My goal was to do a Handcrafted Gifts series throughout the month of December to highlight lots of wonderful ideas I had for children's homemade gifts. However, goals die fast when you have a new baby!
So, I'm just now getting around to posting what I'm giving my kids for Christmas. I like to do this every year as I am greatly inspired by seeing other folks' gift ideas and want to do the same for you! I had plans to make these snazzy capes for my kids for Christmas, and possibly matching ones for my nephews too, but never got around to it. Maybe next year! They love to dress up so I know they would use them!
Heather had done a post on how to make a Go-Fish Game a couple of years ago and I decided to make one for each of our boys. I used binding tape instead of string as I had visions of my boys strangling each other with yarn or string! It's harder to strangle with binding tape and it's harder to eat the magnet at the end of the line if it's inside a felt hook!
I know Justus will like this game as I once caught him "fishing" in the toilet using one of his sister's belts as his fishing pole.
Forgot to rotate this one before I posted. Ooops! My kids absolutely LOVED Toy Story 3 and for days after watching it they would only answer to their favorite character from the movie. So, I knew they would LOVE these as their special surprise gift under the tree on Christmas morning. (Sidenote: We don't do the Santa Claus thing but we do something similar--Daddy and I fill the stockings and leave a special gift under the tree, unwrapped, for them to find on Christmas morning).
I was able to use a 30% off coupon each of these toys, making them very affordable! Ali will get Jessie, Jer will get Buzz, and Justus will get Mr. Potato Head.
In addition to what you see pictured, Ali got a new baby doll that looks just like her, Jer got some new Duplos (this is the #1 toy at our house which all 3 kids play with every single day!), Justus got a xylophone, and Ali got some new slippers. We try to keep Christmas pretty simple, but sometimes it's hard because it's just soooo fun to give gifts to our kids!