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Kid-Friendly DIY Gifts for Mom, Dad, and Every Relative on Your “Nice” List

Let someone know you’re thinking of them with a craft that’s handmade, and from the heart!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

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Give Mom and Dad the year off from gift duty and surprise them with a homemade gift this holiday season that will be the best thing they unwrap. Now, these ideas won't be like your last minute pinch pots or book of coupons. No, these are gifts that Mom, Dad, Grandma, or even Uncle George will actually love and want to keep forever and not in that mystery box that just so happens to disappear the day after Christmas. 

Photo Frame

DIY Photo Frame

One Little Project

Give Mom and Dad the year off from gift duty and surprise them with a homemade gift this holiday season that will be the best thing they unwrap. Now, these ideas won't be like your last minute pinch pots or book of coupons. No, these are gifts that Mom, Dad, Grandma, or even Uncle George will actually love and want to keep forever and not in that mystery box that just so happens to disappear the day after Christmas. 

Batch of Cookies

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Sally's Baking Addiction

Cookies are always a good idea, even when it comes to gifts. Show off your skills in the kitchen and gift a box of irresistible holiday cookies. Bake up some classic chocolate chip, thumbprints with your favorite jelly, and loads of funfetti sugar cookies. Even if baking isn't your forte, stick to the slice and bake section and wrap them up real fancy. Whatever you turn out will sure to be a hit in the gift-giving department. 

Flower Vase

DIY Vase

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If your parents are a big fan of flowers, they probably have a lot of vases to put them in. You know what they don't have, though? A personalized vase made by you! Making decorative vases are a lot easier than you think. All you need is a plain glass vase and some acrylic paint. Don’t worry if you can’t find a vase, either. A recycled jar or bottle will be just as good. If you want to add in geometric designs, use painter's tape to create one-of-a-kind patterns and paint your creation right on top of it. Revealing the design will almost be as satisfying as watching your relatives open their gift. 

Canvas Painting

Canvas Painting

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No matter what artwork you make for Mom and Dad, it will pretty much be fridge-worthy. While it might be debatable on how long it will stick around, there's no question that it will get its moment in the sun no matter how, er, creative it is. Instead of fridge-worthy art, give Mom and Dad Picasso-level art to hang up permanently this holiday season with a canvas painting. Don't worry if art isn't your best skill. This resist tape method of painting will make the canvas look amazing, no matter your skill level. 

Designer Tote Bags

Glitter Tote Bag Craft

Mod Podge Rocks!

Let's be real, your parents are constantly carrying around six million things of yours. So why not gift them a trendy tote so they can carry all of your belongings with ease — and a little style. Have Grandma take you on a trip to the craft store to pick up a few fabric markers and a canvas tote bag. Then go crazy with colors and design a bag perfect for Mom or Dad to hold all of the family's belongings. 

Tie Dye Sweatsuit

Tie Dye

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Let your parents be the most stylish ones on the couch during winter break, and gift them a tie dye sweatsuit. Sneak off with your siblings and tell the ’rents you're tie dyeing clothes for yourselves. Need a little assistance in the design department? We've got you covered with all exciting patterns to try out, from the classic spiral to ice dyeing and more. 

Spa Kit

DIY-Coffee-Sugar-Scrub-Recipe

Ruffles and Rain Boots

Welcome to the holiday spa! Relaxation packages include Hot Wheel running up and down your back and LEGO foot massages. The highlight of the spa day though, will easily be the lotion and scrub package that your kids made you for the holidays. The oatmeal face mask and coffee sugar scrub are simple enough for kids to make on their own. Plus, it will almost be relaxing enough to make your parents forget about the mess going on in the playroom. 

Wooden Spoons

Painted Wooden Spoons

Moms and Crafters

Take the heat in the kitchen up a notch and gift the top chef in your family a set of personalized wooden spoons. Next time you run to the market with mom and dad, head to the baking aisle and sneak a few wooden spoons into the cart. With the supplies secured, now comes the easy part. Channel your inner artist and paint the bottom half of the spoons and spatulas. Use patterns, go for a color-blocking look, or paint them to match the kitchen. They will easily get a Michelin star for originality in the gift department. 

Perler Bead Bowls

perler bead bowls

Meaningful Mama

Forget hitching a ride to the store or sneaking on to the Amazon account to order a gift. This year, your DIY skills are about to be on full display with the Perler bead bowl that you're going to give to help organize your parents’ lives. The bowl couldn't be easier to make, just like any Perler bead project. You will need to use the oven to seal all of the beads together, so you might want to save this one until you spend the day at Grandma's, and you can enlist her as your assistant.

Chocolates

Chocolate Lollipops

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This holiday season, give your taste buds a treat and gift your parents chocolates to indulge on. We're not talking about the store-bought kind in fancy boxes – we're talking about the homemade kind full of peppermint toppings and loads of sprinkles! Customize bonbons, bars, and lollipops. You can even replace the lollipop sticks with candy canes for a seasonal twist. 

Keychains

Make sure mom and dad never lose their keys again and gift them with a personalized key chain. If you're a big crafter, you'll probably have most of the material needed already in the house, so there will be no need for sneaking around. Use fishing wire as string, add on decorative beads, and tie it onto a key ring. If you want to get fancy, you could even make your own seasonal beads out of clay or red and green string for a holiday touch. 

Knitted Scarf, Hat, and Gloves

Want to learn a new hobby and prep for the holiday season all at the same time? Learn how to knit! Not only will you learn a new skill, but you'll also be able to gift all of your new creations. Make a hat for mom, a scarf for dad, and matching mittens for them both. If it's taking a while to get the hang of the new skill, don't sweat. A simple, small square pot holder will make an excellent gift as well.