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Thursday Thrifty Throwdown -- Gifts your kids can make

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Well, folks, Christmas is next week, so this is our last holiday Thursday Thrifty Throwdown...sigh. We covered tons of ways to save money, budget and still have some ho ho ho without breaking the Family Piggy Bank.

For this last one, it is all about our kids, as I know many of us are keeping them in the forefront our minds these days (more so than usual). I've got some ideas on some gifts your kids can make you, your spouse, Mumma and Paappa that you can cherish for years to come (not as much as you cherish your little ones, but close).

Artwork - We all love to get those torn-out pages of rainbows and clouds, but bump it up a notch and make it ready to hang with the use of stretched canvas squares. You can grab them at almost any craft store (or on Amazon) and create some cool word art like ModPodgeRocks did here. Joy, Peace, Love...or just have a few picture scenes in a row or cutouts glued on. You know your MIL would love it.

Bookmarks - You can do this with any material...fabric, construction paper, whatever. Add fun elements like yarn or pompoms. Again, great for the grandparents or for you to use everyday.

Mosaics - Grab those catalogs, and have your kids go to town cutting out little squares of all different color and then gluing them onto paper in any pattern or design they want. Frame it and bam! Perfect present to be adored for years to come.

Personalized coffee mug - Find some cheap white mugs and a porcelain Pebeo pen (you can get it here on Amazon), and your kids can create a fabu gift to be used every morning. A Beautiful Mess, Classic Play and DesignMom all have the details on how to do it as well as interesting inspiration for what your kids can put there on the mugs. (I'm definitely doing this for our end-of-the-year gifts for teachers!)

What gifts do your kids give?

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by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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MDWife12
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Our oldest (7) has really gotten into coloring pictures and wrapping them up for gifts :) its super cute because he always asks "mom, do you want this now or do you want to wait until Christmas? What about dad, will he want to open it now or on Christmas?" lol :)

elasmimi
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM

She helped me make spice tea, and helps with baking goodies.

Bob192
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

My oldest, 8 will wrap up some of her things to give to her siblings.  It's nice because she doesn't share her toys well.

MichelleK41
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

They normally just do candy canes in different flavors.

4kidz916
by Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

My kids help me make food gifts and my youngest shopped at their school's Secret Santa Shop.

Rushn311
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

 usually ornaments made from school :D

slw123
by Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

We make hot chocolate cones to give as gifts.

Kmakksmom
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Hmmm..  whatever my youngest 2 daughters make at school and whatever my oldest 2 daughters make out of school.  My oldest is very crafty and she teaches her younger sisters how to make stuff.  She gets that craftiness from my MiL, lol.  I wish I could say it's from me, but nope!

My son just colors pictures and that's enough for me :)

**He's 4**

cara124
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM
DS love to draw so picture calanders from him DD15 love making cards & DD17 loves taking photos so I'm thinking a scrap book this year
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deedee3849
by Deanne on Dec. 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

This year my kids made magnets for their teachers.

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