40+ Gifts Kids can Make {that Grown Ups will Really Use}

Do your children love to make and give homemade presents?  If so, you’re going to love this! I’ve rounded up a collection of 40+ fabulous gifts kids can make that grown ups will really use, love and appreciate.

I LOVE giving and receiving handmade gifts.  You might have guessed as much if you saw the post that I wrote the other day.  In it, I shared over 70 homemade toys to make for kids.

I’m turning the tables today, and sharing suggestions for gifts that the kids can make for grown-ups.  I’m not talking about pasta necklaces and paper neckties here.  As lovely as those are, they tend to get tucked away in a drawer or a jewellery box not long after they’ve been given.

No, I’m talking about really useful, awesome, kid-made gifts that look GREAT.  Gifts that are perfect for kids of all ages to make for a parent, grandparent, teacher, family-friend or neighbour.  Gifts that serve a useful purpose, or can be worn or proudly displayed in a home or office.

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your child to make for Christmas, a birthday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, you’re sure to find some great ideas here.  Enjoy!

40+ kid made gifts that grown ups will really use


40+ Gifts Kids can Make for Grown-Ups:


aprons kids can make and giveMoms, Aunties and Grandmas will adore  this hand and footprint apron from Little Page Turners.

I love this modern, graphic Black and White Handprint Apron by Simply Kierste.


homemade gifts kids can make and giveMake a gorgeous bookmark with this cool Sharpie and rubbing alcohol technique. – Happy Hooligans

Use a hula hoop (yes! a hula hoop) to make a colourful rug, trivet or wall-hanging. – Flax and Twine

Transform a bunch of plastic perler beads into a vibrant decorative bowl – Meaningful Mama


key chains kids can makeKids can spell out a message with these nifty wooden block Key Chains by Hello Bee.

This Beaded Key Chain is a gift that even the youngest toddlers can make. – Make it Handmade

Fingerprint Key Chains are a wonderful way to preserve an imprint of your child’s tiny fingers.  – My Life of Travels and Adventures


For kids who have mastered a needle and thread, these Button Napkin Rings are the perfect gift to make. – DanielleTodd.com

Younger tots will be able to manage the threading skills required for these Beaded Napkin Rings  by Buggy and Buddy.


Handmade gifts for kids to makeThis Hand-shaped ring dish is just so precious and very easy to make! – Mama Papa Bubba

Personalized coffee mugs make a great gift for a relative, teacher, family friend or neighbour.  – Two Shades of Pink

Toddlers can put their finger-painting skills to good use making a set of tile coasters. Merriment Designs


gifts kids can makeOne of my all-time favourite hooligan-made crafts: our Paper Mache Bowls are perfect for stashing your keys or pocket change in.

Let your child express his artistic side, designing and decorating a hand-decorated, modern art plate. – Craftjr.com

Toddlers and preschoolers will love making these simple Popsicle stick coasters – No Time for Flashcards


crayon resist fridge magnets - Happy Hooligans

These fridge magnets are gorgeous.  We made them using a crayon-resist process that’s simple, fascinating and fun. – Happy Hooligans.


pillows kids can make and giveMeri Cherry shows you how to make these beautiful fabric resist pillows.  It’s a super-easy technique requiring only gel glue and fabric paint!

There are few things cuter than a child’s first hand-written words.  Preserve them forever on an “I love you pillow”. – Mama Papa Bubba



These romantic winter luminaries are simple to make, and just gorgeous!  They’d be beautiful lined up on a mantle, window-sill or down the centre of a harvest table. – Crafts By Amanda


jars and luminaries for kids to makeYou won’t believe how easy it is for preschoolers to make these tinted mason jars.   They’d look gorgeous lining a window sill.  – Hands On: As We Grow.

“Play Eat Grow” will show you how to make these beautiful luminaries using Epsom salts that you colour yourself.

Check out these easy, beaded mason jar luminaries!  I love the design that the light casts onto the tabletop. – Mom Spark


candles kids can decorate and giveAnd speaking of light, “Come Together Kids” shares a nifty technique for transferring a piece of art onto a dollar store candle.

Easier still, are these adorable hand-decorated candles by Red Ted Art.


Twig crafts kids can make and giveIs there a nature lover on your gift-list? Our Summer Stars add a beautiful touch to a window, patio or deck.

This simple twig pen or pencil holder by RHS would be perfect for a nature-buff’s work-station.

Miss Mustard Seed shows you how to make a rustic twig picture frame.  Check out her tutorial on HGTV.com 


Bath gifts kids can make to giveA homemade sugar scrub is a lovely, natural way to exfoliate and invigorate your skin in the shower.  – Kids Activities Blog

Bath Bombs always make a lovely gift, and they’re so easy to make using a few simple kitchen ingredients. – Red Ted Art

A Pumpkin and a Princess has a ton of soap and scrub recipes on her site.  I love the look of this homemade lavender soap.

Kids of all ages will love mixing up a batch of scented bath salts.  They look gorgeous, and they smell divine.  Bitz and Giggles


handmade gifts for kids to giveI love the soft, delicate look of these tissue paper mache bowls over at “Lessons Learned Journals”.

Who knew you could make your own decorative glass bead magnets using your kids’ artwork?  “Hand Made Kids Art” shows you how.

Kids big and small will love the technique used to make a set of tape-resist coaster or trivets. – Woods of Bell Trees


wind chimes kids can make and giveRound up a bunch of old, unused keys!  The kids can turn them into a colourful recycled wind chime. – Inner Child Giving

We collected sticks while out on a nature walk, and transformed them into a natural wind chime for our backyard.

Gather up a handful of washers from the work bench and make a vibrant, upcycled wind chime like this one from One Time Through.


kid-made giftsWe need to make some of these rainbow seed bombs!  What an awesome gift for the kids to make for an avid gardener! Twig and Toadstool

You will never believe what these gorgeous, mosaic picture frames are made from!  SO simple! – Pink Stripey Socks


Art kids can make and give as gifts

Have the kids get messy with their toys to create custom art for a loved one!  “Play Trains” used (you guessed it) toy trains to create this masterpiece.

A custom piece of art framed in an embroidery hoop would be ideal for someone who loves needlepoint or cross-stitch. – Mama Papa Bubba

I love the pastel and watercolour handprint canvases that the kids made over at “Mom in Madison”.
sun catchers kids can make and giveA simple but beautiful glass bead sun catcher will certainly brighten someone’s day.  – Kids Activiites Blog

“Sunnyside Art House” has shared a variety of sun catchers on her site.  I’m especially crazy about this framed mosaic glass version.

Make a melted bead sun catcher.  Kids will love coming up with their designs.  As The Artful Parent advises, it’s best to melt make them on the BBQ or to take the toaster-oven outside to avoid fumes indoors.


gifts kids can make for dad

Who wouldn’t love a painted stone paper-weight sitting on their desk-top?  Even the youngest hooligans enjoyed making these!

Got a golfer on your gift-list?  Have the kids make a custom set of hand-decorated golf balls. – Laughing Kids Learn


PicMonkey CollagePersonalized tote bags or cloth shopping bags are just adorable when they’re stamped with the handprints of a child. – Nifty Mom

Fill a jar with the dry ingredients for a favourite recipe like this one, for Chocolate Cherry Drop Cookies  from Mama Miss. Top with a bow and the instructions for baking, and you’re good to go.

And lastly, salt dough magnets are easy and inexpensive to make.  Aren’t they sweet?

And there you have it, 40 plus gorgeous gifts for your kids to make for the special grown-ups in their lives.  Hope you’re inspired and ready to get crafting with your kids!

Kid-made gifts that parents will really love

Gift in hand via Shutterstock

If you’re looking for even more kid-made gift ideas, check out this collection of gifts that kids can make and give by Red Ted Art!

And don’t miss our collection of 70+ homemade gifts that you can make for the kids in your life!

70+ Homemade Toys to Make for Kids

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  1. says

    Thanks so much for including our Washer Windchimes Jackie! We actually use them as a wall decoration now instead of outdoor chimes – we liked them so much, we wanted to see them all year long. Best, Sue

  2. says

    Wow what a great list of gift ideas – no excuses now for giving pressies that are not hand-made! Thanks for including my glass mosaic sun catcher. The kids loved making these and we still have them hanging up on our windows. We have made a few other things on your list too, the candles were a hit as well as homemade sugar scrub and bath bombs (the kids loved to test them first before giving them away..)

  3. Susan Ferguson Martin says

    I think their are aa lot of great ideas. Would love to know how some one could get their hands on such a book.

    • happyhooligans says

      I’ll have to get you to ask the author of that post, Diya. I’ve simply included it in a round up on my site. If you drop Jen a line from Mama Papa Bubba (click on the link to her blog in my post), you can drop her a line. Good luck!

  4. says

    Please let me know this question’s answer please it’s urgent cause my mommy’s birthday is tomorrow nd i need this idea to make a gift for her…..plzzz its a request

  5. saleha ali says

    i loved the art and craft but i wanted something for my brothers , sisters, friends and parents birthday
    please give me some more designs .
    i will see more on today night or tommorow in the day time but before 12 pm.
    thank u

  6. Stuart says

    This is nice, but if you want to gift someone with a really unique plant, I saw this really cool one called “The Tickle Me Plant” …check this out: When you grow the plant and you touch it’s leaves…THEY CURL IN!!!! It’s so cool!!!

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