Tips & Tricks

DIY Christmas gift ideas for kids

At Christmas, there’s no feeling quite like giving the perfect gift to show the people who you love how much you care. The perfect gift doesn’t have to be expensive, and no one expects your child to spend the contents of their piggy bank on presents. After all, the most special presents, that will be treasured by those who receive them, are personal, thoughtful, and homemade. Taking inspiration from the nursery chain Kiddi Caru, for example, you and your child could spend a lovely winter’s afternoon together crafting beautiful presents for friends and family alike! 

And if you’re looking for even more ideas for your Christmas crafts, we’ve also put together some ideas, to give you some further inspiration! 

Keep reading to find out more. 

Rudolph cupcakes

In terms of presents, you can’t go wrong with some delicious baked goods. And these Rudolph cupcakes are the perfect gift for your little ones to dish out to their favourite family members. 

The recipe we’ve chosen is simple, delicious, and makes a total of 12 cupcakes. 

All you’ll need is:

  • 110g self-raising flour
  • 110g softened butter
  • 110g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

These cakes are adorable and the toppings are crucial since they’ll bring your reindeer creations to life. 

For the reindeer faces you’ll need:

  • Melted chocolate (to cover the cakes) 
  • 12 round red-coloured sweets 
  • Black tubes of icing
  • 24 white chocolate buttons 
  • 12 milk chocolate buttons
  • 12 mini pretzels, halved

Once the cakes have come out of the oven and cooled to room temperature, your child can start decorating. Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the cakes and then leave to cool. Once it’s set, you can attach the white buttons for eyes, milk chocolate button with red sweet on top for the nose, and pretzels for antlers — using some icing to stick them all down. Once you’ve finished, top both white chocolate buttons with a single dot of black icing, and your delicious Rudolph creations are ready to be eaten and given as gifts to some lucky people. 

Homemade jewellery 

Jewellery makes a wonderful gift because it’s both wearable and a cute keepsake for those who receive it! Your little one can get crafty, and the best part is that all you need is some string, or ribbon, and some beads. Alternatively, if you don’t have any beads, you could have lots of fun painting dry pasta, letting your child’s imagination run wild as they use all of their favourite colours. 

And, if they want to make the jewellery really glitzy, they could also use some glitter, to finish off their masterpiece. Of course, the length of the ribbon or string that you use will depend upon whether you’re making a necklace or a bracelet, so make sure to plan ahead, depending on which one they want to make. 

Paper lanterns

A beautiful tradition in Mexico is to create lanterns from paper bags and place candles inside them to light up your home with a warm golden hue. You can easily make these lanterns at home and give them to friends and family, to decorate their houses.

 All you need to do is take a paper bag, use a hole punch or scissors to create artistically patterned cut-outs on it, and place a battery-operated tea light inside it, to make beautiful a family-friendly lantern. 


The most precious gifts are those that have the most thought put into them. You and your child could have hours of fun making some special homemade presents for your closest friends and family, developing their motor skills, enjoying time together and making some gifts that will be treasured for years to come. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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