Well December is here and that means…..our Elf on the shelf is BACK. Our special little Elf means exciting, memory filled mornings as the kids wake to see what his daily antics are. They love him so. I had to come up with a great way for them to say good bye to him each Christmas until the following year. Last year a special gift appeared all wrapped under the tree on Christmas morning from our friendly little elf. It was a yearbook of his visits for the year and a goodbye message too including a message about the reason for the season.
Here is a super fun way for your kids to give a holiday time gift to their classmates at school! By wrapping a little surprise in white tissue and crepe paper you create a darling little snowball surprise for your child to give. This is a great way to give a holiday gift without it being overly Christmas specific. If you are worried about being “politically correct” and trying to give something without offending families who may not celebrate Christmas this is a great idea. It is just a fun way for kids to wrap and give something to someone that is special to them and could work for anybody on their Christmas list too.
Simple dollar store mugs adorned with the kids sweet handwriting and pictures is the perfect gift for those teachers who love and nurture their curiosity throughout the year. A simple, but useful gift that the kids can help personalize with the handwriting that those teachers helped form. We wrapped our mugs in brown paper lunch sacks transformed into cute reindeer with a few simple supplies that thank their teachers for helping to make their futures bright. These gifts are inexpensive and easy to make, but are full of heart because they are made by the kids for their teachers.
Photo ornaments are a perfect way to add a special ornament to the tree each year to commemorate each Christmas. They also make a fabulous gift for the people that you are closest too. I have been creating an ornament each year to add to our own tree, and for the kids to give to their Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, and Uncles for their trees too. Buying personalized ornaments from stores or photo labs can be really expensive, especially if you are buying a lot of them at once. Here is a great way to create personalized photo ornaments at home for a fraction of the cost that are just as beautiful.
I officially have two kids and school, and I love the idea of them helping make little gifts to give the kids in their class during the holiday season. I like the idea of them making something that they can give that is simple, and inexpensive, and most importantly gives them the experience of giving! These little Reindeer noses treat bags are as adorable as can be and are not only fun to make, but fun for the kids to give as well. Some free printables, small gift bags and whoppers candies make this gift kid friendly and fun!