Department stores are filled with aisle after aisle or toys for children you can simply purchase, wrap in paper and slap a bow on for a convenient gift. But for the child that seemingly already has everything, or if you just want to give a gift that uses your creativity, opt for a homemade gift with a theme ranging anywhere from food to learning.
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Share your love of food and its preparation with your child by creating a gift that may spark and interest in her. Whip up a batch of your favourite sweet treats. Then, put together a small cookbook or recipe box that includes that recipe along with some of your other favourites. Don't forget to include some blank pages in the book or cards in the box so she can expand it with her own recipes. Include some cooking utensils, fun ingredients such as sprinkles and a hand-decorated apron with the gift so she has everything she needs to get started.
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Arts and Crafts
Encourage your child to tap into his creativity with an arts and crafts themed homemade gift. Rummage through your arts and crafts supplies, or purchase all new items at the craft store to put together a creativity kit for him. You can create a kit that has everything he needs, including instructions to create a specific craft, or you can simply put together a random grouping of items and let him design his own projects. Include items such as buttons, pipe cleaners, yarn, glue, scissors, crayons, decorative papers, beads and ribbon.
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Make learning more exciting with a homemade gift designed to encourage a love of knowledge. Create your own learning game, such as Memory for younger children, or a homemade version of a popular board game with a subject matter that is age-appropriate for the gift recipient. Make your game cover topics such as presidents, geography, math or spelling. Use the front panel of a cereal box for the game board and index cards to create custom playing cards. Type up the instructions on the computer and print them out to include with the board, cards and playing pieces. Games like bingo and trivia are easily customised to suit any subject matter. You can also create custom flashcards that cater to the recipient's interests.
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She can travel to the moon, visit faraway lands and practice any profession she finds interesting all within the confines of her imagination and you can help make these quests more real with a handcrafted gift. Wrap a painter's canvas with a piece of felt. Cut different shapes from felt in different colours that she can stick to the homemade felt board to play out the scenarios she comes up with in her head. Fill a big bin with items found at thrift stores and garage sales to create a dress up and imagine bin. Include clothing items from shirts to shoes as well as some other items like a stethoscope and an old telephone.