Some of the best gifts I’ve ever been given were gifts someone made for me themselves. It always makes me feel special knowing someone felt I was worth the time and energy it took for them to make ME something. If you’re looking for some simple and fun gifts you can make, give these ideas a try!
Chocolate Treat Reindeer
4 A small glass jar and lid
4 Pipe cleaners (red or black)
4 Googley Eyes
4 Glue (hot glue is easiest if you’re allowed)
4 Chocolates or hot chocolate mix
Fill your jar with chocolates or hot chocolate mix so the jar looks brown. Choose one side to be the face of the reindeer and glue on a pompom nose and two googley eyes. Use your pipe cleaners to make the antlers and attach them by gluing them to the lid once it’s secured.
4 Chocolate chips
4 Bamboo spoons
4 Green and red sprinkles
4 Parchment paper
4 Ribbon or string
Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stove top. Both of these jobs should be done under the supervision of an adult. Please be very careful not to burn yourself! Once your chocolate is melted, you’ll have to work quickly. Dip the spoons in the deliciousness, and lay them on a sheet of parchment. Before they cool and harden, gently drop any sprinkles on them to make them more colourful. Once your spoons have set, grab a few, cover the ends with parchment, and tie a pretty ribbon around it.
4 A white mug
4 A sharpie
This is a favourite DIY gift in our home. We like to scour Pinterest for funny sayings to add to a plain white mug. Sometimes we’ll fill the mug with treats, wrap it, and gift it to one of those ‘hard- to- gift’ types. Other times, we just gift the mug on its own. We have tried baking the cup after we write on it, but we haven’t noticed that it alters the durability that much. Just let your loved one know not to put it in the dishwasher. Some favourite ideas are: Tea-rex with a picture of a T-rex, a customized silly face (with a mustache!), or a simple a ‘you’re the best dad!’