11 Holiday Gifts Toddlers Can Make

During this holiday season, many of us are focusing on what to give our family and friends. It’s easy for children, especially toddlers, to be on the receiving end only, but with a little help from us, they can learn the joy of giving as well. And what is more fun or thoughtful than a gift made by hand?

Here are 11 gifts that toddlers can make themselves (with varying degrees of help depending on the gift and their age):

  • Handprint Art 1 of 11
    Handprint Art
    I had to include the obligatory handprint gift and I just love this version that combines hand-tracing, drawing, and painting!
    On Mom in Madison
  • Artwork Calendar 2 of 11
    Artwork Calendar
    Laminate one of your toddler's works of art then attach a calendar.
    On Martha Stewart
  • Painted Canvas 3 of 11
    Painted Canvas
    Any toddler can paint a canvas, whether with hands or a brush. Add in an extra element by letting them tape up the canvas first for a piece of tape-resist modern art.
    On Rhythm of the Home
  • Glitter Initials 4 of 11
    Glitter Initials
    Your toddler can decorate craft store initials for siblings or other family members. And any gift that can be made with glitter is a good gift from a small child's perspective!
    On Design Mom
  • Candy Cane Playdough 5 of 11
    Candy Cane Playdough
    Toddlers love to help measure, pour, mix, and knead. They can do all of that when they help make homemade playdough for their friends or cousins. Add glitter or essential oil for extra fun.
    On The Artful Parent
  • Artwork Magnets 6 of 11
    Artwork Magnets
    Turn your child's artwork into custom magnets for the refrigerator. For toddlers, consider cutting out the shapes first before letting them add their scribbles and drawings.
    On MarthaStewart
  • Salt Dough Ornaments 7 of 11
    Salt Dough Ornaments
    Prepare a batch of salt dough ornaments then let your toddler paint and decorate them before giving them as gifts.
    On The Artful Parent
  • Beaded Wreath 8 of 11
    Beaded Wreath
    Older toddlers can practice their fine motor skills while beading this beautiful keepsake wreath. Use larger beads for younger toddlers.
    On FamilyFun
  • Gifts from the Kitchen 9 of 11
    Gifts from the Kitchen
    Make a large batch of granola with your toddler (little kids love to help cook!). Divide into gift tins or mason jars, add a ribbon and a gift tag, and give to family and friends. You can also bake cookies or bread together as gifts…
    On The Artful Parent
  • Wood Panel Painting 10 of 11
    Wood Panel Painting
    Use drawing materials and acrylic paints for a one-of-a-kind painting activity and gift.
    On TinkerLab
  • Tissue Paper Candle holders 11 of 11
    Tissue Paper Candle holders
    Older toddlers can glue tissue paper to glass jars with watered down glue or Mod Podge to create these beautiful tissue paper candle holders.
    On The Artful Parent


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