Family Handmade

Our Favorite Christmas Presents ~ Handmade of course!

When I was a kid my mom would make something handmade for each of us for a gift. I remember looking forward to seeing what the year would bring. I still have my teddy bear with button eyes and use my hand mirror with an embroidered back on a weekly basis.

I have to admit that I have had some guilt that I don’t do this with my kids. My excuse that I can’t sew isn’t a good one because I know there are many options that I could do!

My mom was here for Christmas with us for the first time in five years – since we left home. It was a great Christmas with my brothers also visiting. In the middle of all the unwrapping craziness my mom yells for the kids to stop. She wants them to open a present from her all at the same time.

This is what they opened…

I had tears in my eyes as all the handmade memories came flooding back. They each received a cozy, soft, fleece blanket in a pattern she knew they would love. Basketball, soccer, and Cars. My kids love blankets and they have been attached to them ever since.

What a great gift that will last for years, while all of these toys won’t last long at all.

So special.


I also want to show you what my kids made for others ~ friends, teachers, and all members of the family opened a unique one on Christmas morning made just for them.

Do you remember when I introduced the beewax candle making kit from A Toy Garden on the blog this year? I went back and bought more just for the holidays. They were very easy and super fun to make!

Do you make handmade gifts for your kids or do the kids make something for others?



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  • My grandmother use to give me a blanket every year for Christmas too. It's funny to think how my likes changed over the years as I grew, the different blankets I had. Only have a few left. I try not to use them anymore. Sometimes I'll bring one out for my granddaughter when she visits. She loves blankets too, gets that from her Granny =D
  • A gift made with love will last a lifetime! We make candles with photos, the kids love to pick out their favorite photo and I guide them on adding the photo to the side of the candles.
  • Nice tree candle! :) Love it!! I think handmade gifts are SO nice. I really want to sit down and SEE if by SOME chance I could do ALL homemade this coming year. I will have to start early I know. But ... maybe? it just seems like there is always so much 'stuff' given but the handmade items are special. Love the blankies! so fun!!

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