The holidays are quickly approaching! Each year, we try to come up with some creative and frugal ideas for the boys to give the special adults in their lives. We typically budget about $25 for each of their classroom teachers, but there are so many other important adults in their lives that we don't want to leave out - like their coaches, Sunday School teachers, Bible Club leaders, bus drivers, specialist teachers, carpool drivers, local librarians, and favorite neighbors. By being creative, we can show these people how special they are without breaking the bank.
This year, I've collected our favorite ideas from across the internet to bring you a collection of fun, frugal, and functional gifts for the adults in your child's life.
1. Turkey Soup Jars - These jars were a HUGE hit a two years ago when we gave them to the kids' Sunday School teachers and Bible Club leaders. We wanted to find something other than baked goods for them because they receive so many and I didn't know about the dietary needs of these dear ladies. The jars include all the basic ingredients and directions for making a delicious soup out of all the leftover turkey from the holidays.
2. Homemade Potpourri - The next year, I gave everyone gift bags of all the ingredients for homemade potpourri. This is a great gift to give early in the month so they can enjoy the holiday scent all season long. I even whipped up a batch for our home and I just loved the citrus and cinnamon combination.
3. Lavendar Rosemary Bath Fizzies - These make great gifts and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. You can mix up the essential oils and colors to make them in any scent or color that you wish.
4. Thumbprint Reindeer Mugs/Ornaments - I just love the idea of using thumbprints and handprints to make cherished gifts. If you are a room mom, this would be a great activity to do to make a platter as a gift with the whole class. It would also make a great Grandparents' gift with thumbprints from all of the grandchildren.
5. DIY Clipboards - This is a great project for older kids to help with (although I will say that my 4 year-old LOVED decoupaging puzzles). These clipboards are adorable and very frugal (especially if you are the type that already has scrapbook paper and Mod Podge on hand)
6. DIY Coasters - Here is another great craft that is so inexpensive once you have the Mod Podge. You can make a set for everyone on your list for what you might spend on one person! Or you can make an even simpler set of Homemade Coasters like these from Critters & Crayons.
7. Photo Magnets - These are great personalized gifts for grandparents or, if you have pictures of their kids (from a birthday party?) these would make great gifts for neighbors and family friends.
8. Sugar Scrubs - Let the kids help you whip up a batch of sugar scrubs for all the special people in their lives. They're beautiful and fun to make!
9. Personalized Candles - Let your kids express their artistic side by decorating candles for everyone on their list using this great technique from A Girl and a Glue Gun, or you can use some simple objects to transform generic candles into your own beautiful creations like these coffee bean candles from Green Owl Art.
change bowl uses Hama Beads to create a colorful bowl using any design you wish. The second leaf bowl uses a potter's clay and, preferably, access to a kiln but the results are so stinkin' cute!
11. Snack Mix - These Muddy Buddy treats were a simple gift for our bus driver, mail delivery person, and the kids. For the kids, I added fun hair clips to dress up their gift bags.
12. Homemade Ornaments - These are always sweet presents for friends and family. We have made salt dough ornaments in the past, as well as many reindeer ornaments. And here is an entire collection of handmade ornaments from Hands On As We Grow.
This post is part of the 2013 Ultimate Gift Guide from the Kid Bloggers Network where you'll find over 50 great gift guides for kids of all ages. You can also find individual guides by visiting the Gift Guides for Kids on Pinterest, which is a great resource to pin for ideas all year long!
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