butter (that has cooled off), vanilla extract, and a little water and mix some more.

Into a small bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Fold it into the wet batter.

dry ingredients sifted into a bowl

Next place a silicone baking mat or parchment paper onto a baking sheet. (I used a baking mat.) Spread the batter into a rectangle approximately 9.5 inches by 14 inches. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and then press the chips into the batter.

brownie brittle spread on silicone baking sheet

Last up is baking. You use a lower baking temperature so you can cook this longer to get the great crispy texture without the brownie brittle becoming burnt.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (Mine needed the 40 minutes, but every oven is different so start checking at 30 minutes.)

When it’s done, it will not be completely hard, remove from the oven and let cool completely. As it cools the brownie brittle with crisp up perfectly! The kids love to help break it into pieces after it’s hardened up.

baked brownie brittle on a baking mat

Hopefully your family enjoys this recipes as much as mine does.

Are you a brownie brittle fan? Any fun combinations I should try? Or any easy must make treats I need to know about?

Looking for some other chocolate desserts to try?
The Best Homemade Fudge
Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark
Chocolate Crinkle Peppermint Cookies
Toll House Pie

Easy Brownie Brittle Recipe

Broken pieces of crispy brownie brittle on a white cloth

Easy Brownie Brittle Recipe
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Serves: 20 pieces
 
This brownie brittle recipe is spectacular and so simple to make! The great chocolate flavor of a brownie with a perfect crunch. Everyone will love this and it makes a perfect gift.
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter, cooled
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Using a stand mixer (with the whisk attachment) or hand mixer beat the 2 egg whites until very foamy.
  3. Add the sugar and beat again.
  4. Make sure the melted butter isn't hot and add butter, vanilla, and water to the the egg mixer and beat until combined.
  5. Sift the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda into a separate, small bowl. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet.
  6. Line a pan with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Spread the brownie brittle batter into a 9.5 inch x 14 inch rectangle.
  7. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (amount can be up to you) and then press the chips into the batter.
  8. Bake for 30-40 minutes, checking after 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the baking sheet. It should crisp up completely when cooled.
  10. Break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.

 

Awesome Stocking Stuffers for Teen Boys

red and white stocking on a white background

Do you have any teenage boys in your house? If so, this post of ideas for stocking stuffers for teen boys is going to make life much easier this Christmas season!

There are teen boy stocking stuffers that will work for everyone on the list. Over 65 ideas and a few bonus categories to get you thinking outside of the box.

I’m going to include the same disclaimer here that I have on the teen girl stocking stuffer ideas post.

You aren’t a bad parent if you skip stockings. Or if you keep them simple.

Don’t let all the posts you come across make you feel like you aren’t doing enough. Know your budget and find what works for you and your family. There’s nothing wrong with that. You can make stockings be only food items. You could stick to a theme (give items you need for an upcoming family vacation). You could just do 4 items: a snack, a small game, something they need, and something fun.

It’s your house, you get to call the shots! So use these ideas of stocking stuffers for teenage boys to inspire you, not to make you feel guilty.

Other Gift Guide Posts to Check Out:
Stocking Stuffers for Teen Girls
Best Gifts for a 2 Year Old
Best Gifts for Preschoolers
Best Gifts for Preschool Boys
Gifts for Kids Under $10
Gift Ideas for Teen Girls
Gift Ideas for Teen Boys
Cheap Gift Ideas for Men
Under $10 Gift Ideas for Women
Homemade Gift Basket Ideas

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The Best Stocking Stuffers for Teen Boys

Food
Food always warrants its own section. Yep, it’s that important and I think every person would agree that food is always a hit. Especially when it comes to the perfect stocking stuffers for teenage boys!

You could also shop sales and hopefully fill up the stocking without breaking your budget.

One other reason food is a great option is that it won’t increase clutter in your house!

Here are some suggestions:

Candy
Chocolate
Snacks
Nuts
Trail Mix
Larabars
RX Bars
Protein Bars
Beef Jerky/Beef Sticks
Gum
Dot’s Pretzels (Check your local grocery or hardware store for these!)
Bottled Coffee Drinks
Ground Coffee
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Interests
What interests does your teen boy have? Use that information to help you find small things to put into his stocking. Once you get thinking, the options are endless. Maybe he enjoys:

Sports
Working Out
Drawing
Cars
Music

Buy a few items based off of these hobbies!

Things He Needs
As our kids head into the teen years they are getting close to having a college dorm room or even apartment of their own. Stockings are a great way to start giving them those little things that they will need.

Screwdrivers
Mini Screwdriver set
Allen Wrench Set
Hammer
Measuring Tape
Plyers (Maybe vice grip and needle nosed)
Small Kitchen Items (Kitchen knife, measuring cups, mixing bowls, small whisk etc)

Everything Else
Here’s the list you can grab from as you fill in the rest the stocking stuffers for teen boys! We know each teen is so different, but you will be sure to find at least a few things on this list your son will appreciate.

Graphic T-Shirt
Socks
Beanie
Ball Cap
Gloves
Paracord Bracelet (Could be just a bracelet or a survival tool)
Lanyard
Headphones
USB Cable
Wireless Speaker
Phone Stand (So many options!)
Flash Drive
Compass
Pocket Knife
Survival Tool for wallet
Hand Warmers (Disposable ones or reusable)
Multiuse Pen
Life Straw
Batteries (Because everyone could use more of these!)
Car Detailing Supplies
Essential Oil Air Freshener (Maybe a mini diffuser or something like this car diffuser)
Drawstring Bag
Water Bottle (Insulated stainless steel bottles are my favorite!)
Front Pocket Wallet
Sunglasses
Toiletries
Flashlight
Headlamp
Keychain
Quick Dry Sports Towel
Pens
Sharpies
Duct Tape
Gift Cards
Mini Models (There are wooden ones and metal ones. Check out all of these options from Metal Earth!)
Small Games: Cinco Linko, Yatzee, Farkle, Rubix Cube, Cards, Rook, Geobrix
Fidget Game

teen boy in red hat and shirt

Here are 74+ ideas of creative stocking stuffer ideas! What are your favorite stocking stuffers for teen boys? Share in the comments!