November and December have been very busy months here but, before it is too late, I wanted to share some holiday crafts and homemade gift links with you. Each year, we craft homemade gifts. Last year my daughter made glass paint-swirl ornaments. This year, we plan to paint mugs for the family.
- Here on Naturally Educational, I have directions for an Apple Pomander–perfect for potpourri baskets or hanging around the house during the holidays.
- Veronique at Little Elephants, one of my favorite craft bloggers, has a huge round-up of Christmas Crafts, including recipes, gifts, and decorations. We’re planning on trying the snow globes this year!
- No Time for Flash Cards has categories for both Christmas and Hanukah.
- Michelle at Scribbit has Gift Crafts Children Can Make as will as another post on Homemade Gifts.
Homemade gifts are in keeping with the spirit of the season and children love making gifts and then presenting them to friends and family. Artwork from even very young children can be decoupaged onto candle holders or printed onto an iron transfer for a market bag. Children learn the joy of giving and gain a sense of accomplishment when their items are lovingly displayed. The tradition of handmade presents also places the emphasis on time spent with family rather than money spent shopping.