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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?
Jerusha from Fredericton, NB
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!!
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
You could make stuffed animals for the boys, this would be especially neat if you could get your hands on some of their old jeans, etc., and use them for the fabric.
Most kids like throw blankets made from Polar Fleece (pre-season sales will be starting soon). Food goes over well with boys, too (think fudge). You could also do "gift certificates" for batches of homemade goodies.