With just a few days left until Christmas I find myself trying to come up with a few last minute gift ideas. I wrote this post last December (with a few more days to spare) but, I figure it might serve someone again this year.
I have two boys. Ages 5 and 20 months. We like to make as many of our Christmas gifts as possible. But each year I seem to have one dilemma; what do I put in the stockings?
I have memories of stockings bulging with goodies. It was such a fun tradition to sneak down the stairs Christmas Morning and snag my stocking and enjoy the loot until mom and dad woke up.
In a Typical year, I start my Christmas planning in October. Assemble the materials in November and frantically try to accomplish it all in December. This usually works out alright for me. But I still seem to always forget about the Stocking Stuffers. Which usually brings me to a dollar store just before Christmas searching for cheap sweat-shop made plastics. NO MORE!
This year even with Christmas sneaking up on me ( just 13 days to go.) I am going to try my hand at some homemade stocking stuffers. The reality is with all the Christmas parties and the other projects going on, I will not have time to make everything. But I am going to do as much as I can before Christmas.
Which brings me to my search; what can you make that is simple and are still Kid friendly, enjoyable stocking stuffers?
#1 Play Dough
What kid doesn’t like Play Dough? And who knew that lovely squishy substance could be so easy to make. http://www.playdoughrecipe.org has lots of recipe’s from Traditional Play dough to slimy Gak-like substances.
#2 Bean Bags
This Bean Bag tutorial couldn’t be easier. My boys love bean bags, aside from the traditional bean bag toss game they have been food, pack supplies, this is one of my favorite open ended toys. And if you have an itty bitty http://sewlikemymom.com/ has a great tutorial on these unbelievably cute Taggy Bean Bags
#3 I Spy Bags
#4 Repurposed Crayons
www.makeit-loveit.com is now my new favorite craft site. I stumbled on these Fun Crayons while searching for other Stocking stuffer ideas. I just happen to have a bag full of broken crayons I just have to come up with a mold.
#5 Sketch Books
After finding the crayons I couldn’t resist finding a way to make Sketch Books. This was such a great idea. I’m thinking of making these 1/2 the size of a regular piece of paper. Putting the kids name and the year on them. And wa’la an awesome way to cronicle my little one’s art work.
#6 Sock Critters
#7 Christmas Orniment
The fun part about this project is that this is the one you can turn around and have your kids make. If you choose, most craft stores have cute ceramic orniments that you can give your kids to paint. I would stuff the stocking with the plain orniment and let him decorate it as a after-Christma-need-something-to do project then put it on the tree and save them each year.
But, if you want to make the ornament you can find lots of cute simple ideas here: Orniments
We are going to try and ditch the high fructose corn syrup laden candies this year in favor of more traditional fare. Cookies are a perfect substitute. And www.bettycrocker.com did have some cute recipes. But we are going to use our family favorites. I’m thinking Spritz Cookies will be nice in the stocking and maybe a ginger bread man or a little fudge.
#9 Book Marks
My boys are just starting to enjoy chapter books at bedtime and we are always looking for scraps of paper to keep our mark until the next night, so I thought an easy Book Mark would be a great idea and www.tipnut.com had lots of good ones.