5 Homemade Toys That Make Awesome Gifts

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homemade pup tentsChristmas is in just over a week and while many people are done shopping, many are still on the hunt for that perfect gift. The thing is sometimes you just can’t find the perfect gift in the store. Some of my most favorite gifts that I have given and received are those that were handmade. There is just something about making it with your own two hands; all the thought, time and love that goes into it makes it priceless and you can tailor the gift to the recipient.

Here are a five amazing homemade gifts for kids that I curated from the Internet. They are easy to do and fairly cheap and they will blow your little ones away. You just might get that “WOW” you’ve been waiting for all of these years.

Easy to Store Reading Pup Tents

Old sheets and some wood make an indoor campground, an outdoor reading nook, a sleepover getaway or the perfect place for your little one to play for hours. The only

limitation is their imagination.

This is a simple project that comes together in an hour or less. You need 2 twin sized flat sheets or two curtain panels and approximately $20 worth of wood and supplies.

Aside from being completely adorable, easy to make, cost effective and easy to store, these tents are completely one of a kind and your little one will spend hours of time inside of it making memories and exercising his or her imagination.

For complete details check out step-by-step instructions how to make these adorable A-frame pup tents visit Lindsay and Andrew.

Inspire your child to be the next Giada De Laurentiis in a repurposed play gourmet kitchen.

My girls love to play house and we have owned just about every single kid’s kitchen on the market. All in all, they look the same with varying degrees of cuteness and durability. But this homemade kitchen set is not only durable, it is beautiful and you can customize it to your own child.

Who knew you could completely re-purpose that old television cabinet from the 1980’s into something that your child would love so much?

For complete details on how to make one for your child this Christmas visit Giggleberry Creations.

Repurpose an old chest of drawers into princess dress-up headquarters.

Turn an old upright dresser into dress-up headquarters for your little princess. All it takes is a little effort, imagination and ingenuity and you will make your little girl’s dreams come true. You can completely customize it to fit your little girl’s taste. Bonus: She will finally have some place to hang up all of those beautiful dress-up dresses she owns. Whether or not she will, well, that’s another situation entirely.

One thing is for sure; she will never forget this beautiful armoire made just for her and her things.

For complete instruction on how to build one for your own little princess check out A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Chalkboard Paint Blocks

Paint basic wood blocks with chalkboard paint and you will provide endless fun and activities for your little one. They can draw pictures and make a puzzle with the blocks, practice their A,B,C’s or even make silly sentences using blocks with prewritten words on them. Or they can build things and then decorate them. There is so much that can be done. They will even keep your tiniest ones engaged for hours. For complete details on how to make your very own set check out Playful Learning.

Doorway Puppet Theater

By far this is one of my favorite homemade gifts. It can be made relatively easy for the child in your life; a doorway puppet theater. It encourages imaginative play and is super cute and fun for kids of all ages. Believe me, I love to put on puppet shows with my girls. In fact, I am making this doorway theater for my girls this Christmas since they’ve outgrown their wooden one. Most affordable puppet theaters are made in toddler size; my girls are 6 and 8. I needed something taller.

It’s really easy to make and can be done completely in the matter of a few hours. You’ll just need some material and a sewing machine. Believe me, it will be worth it to watch your kids play and hear the stories they will tell. For complete instructions on how to make this for your child, check out Skip to My Lou.

These are gifts that any child would be happy to receive and most parents can make all by themselves.

What’s the best homemade gift you have ever given or received?

Image via Lindsay and Andrew

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TerriC TerriC

I wish I was crafty or had time to do homemade gifts.  I usually just buy.

lalas... lalasmama2007

My grandfather built me a dollhouse when I was a girl.

aneela aneela

those tents look so fun!! can be used for so much more than reading!

dusky... dusky_rose

Those tents look really cute. My youngest son was bugging me about having a "fort" to play in, so I took a twin sized flat sheet, some safety pins and some cup hooks and a piece of yarn and made him a tent over his bed to play in. It doesn't get in the way since it is attached to the ceiling and walls, so I don't have to take it down until I'm ready.

elasmimi elasmimi

I am not crafty enough to give any homemade gifts except food. My kids and I have made forts, or played restaurant, complete with homemade order pads, but that's about it, lol.

Leele... Leelee1008

Not sure. but I have sen alot of those cool repurpose ideas on pinterest.

jessi... jessicasmom1

Play gourmet in the kitchen ... she got the genes for it

Lizzy... Lizzys_mommy13

I like to crochet blankets. This last year for Fathers day though, we did some footprints on some canvas and wrote a poem over them from my husband. I think he liked it a lot more than the blankets I make. :)

RADmomma RADmomma

Those are cute!! We usually do homemade gifts but have run out of time this year

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