Last Minute Holiday Gifts Kids Can Make

Emily helped demonstrate some frugal homemade gifts kids can make on The 10! Show this morning! We had so much fun crafting these quick and easy gifts with LuAnn!

The kiddos love to help stir up homemade bath salts, and they make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, grandmas, or anyone else you know who could use a little pampering. ((Who couldn’t use more pampering??))

These snowflake ornaments are the perfect quick, easy, no-mess holiday craft! After they are dry, you can write on them with markers and they double as gift tags. Fun!!

Another idea is to use the help of a color copier to whip up a set of beautiful (and useful) note cards! Even the littlest crafter can make these winter tree paintings, and the results are stunning!

Lastly, my girls loved stamping these festive holiday light gift bags to wrap up all of these handmade goodies!

In case you missed the show, here’s the clip of the segment:

A big thanks to The 10! Show and NBC studios in Philadelphia for having us on today’s show!!

I’ve linked this post to:
Get Your Craft On @ Today’s Creative Blog
Kids Get Crafty @ Red Ted Art
Sunday Best @ No Time for Flashcards


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Wow, look at the babes in that video! πŸ˜€


  2. “Actually, I did not.” I LOVE it! You guys did a great job on the show.

    • LOL She was honest! She has made ornaments _exactly_ like those, but didn’t make the actual ones I used for the props.

      It was better than the response she had last time when the host (then Michelle) asked her, “Is your mommy the best mommy is the whole wide world?”

      “Well…. my daddy is the best DADDY in the whole wide world!”

      I never know what she’s going to say!! πŸ™‚

  3. Emily is a doll! So precious!

  4. Does the food coloring in the bath salts stain the water? And if so does it stain the body of the person taking a bath?

    • We’ve tested these, and they never stain the water/bathtub/person taking a bath. They only have a few drops of food coloring (barely enough to tint the salts). They make great gifts! πŸ™‚

  5. I made the trees w/ my Kinder class and they came out adorable.

  6. Isn’t model magic magical? =)

  7. Your house must be filled with lots of busy elves! What fun you must all be having!

  8. aghhhhhhhhhhh, I wish I had seen that snowflake ornament before I baked 25 homemade gifts, Next year we are so doing that!!

    • Definitely keep it in mind for next year — they are waaaay easier! Although the baked ornaments are really nice too!!

  9. oo Emily did great!! Honesty is the best policy πŸ˜‰ Love all of the crafts.

  10. Thank you! I have been trying and trying to come up with some things my daughter can make as inexpensive gifts that will actually be useful/appreciated. These are great!

    • Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, and also happy you found our little bloggy blog!! We made peppermint hot cocoa mix a few years ago too — that’s always a big hit!

  11. How awesome to be on TV. The video was fun to watch.
    Great ideas, thank you for sharing them with me.

    • You’re welcome, Debby! We always have so much fun visiting the studio there — they totally spoil Emily! πŸ™‚

  12. Oh wow, a great selection of crafts. You know, we may just make a tree this weekend. My youngest (13 mths) is ITCHING to be allowed to paint too. I reckon we could do this with her!

    Thanks for the link up!


  13. oh yes am going to use the winter tree idea with my son, he will love being able to just go mad with the paint! and then ripping off the tape after to see what he has created! πŸ™‚


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