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I know it is a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but I like to be prepared. I am in a pickle this year! I like to make homemade things, or at least things with a homemade touch. We usually spend $10-15 on our nieces and nephew. This year, for the nieces I am buying them each a pair of slippers, then filling them with foot lotion, salts, pumice stone, etc. and wrapping it up all nice. But... I have NO CLUE what to do for my 7 year old nephew. I know he is into video games (that is ALL he does) but we are trying to give him other opportunities. Does anyone have suggestions?
I have a 7 yr. old son who loves video games too (these are pricey!!) Here are a few suggestions:
1) maybe you could make a homemade puzzle of a photo of him or his family. Take the photo and have it enlarged. Glue on sturdy card board and then cut shapes with an exacto knife. 7 yr. olds still like seeing pics of themselves and it could be a fun project for him.
2)They are also at a great age for calendars...maybe a homemade photo calendar with birthdays and holidays of his family written in. Lots of pics with him and his family or friends on the calendar pages.
3) A wall clock for his bedroom. If his bedroom has a theme (baseball, basketball, soccer, Yu-Gi=OH, Spongebob...you get the idea). Craft stores sell the clock parts and they are very inexpensive. Just use your imagination to "decorate" the background. I made my son one using Spongebob that I copied in color off the internet then enlarged at a copy center and used as the background. He loves having his own clock hanging on the wall in his room.
Hope these help.
Hey---its great to think ahead for the holidays!!
Some ideas that I had:
1---Homemade treats in a neat container that he can reuse
2---make your own art kit (if he likes drawing/painting,ect) put markers/colored pencils/crayons/neat pens/notebook---anything crafty in a "rubbermaid" container. This is great to get the items now---because school supplies are on sale!! I've been stocking up on that stuff to use as stocking stuffers!!!
3---make your own travel kit (if he travels or likes something to do in the vehicle, besides always playing the games!!) get a "rubbermaid" container and fill it with items great for traveling!! card games/crayola model magic/pipe cleaners/puzzle books/small notebook with cool pens.
how about a pogo stick or something else physical? my daughter had a pogo stick at that age and she loved it. she got to where she could bounce with no hands, just balance.
maybe a sand box with some cars or trucks....anything to get him interested and away from the tv screen a few hours a day would be great.
high power water guns are fun for that age too. just be prepared to be fired on if you are in the yard!
Do you sew? How about making him a large checkerboard. There are free patterns on the web for these and you make the checkers out of yo-yo's .. If you don't sew, but I'm sure you are crafty, try making up one and using iron on fusing to apply the different color squares to the background fabric and use craft foam pieces (two glued together) for the checkers... just a thought ... hmmm ...now you got me thinking ... ut oh ... !!!
Science craft stuff. Go to a teacher store and you will be amazed at some of the stuff you can buy. And if you buy Back to School you are sure to get some good savings.
How about a disposable camera, photo album and a $5 giftcard for developing the pics? Kids love taking pictures and you don't have to worry about him breaking the family camera.
Since he likes video games maybe he would like puzzle books (word searches, sudoku, etc.) I think the dollar store has game cards the size of flashcards that you can write and wipe off.
If he's into cars, you could make him a play town. Fabric stores have fabric panels that look like streets and a town. He can drive his cars and trucks on it. My son had a rug like this that he just loved. He would tell us not to move anything because he had a story going. He played with it until his early teens. We eventually made a board for it so it could be easily moved. He later made "trees", styrofoam hills, buildings, etc.
how about a bottle of foaming monster puke (bubble bath) with a washer,towel,and some monster figurines bought from dollar shop the website for making bubble bath is http://www.craf … do?projectID=476 ,this website has many recipes and ideas for gifts i have used it many times and saved a lot of money hope this helps
It is never too early to think about Christmas. I know because I think of it 12 months a year. I have four sons 10-17 years old. So I have been through the boys 7 th year a few times.
I am crafty. I am always making something. But the one thing my boys get nearly every year is a new pillow for their beds or to carry around the house with them to relax with. Last year My youngest got a pillow I made from the left over squares from the blue jean quilt I made for my third son. Both projects use up old jeans so they dont go to waste. And if you take off the pockets and use them too its even more interesting. I even used the brand name tags on the quilts to add a little more fun. Year before that I made all of them pillows from a flame print fabric. This year they are all getting camo print pillows in honor of my oldest son joining the national guard. But that son will get a camo quilt as well.
You can put the pillow in pull string bag along with an age appropriate book that he might like.
Hope this helps some.
I am planning to make simple, inexpensive gifts for all my nephews and nieces for Christmas. I know what I'm doing for the girls (rag dolls). I need some ideas for the boys. They range in age from 3-13.
By Tina from KS