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Se7en + 1 Gifts Children Can Make for their Siblings…

November 26th, 2013 · 9 Comments

Amidst all that is going on right now, my children have just discovered that end of the year is looming and with the end of the year… Christmas. To say I am as usual caught just slightly off the back foot is a little bit of an understatement. But my gang has tradition on their side…and December is just days away. They know that on the first we will be picking names from the hat and they will be choosing a sibling to make an amazing christmas gift for. Normally the posts about the gifts my kids make for each other get hidden in the days after Christmas, simply because they all read this blog and it wouldn’t be right to post their surprises before hand.


This is how it works: They each create a gift from things they have found around the house, they may use nature, fabrics, paper, recycling, anything at all that doesn’t require an extra trip to the store. Also it has to be a good gift, a gift that matches their chosen sibling… and they never fail in this department… they always come up with something fabulous. The whole tradition came about when my children naturally wanted to gift each other, and they were using copious amounts of newsprint and endless rolls of tape to wrap up countless pieces of bark for each other… think about it eight kids gifting se7en others… that is fifty-six pieces of bark getting exchanged. I for one couldn’t face that… and so began the tradition of one gift for each child, lovingly made by a sibling… Most of the gifts are very easy to make and only a few required a little help from an adult.

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I love the thought and work that they put into their gifts, the hours of plotting and planning and the extremely difficult task of keeping it all a surprise.

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A pencil roll, for an artist.

Hat racks, for a hat collector.

A mouse in a house for a little person.

A box for collecting fabric scraps and clothing ideas for a dress designer.

Herb fact cards for a potential chef.

A decorated tee-shirt for a little sister who wanted a camera.

A baby toy.

A pencil tin.

A music center for a little person.

Herb cuttings, for the chef.

A wardrobe for a well-loved bear.

Cookie-mix for a little chef.

Felt food is easy and fun.

A felted necklace.

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Reversible felt masks…

Years later and daily use… they are still going strong.

A little bag for a little sister.

A Magic wand for a magician in training.

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Tags: Crafts for Kids · Holiday Crafts

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lori // Nov 26, 2013 at 2:30 am

    these are fantastic! 🙂

  • 2 Debbie // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

    These are amazing – your kids are so creative!

  • 3 se7en // Nov 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you Lori, I so appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. I like these projects too, so nice to see what they can come up with!!! Hope you have a great day on the far side of the world!!!

  • 4 se7en // Nov 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Thank you Debbie, this is really there favourite project of the year by miles and miles… they love everything about it, the thinking, the plotting, the planning and the creating!!! And the surprise factor, well that just about kills them!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 5 Katja // Dec 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    This year i will do some creative stuff for my boys…they love Kratt brothers cartoon, so i see in your post, that masks are a must 🙂

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  • 7 Gail Foster // Nov 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    just wanted to thank you for this idea… I am starting this year with my 3 kids making presents for each other, and this is wonderful inspiration.

    happy Christmas!!

  • 8 se7en // Nov 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Thanks Gail, This is a Christmas Highlight over here. so glad you could find some inspiration!!! Happy holidays… to you too.

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