11.12.2011

Minding the Unruly: the trouble with homemade Christmas gifts


I have a fantasy each Christmas of my children taking time to carefully consider each other's likes and craft sweet, thoughtful presents for one another.

This has unfortunately never quite played itself out well. Probably because I have been a smidge too hands-off in my role as adult over-seer. For instance, last Christmas my then-7 year old made a personalized sash (yes, that's what it is. see above photo) for her 4 year old sister. I'm so sorry to say that it was not received with delight.

This year, I'm going to try ONE MORE TIME to salvage this fantasy but I'm taking the bull by the horns: each child will choose something they can make in a batch for their siblings and that thing will be a cool thing they can choose off of a list of projects that I will assemble.

My ideas so far have mostly come from careful perusal of Design Mom's trove of DIY sibling christmas projects. I'm thinking especially of the bleach shirts, pocket hand-warmers, decoupage sketchbooks, and bubble bath. Also great could be jewelry boxes, jewelry, or frankly, cookies.

Ideas? Once more pinterest is a valuable tool for such research... I'd love to hear things that have worked well for you!

19 comments:

Julie said...

thanks for the link - definitely very useful. I like your idea of choosing from a list you have assembled. My eldest has decided to write and illustrate books for her three younger sisters this Christmas. I'm all for it but suspect she will flag before finishing.

house on hill road said...

i love that you are making a list of good projects. we've made a few sibling gifts, mostly jewelry, but i'd love it if the girls would expand their options a little. will you share your list with us, please?

lynne said...

Hi Erin! I made a hyperlink to the pinterest board I've started that has my visual list. I've found some good stuff so far!

Your girls are so cute. :)

Brooke Reynolds said...

I think that picture is hilarious! Even better than if she had loved a Barbie or something he bought her. I think the handmade thing is a great tradition, even if it is sometimes unappreciated!

Larissa said...

I keep trying to appreciate the great sib gift ideas included in your post, but I keep getting distracted by the disgruntled giftee photo and laughing. It's priceless.

lynne said...

I know! That is one of my favorite pictures ever! She was so mad.

Liz R. said...

that pic cracks! me! up! thanks for the giggles on this
L O N G sunday afternoon...

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Jana said...

That picture had me laughing out loud! I love it so much!

Becca said...

I love the picture. awesome.

And thanks for the pinterest links. I am also dreaming of the sibling gifts but have zero ideas, so this post is timely.

Lisa said...

I love that picture! bookmarks from felt are a nice simple idea and the children could use their siblings favourite colours in them?

Tricia said...

We're using some of Design Mom's ideas too. Aren't they great?! Thanks for the Pinterest links too. I'm with you this year...we're trying batches of gifts, with supervision from Mom. Hopefully it will work out better than previous years! (Love the photo! Classic!) xoxoxo

Lisa said...

that photo is a treasure!

greenbeen said...

that face is hilarious! love this idea and surely this is the year for it to work! fingers crossed...

Anonymous said...

That photo made me laugh til I cried. My daughter looks like that when I make things for her. Very inspired by your art class post too!

Limner said...

The look on her face is priceless. I still cannot stop laughing. Children are truthful. We teach them to lie when we prod them to parrot proper responses: "I like it. Thanks for making . . ." Sorry. I can't stop laughing here! LOL! Dang it. I'll have to come back. ROFL!!!

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