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Any ideas of things children could make as gifts for a few relatives??

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flower76 Mon 04-Dec-17 06:25:21

My kids love making things and I thought a cheap and thoughtful gift from them to grandparents, Aunties etc could be something homemade. We tried some cookies for a trial but they weren't brilliant, I had thought we could wrap them in cellophane with a ribbon, any ideas? Not necessarily food.

mumonashoestring Mon 04-Dec-17 06:28:57

Fimo or clay tree decorations? Or baked salt dough - they could paint them or decorate them with glitter. Just make sure you add a hole for a hanging ribbon before baking/drying!

HuskyMcClusky Mon 04-Dec-17 06:31:10

My nieces decorated magnetic photo frames one year (so can be stuck on the fridge) and added photos of themselves. They were lovely.

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 04-Dec-17 06:32:58

We made some pretty pencil/pen pots one year with jam jars and bands of adhesive ribbon from hobbycraft. You can also cover jam jars with ripped tissue paper, modge podge and sprinkle with glitter for a slightly more gaudy look! We have also done tray bakes like rocky road which is really simple to make, or gingerbread men.

PosiePootlePerkins Mon 04-Dec-17 06:35:36

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BikeRunSki Mon 04-Dec-17 06:36:57

How old are the children? We’ve done fabric paint footprints on hankies and tea towels in the past.

Callmecordelia Mon 04-Dec-17 06:38:15

We usually make something edible, cookies, gingerbread or muffins. This year it will be stained glass window biscuits.

I honestly don't think it matters what they look or taste like, it's more getting DC used to the idea that they give as well as receive at Christmas.

I have found pretty tins/boxes etc in Home Bargains and Ikea that weren't too expensive.

Stilllivinginazoo Mon 04-Dec-17 06:45:31

If you worry wont taste good how about layering ingedients for cookiies in a nice jar with label how to make?
Calenders are cute.kids draw something and stick calender from hobbycraft etc at bottom
Tree decorations
Take marg tub.add oasis.long candle in middle.forage for bits ivy.conifers.pine cones etc n let them stick it in(table decoration)

confusedandemployed Mon 04-Dec-17 06:48:27

We're making bath bombs. Amazingly easy and fun to make. End result looks really professional too.

Goshthatwentwell Mon 04-Dec-17 06:48:42

Someone on here posted the idea of " why I love you" lolly sticks in a jar. Write messages for what you love about granny or auntie in a decorated coffee jar. You can get the fat lolly sticks of Amazin for £1.50.

LostMyRubySlippers Mon 04-Dec-17 07:02:27

We have done fabric paints on plain canvas shopping bags this year

flower76 Mon 04-Dec-17 07:18:32

They are 9 and 12 sorry ! Thanks for the ideas so far!

thedcbrokemybank Mon 04-Dec-17 07:59:49

We made chocolate truffles one year.

greenapplesplatter Mon 04-Dec-17 08:06:16

If you want something edible then chocolate bark is a good one. Just melt a bar or chocolate & pour out on to greaseproof paper let the kids go mad with sprinkles, marshmallows etc then break it up once it's set & wrap in cellophane with a ribbon, looks really nice.

We've done canvas bags & fabric markers this year

Curlyshabtree Mon 04-Dec-17 08:11:48

We’re gonna have a go at making hand shaped planters. You need casting concrete and some rubber gloves. Then plant with some succulents.
Last year we made bath bombs and in the past we’ve made fridge magnets, decorated photo frames and made bird feeders.
We do something every year for great Granny, gps and my bro and sil. Now the twins are 9 we’re trying something a bit more adventurous! No idea what it’ll turn out like!

teaandakitkat Mon 04-Dec-17 08:13:36

We planted mini spring bulbs in nice pots and decorated the pots. They looked lovely. We might do that again this year

tampinfuminragin Mon 04-Dec-17 08:26:58

They could make fudge, Christmas decorations, fairy cakes, etc

Pinterest has loads of ideas

fleshmarketclose Mon 04-Dec-17 08:56:24

Flannel reindeers and snowmen are easy, just need a soap,flannel and a few trimmings instructions here and here

unlimiteddilutingjuice Mon 04-Dec-17 09:02:53

I second bath bombs. Really easy and fun to make.

PeaceLoveAndDixie Tue 05-Dec-17 00:44:35

I’ve just done bath bombs with my 4yo (and 1yo shock) so easy and they look lovely. There are tons of recipes on Pinterest.

Fantasticmissfoxy Tue 05-Dec-17 01:00:29

I used to make and paint marzipan fruits when I was little for the neighbours - quite old fashioned but good fun.

purpleme12 Tue 05-Dec-17 01:13:39

How do you make a bath bomb?

LineysRunner Tue 05-Dec-17 01:16:05

Art work made into a mouse mat.

FairyAnn Wed 06-Dec-17 15:59:14

Bit late to the party but what about making Christmas bracelets? My cousin's son made of these for a charity event a few years back and they were lovely.

OrangeCactus Wed 06-Dec-17 16:48:12

I'm decorating mugs for grandparents with my dd. Plain white mugs from Wilkos for around £1 each, then you can draw on them with Sharpies and bake them in the oven to set. Could also make hot chocolate cones or something to put in the mug and wrap it all up in cellophane.

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