DIY Last-Minute Gift for Kids

So I mentioned a few days ago that I won’t be returning to the east coast as usual for Christmas this year. One happy side-effect of that is that I get to spend Christmas with some family members I don’t see very often. There are (currently) three kids in this west coast family (though only two are of Christmas-appreciating age), and though I’ve been instructed by several people not to bring gifts for them, I can’t bring nothing! If you haven’t noticed by now, I love kids. I love toys. I love crafts. So I decided to craft them up some gifts.

Now, this is kind of tough because if you give an adult a poorly knitted set of mittens or a gluey paperweight, they will still act like they like it. Kids are brutally honest, and I love them for it. So you have to make it good. I came across an idea online.

The I’m Not Bored Anymore Jar from the Land of Nod

The Land of Nod is owned by the same company as Crate and Barrel and has some really fantastic-looking toys and activities for kids on their website. But did you notice the retail price on this jar?? $29?! Hyeah, okay. And now you all know that I’m a Frugal Francis. So I went to two of my favorite stores.. the Dollar Tree aaand Target! And I bought way too much stuff. But did I spend anywhere near $29 (x 2, since I’m making two jars)? No way. Here’s my version of the I’m Not Bored Anymore Jar:

Here’s my price break-down (adjusted based on the fact that I didn’t use all of what I bought):

  • Two jars: $2 (I had hoped for bigger ones like in the original photo but couldn’t find any)
  • Craft foam squares: $.25 (only used about a quarter of the package)
  • Popsicle sticks: $.33 (only used a third of the package)
  • Markers: $1 (in the boy jar)
  • Pencils: $1 (in the girl jar)
  • Pipe cleaners: $.25 (only used a quarter of the package)
  • Pompoms: $1
  • Safety scissors: $2 (one for each)
  • Glue sticks: $.66 (came in pack of 3, only used 2)
  • Glitter glue: $.33 (came in pack of 3, only used 1)
  • Stamps: $2
  • Googly eyes: $2
  • Also threw in some sequins and feathers I already had

Total cost: less than $7 per jar. Pretty cool, huh? I kinda wish I had other kids to make more for but I guess I’ll have to save the rest of the supplies for myself! I used a popsicle stick to really jam everything in there, it helps to have supplies of different shapes and sizes to make the most of your space. They’re stuffed so full, you can barely see all the stuff in there! Almost everything was from the Dollar Tree except for the super-cute stamps, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. In my humble opinion though, googly eyes are a must!

What’s the best gift you ever made?


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9 Responses to DIY Last-Minute Gift for Kids

  1. Marcus says:

    I made a pinch pot out of clay for my mom once. It was pretty bad, but better than my other attempts at handmade gifts.

  2. Lori says:

    I’ve made a lot of gifts over the years – don’t know what was the best. Hmmm I’ll think about it. The craft jars look so cute and will be fun for the kids.

  3. Suz says:

    Great idea!! Don’t know where you get those creative genes…
    Best gift I ever made was a purple-lined black velour cape for a certain crazy cousin of yours. 🙂

  4. resolutionproject says:

    So cute Kira! You are the best arts and crafter ever!

  5. Keelonce says:

    ^^ That was me…

  6. Franjessica says:

    I love these! They are so awesome and great, great, great! Hmmm… now I’m wondering if I can make some for cheaper for my 10 little ones at work… maybe it’s worth a try. Also those pencils you bought the ones that you push the old point through the bottom and a fresh point comes out on top- are my FAVORITE and I have not seen them since I was little. Can’t think of what the best gift I made was yet, because its 6:30 and I should’ve already left for work. But LOVED this post!

  7. joanne says:

    you are the queen–we’re not worthy!! very cool idea! and i just may steal it sometime!!!

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