Fun and Practical Homemade Gifts for Kids

Looking for clever – and affordable – gift ideas for kids? Then, skip the store, and try one of these homemade gift ideas:


How to Make Crayons. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Have a bunch of crayon stubs that are too small for your kids to hold onto? Don't throw them out! Instead, recycle them into big, chunky crayons that are just the right size for little hands. Pair them with a coloring book, and you've got a complete gift for $1.


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Treat your favorite shortie to a fresh batch of playdough in your choice of color and scent.

Sidewalk Chalk

High Angle View Of Chalks In Container On Pavement
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Fill a bucket with chunky sticks of homemade sidewalk chalk – the more colors the better.

Denim Pocket Purse

Denim Pocket Purse. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

The back pockets are often the prettiest part of a pair of jeans, sporting intricate embroidery and sometimes even delicate sequins and beads. Use them to create a denim pocket purse for a lucky little girl.

Felt Board

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Felt boards sell for big bucks, but they don't cost much at all to make. Round up a bit of felt and cardboard, and create a homemade felt board in thirty minutes or less. You can even create a felt person that resembles the recipient – too fun!

Treasure Soap

High Angle View Of Bamboos With Soaps On Wooden Floor
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Surprises are big fun when you're little. Hide a small trinket inside a bar of homemade treasure soap, and you've got a cheap and memorable gift that'll be fun to the last wash.

Popsicle Soap

Popsicle Soap
Popsicle Soap. Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Popsicle-shaped soap is kid-cool and cheap too. Pick up a pound of glycerin soap, and melt your way to the perfect gift.

Soap on a Rope

Soap on a Rope
Soap on a Rope. Photo © David Fisher
Introduce a new generation to the wonder that is soap on a rope. It couldn't be easier to make.

Soap Scrubbies

Soap Scrubbies
Soap Scrubbies. Photo © David Fisher

It's one part soap; it's one part scrubbie; and it's 100% fun. Stock up on dollar store scrubbies and make a soap scrubbie for every kid that you know.

Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath
Bubble Bath. Photo © Flickr user Cyron

Make a batch of bubble bath, and give the gift of raisin fingers.

Bath Paint

Bath Paint
Bath Paint. Photo © Flickr user John-Morgan

Mix up several colors of bath paint, and turn bath time into art time.

A Washcloth Whale

Washcloth Whale
Washcloth Whale. Photo ©

This washcloth whale would make a great addition to any little one's bath toy collection, and it comes together in minutes.

Denim Pocket Quilt

Denim Pocket Quilt
Denim Pocket Quilt. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Turn your old jeans into a snuggly-warm denim pocket quilt for a special kiddo in your life. The pockets are perfect for stashing stuffed animals and all of those other kid treasures, and the price tag is pretty perfect too – just a $1 or three for two.

Safety Pin Bracelet

Safety Pin Bracelet
Safety Pin Bracelet. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

A bracelet made out of safety pins is just the thing for a budding fashionista – and budget-friendly to boot. Create one of these show-stoppers for $1 or less.

Sweater Mittens

Sweater Mittens
Sweater Mittens. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Dig an old and seldom-worn sweater out of your closet, and turn it into a snuggly-warm pair of sweater mittens for a lucky little kiddo. Then, make a pair for yourself too – you'll have plenty of fabric to spare.

Snow Pants

Low Section Of Woman Standing On Snow
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Pull out your sewing supplies, and get to work on a pair of snow pants for your kiddo. Just the thing for a day of frigid fun!

Jean Skirt

Jean Skirt
Jean Skirt. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Transform a pair of holey jeans into a hip new jean skirt for a little girl or teen on your gift list. Estimated project cost: just over 50 cents.

Scrabble Letter Bracelet

Scrabble Bracelet
Scrabble Bracelet. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Scour thrift stores and yard sales for old Scrabble games. Then, use the tiles to create letter bracelets for all the young trendsetters that you know.

Scrabble Photo Bracelet

Scrabble Photo Bracelet
Scrabble Photo Bracelet. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Scrabble tiles can also be used to create personalized photo bracelets. Create one for your daughter with pictures of her and her BFF, and you'll earn some definite cool points.

Slipper Socks

Slipper Socks
Slipper Socks. Photo © Sherri Osborn

Grab a pair of socks and some puff paint, and whip up a snazzy pair of slipper socks for those little feet that never slow down.

A Fleece Hat

Fleece Hat
Fleece Hat. Photo © Sherri Osborn

Pick out a piece of fleece in a fun pattern, and make a warm winter hat for your kiddo.

Snowman Kit

Snowman. Photo © Flickr user ultramega

Making snowmen is great fun when you're a kid. Assemble snowman kits for all the shorties on your list, and they'll be ready to go when that next snow storm hits.

Snow Paint

Snow Paint. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Put together a snow paint kit, and you'll be giving the gift of snow day fun.

A Chalkboard Piggy Bank

Chalkboard Piggy Bank
Chalkboard Piggy Bank. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Pick up some cheap piggy banks and a bottle of chalkboard paint, and make chalkboard piggy banks for all the little ones on your list. It's a great way to get kids excited about saving.

A Bath Mitt Puppet

Dragon Bath Mitt
Dragon Bath Mitt. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Buy some car wash mitts from the dollar store, and transform them into bath mitt puppets. Very fun!

Family Guess Who?

Family Guess Who?
Family Guess Who?. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Snag a Guess Who? a game from a thrift store or yard sale. Then, swap out the character pictures with photos of your family members. Such a fun gift!

Christmas Card Notepads

Christmas Card Notepads. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Use some of your Christmas cards from previous years to create Christmas card notepads for the kiddos.