7 Homemade Christmas Gifts Toddlers Can Make

Help your little one make presents for the holidays

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There's nothing is as sentimental as a gift made by a child. Your toddler or 2-year-old might not be ready to break out the paints and make a masterpiece just yet, but there are plenty of projects that are easy enough for younger children to make. With some help from mom and dad, a few toddler-friendly supplies, and a willingness to get a little messy, your little one can delight family and friends with a homemade holiday gift.

Not only that, your toddler will love these sensory activities that also help build new developmental skills. Here's seven DIY Christmas gifts to make with your toddler: 

1. Make Cinnamon Applesauce Christmas Ornaments

Cinnamon applesauce Christmas tree ornaments is an incredibly easy recipe that is a perfect holiday activity for toddlers. It requires no cooking or chopping, which makes it very toddler-friendly.

To make cinnamon applesauce ornaments, mix a 1:1 ration of applesauce and cinnamon (i.e., 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup cinnamon) until the mixture thickens into a dough-like consistency. Roll the dough out on a flat surface and use holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Place the shapes on a baking sheet and dry them for several days. Once dry, you can make a hole with a toothpick and loop string through it.

Your toddler will love helping you mix the ingredients and cut out shapes, and the final product results in an ornament that bears a holiday smell everyone will love.

Have your little one make ornaments for grandparents, babysitters and neighbors. All you need are some basic kitchen ingredients and holiday cookie cutters.

2. Build a Gingerbread House

Visiting relatives or friends on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? A homemade gingerbread house is a great hostess gift.

This tutorial includes instructions on how to find gluten-free gingerbread house kits that you can assemble with the help of your toddler (perfect for relatives with allergies). Or, grab a cardboard milk carton and use frosting to "glue" graham crackers to it. The graham crackers walls can be decorated by your toddler with icing and candies. 

3. Coloring Pages

Your toddler may not be a professional painter or crayon artist yet, but they can create a fridge-worthy work of art by decorating Christmas coloring pages with stickers, drawing utensils and bingo daubers. Coloring pages can also be used as holiday cards for special relatives. 

4. Finger Paint Portraits

An abstract, finger-painted family portrait will be a cherished piece of art for grandparents, aunts and uncles and a perfect holiday gift. For a DIY touch, you can make your own homemade finger paint. Just be prepared to let your child get a little messy! Find a frame to display the artwork to make the gift extra special. 

5. Bake a Gingerbread Man Ornament

Friends and family will love displaying a special, handmade ornament made by their favorite little one on their Christmas tree. This gingerbread man ornament is easy to make. It's also made out of sandpaper.

Your little one is sure to appreciate working with a different texture.

6. Design a Personalized T-shirt or Apron

Your toddler might not be ready to create a special painting for the family room, but they can still exercise their artistic ability by designing a one-of-a-kind footprint t-shirt or apron your loved ones will cherish.

7: Create a Handprint Wreath

There's nothing as adorable as tiny handprints. Get in the holiday spirit by making a handprint wreath with your toddler. Trace the outline of your little one's hands onto green construction paper. Alternatively, you could use white paper and let your tot paint their handprints themselves.

Once the handprint cutouts are complete, assemble them in a circle, glue them down and decorate with a bow. 

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