Birthday Gifts for the Kiddos

Monday, November 16, 2015

A couple weeks ago, my niece and nephew celebrated their birthdays, and in true Amy-fashion, their gifts were super late!

Luckily for me, the kids enjoyed them more for the fact that they didn't expect them, and it was more of a surprise ;)

The cause for late-ness was the fact that I decided to make my niece a hop-scotch, and I should know better by now than to think I can make a gift in any decent amount of time! I was so stressed last Christmas because I wanted all of my gifts to be home made, and I should have learned my lesson.

Oh well, they always get done eventually....

Anyway, here are some pictures of the hop-scotch!

It wasn't too hard to make, just time consuming. Hand sewing is just something I don't have as much patience for as I would like! But all it takes to make this is some embroidery thread, scissors, and felt squares from the craft store. They're only 25 cents a piece, so it's very inexpensive! 

Our nephew is twelve this year, and I honestly don't have a clue what to buy a twelve year old boy. It's that awkward stage between kid and adult and I have a hard enough buying for guys in general. So, since Dane didn't really have time to go get something, I sent a box full of cash filled balloons!

I figured it would be great gift at any age, because A) cash and B) balloons! Who wouldn't want to get that in the mail?

Their cards I just slapped together, but I had a little bit of fun playing around with gouache and Photoshop to make them. I wasn't thrilled enough with them to offer them in the shop, but I thought they turned out pretty cute.

What do you do for your kids/nieces and nephews? Would they appreciate a home-made gift, or is it store bought all the way?

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. That hopscotch is so cute! I'm sure she loved it :) and I will definitely be using the balloon idea in the future, boys are so hard to shop for!

  2. She did :) and yes, it's really a great go to gift idea I think!


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