My oldest daughter is ten years old and officially a tween. She loves her friends fiercely and pushes hard at every opportunity to make sure that they know that. It is one of those qualities that I can truly appreciate as a grown woman…why can’t we all be like that?! So in the spirit of helping her change the world one friendship at a time, I helped her whip up some easy, inexpensive gifts for her friends. These would be great for stocking stuffers, secret Santa’s, office friends…anyone really!
clear plastic ornaments (the bigger the ornament, the larger the opening!)
faux snow, confetti, or tinsel to fill it with
lip balm, lip gloss, small candies, money, etc
There are a multitude of things that you could fill an ornament with, but for a group of ten year old girls we decided to stick with holiday flavored lip balm and some chocolate candies. I was able to snag my ornaments and faux snow at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and the chapstick comes in a package of 3 for $1 so this is definitely easy on the budget!
We took the top off of the ornament, filled it about halfway with the faux snow and then added our lip balm and candies inside.
My daughter and I debated whether or not we liked the fact that the items seemed “hidden” in the snow, but we ultimately decided that it was a fun surprise.
We tied a festive ribbon to the top and now they are ready to be passed out to all of my daughter’s friends.
She was super excited to have gifts for them, and I was so glad that they didn’t break the bank! (And yes, we did a trial run to make sure that it was easy enough to remove the lip balm and candies and it was; although we did get covered in “snow.”)
Remember that, in life in general, it is the thought that counts. Homemade gifts are personal favorites of mine because I know someone took the time to carefully plan, shop for supplies and then make the gift, all with the recipient in mind! It absolutely does not need to cost a fortune…just make sure that it comes from the heart!