This year (as much as it pains me since I love gift giving), we are going minimal on gifts. The reasons for this are pretty basic--Saipan has very little to offer as far as gifts go (except for extremely touristy items, which no one wants), we have limited funds with which to purchase gifts, and I have way too many Pinterest craft ideas on my "Want to do" list.
So, Emilia and I have been working on the projects that involve her. She LOVES to help on a project and she is getting to the age where she actually IS a help. ;-) Originally I saw this idea on Pinterest for personalized handwritten scarves. I loved the idea right away because they aren't completely legible when worn, but they would have special meaning to the giver and the recipient.
My next challenge was finding a way that Emilia could help make them for certain family members. Some of my family members are more crafty/artsy than others, so I knew they would appreciate (and actually *use*) this gift. Since Emilia cannot write yet (except for her name), I decided to lay out all our colorful permanent markers and let her go to town. She had a blast!
1 Plain White T-Shirt (we used XL)
Permanent Markers of your choice
Step One: Cut your shirt just below the armpits
Step Two: Let your kid go to town! *Important suggestion which I didn't initially do...lay down a piece of card board, or you'll end up with this:
Step Two Redo: Lay down a big piece of cardboard on the floor, and let your kid go to town!
Step Three: Cut the bottom hem of the shirt off:
Step Four: Stretch, stretch, stretch! I had a 3-year-old helper, but if you don't, but one end around a chair or your feet or whatever works for you.
She wanted to test it out..I think it got her approval! ;-)
This type of gift might not suit the taste of everyone (or anyone) on your list, but I know it is going to be very well received by the family members we are giving them to. (Sorry for being so vague...they don't usually read this blog, but just in case!)