Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Babies and Children


Welcome to Natural Parents Network’s Handmade Holidays! We asked readers for tutorials, pattern, recipes and more and they came through! Our readers have shared some fantastic posts which we will be sharing with you in four post: Meal Time Gatherings, Gifts for Babies and Children, Gifts for Adults, and Food Treats and Gifts. We hope you will enjoy these posts and find some inspiration yourself.

At the end of each post you will find a linky to add your own posts on the various topics. You can add tutorials, patterns, and recipes, but you can also just link to posts which show off your own creativity. So dive in, check out the great links, and inspire one another to go handmade this year!

Be certain to check out the handmade giveaways listed at the end of this post!

Check out the variety of ideas submitted for babies and children. Easy on your pocket book, these ideas will delight children of all ages!



While a necklace might not be on your list of gifts to give a baby, these nursing necklaces from Amy Anktangle will definitely keep little hands entertained. Learn how to Make Your Own Nursing Necklace and share these easy, yet elegant, necklaces with the nursing mothers (and babes) in your life.






Most of us have monkeys running around our house at times. Or lions. Or elephants. Make your child’s creative animal play even better with Stuffed Animal Tails! Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares an easy tutorial that give children an animal of a great time with these great dress up props. Easy to make and infinitely able to be customized, consider making a zooful for your crew!






Looking for a new way to celebrate the New Year with children? Check out this Balloon Count Down to the New Year at Living Peacefully with Children. Mandy tried something new last year and it was such a hit with her kids, that it has become a new tradition at their house.








Lauren at Hobo Mama gives an easy tutorial for a simple and elegant Asian-style baby carrier. Keeping baby close and a parent’s hands free, this elegant Mei Tai Baby Carrier makes an excellent gift!








This cute little Sweater Dog byJenny at Babyfingers is certain to delight. Made from repurposed wool sweaters, it is environmentally friendly, as well as being adorable. Customize the dog as much as you like to make a one of a kind creation any child would love.








Looking for a gift for a train obsessed child? Lyndsay at our feminist{play}school has the perfect gift to make: a Train Mat. It’s portable. It’s compact. Double-sided, it easily folds up without any need for wrapping paper (environmentally friendly!).






These little Popsicle Stick Puzzles from Amy at Anktangle make great little gifts for children. Whether you need an inexpensive gift or just an activity for holiday travel, these are inexpensive to make and take up little room. You might even try making invitations for your get togethers this way so that your guests have to first put the puzzle together.




Matching is always fun for little ones. Kym at Our Crazy Corner of the World shares simple directions for making a Felt and Button Memory Card Game. You can whip these up in no time to give as a gift or keep little ones busy during holiday travel.








Lauren at Hobo Mama shows how to Sew Simple Doll Clothes from scraps of fabric. Her easy to follow tutorial easily adapts to fit any sized doll. Learn how to make a wrap skirt or halter dress from fabric you already have!






Need a creative gift idea for a toddler or preschooler? Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares a simple Tutorial for a Two-Sided Felt Playmat (one side is outer space, one side is a jungle scene). These playmats fold up for easy travel or storage.






Children loves helping to take care of babies and dolls. Through play, they learn compassion and how to help others. Destany at They Are All of Me was so inspired by her children’s play, that she made an entire set of Rainbow Friends. Her easy to follow pattern will have you knitting up some cute little gifts yourself!





Kids love creating with play dough. Learn how to make Homemade Play Dough at Living Peacefully with Children. Mandy shares a great recipe which can be made more fun by changing colors and scents!







Don’t sew and still want to make your own Mei Tai? Lauren at Hobo Mama also has a no-sew baby carrier pattern perfect for a fuss-free and inexpensive new baby gift. Check out this post on How To Make Your Own No Sew Mei Tai.








Looking for a way to keep those dress clothes your toddler is wearing looking nice? Amy at Anktangle has a great tutorial for you. Learn how to Make Your Own Pocket Bib. These are fantastic for messy toddlers and unsnap for easy washing. You can make them in your toddler’s favorite colors!







Lauren at Hobo Mama offers a Hide-and-Seek Memory Game perfect for preschoolers. Follow her step y step instructions to make your own set of alphabet memory games as a gift or for travel.





Learn How to Make a No-Sew, No-Clue Sweater Flower Hair Clip. Jenny at Babyfingers shows how to these simple hair clips using only a felted sweater, some scissors, and a clip. Make some in different colors for a one-of-a-kind set!






Amy at Anktangle shares an easy tutorial for how to make weighted stuffed animals. Whether you need a gift for a child with sensory issues or are just looking for an inexpensive way to make your own weighted animals, Amy’s easy to follow instructions are the place to start.





Does your little monkey like to jump on the bed? Lyndsay at our feminist {play}school has an easy tutorial on how to make some adorable finger puppets to go along with the book, Five Little Monkeys. Learn how to make your own Five Little Monkeys finger puppets and have some monkey fun!






Shiver me timbers! If you have a pirate lover, check out “How to Make a Pirate Treasure Hunt Plus Other Fun Pirate Crafts and Activities” from Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Dionna gives helpful hints on making a treasure map, a Jolly Roger flag, and a pirate letter. Also check out her Easy Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial. Try making a pirate kit to give a child in your life!






Enjoy this picture tutorial from Lauren at Hobo Mama of how to make a No-Sew or Low-Sew Child-Sized Fleece Mei Tai for a Doll. Children learn about life through play, and this cute little doll carrier is perfect for any child in an attachment parenting family.






Would you like to give someone a baby carrier but don’t sew? Or perhaps you need a gift fast! check out this tutorial for a No-Sew Wrap from Amy at Anktangle. This easy to make wrap is stretchy and perfect for little ones who are wanting to be worn and the parents who want to wear them!






Lyndsay at our feminist {play}school has joined forces with The Handy Hooker for a Crocheted Kitten Giveaway. The cute handmade stuffie is “perfect for pint-sized play.” The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on November 15. Enter today for your chance to win this little gift!





Do you have any Harry Potter fans on your gift giving list? Mandy at Novel Obsession is offering two readers a knitted Golden Snitch! The giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada. Hurry and enter. The giveaway closes November 25!




Link up your own tutorials, patterns, and recipes for homemade holiday gifts for babies and kids!

About The Author: Mandy

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Mandy O'Brien is an unschooling mom of five. She's an avid reader and self-proclaimed research fanatic. An active advocate of human rights, Mandy works to provide community programs through volunteer work. She is a co-author of the book Homemade Cleaners, where simple living and green cleaning meet science. She shares a glimpse into her life at Living Peacefully with Children, where she writes about various natural parenting subjects and is working to help parents identify with and normalize attachment parenting through Attachment Parents Get Real.

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