3 Cheap DIY Christmas Gifts for Kids

Whether your budget is running low, you are short on ideas or what you have found in stores just doesn’t seem quite good enough, these three ideas are sure to please the children in your life.

1. Homemade Play Dough

According to The Imagination Tree, this recipe is quick, easy and will create play dough that is softer and lasts longer. You will need:

  • 2 cups plain, all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (added in increments until ideal texture is reached)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Directions: Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in large bowl. Add food coloring to boiling water. Add boiling water to the dry ingredients. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky dough. Allow this mixture to cool. Once cool, knead the mixture until it is no longer sticky and has the consistency that you desire. If the dough has reached your ideal consistency and is still sticky, add a touch of flour until it is just right.

2. Bubble Bath Paint

The kids in your life will have a blast in the tub painting themselves and the walls with this quick recipe for bubble bath paint. According to Jill Dubien, this bubble bath paint washed off of her white tile and grout shower very easily and it is safe for your child’s skin because she makes it with tear-free, baby wash. For four small containers (for four different colors), you will need:

  • 1 cup baby bubble bath or body wash that is clear or white
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • Food coloring
  • Small containers with lids

Directions: Mix together bubble bath and corn starch. Pour into four small containers. Put a couple of drops (the more drops you put, the more likely it will stain) of food coloring into each container. Mix well. This bubble bath paint works well as a finger paint or for use with brushes. This paint keeps well, so put on the lid and save it for the next bath when you are finished!

3. Personalized Water Bottle

This is the perfect gift for that little athlete in your life. Wal-Mart sells water bottles for as cheap as 97 cents. With the use of fabric/puffy paint, your little athlete will have a water bottle that he/she can easily tell apart from the others!

Whether you are low on cash or cannot find gifts in your price range, there are always homemade ideas that will blow any kid’s socks off on Christmas.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold